The ancestors of the Maoris arrived on the islands around 1000 years ago. New Zealanders of European descent today constitute a majority of the population. In 2008, it became the first Western country to sign a free trade deal with China.
Luminous Mysteries: Intentions for New Zealand
1. That government follow through on its aims to tackle child welfare issues and the high rate of child beatings and killings.
2. That victims of earthquakes be given needed assistance.
3. That leaders address the growing gap between the rich and poor.
4. That the economy successfully diversify while protecting the environment.
5. That young graduates find good employment opportunities.