THE AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND PORTAL
New Zealand (Māori: Aotearoa) is a country of two large islands and many much smaller islands in the southwestern 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. It is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of New Zealand and is represented in the country by a governor-general. Legislative authority is vested in a democratically elected Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister. The Realm of New Zealand also includes the self-governing Cook Islands and Niue, as well as Tokelau and New Zealand's claims in Antarctica.
) founded by Stephen Tindall
in 1982, is the largest department store retailer
operating in New Zealand
. The Warehouse is largely a discount store
similar to Wal-Mart
in the United States
, however The Warehouse sells far more generic brand merchandise than other discount or department stores. The company also formerly had operations in Australia
, which were sold to Australian Discount Retail
. For the fiscal year
ending October 2005, The Warehouse reported a net income
of NZ$71.9 million
on NZ$2.224 billion of sales
revenue (3.6% profit margin
As of 2005, the company had 253 stores throughout New Zealand and Australia along with more than 6 distribution centres in total. On November 24, 2005, The Warehouse announced that was selling its Australian operation for AU$98 million (NZ$99 million).
Colloquial names for the company's stores include "The Big Red Shed", "WareWhare" (pronounced wah-ray fah-reh, whare is Maori word for house), Warehu and "The Wuds".
Port Chalmers is the main port of the city of Dunedin, New Zealand. Technically a suburb since local body reorganisation in the 1980s, it is still regarded by people throughout Dunedin as a separate town. It has a population of 3,000. Port Chalmers lies ten kilometres inside Otago Harbour, some 15 kilometres northeast from Dunedin's city centre.
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