New Zealand is the largest of the Polynesian countries in terms of both population and area. New Zealand is home to over 4.9 million people and spans over 103,483 square miles (268,021 square kilometers). Of the over 4 million people in New Zealand, only 260,000 identify themselves as Polynesian.
Is New Zealand a part of Polynesia?
New Zealand, Māori Aotearoa, island country in the South Pacific Ocean, the southwesternmost part of Polynesia. New Zealand is a remote land—one of the last sizable territories suitable for habitation to be populated and settled—and lies more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Australia, its nearest neighbour.
Is a New Zealander considered a Pacific Islander?
Local usage in New Zealand uses Pacific islander (formerly Pacific Polynesians, or Pasifika) to distinguish those who have emigrated from one of these areas in modern times from the New Zealand Māori, who are also Polynesian but are indigenous to New Zealand.
Who is classed as Polynesian?
Polynesians are indigenous populations in Hawaii, Tahiti, Easter Island, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Chatham Islands, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Tokelau, American Samoa, Niue, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and two islands in the Federated States of Micronesia.
What race is Polynesian?
Polynesians form an ethnolinguistic group of closely related people who are native to Polynesia (islands in the Polynesian Triangle), an expansive region of Oceania in the Pacific Ocean.
What continent is New Zealand belong to?
New Zealand is not part of the continent of Australia, but of the separate, submerged continent of Zealandia. New Zealand and Australia are both part of the Oceanian sub-region known as Australasia, with New Guinea being in Melanesia.
Both Hawaii and New Zealand share certain characteristics such as: being island territories surrounded by the sea; Polynesian heritage (Hawaiians and Maori are related), being English-speaking and having multicultural populations.