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Flavour of New Zealand

NZ popular culture 1960 onward

Funky nz statistics

Excerpts from Strange Facts & True about New Zealand should be seen as having validity as of its publishing date of 1981.

Smallest Bird

The smallest New Zealand bird is the acanthisitta, the rifleman or New Zealand wren, often called the titipounamu, which measures on 8 cm from beak tip to tail. The bird inhabits the forests of both main islands, especially the South Island beech forests. 1

First Million

Our first million of population was recorded in 1908. 1

Earliest Wapiti

Wapiti, or Canadian deer (Cervus canadensis) were first introduced to New Zealand by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. These wapiti multiplied and spread over a wide area. Nowhere else in the southern hemisphere do wapiti live in the wild state. Moreover, this New Zealand herd interbreeds with red deer to produce a unique hybrid, which is surprisingly fertile. 1

Longest Speech

Mr Tim Shadbolt of Auckland holds the world record for the longest speech ever given. Starting on 15 June 1979, he harrangued a crowd non-stop for 32 hours. 1

1  Strange Facts & True about New Zealand by Patricia Chapman