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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) a native or inhabitant of New Zealand
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|Noun||1.||New Zealander - a native or inhabitant of New Zealand|
New Zealand - an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery
|Adj.||1.||New Zealander - of or relating to or characteristic of New Zealand or its people; "New Zealander sheep farms"|
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