NEW ZEALANDByAndy BurfordThe country that I am doing for my report is New Zealand.

New Zealand is made up of two Islands. The north and the south islands. It is located in the south pacific by Australia. The first people to settle New Zealand came over from east Polynesia by canoe during the 10th century.

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These people were called the Maori. According to a Maori legend, a man may have arrived in New Zealand during about 950 ad, but this can not be proven. The Maori people lived on the Island on native fruits and vegetables and animals, and they also brought over plants and livestock from Polynesia.

The Maori were usually peaceful, but sometimes had wars over the best land. They lived in earth-made structures similar to the adobes of Mexico. The first European to sight New Zealand was Abel Tasman in 1642. The Maori people kept him from landing on the Islands.

They attacked his ship by canoes and killed four of his sailors. He never returned to New Zealand. In 1769, an English explorer, Captain James Cook, was sent to New Zealand on a scientific investigation. He mapped all of the north and south Islands and made reports on trade and colonizing.

These reports were good and attracted many people to New Zealand, including the French, Italian, and American explorers. By the 18th century, there were 180,000 Maori people on the north and south islands of New Zealand. During 1840, the treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British and the Maori people.

It gave the British a right to colonize the Islands and trade with the Maori people. In 1907, the Islands were declared a dominion of Great Britain. In 1935, It was declared an independent country and was named New Zealand. The present day government and standard of living in New Zealand is very much like that of the U.S. At one time the yearly income of New Zealanders was even better than the U.

S. and Great Britain. The people of New Zealand have freedom of religion. The main religion in New Zealand is Christianity, even though there are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims, Amish, and many more. The Maori religion is also a major religion. The people of New Zealand have a mix between Britain and Australian accents.

The main exports of New Zealand are wool and dairy products. There are over 100,000 sheep in New Zealand. Over 90 percent of New Zealands Milk are exported to different countries. New Zealand also exports lamb and mutton meat. One fruit that is famous in New Zealand is the Kiwi.

It is a small, oval shaped fruit with a furry outside and a green inside. It is named after the Kiwi bird, a large, flightless bird that is native to New Zealand. The main language in New Zealand is English and Maori. New Zealand is also a big place in the fishing industry.

Commercial fishing and Fly-fishing for trout in its lakes and rivers is a main income. The main sport is rugby; golf, soccer, and swimming are also major sports. Some holidays that are different than ours are Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day.

The population of New Zealand is 4,000,000, in 1995. The national bird is the Kiwi, and the national flower is the Yellow flower of the Kowhai tree. The national tree is the Kowhai tree. The highest point in New Zealand is Mt. Cook, reaching 12,313 feet up. Some points of interest in New Zealand are Queenstown, where you can ski, bungee jump, and go white-water rafting.

Lake Tupon is also a place where you can water-ski, fish, and swim. Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand, and is the center of tourism. I think New Zealand is an interesting country and would be fun to visit because it has good fishing, a warm climate, and is on the Ocean.BibliographySmelt, Roselynn. The Cultures of New Zealand.

New York. Times Books International. 1995.Sinclair, Keith. The Oxford Illustrated History of New Zealand. Auckland. Oxford University Press.

1996Population of New Zealand, 4,000,000 peoplepercent of populationnumber of peopleunder 15 years-19.4%776,00015-24 years old-16.7%668,00025-39 years old-23.6%944,00040-64 years old-26.7%1,068,00065 years and up-13.6%544,000Jobs and Employment in New Zealandkind of jobpercent of people employed with jobManufacturing19.8%Resteraunts and hotels24.8%Insurance and business 12.4%Social and personal services29%other14%Words/ Pages : 772 / 24

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