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indigenous people of New Zealand are the Maori, a Polynesian race who
populated New Zealand over 1000 years ago. Today's modern nation
of New Zealand is still very young, colonized in the 1850's primarily
by immigrants from Great Britain. The political system is based on the
Westminster parliamentary system inherited from Great Britain but has
evolved in recent years to a more European styled party representation
population of New Zealand is 4 million people.
of the population is European (Pakeha), most of British origin.
are of Maori heritage, mostly living in the warmer north.
from Western Samoa, Cook Islands and some other Pacific Islands
make up 6% of the population.
Auckland is the world's largest Polynesian city.
significant number of immigrants from Asia, particularly of
Chinese descent arrived in the 1980's and now make up 2% of New
Zealands population. Indian's make up a further 1.2% of New
Zealanders have gained a reputation as informal, friendly people
and develop a proudly egalitarian population.
1996 New Zealand's system of government changed to Mixed Member
continue to make up a significant proportion of New Zealanders.
population lives harmoniously with everybody enjoying the same
citizenship rights under the law.
North Island has 3.1 million people, and the South Island has 926,