a Sample Essay
New Zealand is an island country in the Pacific ocean. It lies to the south and east of Australia.
It has a population of about 4,500,000, mostly European, but including 15% native Maori.
The government is a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth as the head of state, and John Key as the current prime minister. It has a democratically elected parliament.
Rugby union football is the national sport, but federation football (soccer) is the most popular sport among young people.
The most common language spoken is English, but many people speak the native Maori language.
The currency is the New Zealand dollar, with a current international exchange rate of about 0.75 US dollars, or about 88 Japanese yen.
The weather is mild, although it snows more on the South Island, Te Waipounamu, than on the North Island, Te Ika-a-Māui.
New Zealand exports many agricultural products, including wool and dairy products.
New Zealand is generally considered a peacable country, and many people think New Zealand is a nice place to live.