Quick Facts

  • The British began the first organized colony in 1840
  • On September 7, 1907, New Zealand became a dominion within the British Empire (independence).
  • In 1947, New Zealand adopted the Statute of Westminster making it a Commonwealth realm.
  • Location: Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia
  • Area: 103,483 sq. miles, about the size of the state of Colorado
  • Population: 4,438,393
  • Capital: Wellington (pop. 383,000) – southernmost capital in the world
  • Climate: temperate with sharp regional contrasts
  • Terrain: predominately mountains with some large coastal plains
  • Nationality: New Zealanders
  • Major ethnic group: European
  • Official languages: English, Maori
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Literacy: 99%
  • Economy: In the past 20 years, the government has transformed New Zealand from an agrarian economy to a more industrialized, free market economy competing globally.
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • New Zealand has a parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
  • Chief of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor General Lt. General Sir Jerry Mateparae, appointed by the monarchy
  • Head of government: Prime Minister John Key – leader of the majority party or majority coalition party and appointed by the governor general



Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy: 81.05 years
  • Health expenditures: 9.7% of GDP
  • Physicians density: 2.74 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density: 2.3 beds/1,000 population
  • Obesity adult prevalence rate: 30.6%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

Images From the Field

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Area Agencies

Field Stories

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