New Zealand Fun & Facts

New Zealand Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • New Zealand is part of the "Zealandia" continent, of which, 93% is submerged.
  • New Zealand was undiscovered and completely devoid of human beings no more than 800 years ago.
  • New Zealand is the fastest country in the world to start a business: just one day.
  • Of modern countries currently independent, New Zealand was the first to allow women the vote.
  • Sign Language is one of three official languages of New Zealand.
  • There are no terrestrial (land) snakes in New Zealand.
  • In WWII, the U.S. and New Zealand secretly tested 3,700 "tsunami bombs" designed to destroy coastal cities.
  • The courts in New Zealand allowed a child to be named "Number 16 Bus Shelter."
  • New Zealand's native Maori make up only 15% of the population, but over 50% of the imprisoned population.
  • It's illegal for drug companies to advertise directly to consumers almost everywhere in the world, except in the U.S. and New Zealand.
  • If everyone lived as densely as the do in Manhattan, the human race could fit in New Zealand.
  • In 2013, a bacteria was found in New Zealand that's resistant to every single antibiotic known.
  • The least corrupt countries in the world are New Zealand and Denmark, according to the Corruptions Perception Index.
  • In 1999, an ex-prostitute in New Zealand, Georgina Beyer, became the world's first openly transsexual Member of Parliament.
  • The world's steepest street is Baldwin St., with a 38 gradient, in Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • New Zealand's Ninety-Mile Beach is only 55 miles long.
  • Organised commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand in the 1980s.
  • Declawing cats is legal in most U.S. states but banned in at least 22 countries including Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
  • The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the Kiwi, a flightless bird.
  • In 2006, an Australian man tried to sell New Zealand on Ebay. The starting price was AU$0.01 and managed to reach AU$3000 before Ebay closed the auction.
  • New Zealand will deny people residency visas if they are overweight. There have been cases of people rejected because of obesity.
  • New Zealand bans all advertising on TV on Christmas, Easter, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
  • In 1996, a man broke into a radio station in New Zealand, held the manager hostage, and demanded the station to play "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the frog.
  • There are giant carnivorous snails living in New Zealand.
  • During WW1, New Zealand raised an army of 100,000 men, about 10% of its population.
  • The smallest wage gap between men and women is to be found in New Zealand: under 5%.
  • The tuatara, a New Zealand reptile that pre-dates the dinosaurs, has three eyes.
  • The oldest known fossil penguin species lived in the early Paleocene epoch of New Zealand, about 62 million years ago.