New Zealand consists of two major islands (the North Island and the South Island) separated by Cook Strait, and several smaller islands. The original discoverers of the country were the Maoris. The first European to sight New Zealand was the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman in 1642; the islands were circumnavigated by Captain James Cook, and came under British sovereignty in 1840. Full dominion status was granted in 1907, and independence in 1931 within the Commonwealth
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- The connections are made more confusing by some weak projects and the disproportionate allocation of rooms (some New Zealanders have scored very generous spaces).
- We sat at long tables and chatted with some Swedes who said some New Zealanders had told them the day before about an unusual sport in NZ and Australia.
- But some New Zealanders go overseas to lead more exciting lives.
Definition of New Zealand in:
- The US English dictionary