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Yearbook 2007

2007 New ZealandNew Zealand. In May, Parliament passed a new law banning child labor. The law was controversial in some conservative circles.

On October 16, 17 people, who according to police reports were Maorio and environmental activists from various parts of the country, were accused of preparing a campaign of violence against the white majority population. Police, who had been searching for the men for over a year, said they had seized, among other things, several firearms and other weapons in what they called a secret training camp near the Urewera Mountains, an inaccessible region where almost only Maoris live. According to locals, there were no military camps in the area. A total of thousands of people demonstrated in various parts of the country to protest against the arrests and what they considered to be too harsh methods by the police. In November, the Deputy Prosecutor decided that the men could not be prosecuted under the country's anti-terrorism legislation of 2002. According to him, the laws were too complicated and incoherent to use in this case. The men could possibly be prosecuted for crimes against New Zealand gun laws. There has previously been a Moorish independence movement that has always used political means. According to CountryAAH, many New Zealanders were reported to have difficulty believing that there really was a militant group prepared to use force. The Moorish population is socially disadvantaged compared to the rest of the population, for example, the life expectancy was ten years lower than that of other residents, unemployment was higher and income lower (about 70 percent of the average for the country). In addition, the issue of ownership of the land is subject to a number of disputes. Some compensation has been paid to some groups via the so-called Waitangi Tribunal. A law from 2004 has given the state ownership of the country's coastal areas. At the same time, Moorish culture and language have experienced an upswing since the 1960s.

2007 New Zealand

On December 21, the city of Gisborne on the North Island was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale. No people were injured, but at least three houses collapsed as a result of the quake.

Climate in New Zealand

The climate in New Zealand is characterized by the west wind belt in the southern hemisphere with migrating low pressure and rainfall areas, and also by the relatively warm water masses brought south by the East Australian stream. The strong maritime influence gives a temperate rain climate with little difference between summer and winter temperatures and with precipitation for all seasons.

Only the northernmost region is influenced by the subtropical high-pressure belt, which has its southernmost position in January-February. Due to the high mountain ranges that lie across the west wind belt, the climate varies more from east to west than from north to south. In western areas, the average temperature for July is about 10 C, with little difference from south to north. In sheltered eastern areas, it is colder, for example, Christchurch has an average temperature of around 5 C. In February, which is generally the hottest month, the average temperature is 15-20 C, partly a little higher in the far north. The annual rainfall in the west is 1000–1500 mm, but over 2000 mm near and above the west facing slopes. In the east, 600-1000 mm of annual rainfall is common.

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