Population of New Zealand

Its Unique New Zealand Culture

The population of New Zealand is often referred to as 'Kiwis' after their flightless national kiwi bird. The New Zealand population estimate of September 2011 reaches 4.4 million. A number added together by a multitude of different ethnic groups. The largest is with about 69% of European descendants followed by around 14.6 % of Maori, 9.2% Asian and 6.9% Pacific Islander the remaining is mixed and unspecified population. The mix ethnicities defines the New zealand culture.

With four of the five largest cities of NZ: Auckland City, Wellington the capital of New Zealand, Christchurch, Hamilton and Napier/Hastings being located on the North Island  it is imaginable that 76% of the total population lives in the northern half. While  1/3 of the population calls the Auckland region their home and 1/10 lives in the city. Auckland has too the highest concentration on overseas population. In fact more than half of New Zealand's immigrants live there.

Overall this island is lightly populated with a population density of 16.5 people per square kilometre and takes the 202nd place in the population density list of sovereign states.

The roots of the typical New Zealander are going back to brave sea travellers in 800 to 1000 AD. Maori ancestors were sailing thousands of miles across unknown Ocean at a time when everyone believed the earth is a disc.

In 1642 the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand more than 70 years later the British sailor James Cook landed and thereafter European adventurers and pioneers migrated and landed. They needed a huge portion of determination and resourcefulness to cultivate the land and establish settlements. Many immigrants learned Maori for trading purposes. Today the national language is English while Maori and the sign language are official languages. Maori is spoken by about 4% of New Zealander, though many place names derive from Maori language.

A unique New Zealand culture has formed by the people born in and immigrated to this far away island. In common is the love for this country and its outdoors, a spirit of independency and self reliance. Embracing the differences and integrating them into daily life, art, education and business. The result is simply an extraordinary place.

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Celebrations Preserve Cultural Identity

Yearly events bring communities together in celebration and help to preserve the cultural identity of each minority group which in turn form the foundation of the population of New Zealand.

'Scottish Highland Games' take place in January. The 'Chinese Lantern Festival' follows in February to greet the Chinese New Year. The Waitangi day com memorates the 'Treaty of Waitangi'. It is an agreement between the British Crown and Maori people. The Pacific Islanders share their music, culture and culinary traditions in the 'Pacifica Festival' at the beginning of March.

As a Commonwealth realm New Zealand celebrates the ANZAC day in April. From June to July New Zealand celebrates 'Maratiki', the Maori way to end a year and welcome the new one. In September follows the 'Chinese Moon Festival' to honour abundance and togetherness closely followed by the Indian 'Diwali Festival of Lights' in October. The end of this month is marked by 'Halloween' parties. The November commemorates 'Guy Fawkes' with fireworks. This is also the only time in the year when publicly fireworks are available and everyone gets quite excited about it. Finally the December is filled with Christmas parades, Carol singing in the parks and Christmas in the Park.

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Ethnically independent events fill the Auckland event calender in between. The summer brings music events in Waitakere and in Auckland parks. A wide variety of free family activity days like story festivals, art, film and theatre festivals and 'farm days', fun days in the parks are spread throughout the year. Other community activities are in nature's favour to replant or care for certain areas in bush or at the beach in one of the many reserves or Regional Parks.

Naturally in larger communities festival weeks in art, comedy, theatre or movie take place. The arts and culture sector is as multifaceted as the country.

As the population of New Zealand is an outdoor and sport idealizing one a vast variety on sports events happen in amateur and professional category.

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The population of New Zealand holds many surprises in expressing their cultural diversity.
 

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