Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans.During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life.
Juvenile American lobsters hatched and reared by the Sound School in New Haven were cultured for 11 months in a field-based nursery system in Long Island Sound.
) is an island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands.
New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.
Sometime between 12 CE, Polynesians settled in the islands that would later become New Zealand, and developed a distinctive Māori culture.
In 1642, Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer, became the first European to sight New Zealand.
In 1840, representatives of the British Crown and Māori Chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, making New Zealand a British colony.
New Zealanders intending to travel to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympic (5-21 August) and Paralympic Games (7-18 September) are advised to plan ahead including making travel, accommodation and event bookings.
Our travel advisory for Brazil provides information on safety and security risks.
We currently advise travellers to exercise caution due to violent crime. New Zealand Consular Office A New Zealand Consular team is based in Rio for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Newly molted juvenile American lobster (top) that has shed its old shell (bottom).