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New Zealand government

Wellington's waterfront from a bird's eye perspective at dusk.

The New Zealand government

In New Zealand, our system of government gives us many opportunities to participate in decision making and provides:

Political culture


View of the city and cable car from the top of the botanical garden

Types of government

New Zealand's Prime Minister

Central and Local Government

The central government is responsible for things like:

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Local government websiteExplore New Zealand cities and towns


The Māori concept of Manaakitanga (welcoming guests with generosity and respect) is part of our education system

Treaty of Waitangi

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Know your student visa conditions

Life and culture in New Zealand

Study experience