New Zealand - Aotearoa
New Zealand is the youngest country on earth - the last major landmass to be discovered. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings.
 
A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become.
 
New Zealanders describe their country as a great place to bring up children. While we lead the world in our use of the internet and mobile phones, we still appreciate the simple things in life: a fresh meal, a walk on the beach, time to relax with family and friends.
 
Maori are New Zealand's indigenous people, and Maori perspectives and culture have helped form our identity. Maori concepts like whanau (the extended family) and mana (dignity) are part of our everyday life. All New Zealanders share a deep connection with the land and sea.
 
Visitors from overseas often comment on New Zealanders' friendly, open attitude. With only four million people and plenty of space, we can take the time to get to know each other. Our closeness to nature gives us a sense of freedom and relaxation.
 
New Zealanders are high achievers in sport. Our national sport is rugby football, and the haka, performed by our rugby team the All Blacks, is known around the world.
 
New Zealand's place in the South Pacific has made us independent, adventurous and outward looking.
Map of New Zealand
 
   

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