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New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses , and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands. The indigenous Māori named New Zealand Aotearoa, commonly translated as The Land of the Long White Cloud. The Realm of New Zealand also includes the Cook Islands and Niue ; Tokelau; and the Ross Dependency . New Zealand is notable for its geographic isolation: it is situated about 2000 km southeast of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and its closest neighbours to the north are New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. During its long isolation New Zealand developed a distinctive fauna dominated by birds, a number of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and the mammals they introduced. The population of New Zealand is mostly of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority. Asians and non-Māori Polynesians are also significant minority groups, especially in urban areas. The most commonly spoken language is English. New Zealand is a developed country that ranks highly in international comparisons on human development, quality of life, life expectancy, literacy, public education, peace, prosperity, economic freedom, ease of doing business, lack of corruption, press freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights. Its cities also consistently rank among the world's most liveable. Elizabeth II, as the Queen of New Zealand, is the country's head of state and is represented by a non-partisan Governor-General. The Queen has no real political influence, and her position is essentially symbolic besides five reserve powers. 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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Museums and Art Galleries of New Zealand - Auckland
Museums and Art Galleries of New Zealand New Zealand's museums draw on a rich cultural heritage reflecting both European and Maori strands of society. Prominence is given to collections of Maori artifacts, carved buildings and canoes, the history of European settlement, and to New Zealand's natural history and geology. There are major New Zealand museums in each of the main cities and frequently very good local museums in many towns. Visitors will also find a variety of smaller specialist museums including transport and war museums, as well as private collections that reflect the passions of individual collectors and enthusiasts. The Auckland Museum is housed in one of the country's most striking heritage buildings. Auckland Museum is internationally reno...

Cafe Culture in New Zealand - Wellington
Cafe Culture in New Zealand When it comes to cafes in New Zealand you are spoilt for choice. Not only in the major cities, but you are also likely to find an excellent selection in the quieter rural towns too. If you are partial to a cup of good coffee, you are going to love the cafe culture in New Zealand. We have a reputation for excellent coffee, great food and fantastic service. Especially popular with young people, stopping by a New Zealand cafe has almost become a culture in New Zealand. Cafes are common places to catch up with friends, meet business associates, relax, or to just pop in for your quick 'coffee fix'. The cafe culture in New Zealand has been influenced by locations from all around the world - bringing a fascinating mix ...

New Zealand Maori Art and Culture - Auckland
New Zealand Maori Art and Culture Maori are the tangata whenua (indigenous people of the land) of New Zealand and their Maori culture and art in New Zealand is an integral part of New Zealand life. About 15% of the country's population of 4.1 million is of Maori descent. Maori are tribal people and their tribes are known as Kiwi. Maori Art New Zealand has an increasingly lively and multicultural arts scene, and Maori culture and art in New Zealand play a big part in this. New Zealand's unique brand of creative culture has grown from a fusion of highly distinct cultures - Maori, Polynesian, Asian and every kind of European. The strength and beauty of Maori art in New Zealand is evident in architectural carving and interior designs of marae, and ...

Rafting in New Zealand - Wellington
Rafting in New Zealand From a quiet drift through the forested wilderness to a white-knuckled, wide-eyed journey down turbulent rapids, rafting covers the full adventure spectrum. The mountains of New Zealand's interior feed a myriad of fast flowing rivers that run through the forests to the sea. Grade 1 rivers offer relatively tranquil waters, while Grade 5 is regarded as an extreme sport. Trips ranging from a couple of hours to five days are led by qualified rafting guides who comply with established safety codes. All gear and special clothing is provided. Due to safety reasons, some operators may apply an age restriction. Rafting rivers in the North Island are mostly found in the central east coast areas of the Bay of Plenty and Hawk...

Biodiversity of New Zealand Most Unusual on Earth - Wellington
Biodiversity of New Zealand Most Unusual on Earth New Zealand has extraordinary flora and fauna, descended from Gondwanan wildlife or since arriving by flight, swimming or being carried across the sea.About 80% of the flora in New Zealand occurs only in New Zealand, including more than 40 endemic genera.The two main types of forest are those dominated by podocarps and/or the giant kauri, and in cooler climates the southern beech. The remaining vegetation types in New Zealand are grasslands of tussock and other grasses, usually in sub-alpine areas, and the low shrub lands between grasslands and forests. Until the arrival of humans, 80% of the land was forested. Until 2006, it was thought, barring three species of bat (one now extinct), there were no non-marine nati...