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12.3: New Zealand

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    1. Outline New Zealand’s main physical features. Understand how the North Island is different from the South Island.
    2. Understand how tectonic plate activity has helped to isolate New Zealand from the rest of the world and still affects the island today.
    3. Summarize the situation of the Maori in New Zealand. Learn about the Maoris’ relationship with the dominant culture in New Zealand.
    4. Describe the economic geography of New Zealand and how the country gains wealth.

    Figure 12.11 Southern Alps, New Zealand


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