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New Zealand's Information

Flag of New Zealand
Land Area 264,537 km2
Water Area 4,301 km2
Total Area 268,838km2 (#75)
Population 4,474,549 (#126)
Population Density 16.91/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Democracy (New Zealand Parliament) Under A Constitutional Monarchy; A Commonwealth Realm
GDP (PPP) $175.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $37,100
Currency Dollar (NZD)
Largest Cities
1900's continued
  • (1979) Air New Zealand flight crashes on Mount Erebus, Antarctica, 257 killed
  • (1981) Riots broke out all over New Zealand in protest of South African rugby tour, described as worst 56 days in history of New Zealand
  • (1985) New Zealand refused US nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships to enter ports, breaking ANZUS pact; established itself as world's first anti-nuclear country; French sunk Greenpeace vessel, Rainbow Warrior, at Auckland
  • (1986) Constitution Act ended right of British Parliament to pass laws for New Zealand; Pope made first visit to New Zealand
  • (1995) Team New Zealand won America's Cup
  • (1996) Government agreed to settle land claim filed by Maoris, Ngai Tahu people to receive land and cash worth $117 million, regained some fishing rights
  • (1997) Activist attack damaged America's Cup; Auckland's Sky Tower opened; Customs investigated claims of odometer fraud on imported Japanese cars
  • (1998) Waitangi Tribunal ordered government to return confiscated land in Turangi to Maori owners; Women's rugby team, Black Ferns, became world champions; tuberculosis discovered in South Auckland; power cables failed in Auckland, city left without full power for over a month
  • (1999) Peter Jackson began filming "Lord of the Rings" trilogy
  • (2000) Team New Zealand successfully defended America's Cup
  • (2001) Thousands of red fire ants found at Auckland International Airport; New Zealand suffered severe summer drought; Government rescued Air New Zealand
  • (2003) Tens of thousands of New Zealanders demonstrated against Iraq war; Australia, New Zealand began withdrawing troops from Solomon Islands; four Latvian climbers plunged to their deaths from Mount Cook; pilot Kelvin Stark killed while flying new plane to California, plane was first passenger plane built in New Zealand designed for skydiving; avalanche swept down Mount Tasman, killed four climbers, injured two
  • (2004) 3,400 gallons of fuel spilled in fjord listed as World Heritage site, officials said spill was eco-terrorism and economic sabotage against tourism industry
  • (2006) New Zealand troops joined intervention forces in East Timor
  • (2007) Police arrested 17 in anti-terror raid, Maori activists accused of planning violence against country's white majority
  • (2008) Mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary died
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

New Zealand Trivia

What is the Largest Lake in New Zealand?

Lake Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand, with a surface area of 616 sq km.

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What is the Most Populated Island in New Zealand?

The North Island of New Zealand is the most populated island in the country. It has a population of around 3.5 million people.

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What Was the First Country to Give Women the Right to Vote?

In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to allow all women to vote.

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Auckland Auckland
Bay of Plenty Whakatane
Canturbury Christchurch
Chatham Islands Territory Waitangi
Gisborne District Gisborne
Hawke's Bay Napier
Manawatu-Wanganui Palmerston North
Marlborough District Blenheim
Nelson Nelson
Northland Whangarei
Otago Dunedin
Southland Invercargill
Taranaki New Plymouth
Tasman District Richmond
Waikato Hamilton
Wellington Wellington
West Coast Greymouth

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