Person in Karikari, New Zealand. Editorial credit: ChameleonsEye /

New Zealand

New Zealand is a parliamentary democracy with a long record of free and fair elections and of guaranteeing political rights and civil liberties. Concerns include discrimination against the Māori and other minority populations, as well as reports of foreign influence in politics and the education sector.

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Freedom in the World — New Zealand Country Report

New Zealand is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.