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Political Status: Constitutional democracy with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state; formally independent since 1947.
Area: 104,454 sq. mi. (270,534 sq. km).
Population: 4,779,000 (2018E—World Bank); 4,545,627 (2018E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Centers (2016E): WELLINGTON (383,000), Auckland (1,344,000), Christchurch (351,200).
Official Languages: English, Maori.
Monetary Unit: New Zealand Dollar (market rate October 19, 2018: 1.53 dollars = $1US).
Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.
Governor General: Dame Patricia Lee “Patsy” REDDY; named by Queen Elizabeth II on March 21, 2016.
Prime Minister: Jacinda ARDERN (Labour Party); named by the governor general following a coalition agreement on October 19, 2017, after the parliamentary election of September 23, 2017, and sworn in on October 26, 2017, to succeed William English (National Party).[Page 1154]The Country
Located approximately 1,200 miles southeast of Australia in the southern Pacific Ocean, New ...