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acronym Vorb contained in 's popular Tama Easton New Zealand internet forum vorb.org.nz stands for "Vaguely Organised – Ride Bikes"?
in fishing industry New Zealand works an exclusive economic zone fourteen times larger than the land area of New Zealand itself?
International Cricket Council awarded Australia and New Zealand the hosting rights to the because they were sufficiently impressed with their 2015 Cricket World Cup 2011 bid which lost to Asia by 7 votes?
New Zealand soldiers lost their lives in 1917 in the due to being unaccustomed to the British railway system?
Bere Ferrers rail accident southern African
vine is a Acetosa sagittata weed in Australia and New Zealand, and may smother vegetation it grows upon?
researchers believe the
monotypic New Zealand genus represents an extreme example of floral Oreostylidium paedomorphosis and should be transferred back to the related Australian genus ?
Stylidium sightings of
were common around Captain Cook New Zealand as late as the 1950s?
Kaipara Harbour of Northland, New Zealand, was named at a hāngi on the , at which the Pouto Peninsula para fern ( Marattia salicina) was served?
New Zealand endemic amphipod lives in "bog-water on top of Swampy Hill"?
Paraleptamphopus caeruleus the
New Zealand Railways Department's experimental RM class was the first Westinghouse railcar railcar to enter revenue service in New Zealand?
shot tower of the is the only surviving tower of its kind in Colonial Ammunition Company New Zealand?
New Zealand member of parliament worked on the extension of the William Montgomery Little River railway to Akaroa?
New Zealand Members of Parliament , John Thomas Peacock Francis James Garrick, and John Evans Brown were brothers-in-law?
Henry Richard Webb the
New Zealand Member of Parliament was described as the foremost local government expert of his time?
Frederic Jones the
New Zealand wanted to return to a McGillicuddy Serious Party medieval lifestyle and establish a monarchy based on the Scottish Jacobite line?
nearly half the eligible male population of
New Zealand served in the during New Zealand Expeditionary Force World War I?
nearly every known example of the
New Zealand-designed was destroyed in a fire at the storage depot shortly after Charlton Automatic Rifle World War II?
although the tiny
of Hochstetters frog New Zealand has no tail, it has atavistic tail-wagging muscles?
around a third of
New Zealanders claim no , including the leaders of both main religious affiliation political parties?
fourteen people died in the
when a scenic viewing platform collapsed in Cave Creek disaster New Zealand in 1995?
although his crew were merely taking geological observations, the
British Government believed had claimed Cyrille Pierre Théodore Laplace New Zealand for France?
all species of the
New Zealand parrot family ( Nestoridae ) are either Kākā pictured endangered or have gone extinct due to human activity?
a new free trade agreement called the
between Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore will come into effect on ?
1 January 2006 according to a survey by
, the Reader's Digest is Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New Zealand's second most trusted charity?
from the 1860s, the
New Zealand government established a network of castaway depots (example pictured) on their sub-antarctic islands for the use of shipwreck survivors?
habitual con artist
impersonated a man in early- Amy Bock 20th century New Zealand in order to marry and defraud her landlady's daughter?
in 2007, the
New Zealand initiative saw 415 tonnes (910,000 lb) of eDay electronic waste collected?
in April 1999, Australian
Justice joined Margaret Beazley and Virginia Bell to form the first all-female Carolyn Simpson bench to sit in Australia, England or New Zealand?
Fiji international goalkeeper was prevented from playing in a Simione Tamanisau FIFA World Cup qualifying match by the New Zealand authorities?
in 1993, an officer in
New Zealand's accidentally discharged a Diplomatic Protection Squad pistol on a VIP aircraft while in flight?
in 1909 at the age of 17,
New Zealand pianist became the youngest-ever subprofessor appointed to Frank Hutchens London's Royal Academy of Music?
New Zealand gifted to a new battlecruiser Britain?
tsunami triggered by the , that led to 25,000 deaths in 1868 Arica earthquake Peru and northern Chile, caused damage and at least one death in New Zealand?
was the most powerful earthquake in 1855 Wairarapa earthquake New Zealand?
was a large adzebill predatory bird that lived in New Zealand, and was initially thought to be a kind of moa?
the last three
New Zealand Open tournaments, the leading men's golf tournament in New Zealand, were played on private golf course?
Michael Hill's the main threat to
Pisonia brunoniana (pictured) in New Zealand is cutting by people trying to prevent small songbirds from getting trapped by its very sticky seeds?
the fish known as the
( snapper Chrysophrys aurata; pictured) in Australia and New Zealand does not belong to the snapper family of tropical fish?
were Eastern New Zealanders Polynesians, who are thought to have arrived in New Zealand around 750 years ago?
the entrance to
has treacherous Kaipara Harbour sandbars known as "the graveyard", which are responsible for more shipwrecks than any other place in New Zealand?
the field of
is usually credited with having been started in island restoration New Zealand in the 1960s?
the name of
, an inlet on the northern coast of the Whangaroa Harbour Northland Region of North Island, New Zealand, comes from the Māori lament "Whaingaroa" or "What a long wait" of a woman whose warrior husband had left for a foray to the south?
the noise of the
, which occurred on 1929 Murchison earthquake New Zealand's South Island, was so loud that it was heard in New Plymouth, over 250 km (160 mi) away on North Island?
there was once an
estuarine valley with a rich abundance of New Zealand flounders near , Waipatiki Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, but it became a stream system after an earthquake in 1931?
The Goons may have joked about , farmers in exploding trousers New Zealand in the 1930s actually experienced the phenomenon when herbicide that they were using caught fire?
thorium nesosilicate mineral Huttonite (unit cell pictured) was first discovered in 1950 in New Zealand?
the suburb of
in South Dunedin Dunedin, New Zealand, contains one of only three known preserved gasworks museums in the world?
the peak of
(1620 Mount Hikurangi metres) is the highest non-volcanic peak on the North Island of New Zealand?
the road over the
Wilmot Pass (pictured) is not connected to any other road on the New Zealand network?
breeds in White-capped Albatross New Zealand's subantarctic possessions but nonbreeding birds may range to the southwestern South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands?
have featured teams from United States Academic Decathlon National Championships Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Northern Ireland and Brazil?
is the largest of the Black Tree Fern tree fern species endemic to New Zealand?
Coenocorypha snipes (pictured alongside a once ranged from Godwit) New Caledonia and Fiji to New Zealand but are now restricted to New Zealand's outlying islands?
of Black-fronted Tern New Zealand is known as the ploughboy or ploughman's friend for its propensity to eat worms and grubs in newly ploughed ground?
in aquaculture industry New Zealand aims to be a sustainable NZ$1 billion industry by 2025?
was the biggest 1979 Abbotsford landslip landslide ever in an urban area in New Zealand?
of the 1st Special Squadron Imperial Japanese Navy was tasked with defending Australia and New Zealand during World War I?
and the Heartland Championship Air New Zealand Cup have replaced the National Provincial Championship in New Zealand rugby union?
running through the Kaimai Tunnel Kaimai Ranges is the longest rail tunnel in New Zealand?
Creeping Groundsel (pictured), a climbing succulent perennial native of South Africa, is a problem weed in New Zealand, but cultivated in parks in Spain and Germany?
in St. James Theatre Wellington, New Zealand, was nearly demolished in the 1980s and is said to be haunted by numerous ghosts?
sank off SS Tararua the Catlins in 1881, in New Zealand's worst civilian shipping disaster?
, a obscure mealybug pest of vineyards in New Zealand and California, is believed to have been introduced from Australia or South America?
is 623 metres long and was the first Mount Victoria Tunnel New Zealand tunnel to have air conditioning?
is Pompallier Mission New Zealand's oldest industrial building and printed some of the earliest texts in Māori?
golden handshake report by New Zealand journalist cost an MP his Cabinet position?
Duncan Garner a
German Shepherd named was the first Rajah police dog in New Zealand?
New Zealand telecommunications entrepreneur once claimed that she would work as the CEO of Annette Presley Telecom New Zealand for NZ$1?
New Zealand's was originally thought to be a North Island Robin subspecies of the New Zealand Robin, but mitochondrial DNA sequence analysis has shown that the two lineages split prior to the Pleistocene?
New Zealand's historic received little mention when under construction as it was part of a much larger project?
Arapuni Suspension Bridge
New Zealand rower has also stood as a political candidate, and his brother was a victim of the Rob Hamill Khmer Rouge?
New Zealand politician John Key once promised , a lobbyist group for people over 50, that he would resign if he ever lowered the Grey Power superannuation?
New Zealand journalist was shot at a Bill Ralston Soweto school in South Africa in 1986?
New Zealand moved 30 centimetres (12 in) closer to Australia during ?
a recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake
New Zealand's indigenous Māori people used the cabbage tree for food, medicine, and to make strong ropes like those used for Cordyline australis morere swings (pictured)?
China's refused to Sanlu Group recall contaminated infant formula until Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand intervened?
has been described both as " Barzillai Quaife New Zealand's first public anti- racist" and " Australia's first philosopher"?
became the first Charlotte Glennie New Zealand journalist to officially film in North Korea?
Barnet Burns (pictured) toured England from 1835, exhibited his Māori tattoos and recounted his adventures in New Zealand?
has been described as the "quintessential Ayrlies Garden New Zealand garden"?
Anglo- German novelist was a cousin to Elizabeth von Arnim New Zealand short story writer Katherine Mansfield?
wildlife biologist was the first Olaus Murie American Fulbright Scholar to study in New Zealand?
New Zealand is sometimes called ?
The Half Gallon Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise
New Zealand currently has with free trade agreements Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Chile and China?
New Zealand cricketer is the only player to be Ted Badcock out first ball in both innings on his Test debut?
New Zealand MP William Downie Stewart 's son, William Downie Stewart, became Mayor of Dunedin—and his daughter Mary served as Lady Mayoress?
labour law expert is the first totally Ron McCallum blind person to have been appointed to a full professorship at any university in Australia or New Zealand?
racecar driver barely survived a crash in the Stan Fox 1995 Indy 500, but later died in a head-on collision on New Zealand's North Island?
nineteenth century New Zealand retrieved 5,000 tons of gum-diggers kauri resin a year for the varnish trade, and that the gum was Auckland's main export?
Australian cricketer was reprimanded by the Trevor Chappell Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand when he rolled an underarm delivery to batsman Brian McKechnie to stop him from lofting the ball for six?
New Zealand Transport Minister started radio station Energy FM with a group of friends?
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was a finalist for the 2009 in the 'Cycling Champion of the Year' category?
Cycle Friendly Awards
New Zealand and Australian soldiers massacred the adult males of a village in Palestine during the of 1918?
New Zealand band The Trons (pictured) has no human members?
New Zealand rugby player suffered an injury that kept him from captaining the Andy Dalton All Blacks side that went on to win the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup?
New Zealand rugby union player co-authored Billy Stead The Complete Rugby Footballer while on tour with the All Blacks in 1905-6?
New Zealand rugby union footballer did not start playing until he was aged 17, but earned three Ali Williams international caps before he was 22?
New Zealand rugby union footballer 44 Jimmy Hunter's tries on the 1905 All Blacks tour is a record that is unlikely to ever to be surpassed?
is a Closer Economic Relations free trade agreement between the governments of New Zealand and Australia?
initiated the land transfer that gave Edward Cephas John Stevens Christchurch, New Zealand, the park on which AMI Stadium now stands?
once had the largest Te Kopuru sawmill in New Zealand?
, the father of William Bambridge England Football international was a member of the Charles Bambridge Te Waimate mission, New Zealand who became official photographer to Queen Victoria?
, vicar of Rev William Cotton Frodsham, Cheshire, introduced the skills of beekeeping to New Zealand in the 1840s?
, a taranakite mineral formed from the reaction of clays or aluminous rocks with materials derived from bat or bird guano, was first found in New Zealand's in 1865?
Sugar Loaf Islands
Seacliff Lunatic Asylum (pictured) in New Zealand was plagued by landslips, a fatal fire in a locked psychiatric ward and allegations of abuse before reverting to a forest reserve?
, chief of the Ruatara Ngā Puhi, hosted the first Christian mission in New Zealand in 1814?
, an education policy proposed by Schools Plus New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, was boycotted by 15 schools?
was a William Miles Maskell New Zealandic farmer and entomologist who advocated biological pest control?
was the largest Mauisaurus plesiosaur to roam New Zealand waters and that it gets its name from the Māori god Maui?
, the first Richard Hutton Davies New Zealand officer to command a division in World War I, committed suicide in 1918?
Outhwaite Park in
Auckland, New Zealand, is named after early settlers, the ?
Outhwaite family Asian women have been left traumatised and questioned by police investigating missing two-year-old
in Aisling Symes New Zealand?
is found only on a five Powelliphanta Sp.Augustus hectare area northeast of Westport, New Zealand?
is a Orthodera novaezealandiae praying mantis native only to New Zealand?
, a Pectinaria australis marine ice cream cone worm of New Zealand, builds a delicate tube home from sand grains only one grain thick?
was a proposed Project Aqua hydroelectric scheme for the lower Waitaki River in New Zealand that would have diverted up to 77% of the river's flow into a separate canal?
medaled in table tennis for Peter Jackson New Zealand?
helped lead Hedley Howarth New Zealand to its first ever test cricket win on the Indian subcontinent with a five-wicket bag against India in 1969?
Mountain was the first part of Houhora New Zealand that the early explorer Kupe saw, but he thought it was a whale, according to Māori legend?
not only represented George William Smith New Zealand in both codes of rugby football but was also a successful athlete winning fourteen national titles as a sprinter and hurdler?
, the first George Matthew Snelson , Mayor of Palmerston North New Zealand, is regarded as the father of his city?
and Francis James Garrick , James Francis Garrick MPs in New Zealand and Queensland respectively, were brothers?
has the fastest French Pass tidal flows in New Zealand, reaching nearly nine knots and capable of stunning fish?
in housetruckers New Zealand live in old trucks and school buses (pictured) that have been converted into mobile homes?
, an advertisement campaign character for the Ira Goldstein ASB Bank in New Zealand, supposedly drives a metallic-brown 1979 Leyland Princess 2000 HL?
, the preserved heads of mokomokai Māori people with facial tattoos, were traded for firearms during the early 19th century in New Zealand?
is used as a safe location for baby Motu Matakohe island Kiwi (pictured) until they weigh 1 kilogram and are brought to mainland New Zealand?
has been described as " Mary Ann Müller New Zealand's pioneer suffragist"?
is one of only two castles in Larnach Castle New Zealand?
, a Johann Myburgh South African cricketer playing in New Zealand, broke Graeme Pollock's mark for the fastest first-class double century?
, a member of John William Hansen International Cricket Council's Code of Conduct Commission, is a New Zealand High Court justice?
Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand were formed during Article XV squadrons World War II from graduates of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan?
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