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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.

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

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

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

Wettest Year

The highest rainfall ever recorded over a 12-month period in New Zealand occurred at Frews Hut, Westland, between 14 March 1967 and 14 March 1968. In that year Frews Hut, which has the highest average rainfall of 8,180 mm, received 10,670 mm of rain (editorís note: thatís 35 feet). 1

1  Strange Facts & True about New Zealand by Patricia Chapman