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New Zealand - The Facts

  • Full name: New Zealand
  • Population: 4.2 million (UN, 2007)
  • Capital: Wellington
  • Largest city: Auckland
  • Area: 270,534 sq km (104,454 sq miles)
  • Major languages: English, Maori
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 78 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 New Zealand dollar ($NZ) = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Wool, food and dairy products, wood and paper products
  • GNI per capita: US $25,960 (World Bank, 2006)
  • Internet domain: .nz
  • International dialling code: +64
  • Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor-general Anand Satyanand
  • Prime minister: Helen Clark
  • The press
    • New Zealand Herald - Auckland-based daily
    • Dominion-Post - Wellington-based daily
    • The Press - Christchurch-based daily
    • The Sunday Star Times - Auckland-based weekly
  • Television
    • Television New Zealand (TVNZ) - state-owned, operates TV One and entertainment-based TV 2
    • TV 3 - private network
    • Prime TV - private network
    • Sky TV - pay-TV operator
    • Maori Television - public
  • Radio
    • Radio New Zealand - public broadcaster, runs three radio networks: National Radio, Concert FM and the AM Network
    • Radio New Zealand International - external service, targeting South Pacific region via shortwave
    • Niu FM - national government-funded station for New Zealand's Pacific islander communities
    • Ruia Mai - Maori-owned, Maori-language
    • Radio Works - radio group, stations include speech-based Radio Pacific
    • Radio Network - radio group, stations include Newstalk ZB
    • The Edge - pop music
    • Radio Hauraki - rock music
    • RBG - Rhema Broadcasting Group - operates Christian stations Rhema Radio, Southern Star Network and Life FM
    • Association of Community Access Broadcasters - chain of non-profit broadcasters
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