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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.

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Katherine Wilson Sheppard (10 March 1847 – 13 July 1934) was the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, and is the country's most famous suffragette. Because New Zealand was the first country to introduce universal suffrage, Sheppard's work had a considerable impact on women's suffrage movements in other countries.

Sheppard's interest in women's suffrage went beyond practical considerations regarding temperance: her views were made well known, summed up with her statement:

Sheppard was a powerful speaker and a skilled organiser, and quickly built support for her cause.

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Detail of carved post from the Maori meeting house Hotunui.

In 1878, when Wiremu Hōterene Taipari married a woman of the Ngāti Awa tribe of Whakatāne, Ngāti Awa carvers arrived at Thames and built a meeting house at Pārāwai as a wedding gift for the couple. The house, named Hotunui in honour of an important Ngāti Maru ancestor, now stands in the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Did you know...

Netball sculpture at Invercargill Airport

...that netball in New Zealand is the most popular women's sport in the country, led by its high-profile national team, the Silver Ferns?

...that New Zealand rugby union footballer Ali Williams did not start playing the game until he was 17 years old, but had earned three international caps before he was 22?

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  • 7 May 2015: New Zealand begins process to consider changing national flag design
  • 27 April 2015: Over 10,000 attend Gallipoli dawn service for ANZAC Day centenary
  • 10 March 2015: Cricket World Cup 2015: New Zealand defeats Afghanistan by six wickets in Napier
  • 15 June 2014: Annual Japanese whaling campaign kills 30 minke whales
  • 12 April 2014: Spain's men remain on top of FIFA global rankings for April 2014



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