By Sydney Lewis
New Zealand is a country in the pacific ocean that is made up of two islands. The country is located 2,587 miles southeast of Australia and 1,612 miles below Fiji. The capital of New Zealand is Wellington. It’s coordinates are 40.9006° South, 174.8860° East.
People from New Zealand are called New Zealanders and Kiwis. The Nickname is derived from the Kiwi bird, which is native to New Zealand.
New Zealand’s national flag is very similar to Australia’s. The only difference between the two flags is the number of stars.
New Zealand’s stars represent only the Southern Cross constellation, and Australia’s stars represent the Southern Cross constellation AND the Common Wealth star + Epsilon Crucis star.
Many people argue that New Zealand's flag does not represent the country’s current status as an independent, sovereign Nation. The conflict has sparked many debates. Recently, in 2016, a poll was held where New Zealanders could vote on one of four new flag designs. The results of the poll revealed the silver fern as the winning flag, but the majority vote showed that 56% of voters would rather keep New Zealand’s original flag.
New Zealand is home to glaciers,
... and miles of coastline.
Because of its geographic diversity, New Zealand is becoming a popular spot for filming movies.
Some of New Zealand’s most prominent natural resources include natural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydro-power, gold, limestone. The country’s GDP PC is $37,100, the life expectancy is 81.2 years, and the literacy rate is 99%. The infant mortality rate is 4.5 deaths for 1000 births, and the human development index is 0.915.
About 44% of the population are christian, about 2% are other religions, and the remaining percentage don’t have a religion. New Zealand’s official languages include English, New Zealand Sign language, and Māori. English is the country’s dominant language.
There are thousands of performers and artists born and raised in New Zealand, but some more familiar ones include...
Some of New Zealand’s most popular architecture includes the 168 meter-high "Sky Tower."
Most of New Zealand’s culture and tradition comes from Maori descent. The Maori are immigrants who traveled from Polynesia to New Zealand in canoes in an ancient event called the “Great Fleet”. In a typical Maori welcoming, people greet by the pressing of noses, and preparing a feast cooked in an earth oven.
Maori art consists of swirls that are often inspired by ferns and waves.