NEW ZEALAND - AOTEAROA



New Zealand - Aotearoa (Māori)

"God Save the Queen" is officially a national anthem but is generally used only on regal and vice-regal occasions.

Auckland is the largest urban area; Auckland City is the largest incorporated city.

Percentages add to more than 100% because some people speak more than one language. They exclude unusable responses and those who spoke no language (e.g. too young to talk).
Percentages add to more than 100% because some people identify with more than one ethnic group.

  • There is a multitude of dates that could be considered to mark independence (see Independence of New Zealand).
  • National Population Estimates: March 2009 quarter.
  • Number of people who usually live in New Zealand.
  • The Chatham Islands have a separate time zone, 45 minutes ahead of the rest of New Zealand.
  • The territories of Niue, the Cook Islands and Tokelau have their own cctlds, .nu, .ck and .tk respectively.

Capital
Wellington

Largest city
Auckland
Official languages
English (98%)
Māori (4.2%)
NZ Sign Language (0.6%)
Ethnic groups
78% European/Other
14.6%
Māori
9.2%
Asian
6.9%
Pacific peoples
Demonym
New Zealander, Kiwi (colloquial)
Government
Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy
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Head of State
HM Queen Elizabeth II
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Governor-General
Sir Anand Satyanand
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Prime Minister
John Key
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Speaker
Dr Lockwood Smith
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Chief Justice
Dame Sian Elias
Independence
from the United Kingdom
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1st Parliament
25 May 1854
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Dominion
26 September 1907
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Statute of Westminster
11 December 1931 (adopted 25 November 1947)
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Constitution Act 1986
13 December 1986
Area
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Total
268,680 km2 (75th)
103,738 sq mi
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Water (%)
2.1
Population
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2011 estimate
4,315,800 2nd est=4,266,000
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2006 census
4,027,9477
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Density
16.1/km2
41.6/sq mi
GDP (PPP)
2011 estimate
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Total
$145.809 billion
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Per capita
$38,083
GDP (nominal)
2008 estimate
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Total
$128.409 billion
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Per capita
$30,030
Gini (1997)
36.2 (medium)
HDI (2011)
0.948 (high) (20th)
Currency
New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Time zone
NZST8 (UTC+12)
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Summer (DST)
NZDT (UTC+13)
(Sep to Apr)
Date formats
dd/mm/yyyy
Drives on the
left
Internet TLD
.nz
Calling code
64