New Zealand Country Guide
New Zealand: GMT + 12 (GMT + 13 from the aftermost Sunday in September to the aboriginal Sunday in April).
Chatham Island: GMT + 12.75 (GMT + 13.75 from the aftermost Sunday in September to the aboriginal Sunday in April).
270,534 sq km (104,454 sq miles).
4.3 actor (2008).
15.8 per sq km.
Wellington. Population: 474,000 (2008). Auckland, with a citizenry of 1.4 actor (2008), is the better burghal breadth in the country.
New Zealand, accepted as The Land of the Long White Cloud, encompasses two above islands addition arctic and south and afar by Cook Strait. They are belted with abundant abate islands. The added developed Arctic Island (116,031 sq km/44,800 sq miles) is home to the capital cities including the country's better burghal Auckland; its rolling blooming hills are dotted with sheep and horses, and the axial heartland pulses with geothermal action - acquisition baking mud pools, geysers and alive volcanoes. The affecting South Island (153,540 sq km/59,283 sq miles), is a beauteous apple of snow-covered alps, fjords, glaciers and absorbing British-style towns like Christchurch and Dunedin.
There are four Associated Territories: the Cook Islands, which lie 3,500km (2,175 miles) northeast of New Zealand; Niue, 920km (570 miles) west of the Cook Islands; Tokelau, three atolls about 960km (600 miles) northwest of Niue; and the Ross Dependency, which consists of over 700,000 sq km (270,270 sq miles) of the Antarctic.
Note: The Cook Islands and Niue accept abstracted alone sections in the World Travel Guide.
Constitutional absolution back 1907.
Head of State
HM Queen Elizabeth II back 1952, represented locally by Governor-General Anand Satyanand back 2006.
Head of Government
Prime Abbot John Key back 2008.
Helen Clark became New Zealand's aboriginal woman agent prime abbot in 1989 and prime abbot in 1999. She was re-elected as prime abbot for a third time in September 2005, and her affiliation with the Progressive Party voted in a cardinal of arguable measures. John Key won the aftermost acclamation in November 2008 with his National Party basic a boyhood government with the ACT and Maori Parties. As allotment of the British Commonwealth, New Zealand has tended to chase the UK and Australia with abutment in abundant wars over the years. It currently still has alive armament in Afghanistan.
English is the accepted and accustomed language, but added languages are additionally spoken, including Maori, which is New Zealand's additional official accent (spoken by the aboriginal Maori bodies who aggregate about 15% of the population).
55% Christian: Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and Methodist are all represented.
230 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotels accommodate 110-volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only.
Social Conventions Should a company be arrive to a academic Maori occasion, the hongi (pressing of noses) is common. Casual dress is broadly acceptable. New Zealanders are about actual airy and hospitable. Stiff academism is not often accepted and, afterwards introductions, aboriginal names are about used. Smoking is belted area indicated. It is banned in pubs and restaurants as able-bodied as on accessible carriage or in accessible buildings.