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Title: New Zealand

New Zealand
I. Geography
Geographical Features
  • Are the following statements about New Zealand
  • New Zealand is an island country.
  • New Zealand is comprised of two main island the
    North Island and the South Island.
  • Cook Strait, which separates the two main
    islands, connects the Tasman Sea in the west with
    the South Pacific Ocean in the east.
  • The mountainous South Island is the largest land
    mass of New Zealand.
  • The North Island is marked by volcanism.

  • What are the two main geographical features that
    dominate New Zealand's climate?
  • Mountain chains divide the country into
    dramatically different climate regions. Which
    part do you think is the wettest area and which
    part the driest?
  • When is the coldest month and the warmest month
    in New Zealand?
  • Are there dramatic variations between summer and
    winter temperatures in New Zealand?

Major CitiesWellington
  • the capital of New Zealand
  • the country's second largest urban area
  • the most populous national capital in Oceania
  • the southernmost capital city in the world
  • at the southwestern tip of the North Island on
    Cook Strait
  • New Zealand's political centre
  • with the 12th best quality of living in the world

Major CitiesAuckland
  • in the North Island of New Zealand
  • the largest and most populous urban area in the
  • straddles the volcanoes of the Auckland Volcanic
  • a warm temperate climate
  • ranks the 5th in a survey of the quality of life

II. History
Discovery of New Zealand
  • Who were the first settlers in New Zealand?
  • Who were the first Europeans to reach New Zealand
    but without landing on it?
  • Who first mapped the entire coastline of New

New Zealand as a Colony
  • What is the Treaty of Waitangi?
  • What significance did it have on New Zealand
  • Did the Treaty of Waitangi provide an absolutely
    sound basis for British sovereignty?

New Zealand as a Dominion
  • in 1907, became an independent dominion
  • in 1947, a fully independent nation
  • in WWI enthusiastically backed Britain suffered
    great loss
  • in WWII suffered large casualties stimulated
    its economy

New Zealand as a Realm
  • mid-1980s
  • declared its antinuclear policy
  • mid-1980smid-1990s
  • radical economic reforms
  • a unique blend of South Pacific and European
    cultures with a strong national identity of its

III. Government
  • What is New Zealands political system?
  • How can a law be passed in New Zealand?
  • How many parts is New Zealands Parliament
    composed of?
  • What is the policy-making body in New Zealand?
  • What does the judiciary consist of?
  • What are the two main parties in New Zealand?
    Which party is leading the government currently?

IV. People
  • a multicultural society with diverse population
  • total population 4.12 million
  • Pakeha (European descent) 80
  • Maoris 14.5
  • other ethnic groups Pacific Island Polynesians
    Chinese Indians

V. Economy
  • one of the most developed countries
  • ranking 15th in the Economists 2005 worldwide
    quality-of-life index
  • trade-oriented economy
  • nicknamed the worlds largest farm
  • vulnerable to changes in world economy

VI. Language
  • official Languages English, Maori, and sign
  • New Zealand Sign Language or NZSL
  • the main language of the deaf community in New
    Zealand. It became a third official language of
    New Zealand in April 2006. New Zealand became the
    first country to declare sign language as an
    official language.

VII. Education
  • quality education secondary education, English
    language training or further and technical
  • provider of qualified teachers
  • Universities in New Zealand
  • an international reputation as a provider of
    quality education
  • a safe learning environment
  • excellent study opportunities and support
    services for international students
  • internationally respected for their academic and
    research standards
  • a high level of research activity recognized