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

New Zealand (Māori: Aotearoa) is anisland country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and over 700 smaller islands. It is the sixth-largest island country by area and lies east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and south of the islands of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. The country's varied topography and sharp mountain peaks, including the Southern Alps, owe much to tectonic uplift and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, and its most populous city is Auckland. The islands of New Zealand were the last large habitable land to be settled by humans.

Geographical type: Island Group

Latitude: 42° S — Longitude: 174° E

Area: 268,021 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: NZ

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Libertarianz, Auckland

Measures of Freedom

Economic Freedom Summary Index, Economic Freedom of the World, 19 Sep 2023
2021: 8.43, Rank: 4
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2023: A Global Measurement of Personal, Civil, and Economic Freedom
2021: 8.88, Rank: 2, Personal freedom: 9.20, Economic freedom: 8.43
New Zealand: Freedom in the World 2024 Country Report, Freedom in the World 2024
2024: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 99/100, Political Rights: 40/40, Civil Liberties: 59/60
New Zealand is a parliamentary democracy with a long record of free and fair elections and of guaranteeing political rights and civil liberties. Concerns include discrimination against the Māori and other minority populations, as well as reports of foreign influence in politics and the education sector.


New Zealand's New Zealots, by R. W. Bradford, Liberty, Mar 1997
Examines the two New Zealand political parties with libertarian tendencies—the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers (ACT) and the Libertarianz, including the animosity between them; addendum to the main article "Revolution in a Small Country"
ACT is a new party, founded in 1993 by Sir Roger Douglas, who, as Finance Minister in the Labour Government from 1984 to 1989, was responsible almost single-handedly for New Zealand's free-market revolution. ACT is well-organized, well-financed, and very much in evidence on the national scene. In terms of membership, it is the second-largest party in New Zealand ... The Libertarianz are an even newer party, launched only 98 days prior to the 1996 election. Its leader is Lindsay Perigo, at one time New Zealand's most prominent media personality ...
Related Topics: Libertarianism, Objectivism


An Interview with Robert J. Ringer, by Robert Ringer, David M. Brown, Oct 2004
Topics discussed include reactions from readers, questions about Action! and Winning Through Intimidation, how he became a writer, his venture in New Zealand, religion and his next book
... How did you end up running a business in New Zealand?
It was just one of those opportunities that sometimes pops up out of nowhere. It began when a fan of mine who lived in New Zealand interviewed me for a magazine article. As fate would have it, he was trying to secure the rights to a line of health products, and asked me to become involved. I had fantasized about living Down Under since I was in high school, and it seemed like a great excuse to fulfill that fantasy. I ended up living in New Zealand for about two years and Australia for about a year.
Related Topic: Pursuit of Happiness
Lindsay Perigo Interviews Barbara Branden, by Barbara Branden, Lindsay Perigo, 17 Apr 2002
Branden answers questions about New Zealand and her then forthcoming visit, the 11 Sep 2001 attacks, Ayn Rand, objectivism and factionalism within the objectivist movement
... [W]hat you're expecting to find?
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 ...; 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.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "New Zealand" as of 29 Apr 2024, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.