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New Zealand: 100 percent pure
    2017-October-26  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

James Baquet

The island country of New Zealand sits in the South Pacific Ocean, to the southeast of the Australian landmass across the Tasman Sea. Islands such as New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga lie roughly 1,000 kilometers to the north.

New Zealand is primarily divided into two islands — called North Island and South Island — though there are some 600 smaller islands. Both the capital city, Wellington, and the most populous city, Auckland, are on North Island. The third largest city, Christchurch, is the largest city on South Island.

Because of its isolated location, New Zealand was settled by humans much later than most areas, perhaps only three and a half or four centuries before the 1642 arrival of the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman.

It was over a century later, in 1769, when British captain James Cook mapped New Zealand’s coastlines, and thereafter European visits increased. They traded with the local Maori people, obtaining provisions for their whaling and sealing expeditions.

The Europeans also introduced the potato, transforming Maori agriculture, and the musket, which transformed warfare. From 1801 to 1840, 30,000 to 40,000 Maori people were killed by opposing tribes in over 600 battles.

In this same period, missionaries arrived on the islands and converted most Maoris to the Christian faith. During that century, internecine warfare and European diseases reduced the local population by around 40 percent.

New Zealand became a British colony in 1841. After achieving dominion status in 1907, the country became an independent member of the British Commonwealth in 1947.

Despite being the world’s 75th largest country in area, its population is No. 120, making it the world’s 208th (of 246) in population density.

New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery, along with the ease of moving from one part of the country to another, has made it a popular location for filming. Numerous blockbuster films have been made there in whole or in part in recent years, including “Avatar,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

Vocabulary:

Which word above means:

1. very popular film

2. struggle within a group

3. hunting seals (for fur)

4. edges of a landmass

5. far away from other places

6. incredibly beautiful

7. histories, records of events

8. old-fashioned rifle

9. a measure of people living in a square kilometer or mile

10. changed to another religion

 

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