New Zealand

New Zealand is located in Oceania, and are islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia.               

New Zealand, also known by it's Maori name of Aotearoa, consists of two major islands (North Island and South Island). The indigenous Maoris still make up about 15% of the population, while the descendants of European colonizers who arrived in the 19th century make up the majority. Recent immigrants from Asia and other parts of the Pacific also add to the diversity of this green and pastoral land. We have church contacts with the Associated Churches of Christ in New Zealand.

Population (2014 est) – 4,401,916
Area – 166,300mi
Capital – Wellington 

Ethnic Background 

  • European - 71.2%
  • Maori - 14.1%
  • Asian - 11.3%
  • Pacific peoples - 7.6% 
  • Middle Eastern, Latin American, African - 1.1% 
  • Other 1.6% 
  • Not stated or unidentified - 5.4%

Exports - dairy products, meat, wood and wood products, fish, machinery
Imports - machinery and equipment, vehicles, aircraft, petroleum, electronics, textiles, plastics

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 79 years, F 83 years
Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 4.59 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 1%

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