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Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand, with a metropolitan population of approximately 390,000. The city is situated on Wellington Harbour, on the southwestern tip of the North Island, between the Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range.
Wellington houses Parliament, the head offices of all Government Ministries and Departments, and most foreign diplomatic missions. It is also a cultural center with many museums (including Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand), a vibrant film and theater industry, symphony and ballet companies, and the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival. It has consistently ranked high on several indices of quality of living—Lonely Planet named Wellington the “coolest little capital in the world” in its Best in Travel 2011 guidebook.
Wellington is a new project center, and therefore the process of identifying sponsors and project opportunities is on-going. In general, IQPs in Wellington will involve outreach to government organizations and NGOs in New Zealand on issues related to science, technology, and society.
A number of projects related to environmental issues (including the reconstruction of Christchurch and geothermal power in the Taupo region), museums, Maori development, innovation and entrepreneurship, and social services are anticipated.