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( New Zealand Māori: Aotearoa ) is an [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa] island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island ( Te Ika-a-Māui) and the South Island ( Te Waipounamu)—and more than 700 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the islands of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. The country's varied topography and sharp mountain peaks, including the Southern Alps, owe much to tectonic uplift and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, and its most populous city is Auckland.
Owing to their remoteness, the islands of New Zealand were the last large habitable lands to be settled by humans. Between about 1280 and 1350,
Polynesians began to settle in the islands and then developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman, became the first European to sight New Zealand. In 1840, representatives of the United Kingdom and Māori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which declared British sovereignty over the islands. In 1841, New Zealand became a colony within the British Empire, and in 1907 it became a dominion; it gained full statutory independence in 1947, and the British monarch remained the head of state. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 5 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. The official languages are English, Māori, and New Zealand Sign Language, with English being dominant.
developed country, New Zealand ranks highly in international comparisons, particularly in education, protection of civil liberties, government transparency, and economic freedom. It underwent major economic changes during the 1980s, which transformed it from a protectionist to a liberalised free-trade economy. The service sector dominates the national economy, followed by the industrial sector, and agriculture; international tourism is a significant source of revenue. Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the prime minister, currently Jacinda Ardern. Queen Elizabeth II is the country's monarch and is represented by a governor-general, currently Dame Patsy Reddy. In addition, New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes. The Realm of New Zealand also includes Tokelau (a dependent territory); the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing states in free association with New Zealand); and the Ross Dependency, which is New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica. ( )
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The episode marked the debut of the Flight of the Conchords song and single "Robots."
" is the Sally pilot episode of the American television sitcom . It first aired on Flight of the Conchords HBO on June 17, 2007. In this episode, New Zealanders Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie of the band Flight of the Conchords have moved to New York City to try to make it in the United States. At a party, Jemaine falls for, and subsequently begins dating, Sally—Bret's former girlfriend. As Jemaine's attentions focus on Sally, a lonely Bret is forced to deal with the advances of Mel ( Kristen Schaal), the band's obsessed—and only—fan. Meanwhile, Murray ( Rhys Darby), the band's manager, helps the band film their first music video, although they cannot afford decent costumes or proper video equipment.
"Sally" received largely positive reviews from critics. According to Nielsen Media Research, "Sally" drew over 1.2 million viewers. Several of the songs from the episode, most notably "Robots", "Not Crying", and "Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)" received critical acclaim. All three songs were released on the band's EP
The Distant Future
, although "Robots" appeared in a live form. "Robots" later was re-recorded and released on the band's debut album
Flight of the Conchords
, along with "Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)." The latter was later nominated for an
Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics
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Michael Joseph Savage
, Labour Prime Minister 1935–1940. This portrait was hung on the walls of many supporters.
is dominated by steep, glacier-carved valleys
A 1943 poster produced during the war. The poster reads: "When war broke out ... industries were unprepared for munitions production. To-day New Zealand is not only manufacturing many kinds of munitions for her own defence but is making a valuable contribution to the defence of the other areas in the Pacific..."
Strong winds in the Cook Strait produce high waves which erode the shore, as shown in this image
Rural landscape close to Mt Ruapehu
The Waikato River flowing out of Lake Taupo
The Forty-Fours viewed from the north; the leftmost islet is the easternmost point of New Zealand.
and Muldoon's Cabinet, taken during the Queen's 1981 visit to New Zealand
Men of the
, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, after disembarking at Gourock in Scotland in June 1940
has become a New Zealand icon.
, the submerged continent, and the two tectonic plates
Putting down a hāngi (earth oven)
New Zealand Division in 1916
for the victims of the Christchurch mosques attacks
Percentages of people reporting affiliation with Christianity at the 2001, 2006 and 2013 censuses; there has been a steady decrease over twelve years.
The Māori are most likely descended from people who emigrated from
and then travelled east through to the
. After a pause of 70 to 265 years, a new wave of exploration led to the discovery and settlement of New Zealand.
New Zealand children and young adult's author
, July 2011.
at Kerikeri is New Zealand's oldest surviving building, having been completed in 1822
developed an identity that was influenced by their rustic lifestyle. In this scene from 1909, men at their camp site display a catch of rabbits and fish.
"First Scottish Colony for New Zealand" – 1839 poster advertising emigration from Scotland to New Zealand. Collection of
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
, Glasgow, Scotland.
, a popular New Zealand dessert, garnished with cream and strawberries.
Central Plateau in winter
Māori whānau from
in the 1880s. Many aspects of Western life and culture, including European clothing and architecture, became incorporated into Māori society during the 19th century.
New Zealand is antipodal to points of the North Atlantic, the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco.
Richard Seddon, Liberal Prime Minister from 1893 to his death in 1906
The scalloped bays indenting Lake Taupo's northern and western coasts are typical of large volcanic
margins. The caldera they surround was formed during the huge
HMS North Star
destroying Pomare's Pā during the Northern/Flagstaff War, 1845, Painting by John Williams.
Hinepare of Ngati Kahungunu, is wearing a traditional
adorned with a black fringe border. The two huia feathers in her hair, indicate a chiefly lineage. She also wears a pounamu
and earring, as well as a shark tooth (mako) earring. The
(chin-tattoo) is often based on one's role in the
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Phillipa "Pip" Brown
(born in July 1979) better known by her stage name
, is a New Zealand
. She was formerly a part of the
Two Lane Blacktop
, named for the 1971 road movie
of the same name
. Before assuming the name Ladyhawke, she formed the band
Empire of the Sun
. Ladyhawke named herself after the 1985
. Ladyhawke is best known for her hit singles "
Paris Is Burning
" and "
self-titled debut album
was released on
September 2008. At the
ARIA Music Awards of 2009
, Ladyhawke won for Best Breakthrough single and album.
grouped Ladyhawke in with other singers gaining notice with their distinct fashion, 1980s references, and The Observer androgyny, including Lady Gaga, Little Boots, Lissy Trullie, and Elly Jackson's synth duo La Roux. ( )
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Tasman Lake has formed as the Tasman Glacier retreated over the last 20-30 years. Tour boats ply its grey waters, giving visitors a close encounter with the lake's many icebergs and a view of the glacier's snout. The glacier's barren lateral and terminal moraines line the rest of the lake's coastline. Aoraki/Mount Cook (at far left) overlooks the lake.
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is called the "lemon tree borer", even though lemon trees are not native to New Zealand? Oemona hirta ... that New Zealand–born musician
wrote her English literature master's thesis on Millie Lovelock One Direction? ... that mezzo-soprano
made her debut at the Patricia Payne Metropolitan Opera in Ponchielli's , and took part in the first performance of Britten's La Gioconda in New Zealand? Peter Grimes ... that New Zealand-born singer
initially thought her father's suggestion that she audition to become a Rosé K-pop star was a joke, as the family lived in Australia? ... that helped weave Rānui Ngārimu Te Māhutonga (the Southern Cross), the Māori cloak worn by the flag bearer of the New Zealand Olympic team since 2004?
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