Did You Know?
Here is a list of unusual Aussie and Kiwi facts.
- The Maori name of New Zealand is Aoteroa, which means “Land of the Long White Cloud”
- New Zealand is home to Sir Edmund Hillary – the first European to climb Mount Everest.
- New Zealand was the first western democracy to give women the vote.
- Favourite sport: Rugby – our national team, The All Blacks, are the ‘winningest’ rugby team in the world having won over 73% of their test matches over the years.
- New Zealand invented bungee jumping.
- New Zealand had no predatory animals prior to European arrival, making it a paradise for birds – many of them flightless.
- With 2.5 million cars for four million people, including children, New Zealand’s car ownership rate is one of the world’s highest.
- 22% of New Zealand residents were born overseas. This compares with 24% in Australia, 20% in Canada, 12% in the USA and 8% in the UK.
- One of the top five dairy exporters in the world. The top five countries supply around 90 percent of dairy products on the international market. There are over nine million beef and dairy cattle in NZ.
- New Zealand claims the longest place name (85 letters) in the world – Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu – which means: ‘The hilltop ,where Tamatea with big knees, conqueror of mountains, eater of land, traveller over land and sea, played his koauau to his beloved’.
- The share of New Zealand in the world exports of sheep meat is around 54 percent.
- To become a New Zealand citizen, you must swear an oath of loyalty to Queen Elizabeth.
- New Zealand is one of only three countries that have two official (and of equal standing) national Anthems. The first is God Save the Queen (the English National Anthem) and the other is God Defend New Zealand. The other two countries with two anthems are Denmark and Canada which both have a Royal Anthem and a State anthem.
- New Zealand was the first country to have its three top positions of power held simultaneously by women: The Prime Minister (Helen Clark), the Governor General (Dame Silvia Cartwright), and the Chief Justice (Sian Elias).