11 fresh, amazing facts about New Zealand – episode one

We’re kicking off a fresh series, starting with the opening 11 of 66 interesting factoids about New Zealand.



1. The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, which is a hill in Hawkes Bay.

2. Get this. One in every three Auckland households own a boat.

3. New Zealander Nancy Wake was the Gestapo’s most wanted person during World War II – and reportedly killed a SS member with her bare hands.

4. The year 1893 saw New Zealand become the first country to give women the right to vote.

5. Almost one third of New Zealand comprises protected national parks.

6. As things stand, about 15 percent of the country’s population is Māori.

7. There isn’t one nuclear power stations in New Zealand.

8. Same sex marriage was legalised in New Zealand in 2013.

9. More people reside in Auckland than in the whole of the South Island.

10. New Zealand, alongside the USA are the only two countries in the world where drug companies are allowed to advertise to the public.

11. Believe it or not, the New Zealand prime minister appointed a National Wizard in 1990.