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New Zealand is a country of two large islands (called the North and South Islands) and many much smaller islands in the south-western Pacific Ocean. New Zealand is called Aotearoa in Māori, and is directly translated as the Land of the Long White Cloud. It is notable for its geographic isolation, being separated from Australia to the northwest by the Tasman Sea, some 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) across. Closest neighbours to the north are New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. The population of New Zealand is mostly of European descent, with Māori being the largest minority. Non-Māori Polynesian and Asian peoples are also significant minorities, especially in the cities. Elizabeth II is the Queen of New Zealand and is represented in the country by a non-political Governor-General; the Queen 'reigns but does not rule', so she has no real political influence. Political power is held by the Prime Minister, who is leader of the Government in the democratically-elected Parliament of New Zealand. The Realm of New Zealand also includes the Cook Islands and Niue, which are entirely self-governing, Tokelau, and the Ross Dependency, New Zealand's claim in Antarctica. Motto: None. Formerly "Onward" Anthem: God Defend New Zealand God Save The Queen1 Capital Wellington 41°17′ S 174°47′ E Largest city Auckland Official language(s) English, Māori Government Head of State Governor-General Prime Minister constitutional monarchy Queen Elizabeth II Dame Silvia Cartwright Helen Clark Independence (From the U. K.) September 26, 1907 Area - Total - Water (%) 268,680 km² (74th) 103,738 mi² 2.1% Population - July 2005 est. - 2001 census - Density 4,035,461 (124th) 3,737,277 15/km² (163rd) 39/mi² GDP (PPP) - Total - Per capita 2005 estimate $97.39 billion (59th) $ 24,100 (41st) HDI (2003) 0.933 (19th) – high Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD) Time zone - Summer (DST) NZST2 (UTC+12) NZDT (Oct-Mar) (UTC+13) Internet TLD .nz Calling code +64 1 God Save The Queen is officially a national anthem but is rarely used as such in practice [1] 2 The Chatham Islands are 45 minutes ahead of New Zealand time