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An island country in the southern Pacific Ocean southeast of Australia. Maori groups probably migrated to New Zealand from Polynesia by the late 1200s. Visited by Abel Tasman in 1642, the islands were more thoroughly explored by Capt. James Cook in three voyages between 1769 and 1777. The British established their first permanent settlement in 1840 and claimed the region as a crown colony. New Zealand received dominion status in 1907 and became fully independent in 1931. Wellington is the capital and Auckland the largest city.
New Zea′land·er n.
(Placename) an independent dominion within the Commonwealth, occupying two main islands (the North Island and the South Island), Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, and a number of minor islands in the SE Pacific: original Māori inhabitants ceded sovereignty to the British government in 1840; became a dominion in 1907; a major world exporter of dairy products, wool, and meat. Official languages: English and Māori. Religion: Christian majority, nonreligious and Māori minorities. Currency: New Zealand dollar. Capital: Wellington. Pop: 4 365 113 (2013 est). Area: 270 534 sq km (104 454 sq miles)
New` Zea′land(ˈzi lənd)
a country in the S Pacific, SE of Australia, consisting of North Island, South Island, and adjacent small islands: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 3,662,265; 104,454 sq. mi. (270,534 sq. km). Cap.: Wellington.
New` Zea′land•er, n.
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|Noun||1.||New Zealand - an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery|
British Commonwealth, Commonwealth of Nations - an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and several former British colonies that are now sovereign states but still pay allegiance to the British Crown
British Empire - a former empire consisting of Great Britain and all the territories under its control; reached its greatest extent at the end of World War I; it included the British Isles, British West Indies, Canada, British Guiana; British West Africa, British East Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand; "the sun never sets on the British Empire"
New Zealand Islands, New Zealand - North Island and South Island and adjacent small islands in the South Pacific
Auckland - the largest city and principal port of New Zealand
Christchurch - industrial city at the center of a rich agricultural region
Cook Strait - a narrow strait separating the North Island and South Island in New Zealand
returning officer - the official in each electorate who holds the election and returns the results
|2.||New Zealand - North Island and South Island and adjacent small islands in the South Pacific|
North Island - the smaller but more populous of two main islands of New Zealand; separated from South Island by Cook Strait
South Island - the larger but less populous of two main islands of New Zealand; separated from North Island by Cook Strait
New Zealand - an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery
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