Country : New Zealand
Capital : Wellington
National Day: 6th February – Waitangi Day
National Anthem: ‘God Save the Queen’ & ‘God Defend New Zealand’
Language/s: English, Maori & New Zealand Sign Language
Currency: New Zealand Dollar
Population: 4.5 million
Location: 41o South Latitude 174o East Longitude
Two main islands – North Island & South Island – 700 off shore smaller islands
Area: 271, 000 km2
Highest Mountain: Aoraki – Mount Cook 3,754 m.
Climate: Cool – Temperate. Yearly average 8.3 – 16.6 degrees Celsius
Four distinct seasons
Natural Hazards: Earthquakes
Food Staple: Meat & vegetable. Kumara.
Eating Utensils: Knife/fork/spoon. Shared eating baskets.
Education: Compulsory from 6 – 16 years
Transport: Cars & walking
Native Animal/bird: Mainly flightless birds – kiwi, kakapo, tuatara. Only mammal – bat.
Famous Building/s: Sky Tower, Larnach Castle, Aukland Museum War Memorial, Taranaki Cathedral, New Zealand Parliament House, Aukland Bridge
National Costume/colours: Māori clothing is the only form of dress that is distinctive to New Zealand.
Haka – Maori war dance
Ki-o-Rahi – ball game
Ti rakau – stick game
Whai – string game
Ti ringa – hand game
Interesting Fact/s: Has world’s largest snail & it’s carnivorous
Longest place name in the world Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu
First country in the world to give women the vote in 1893
Lord of the Ring movies were filmed in New Zealand
Home of the Giant Weta the world’s heaviest insect