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New Zealand

  • Population: 4 million (Statistics New Zealand, 2004)
  • Capital: Wellington
  • Area: 270,534 sq km (104,454 sq miles)
  • Major languages: English, Maori
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 New Zealand dollar ($NZ) = 100 cents


  • New Zealand Herald – Auckland-based daily
  • The Press – Christchurch-based daily
  • The Sunday Star Times – Auckland-based weekly

As we all know, there’s more to New Zealand than sheep. There’s hobbits, for instance…