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    New Zealand Government - 2006
    http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/new_zealand/new_zealand_government.html
    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: New Zealand
      abbreviation: NZ

      Government type:
      parliamentary democracy

      Capital:
      Wellington

      Administrative divisions:
      16 regions and 1 territory*; Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Chatham Islands*, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Marlborough, Nelson, Northland, Otago, Southland, Taranaki, Tasman, Waikato, Wellington, West Coast

      Dependent areas:
      Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau

      Independence:
      26 September 1907 (from UK)

      National holiday:
      Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)

      Constitution:
      consists of a series of legal documents, including certain acts of the UK and New Zealand Parliaments, as well as The Constitution Act 1986, which is the principal formal charter; adopted 1 January 1987, effective 1 January 1987

      Legal system:
      based on English law, with special land legislation and land courts for the Maori; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Dame Silvia CARTWRIGHT (since 4 April 2001)
      head of government: Prime Minister Helen CLARK (since 10 December 1999) and Deputy Prime Minister Michael CULLEN (since NA July 2002)
      cabinet: Executive Council appointed by the governor general on the recommendation of the prime minister
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the governor general; deputy prime minister appointed by the governor general

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral House of Representatives - commonly called Parliament (120 seats; 69 members elected by popular vote in single-member constituencies including seven Maori constituencies, and 51 proportional seats chosen from party lists, all to serve three-year terms)
      elections: last held 17 September 2005 (next to be held not later than 15 November 2008)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NZLP 41.1%, NP 39.1%, NZFP 5.72%, Green Party 5.3%, Maori 2.12%, UF 2.67%, ACT New Zealand 1.51%, Progressive 1.16%; seats by party - NZLP 50, NP 48, NZFP 7, Green Party 6, Maori 4, UF 3, ACT New Zealand 2, Progressive 1
      note: results of 2005 election saw the total number of seats increase to 121 because the Maori Party won one more electorate seat than its entitlement under the party vote

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court; Court of Appeal; High Court; note - Judges appointed by the Governor-General

      Political parties and leaders:
      ACT New Zealand [Rodney HIDE]; Green Party [Jeanette FITZSIMONS]; Maori Party [Whatarangi WINIATA]; National Party or NP [Don BRASH]; New Zealand First Party or NZFP [Winston PETERS]; New Zealand Labor Party or NZLP [Helen CLARK]; Progressive Party [James (Jim) ANDERTON]; United Future or UF [Peter DUNNE]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      NA

      International organization participation:
      ANZUS (US suspended security obligations to NZ on 11 August 1986), APEC, ARF, AsDB, ASEAN (dialogue partner), Australia Group, BIS, C, CP, EAS, EBRD, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITU, NAM (guest), NSG, OECD, OPCW, PCA, PIF, Sparteca, SPC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNTSO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Roy N. FERGUSON
      chancery: 37 Observatory Circle NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 328-4800
      FAX: [1] (202) 667-5227
      consulate(s) general: Los Angeles, New York

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador William P. McCORMICK
      embassy: 29 Fitzherbert Terrace, Thorndon, Wellington
      mailing address: P. O. Box 1190, Wellington; PSC 467, Box 1, APO AP 96531-1034
      telephone: [64] (4) 462-6000
      FAX: [64] (4) 499-0490
      consulate(s) general: Auckland

      Flag description:
      blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant with four red five-pointed stars edged in white centered in the outer half of the flag; the stars represent the Southern Cross constellation


      NOTE: The information regarding New Zealand on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of New Zealand Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about New Zealand Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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