NEW-ZEALAND

Information about travelling to New-Zealand

New-Zealand is located in Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia

Facts about New-Zealand
Population4,173,460 (July 2008 est.
CapitalWellington
Time zoneUTC+12 (17 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time) daylight saving time: +1hr, beg
Location Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia

General info about New-Zealand
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.
Languages spoken
English (official), Maori (official), Sign Language (official)
What about drugs?
significant consumer of amphetamines
Ethnic division
European 69.8%, Maori 7.9%, Asian 5.7%, Pacific islander 4.4%, other 0.5%, mixed 7.8%, unspecified 3.8% (2001 census)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
0.1% (2003 est.)
Climate
temperate with sharp regional contrasts
Resources
natural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydropower, gold, limestone
Economy
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 has risen for nine consecutive years and reached $28,500 in 2008 in purchasing power parity terms. 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 2007-2008; 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 in 2008, and in line with global peers, the central bank has cut interest rates aggressively; the new government is responding with plans to raise productivity growth and develop infrastructure.
Environment
deforestation; soil erosion; native flora and fauna hard-hit by invasive species

Cities in New-Zealand


National airlines
Air New Zealandairline website


Airports in New-Zealand
Auckland International AirportAKL
Metropolitan AreaAKL
ArdmoreAMZ
InternationalCHC
CoromandelCMV
DargavilleDGR
DunedinDUD
Port FitzroyGBS
GisborneGIS
GreymouthGMN
Hokitika AirportHKK
HamiltonHLZ
InvercargillIVC
KaikouraKBZ
KerikeriKKE
TakakaKTF
Kawau IslandKUI
Mechanics BayMHB
MastertonMRO
New PlymouthNPL
NelsonNSN
Royal Air Force BaseOHA
Palmerston NorthPMR
ParaparaumuPPQ
RaglanRAG
ManapouriTEU
TimaruTIU
TokoroaTKZ
ThamesTMZ
TaurangaTRG
TaupoTUO
WanganuiWAG
WaitangiWGN
WhakataneWHK
Franz JosefWHO
SurfdaleWIK
WairoaWIR
WanakaWKA
InternationalWLG
WhangareiWRE
WestportWSZ
WhitiangaWTZ
FranktonZQN


Beer in New-Zealand (0.33l)
Auckland~ 1.3 EUR
Auckland~ 1.3 EUR
Christchurch~ 1.6 EUR
Hamilton~ 1.5 EUR
Kingston~ 1.5 EUR
Nelson~ 1.5 EUR
Papakura~ 1.1 EUR
Paraparaumu~ 0.6 EUR
Tauranga~ 2.1 EUR
Waiuku~ 1.1 EUR
Wellington~ 1.5 EUR
Wellington~ 1.5 EUR

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