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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: May 30, 2022
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First submittedFebruary 12, 2019
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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 three de-facto official languages
True
False
English (de-facto), Maori, and NZ Sign Language
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
5. New Zealand women could vote from 1893 (a world first), but the first female Member of Parliament was not elected until 40 years later
True
False
Elizabeth McCombs, 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
Stewart Island has 400 inhabitants, but 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 Otahuhu
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 200 participants
True
False
Teams were less than 100-strong before the 1984 Olympics; its largest team has been 199 in the 2016 Rio Olympics
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Level 71
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 65
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.