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5 Facts About Hamilton, New Zealand

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Hamilton is a city in the North Island of New Zealand.

The North Island or Te Ika-a-Māui is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, separated from the slightly larger but much less populous South Island by Cook Strait.

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It is the seat and most populous city of the Waikato region, with a territorial population of 165,400, the country's fourth most-populous city.

Hamilton & Waikato, New Zealand by Hamilton Waikato

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Encompassing a land area of about 110 km2 on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton is part of the wider Hamilton Urban Area, which also encompasses the nearby towns of Ngaruawahia, Te Awamutu and Cambridge.

The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand, running for 425 kilometres through the North Island.

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Initially an agricultural service centre, Hamilton now has a diverse economy and is the third fastest growing urban area in New Zealand, behind Pukekohe and Auckland.

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Education and research and development play an important part in Hamilton's economy, as the city is home to approximately 40,000 tertiary students and 1,000 PhD-qualified scientists.

Research and development, also known in Europe as research and technical development, is a general term for activities in connection with corporate or governmental innovation.

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