Lying in the South Pacific, 1600 km southeast of Australia, New Zealand comprises the main North and South Islands, separated by the Cook Strait, and numerous smaller islands. [The] South Island is the more mountainous; [the] North Island contains hot springs and geysers, and the bulk of the population. The political tradition is liberal and egalitarian, and has been dominated by the National and Labour parties. Radical, and often unpopular, reforms since 1984 have restored economic growth, speeded up economic diversification and strengthened New Zealand's position within the Pacific Rim countries.

Dougall, A., Heritage, A., Turner, S., Whitwell, C., & Wyse, E. (Eds.). (1994). The Collins factopedia world reference atlas. London: Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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