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Introduction:

The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand sometime between A.D. 1250 and 1300. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples.

The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

 

New Zealand Flag
Flag

New Zealand Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
4,545,627 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
Oceania
Area:
total= 267,710 sq km

Government:
Parliamentary Democracy
Capital:
Wellington

Internet Code:
.nz

Airports:
123 (2013)

Websites

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Wikipedia
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New Zealand Locater
Locater

New Zealand Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
NEW ZEALAND
Mission/Frame: ISS023-E-37412
Spacecraft Altitude: 186 nautical miles (344 km)
Features:
WELLINGTON, EVANS BAY, COAST, MTS.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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