Spectacularly beautiful, safe and clean. New Zealand is a wealthy Pacific nation dominated by two cultural groups: New Zealanders of European descent; and the Maori, the descendants of Polynesian settlers.
Why choose New Zealand
New Zealand enjoys a very good reputation for higher education. New Zealand offers an excellent educational vibe, a safe learning environment, and a range of learning services.
Information about New Zealand
- Location:Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia
- Area: total 268,838 sq km; land 264,537 sq km; water 4,301 sq km; coastline 15,134 km; climate temperate with sharp regional contrasts.
- Land use: agricultural land 2% (arable land 1.8%; permanent crops 0.3%; permanent pasture 41.1%); forest 31.4%; other 25.4% (2011 est.)
- Population: 4,510,327 (July 2017 est.)
The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand’s full participation in a number of defence alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances. New Zealand assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2015-16 term.