Situated about 1,200 miles to the south" east of Australia, this is also a British colony, consisting of a group of three principal islands, called respectively, the North, South, and Stewart Islands, and several islets, mostly uninhabited. Area, 104,403 square miles. Population, over 600,000 (exclusive of 40,-000 Maoris). Religion, Protestants, 461,-340; Roman Catholics, 79,020 ; Jews, 1,550. Government, administered as in Australia and other British colonies. Education, compulsory, secular and free. By the latest available statistics there were three colleges affiliated with the University of New Zealand ; twenty-three grammar schools; 288 private schools ; and 1,054 state schools with 105,234 scholars.