New Zealand's system of government is parliamentary democracy. As of 2015, the country is also a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, with Queen Elizabeth II as the chief of state.Continue Reading
New Zealand is located in Oceania in the southeast portion of Australia. The country gained independence from the United Kingdom on September 26, 1907, with its capital city established in Wellington. New Zealand's government is divided into the executive, legislative and judicial branches.
The chief of state appoints a governor general who acts as the representative in New Zealand. The elected leader of a majority party or majority bloc in the single-chambered Parliament is typically appointed as prime minister by the governor general. The prime minister serves as head of government in the country.Learn more about Australia
New Zealand is located at latitude 41.44 degrees south and longitude 172.19 degrees west in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, approximately 900 miles east of Australia across the Tasman Sea. Other nearby countries include Fiji and Tonga, both of which lie about 600 miles north of New Zealand. This country was one of the last landmasses to be explored, discovered and inhabited due to its remote location.Full Answer >
New Zealand, a nation comprised of several islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean east of Australia, has about 103,454 square miles of land. The nation is home to about 4.5 million people.Full Answer >
The capital of New Zealand is Wellington. It has 393,600 residents as of 2014 and is the second-most-populated urban area in New Zealand. It is located in the southwest of North Island. In 2014 the city was ranked as 12th in the world by Mercer Quality of Living Survey.Full Answer >
The New Zealand accent is often described as similar to Australian and South African English. The sound of an accent is perceived differently depending on the linguistic background of the listener. Most dialects of English tend to differ most in their pronunciation of vowels and diphthongs, which are vowel combinations.Full Answer >