Category Archives: New Zealand

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THE ALL BLACKS

The All Blacks represent New Zealand in rugby union, which is regarded as the country’s national sport. In addition to winning the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, they are also the leading points scorer of all time and the only international rugby team with a winning record against every test nation they have ever played. Only 5 of the top 20 ranked rugby union test nations have ever beaten New Zealand in over 100 years of international competition.

BUNGY JUMPING


Commercial bungy jumping began in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy at Queenstown, New Zealand by entrepreneur and daredevil, A. J. Hackett. After making his first jump from Auckland’s Greenhithe Bridge in 1986, Hackett performed a number of jumps from bridges and other structures (including the Eiffel Tower), building public interest in the sport, which eventually lead to opening the world’s first permanent commercial bungy site. Hackett remains one of the largest commercial bungy operators with jump sites in several countries.

KIWI


Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. The kiwi as a symbol first appeared in the late 19th century in New Zealand regimental badges. Along with the Silver Fern, it has since become a well-known national symbol for New Zealand and its people.

Māori traditionally believe that kiwi are under the protection of Tane Mahuta, god of the forest. Although Kiwi feathers are particularly important to Māori, as they are used for ceremonial cloaks, Māori no longer hunt kiwi, but consider themselves their guardians.

SILVER FERN


The silver fern (ponga in M¯aori) isa species of medium-sized tree fern endemic to New Zealand. The New Zealand fern brand represents a land apart, where geographic isolation forged both a land of spectacular beauty and an independent spirit you would expect from the youngest country on Earth.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, along with Tourism New Zealand and their New Zealand brand partners use this recognisable mark to denote premium New Zealand products around the world.

INNOVATION


New Zealand company HamiltonJet pioneered the development of the modern waterjet system, allowing patrol boats, ferries, crew boats, fire boats, landing barges and pleasure craft to operate at high-speed.

Number 8 wire is a gauge of wire on the American wire gauge that has become a part of the cultural fabric of New Zealand. The conversion of New Zealand wilderness into farms created the need for many fences. The preferred wire was the Number 8 gauge, but it was often used inventively and practically for applications other than for fencing. Number 8 wire represents “Kiwi ingenuity” – a quality that was born out of isolation and lack of infrastructure in New Zealand’s early history.

New Zealand has since gained a reputation as a nation of resourceful and creative inventors. Over the years, Kiwis have been responsible for the creation of some groundbreaking inventions and the development of many techniques and practices such as the energy efficient Wellington Motor, the tranquiliser dart gun, the electric fence, the jet-proppelled boat and of course the great strides in nuclear physics, mountaineering and adventure tourism

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