Outline of New Zealand

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The location of New Zealand on a globe

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to New Zealand:

New Zealandsovereign island nation located in the western South Pacific Ocean comprising two large islands, the North Island and the South Island, and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands.[1] The indigenous Māori named New Zealand Aotearoa, which is commonly translated into English as The Land of the Long White Cloud. The Realm of New Zealand also includes the Cook Islands and Niue, which are self-governing but in free association; Tokelau; and the Ross Dependency (New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica).

New Zealand is notable for its geographic isolation, situated about 2,000 km (1,200 mi) southeast of Australia across the Tasman Sea, its closest neighbours to the north being New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. During its long isolation New Zealand developed a distinctive fauna dominated by birds, many of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and the mammals they introduced.

The population is mostly of European descent, with the indigenous Māori being the largest minority. Asians and non-Maori Polynesians are also significant minorities, especially in the cities. Elizabeth II, as the Queen of New Zealand, is the Head of State and, in her absence, is represented by a non-partisan Governor-General. The Queen 'reigns but does not rule.' She has no real political influence, and her position is essentially symbolic. Political power is held by the democratically elected Parliament of New Zealand under the leadership of the Prime Minister, who is the Head of Government.

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Geography of New Zealand[edit]

An enlargeable topographic map of New Zealand

Environment of New Zealand[edit]

Satellite image of New Zealand

Natural geographic features of New Zealand[edit]

Regions of New Zealand[edit]

Ecoregions of New Zealand[edit]

Administrative divisions of New Zealand[edit]

Provinces of New Zealand[edit]
Territorial authorities of New Zealand[edit]
Municipalities of New Zealand[edit]

Demography of New Zealand[edit]

Government and politics of New Zealand[edit]

Politics of New Zealand

Branches of the government of New Zealand[edit]

Executive branch of the government of New Zealand[edit]

Legislative branch of the government of New Zealand[edit]

Judicial branch of the government of New Zealand[edit]

Foreign relations of New Zealand[edit]

International organisation membership[edit]

New Zealand is a member of:[1]

Law and order in New Zealand[edit]

Main article: Law of New Zealand

Military of New Zealand[edit]

Local government in New Zealand[edit]

History of New Zealand[edit]

Culture of New Zealand[edit]

Art in New Zealand[edit]

Sports in New Zealand[edit]

Main article: Sports in New Zealand

Economy and infrastructure of New Zealand[edit]

Education in New Zealand[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "New Zealand". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Atlas of New Zealand