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Background:
The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. 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. In 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.



Location:
Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia

Geographic coordinates:
41 00 S, 174 00 E

Map references:
Oceania

Area:
total: 267,710 sq km
country comparison to the world: 75
land: 267,710 sq km
water: NA
note: includes Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Island, Chatham Islands, and Kermadec Islands

Area - comparative:
about the size of Colorado

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
15,134 km

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin

Climate:
Current Weather
temperate with sharp regional contrasts

Terrain:
predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Aoraki-Mount Cook 3,754 m

Natural resources:
natural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydropower, gold, limestone

Land use:
arable land: 5.54%
permanent crops: 6.92%
other: 87.54% (2005)

Irrigated land:
2,850 sq km (2003)

Total renewable water resources:
397 cu km (1995)

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 2.11 cu km/yr (48%/9%/42%)
per capita: 524 cu m/yr (2000)

Natural hazards:
earthquakes are common, though usually not severe; volcanic activity

Environment - current issues:
deforestation; soil erosion; native flora and fauna hard-hit by invasive species

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: Antarctic Seals, Marine Life Conservation

Geography - note:
almost 90% of the population lives in cities; Wellington is the southernmost national capital in the world



Population:
4,252,277 (July 2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 124

Age structure:
0-14 years: 20.5% (male 447,703/female 425,395)
15-64 years: 66.5% (male 1,416,259/female 1,411,174)
65 years and over: 13% (male 251,987/female 299,759) (2010 est.)

Median age:
total: 36.8 years
male: 36 years
female: 37.6 years (2010 est.)

Population growth rate:
0.901% (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 130

Birth rate:
13.81 births/1,000 population (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 152

Death rate:
7.1 deaths/1,000 population (July 2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 130

Net migration rate:
2.3 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 32

Urbanization:
urban population: 87% of total population (2008)
rate of urbanization: 1% annual rate of change (2005-10 est.)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.048 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.84 male(s)/female
total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (2010 est.)

Infant mortality rate:
total: 4.85 deaths/1,000 live births
country comparison to the world: 190
male: 5.45 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 4.22 deaths/1,000 live births (2010 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 80.48 years
country comparison to the world: 18
male: 78.52 years
female: 82.53 years (2010 est.)

Total fertility rate:
2.09 children born/woman (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 121

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
0.1% (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 131

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
1,400 (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 140

HIV/AIDS - deaths:
fewer than 200 (2003 est.)
country comparison to the world: 122

Nationality:
noun: New Zealander(s)
adjective: New Zealand

Ethnic groups:
European 69.8%, Maori 7.9%, Asian 5.7%, Pacific islander 4.4%, other 0.5%, mixed 7.8%, unspecified 3.8% (2001 census)

Religions:
Anglican 14.9%, Roman Catholic 12.4%, Presbyterian 10.9%, Methodist 2.9%, Pentecostal 1.7%, Baptist 1.3%, other Christian 9.4%, other 3.3%, unspecified 17.2%, none 26% (2001 census)

Languages:
English (official), Maori (official), Sign Language (official)

Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
total: 19 years
male: 19 years
female: 20 years (2006)

Education expenditures:
6.2% of GDP (2006)
country comparison to the world: 38



Country name:
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: New Zealand
abbreviation: NZ

Government type:
parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm

Capital:
name: Wellington
geographic coordinates: 41 28 S, 174 51 E
time difference: UTC+12 (17 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in September; ends first Sunday in April
note: New Zealand is divided into two time zones - New Zealand standard time (12 hours in advance of UTC), and Chatham Islands time (45 minutes in advance of New Zealand standard time)

Administrative divisions:
16 regions and 1 territory*; Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Chatham Islands*, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Marlborough, Nelson, Northland, Otago, Southland, Taranaki, Tasman, Waikato, Wellington, West Coast

Dependent areas:
Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau

Independence:
26 September 1907 (from the UK)

National holiday:
Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840); ANZAC Day (commemorated as the anniversary of the landing of troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I at Gallipoli, Turkey), 25 April (1915)

Constitution:
consists of a series of legal documents, including certain acts of the UK and New Zealand parliaments, as well as The Constitution Act 1986, which is the principal formal charter; adopted 1 January 1987, effective 1 January 1987

Legal system:
based on English law, with special land legislation and land courts for the Maori; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations

Suffrage:
18 years of age; universal

Executive branch:
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Anand SATYANAND (since 23 August 2006)
head of government: Prime Minister John KEY (since 19 November 2008); Deputy Prime Minister Bill ENGLISH (since 19 November 2008)
cabinet: Executive Council appointed by the governor general on the recommendation of the prime minister
(For more information visit the World Leaders website )
elections: the monarchy is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition usually appointed prime minister by the governor general; deputy prime minister appointed by the governor general

Legislative branch:
unicameral House of Representatives - commonly called Parliament (usually 120 seats; 70 members elected by popular vote in single-member constituencies including 7 Maori constituencies, 50 proportional seats chosen from party lists; serve three-year terms)
elections: last held on 8 November 2008 (next to be held not later than 27 November 2011)
election results: percent of vote by party - NP 44.9%, NZLP 34%, Green Party 6.7%, NZ First 4%, ACT New Zealand 3.7%, Maori 2.4%, Progressive 0.9%, UF 0.9%, other 6.6%; seats by party - NP 58, NZLP 43, Green Party 9, ACT New Zealand 5, Maori 5, Progressive 1, UF 1
note: results of 2008 election saw the total number of seats increase to 122

Judicial branch:
Supreme Court; Court of Appeal; High Court; note - judges appointed by the governor general

Political parties and leaders:
ACT New Zealand [Rodney HIDE]; Green Party [Jeanette FITZSIMONS]; Maori Party [Tariana TURIA and Pita SHARPLES]; National Party or NP [John KEY]; New Zealand First Party or NZ First [Winston PETERS]; New Zealand Labor Party or NZLP [Phil GOFF]; Progressive Party [James (Jim) ANDERTON]; United Future or UF [Peter DUNNE]

Political pressure groups and leaders:
Women's Electoral Lobby or WEL
other: apartheid groups; civil rights groups; farmers groups; Maori; nuclear weapons groups; women's rights groups

International organization participation:
ADB, ANZUS (US suspended security obligations to NZ on 11 August 1986), APEC, ARF, ASEAN (dialogue partner), Australia Group, BIS, C, CP, EAS, EBRD, FAO, FATF, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, NSG, OECD, OPCW, Paris Club (associate), PCA, PIF, Sparteca, SPC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNMIS, UNMIT, UNTSO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

Diplomatic representation in the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Roy N. FERGUSON
chancery: 37 Observatory Circle NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone: [1] (202) 328-4800
FAX: [1] (202) 667-5227
consulate(s) general: New York, Santa Monica

Diplomatic representation from the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador David HUEBNER
embassy: 29 Fitzherbert Terrace, Thorndon, Wellington
mailing address: P. O. Box 1190, Wellington; PSC 467, Box 1, APO AP 96531-1034
telephone: [64] (4) 462-6000
FAX: [64] (4) 499-0490
consulate(s) general: Auckland

Flag description:
blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant with four red five-pointed stars edged in white centered in the outer half of the flag; the stars represent the Southern Cross constellation

Government - note:
while not an official symbol, the Kiwi, a small native flightless bird, represents New Zealand



Economy - overview:
Over the past 20 years the government has transformed New Zealand from an agrarian economy dependent on concessionary British market access to a more industrialized, free market economy that can compete globally. This dynamic growth has boosted real incomes - but left behind some at the bottom of the ladder - and broadened and deepened the technological capabilities of the industrial sector. Per capita income rose for ten consecutive years until 2007 in purchasing power parity terms, but fell in 2008-09. Debt-driven consumer spending drove robust growth in the first half of the decade, helping fuel a large balance of payments deficit that posed a challenge for economic managers. Inflationary pressures caused the central bank to raise its key rate steadily from January 2004 until it was among the highest in the OECD in 2007-08; international capital inflows attracted to the high rates further strengthened the currency and housing market, however, aggravating the current account deficit. The economy fell into recession before the start of the global financial crisis and contracted for five consecutive quarters in 2008-09. In line with global peers, the central bank cut interest rates aggressively and the government developed fiscal stimulus measures. The economy posted a 1.4% decline in 2009, but pulled out of recession late in the year. Nevertheless, key trade sectors remain vulnerable to weak external demand. The government plans to raise productivity growth and develop infrastructure, while reining in government spending.

GDP (purchasing power parity):
$114.9 billion (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 62
$116.5 billion (2008 est.)
$116.6 billion (2007 est.)
note: data are in 2009 US dollars

GDP (official exchange rate):
$110.9 billion (2009 est.)

GDP - real growth rate:
-1.4% (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 131
-0.1% (2008 est.)
2.9% (2007 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP):
$27,300 (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 51
$27,900 (2008 est.)
$28,200 (2007 est.)
note: data are in 2009 US dollars

GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 4.6%
industry: 23.7%
services: 71.7% (2009 est.)

Labor force:
2.3 million (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 113

Labor force - by occupation:
agriculture: 7%
industry: 19%
services: 74% (2006 est.)

Unemployment rate:
6.2% (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 58
4.2% (2008 est.)

Population below poverty line:
NA%

Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: %NA
highest 10%: %NA

Distribution of family income - Gini index:
36.2 (1997)
country comparison to the world: 83

Investment (gross fixed):
20.1% of GDP (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 95

Budget:
revenues: $48.05 billion
expenditures: $53.75 billion (2009 est.)

Public debt:
22.2% of GDP (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 100
17.4% of GDP (2008 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices):
2.1% (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 73
4% (2008 est.)

Central bank discount rate:
5% (31 December 2008)
country comparison to the world: 51
8.25% (31 December 2007)

Commercial bank prime lending rate:
12.06% (31 December 2008)
country comparison to the world: 69
12.83% (31 December 2007)

Stock of money:
$20.17 billion (31 December 2008)
country comparison to the world: 43
$26.83 billion (31 December 2007)

Stock of quasi money:
$81.01 billion (31 December 2008)
country comparison to the world: 28
$96.15 billion (31 December 2007)

Stock of domestic credit:
$164.4 billion (31 December 2008)
country comparison to the world: 34
$200.1 billion (31 December 2007)

Market value of publicly traded shares:
$NA (31 December 2009)
country comparison to the world: 58
$24.17 billion (31 December 2008)
$47.45 billion (31 December 2007)

Agriculture - products:
dairy products, lamb and mutton; wheat, barley, potatoes, pulses, fruits, vegetables; wool, beef; fish

Industries:
food processing, wood and paper products, textiles, machinery, transportation equipment, banking and insurance, tourism, mining

Industrial production growth rate:
-10.4% (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 143

Electricity - production:
42.4 billion kWh (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 54

Electricity - consumption:
39.24 billion kWh (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 52

Electricity - exports:
0 kWh (2008 est.)

Electricity - imports:
0 kWh (2008 est.)

Oil - production:
61,150 bbl/day (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 58

Oil - consumption:
154,100 bbl/day (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 67

Oil - exports:
34,260 bbl/day (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 84

Oil - imports:
147,600 bbl/day (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 55

Oil - proved reserves:
60 million bbl (1 January 2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 75

Natural gas - production:
4.305 billion cu m (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 49

Natural gas - consumption:
4.32 billion cu m (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 62

Natural gas - exports:
0 cu m (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 151

Natural gas - imports:
NA (2008 est.)

Natural gas - proved reserves:
33.98 billion cu m (1 January 2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 68

Current account balance:
-$3.351 billion (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 161
-$11.24 billion (2008 est.)

Exports:
$24.99 billion (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 62
$31.19 billion (2008 est.)

Exports - commodities:
dairy products, meat, wood and wood products, fish, machinery

Exports - partners:
Australia 23.36%, US 9.64%, China 9.21%, Japan 7.1%, UK 4.21% (2009)

Imports:
$23.45 billion (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 61
$32.8 billion (2008 est.)

Imports - commodities:
machinery and equipment, vehicles and aircraft, petroleum, electronics, textiles, plastics

Imports - partners:
Australia 18.4%, China 15.09%, US 10.45%, Japan 7.24%, Germany 4.16%, Singapore 4.12% (2009)

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
$15.59 billion (31 December 2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 59
$11.05 billion (31 December 2008 est.)

Debt - external:
$58.92 billion (31 December 2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 46
$59.08 billion (31 December 2008 est.)

Stock of direct foreign investment - at home:
$52.38 billion (31 December 2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 50
$51.98 billion (31 December 2008 est.)

Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad:
$NA (31 December 2009)
$59.08 billion (31 December 2008)

Exchange rates:
New Zealand dollars (NZD) per US dollar - 1.6204 (2009), 1.4151 (2008), 1.3811 (2007), 1.5408 (2006), 1.4203 (2005)



Telephones - main lines in use:
1.75 million (2008)
country comparison to the world: 62

Telephones - mobile cellular:
4.62 million (2008)
country comparison to the world: 91

Telephone system:
general assessment: excellent domestic and international systems
domestic: combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular telephone subscribership exceeds 150 per 100 persons
international: country code - 64; the Southern Cross submarine cable system provides links to Australia, Fiji, and the US; satellite earth stations - 8 (1 Inmarsat - Pacific Ocean, 7 other)

Radio broadcast stations:
AM 124, FM 290, shortwave 4 (1998)

Television broadcast stations:
41 (plus about 700 repeaters) (1997)

Internet country code:
.nz

Internet hosts:
2.007 million (2009)
country comparison to the world: 32

Internet users:
3.047 million (2008)
country comparison to the world: 58



Airports:
120 (2009)
country comparison to the world: 50

Airports - with paved runways:
total: 41
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 12
914 to 1,523 m: 25
under 914 m: 1 (2009)

Airports - with unpaved runways:
total: 79
1,524 to 2,437 m: 3
914 to 1,523 m: 31
under 914 m: 45 (2009)

Pipelines:
condensate 331 km; gas 1,838 km; liquid petroleum gas 172 km; oil 288 km; refined products 198 km (2009)

Railways:
total: 4,128 km
country comparison to the world: 39
narrow gauge: 4,128 km 1.067-m gauge (506 km electrified) (2008)

Roadways:
total: 93,911 km
country comparison to the world: 51
paved: 61,879 km (includes 172 km of expressways)
unpaved: 32,032 km (2009)

Merchant marine:
total: 13
country comparison to the world: 108
by type: bulk carrier 3, cargo 2, chemical tanker 1, passenger/cargo 4, petroleum tanker 1, roll on/roll off 2
foreign-owned: 3 (Australia 1, Germany 1, South Africa 1)
registered in other countries: 5 (Antigua and Barbuda 2, Cook Islands 1, France 1, UK 1) (2008)

Ports and terminals:
Auckland, Lyttelton, Marsden Point, Tauranga, Wellington, Whangarei



Military branches:
New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF): New Zealand Army, Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal New Zealand Air Force (Te Hokowhitu o Kahurangi, RNZAF) (2010)

Military service age and obligation:
17 years of age for voluntary military service; soldiers cannot be deployed until the age of 18; no conscription (2008)

Manpower available for military service:
males age 16-49: 1,017,575
females age 16-49: 1,003,087 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:
males age 16-49: 840,977
females age 16-49: 828,081 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:
male: 30,956
female: 29,236 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:
1% of GDP (2005 est.)
country comparison to the world: 132



Disputes - international:
asserts a territorial claim in Antarctica (Ross Dependency)

Illicit drugs:
significant consumer of amphetamines

 

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