|State of Aotearoa|
Whenua o Aotearoa (Māori)
|Nickname(s): "The Kiwi State"|
"The Land of the Long White Cloud"
|Motto(s): Toitū te Whenua (Māori)|
"The Land Remains"
|Official language(s)||English, Māori|
|– Total||113,729 km2|
|– Total||5.09 million|
|Before statehood||Colony of New Ulster|
|Admission to Federation||1 January 1824 (8th)|
|Premier||Jacinda Ardern (L)|
|Senators||David Bushby (N)|
Catryna Bilyk (L)
Peter Whish-Wilson (G)
Helen Polley (L)
|Time zone||Pacific Standard Time (UTC +12)|
Aotearoa (/ˌaʊtɛəˈroʊ.ə/; Māori: /aɔˈtɛaɾɔa/) is one of the 21 states of the United Cygnian States. The southernmost state of the Union, Aotearoa consists of two main islands, as well as a number of other, smaller islands. Aotearoa is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 miles) east of the Cygnian mainland across the Tasman Sea. It is considered to be the most remote of the Cygnian states. The closest state to Aotearoa is Tasmania to the northwest.