New Zealand (Māori: Aotearoa) is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometers east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometers south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
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Measures of Freedom
2014: 8.67, Rank: 3, Personal Freedom: 9.00, Economic Freedom: 8.35, Democracy Index: 8.77
2014: 8.35, Rank: 3
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 98, Political Rights: 1, Civil Liberties: 1
Examines the two New Zealand political parties with libertarian tendencies, including the animosity between them
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