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Although Auckland is the most populous city in New Zealand, the capital is Wellington, with 412,500 residents. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. As the nation's capital since 1865, the New Zealand Government and Parliament, Supreme Court and most of the civil service are based in the city. Architectural sights include the Government Building—one of the largest wooden buildings in the world—as well as the iconic Beehive. Despite being much smaller than Auckland, Wellington is also referred to as New Zealand's cultural capital.

Here the Parliament buildings, three of four.
The first on the left (only a very small part is seen) is the Bowen House - the a 22-storey office building in Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand. Since 1991, the building has been leased by Parliamentary Services. In the middle - iconic Beehive. The Beehive is the common name for the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings. It is so-called because of its shape is reminiscent of that of a traditional woven form of beehive known as a "skep". It is registered as a Category I heritage building by Heritage New Zealand. On the right Edwardian neoclassical-style Parliament House (1922). Whilst most of the individual buildings are outstanding for different reasons, the overall setting that has been achieved "has little aesthetic or architectural coherence".

The Prime Minister of New Zealand (Māori: Te Pirimia o Aotearoa) is the head of government of New Zealand. The incumbent Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, leader of the New Zealand Labour Party, took office on 26 October 2017.
She is the world's youngest female head of government (and fourth youngest overall), having taken office at age 37. Giving birth to a daughter on 21 June 2018, Ardern became the world's second elected head of government to give birth while in office.

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