New Zealand Aotearoa (Māori)
1854 –
Flag of New Zealand Coat of arms of New Zealand
"God Defend New Zealand"
Geographical location:
NZL orthographic NaturalEarth
Location of New Zealand.
Official languages: English, Maori 1
  - Prime Minister:
  - Governor General:
  - Speaker of the House:
Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy
John Key (N)
Sir Anand Satyanand
Dr Lockwood Smith
Area: 268,680 sq km (75th)
Population: 4,291,9006 (122nd)
  - Total:
  - Per capita:
2007 estimate
$13.543 trillion (1st)
$43,444 (4th)
GDP (nominal):
  - Total:
  - Per capita:
2007 estimate
$112.703 billion
Gini (2006): 36.2
Currency: New Zealand dollar ($) (NZD "$")

New Zealand — commonly referred to as N.Z. — is a Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy comprising of two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island), and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands.


Contemporary era

Government and elections

Parties, ideology and politics

New Zealand Operates under a MMP Multi-Party System. the two largest parties are Labour and National, with several smaller parties like Act, NZ First and the Maori Party.

Foreign relations

The United States

New Zealand's Relationship with the United States was sorely affected by the Nuclear-free stance New Zealand adopted in the late 1980's.


Relations with Fiji were sorely affected by the 2003 Coup led by Commodore Frank Badimarana.

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