New Zealand (Aotearoa in te reo Māori) is a country of two large islands and many much smaller islands in the south-western Pacific Ocean. Among South Pacific nations, New Zealand has the largest and most industrialised economy and is second only to Papua New Guinea in population. New Zealand is notable for its isolation, being separated from Australia on the northwest by the Tasman Sea, some 2,000 km wide. The closest neighbours to the north are New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of New Zealand is the Queen of New Zealand and is represented in the country by the non-partisan Governor-General. De facto political power is held by Prime Minister John Key who, as Head of the Government, requires the confidence of the democratically elected New Zealand House of Representatives. The Realm of New Zealand includes the self-governing Cook Islands and Niue, as well as Tokelau and New Zealand's claims in Antarctica.
Foveaux Strait is the strait between the South Island and Stewart Island/Rakiura of New Zealand. It is named after Joseph Foveaux who was Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales at the time. On the north side of the strait is the harbour of Bluff. On the south side is Stewart Island/Rakiura. Foveaux Strait is right in the middle of the Roaring Forties, and is very rarely this calm.
...that singer Brooke Fraser is the daughter of former All Black Bernie Fraser?
...that New Zealand rugby union player Mark Hammett won four Super 12 titles with the Crusaders between 1996 and 2003 before being appointed as their assistant coach for 2007?
...that New Zealand rugby union player Billy Stead co-authored The Complete Rugby Footballer while on tour with the All Blacks?
...the New Zealand is the largest part of the sunken continent of Zealandia remaining above sea level, followed by New Caledonia?
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