New Zealand. In March, New Zealand held a referendum on
the country's flag. The choice was between keeping the flag
with the British Union flag in one corner or choosing a new
flag in which Union Jack was replaced by a white fern. The
vote, in which 67% of the country's voters participated,
resulted in just over 56% voting to retain the old flag.
countryaah, the current population of New Zealand is 4,822,244.
A record seizure of 448 kg of methamphetamine was made in
June at Ninety Mile Beach on the North Island. Three young
men were arrested in connection with the seizure, whose
value corresponded to around SEK 2.6 billion.
In November, New Zealand was hit by a powerful
earthquake, which occurred about 9 miles north of
Christchurch on the South Island. The quake, which was
measured to magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale, was followed
by several hundred aftershocks, the most powerful with
magnitude 6.5. As a result of the earthquakes, according to
the New Zealand Herald, 100,000 landslides were triggered
from northern Canterbury to southern Marlborough. The most
violent race hit the mouth of the Clarence River, where a
dam was damaged and people living downstream were forced to
leave their homes and move to higher locations. In the
capital Wellington, electricity and water lines were broken
while several buildings, bridges and roads were damaged.
Even worse, the city of Kaikoura, which is also a popular
tourist destination, hit. Due to landslides, the city with
about 2,000 residents became completely isolated and more
than 1,000 residents and tourists were moved to evacuation
centers. Two people died in the earthquake.
In December, John Key surprisingly announced that he
would leave his post as the country's prime minister for
personal reasons. The new prime minister was elected as the
country's former finance minister and Deputy Prime Minister
New Zealand - Wellington
Wellington, capital of New Zealand; 215,400 residents (2018). Wellington is
located on the southern North Island, at a deep cove of the Cook Strait. Port
Nicholson Port is considered to be one of the world's best natural ports.
Wellington is the country's administrative, scientific and cultural center,
including a university (founded in 1899) and a symphony orchestra. The central
location makes Wellington the country's premier transport hub, and together with
the neighboring cities of the Hutt Valley in the Northeast, Wellington is also
an important industrial region with the manufacture of primarily transport,
machinery, textile and rubber products, and chemical products and food.
International airport is available.
A settlement named after the Duke of Wellington was founded on the site in
1840 by the British New Zealand Company. It obtained city rights in 1853, and in
1865 the seat of the New Zealand government was moved there from Auckland.