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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.

First Million

Our first million of population was recorded in 1908. 1

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

Furthest from the Sea

No part of New Zealand is more than 128 km from the sea. The furthest settlement from salt water is Garston, Southland. 1

Mountainous Country

New Zealand is a high altitude landmass, with only one quarter of its area under 200 m above sea level. 1

1  Strange Facts & True about New Zealand by Patricia Chapman