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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: 4,401,916 (2014E—U.S. Census); 4,529,031 (September 2014E—N.Z. Statistics).

    Major Urban Centers (June 2014E): WELLINGTON (200,100), Auckland (1,527,100), Christchurch (362,200), Hamilton (153,100), Dunedin (124,600).

    Official Languages: English, Maori.

    Monetary Unit: New Zealand Dollar (market rate October 1, 2014: 1.28 dollars = $1US).

    Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.

    Governor General: General Sir Jerry MATAPARAI, named by Queen Elizabeth II on March 7, 2011, to succeed Sir Anand SATYANAND, effective August 31.

    Prime Minister: John Phillip KEY (National Party), named by the governor general to form a new government following the parliamentary election of November 8, 2008, and sworn in on November 19. Sworn in again on December 13, 2011, and for the ...

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