The history of New Zealand dates back at least 700 years to when it was discovered and settled by Polynesians, who developed a distinct Māori culture centred on kinship links and land.The first European explorer to sight New Zealand was Dutch navigator Abel Tasman on 13 December 1642.War and the imposition of a European economic and legal system led to most of New Zealand's land passing from Māori to Pākehā (European) ownership, and most Māori subsequently became impoverished.
With over 11,000 staff it is the largest law enforcement agency in New Zealand and, with few exceptions, has primary jurisdiction over the majority of New Zealand criminal law.
The New Zealand Police also has responsibility for traffic and commercial vehicle enforcement as well as other key responsibilities including protection of dignitaries, firearms licensing and matters of national security. While the New Zealand Police is a government department with a minister responsible for it, the Commissioner and sworn members swear allegiance directly to the Sovereign and, by constitutional convention, have constabulary independence from the government of the day.
Danmark ligger på omkring 56 grader nordlig bredde. Foruden de to store hovedøer har New Zealand flere mindre øer.
De mest betydelige af disse er: Stewart Island ligger syd for Sydøen.
The country remained an enthusiastic member of the British Empire, and 110,000 men fought in World War I (see New Zealand Expeditionary Force).
After the war New Zealand signed the Treaty of Versailles (1919), joined the League of Nations, and pursued an independent foreign policy, while its defence was still controlled by Britain.
Antarctica New Zealand's role in science is to establish themes and priorities for New Zealand Antarctic science; encourage and facilitate the implementation of science projects that deliver on them; and present the outcomes and benefits of and advocate for Antarctic science.
Antarctica New Zealand has a strong established history of environmental leadership.
Den er den tredje største ø i areal og har en fastboende befolkning på ca. Waiheke Island ligger i Haurakigolfen udenfor Auckland.
Med 7000 indbyggere er det den tredje største i folketal. Great Barrier Island ligger øst for Haurakigolfen og har kun ca. Lige som Waiheke Island er den et populært feriemål om sommeren.
A couple has married in front of complete strangers with no family present - so they could wed in the nude.