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New Zealand True or False

Which of these statements about New Zealand are true, and which are not?
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: December 19, 2023
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1. Wellington is New Zealand's capital and largest city
True
False
Wellington is the capital city, but Auckland has more than twice its population
2. New Zealand has two official languages, plus a third, de-facto, language
True
False
Maori and NZ Sign Language, and English (de-facto)
3. The North Island is larger than the South Island
True
False
The South Island is 30% larger, but has far fewer inhabitants than the North Island
4. The Constitution of Australia names New Zealand as an Australian state
True
False
Amazing but true
5. New Zealand women could vote for Members of Parliament from 1893, a world first
True
False
It would be 40 more years before the first woman MP, Elizabeth McCombs, was elected in in 1933
6. The South Island was previously called Canterbury
True
False
But it was known as Middle Island until 1907
7. Stewart Island, off the South Island's southern coast, has the third largest population
True
False
Despite being third-largest, it only has 400 inhabitants. Waiheke Island, near Auckland, has over 9000
8. There is no railway connecting Auckland and Wellington
True
False
The North Island Main Trunk line was completed in 1908
9. The Waterview Tunnel in suburban Auckland is New Zealand's longest road tunnel
True
False
2.4 km long
10. Kiwis can fly
True
False
Their tiny wings make that impossible
11. The North Island is less than one kilometre wide at Auckland city
True
False
At the suburb of Otahuhu, in the south of the city
12. Rotorua is built on more than 50 (now dormant, fortunately) volcanoes
True
False
But this is true of Auckland
13. New Zealand experienced a gold rush in the 1860's
True
False
The Otago Gold Rush of 1861 was NZ's first major gold find
14. The Liberal Party of the longest serving Prime Minister, Dick Seddon, no longer exists
True
False
Seddon ruled from 1893 to 1906, and the Liberals dissolved in 1928
15. New Zealand's summer Olympic teams usually have over 250 participants
True
False
Teams were less than 100-strong before the 1984 Olympics; its largest team has been 213 in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
5 Comments
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Level 70
Feb 13, 2019
I've heard about #4 before and I was shocked! Then I've read the official version of the constitution and it was even worse. They even refer to New Zealand as a colony! I guess the Australians really want their empire!
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Level 67
May 30, 2022
Yesterday - May 30th was the anniversary of NZ saying thanks but no thanks to the idea of joining the Australian federation.

I guess having to lobotomise your entire population in order to qualify was a step too far.

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Level 67
Feb 11, 2023
New Zealand was always intended to become part of the Commonwealth of Australia after it's federation, and so I think it was included in the constitution to save coming back and rewriting it later on. However, this plan never came to fruition, likely because the New Zealanders didn't want to be so closely associated with the 'racist' Australians and their treatment of the Aboriginal people, after NZ had just come to peace with the Māori's.
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Level 64
Dec 20, 2023
YAYY another great New Zealand quiz! Just one thing, I’m pretty sure it’s less than 2 kilometres wide, but greater than 1 kilometre wide. If you could tell me how it’s less than 1 km then that would be retreat but I don’t see where it’s less than a km on the map.
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Level 76
Dec 21, 2023
I'm glad you enjoyed it! The narrowest distance runs the length of Portage Road in Otahuhu, about 800 metres (and if you know what a portage is that makes perfect sense!). Add another 100 metres of reclaimed land on the west side for the railway yards, and that's it. Note that googlemaps is deceptive, because the map doesn't show the full extent of the tidal creek on the eastern side - it'll be more obvious if you switch to satellite view.