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New Zealand (Māori: Aotearoa) is a country in Oceania (near Australia) that is made up of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, plus many small islands. The northernmost tip is directly east of New South Wales, near the city of Sydney. Its national flag features the British Union Jack and four red stars on a blue background. The national bird is the kiwi and the national plant is the fern. In New Zealand there are three official languages-English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. Māori (Te Reo Māori) is the language originally used by New Zealand's natives, which is undergoing revival. Some people still use it as a first language, but most Māoris now speak English and have some knowledge of Māori. Its capital is Wellington, but its largest city is Auckland.