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Flavour of New Zealand

NZ popular culture 1960 onward

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

Boat Building

The only man known to have built a boat using only his feet was Kaitaia solicitor Mr Rodney Haines. Mr Haines, who is armless, built an 8.2 m double outrigger cruiser in his spare time while a partner in a Kaitaia legal firm. 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

Oldest Pub

The oldest pub in New Zealand which is still operating from its original site is the Thistle Inn, on the corner of Sydney and Mulgrave Streets in Wellington. The Thistle Inn was built in 1840 and was opened between July and October of that year by the original publican, William Couper. 1

Earliest Moose

The first moose to be liberated in New Zealand were sent here by the Canadian government in 1900. Fourteen moose were originally sent out, but only four survived the storms and rough seas. These four were kept just opposite Parliament Buildings in Wellington for some time, before being released in Hokitika. Curiously, one of the cow moose took a liking to the town and for 14 years she regularly disturbed the inhabitants by chasing them up and down the streets. 1

1  Strange Facts & True about New Zealand by Patricia Chapman