Wellington

Introduction


Wellington for those in the medical profession

Nurses and doctors will find the capital city and second most populous urban area of the country and perched on the southwestern tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range.

As New Zealand’s capital city it is home to Parliament, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, a thriving film industry, and a host of other things.The earliest Maori name for Wellington is Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui – which means “the head of Maui’s fish’ – stemming from the Maori legend that polynesian navigator Maui fished up the North Island.

GP’s and nurses will see that the urban area includes four cities: Wellington, on the peninsula between Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour, contains the central business district and about half of Wellington’s population; Porirua on Porirua Harbour to the north is notable for its large Māori and Pacific Island communities. Nurses may be interested to know that Wellington also holds the distinction of being the world’s southernmost capital city.


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