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New Zealand is a legitimate monarchy. The Queen of England (Queen Elizabeth II) is the reigning monarch and Head of State. At present under the microscope is Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) parliamentary system, an electoral system that has helped a wider range of mps into parliament since it was introduced in 1996. Currently New Zealand is a labour led coalition that is led by the Prime Misiter Helen Clark.

A few facts about New Zealand Politics:
? New Zealand was the first country to allow women the right to vote. This came into action in 1893.
? Every male and female over the age of 18 has the right to vote in New Zealand
? The main opposition party is the National Party (centre-right) led by Don Brash
? Smaller parties comprise of the left-wing Green Party, the right-wing New Zealand First and ACT parties, and the centre-left United Future.
? New Zealand has 12 regional councils, of which all are divided into either City or District Councils. In total New Zealand has 16 City Councils and 57 District Councils.

Author: nztravelguide

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