Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, ruled since 1947 by the Monarchy of New Zealand
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  • 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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    Libertarianz, Auckland

    Conferences and Conventions

    Liberty International, ISIL 2004 World Conference, in Rotorua, from 21 Jul to 26 Jul 2004

    Measures of Freedom

    Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
    2014: 8.67, Rank: 3, Personal Freedom: 9.00, Economic Freedom: 8.35, Democracy Index: 8.77
    Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
    2014: 8.35, Rank: 3
    New Zealand | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
    2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 98, Political Rights: 1, Civil Liberties: 1
    "The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister John Key, leader of the center-right National Party, governed with relative stability during the year. Concerns remained about de facto discrimination against New Zealand's Maori people, although the government has made significant efforts in recent years to enhance representation of their interests."


    Lindsay Perigo Interviews Barbara Branden, by Barbara Branden, Lindsay Perigo, 17 Apr 2002
    Branden answers questions about New Zealand, the 11 Sep 2001 attacks, Ayn Rand, objectivism and factionalism within the objectivist movement
    "I don't have many preconceptions about New Zealand, and I am very eager to learn more about it. I have heard many times that it is very beautiful, which is a great attraction for me. No, I don't think it is the freest country on earth; I once did, but you convinced me otherwise. New Zealand to me is another world, strange and fascinating, and I look forward to making its acquaintance. ... I only hope I survive the plane trip - not because of terrorism, but because of the length of the flight. But it's worth it to me, and I am very much looking forward to my visit."
    New Zealand's New Zealots, by R. W. Bradford, Liberty, Mar 1997
    Examines the two New Zealand political parties with libertarian tendencies, including the animosity between them
    "If by 'libertarian,' we mean a person who favors radically reducing the power of government, then it is safe to say that libertarians are vastly more influential and prominent in New Zealand than in the United States. New Zealand has two different libertarian political parties: ACT (more formally, the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers) and the Libertarianz."
    Related Topics: Libertarianz, Objectivism

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