Primary Physical Education in Aotearoa New Zealand

Authored by: Kirsten Petrie , Denise Atkins

Routledge Handbook of Primary Physical Education

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138682344
eBook ISBN: 9781315545257
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Aotearoa 1 New Zealand (NZ) is situated in the South Pacific. With a landmass of 269,000 square km and 14,000 km of coastline, it is a similar size to the United Kingdom, Japan, or California. The landmass is split across two main islands (the North and South Islands), as well as a number of smaller islands. The population is 4.4 million people (2013 Census – Stats NZ), with an ethnic profile of NZ European (68%), Māori 2 (15%), Asian (10%), and Pacific (7%). The population resides mostly around the coastlines, with about 77% living in the North Island.

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