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New Zealand

is a remote, mountainous group of islands in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. The two main islands, North and South Islands, are separated by the Cook Strait. Australia, its nearest neighbor, is 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away.

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The Maori named the country, Aotearoa, “The Land of the Long White Cloud.” The Maori culture is widely canada goose respected by ers and many parcels of land under dispute were returned to the Maori in 1998.

Rugby buy canada goose jacket cheap is canada goose clearance sale the favorite sport and nearly everyone cheers on the national team, the All Blacks. Many Kiwis also enjoy cricket.

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In the last 1,000 years, canada goose coats on sale half of all animals on the islands have become extinct. Deforestation and draining of swamp land is also threatening many remaining species, including the kiwi bird. Fewer than 75,000 wild kiwis remain. Several species are recovering, including the kakapo, kokako, kiwi, and tuatara.

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Pilot and humpback whales visit the islands on their way to breed, and orcas come to feed on dolphins.

‘s government is based on the parliamentary democracy based on the system used in Britain. There are 122 seats in the House of Representatives and each is elected for a three year term. Seven seats are reserved for the Maori and they are chosen by Maori voters.

There are two main parties, National and Labour. The party with the most elected representatives forms the government. The leader of the party is the canada goose factory sale Prime Minister.

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In 1769, Captain James Cook came to the islands. The British established settlements and signed a treaty with the buy canada goose jacket Maori in 1840. The Maori protested the treaty after their lands were seized, and in the 1860s, they began a 12 year war against the British for control of North Island. Peace was restored to the islands in the 1870s.

In 1893, became the first country to canada goose black friday sale give women the right to vote. The country Canada Goose Online became a dominion of Britain in 1907 and gained its independence from Britain in 1947.

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