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  • Welcome to Top10Archive! Ahoy, fellow Archivists! Prepare for land as we approach the island

  • country of New Zealand! You may know its landscape from The Lord of the Rings, but do you really

  • know New Zealand as it deserves to be known? 10. New Zealand Cuisine

  • We all have our favorite cuisines, all varying depending on what part of the world you hail

  • from. New Zealanders have their own selection of dining favorites, some stemming from Maori

  • roots, such as sweet potato, and others, like pork, influenced by European settlers. One

  • popular tradition that has stuck around is hangi, a method of cooking that uses heated

  • rocks buried in a pit oven. Additional influence in New Zealand food stems from the British

  • Isles. Fish and chips, custard squares, pavlova, and meat pies are popular in modern New Zealand,

  • all accompanied with a budding wine and beer industry.

  • 9. Inventions In the medical field, we have inventors like

  • Colin Murdoch to thank for the disposable hypodermic syringe and the child-proof medicine

  • cap. Additionally, Murdoch was known for his creation of the modern tranquilizer gun. A

  • little less imperative to saving human life, but still impressive none-the-less, are the

  • creation of the eggbeater, burglar-proof windows, and the spiral hairpin, credited to New Zealand

  • emigrant Ernest Godward. If youve ever watched YouTube videos of people rolling down

  • hills in giant plastic balls, you can thank David and Andrew Akers for their creation

  • of the Zorb. 8. Famous New Zealanders

  • One of New Zealand’s greatest claims to fame is Ernest Rutherford. A chemist and physicist,

  • Rutherford is best known for being the first individual to split an atom and created a

  • credible theory of atomic structure, for which he won the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

  • On the other end of the spectrum was Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first to reach the summit

  • of Mount Everest in 1953. Other notable Kiwis include filmmaker Peter Jackson, Russell Crowe,

  • Sam Neil, the Flight of the Conchords, Bruce McLaren, and Katherine Mansfield. Nancy Wake

  • earned notoriety during World War II when she became the Gestapo’s most wanted person

  • while Charles Upham became the first soldier to earn 2 Victoria Crosses for one war. On

  • YouTube, be sure to check out Shirley Setia, Wacky Wednesday, and Shannon Harris from Shaaanxo.

  • 7. New Zealand Wildlife You may have heard us call New Zealanders

  • "Kiwis" a time or two, and now you finally get to know why! While many people would likely

  • associate this terminology with the fruit, the New Zealand nickname was derived from

  • the flightless bird native to the country. Joining the Kiwi on land are New Zealand’s

  • only native land mammal, the long-tailed and short-tailed bat. Traverse this beautiful

  • country and youll come to find that it is a haven for seabirds, playing host to albatross,

  • New Zealand Dotterel, New Zealand Fairy Tern, penguins, and Westland petrel. What New Zealand

  • lacks in native land mammals it makes up for in Weta, of which there are over 70 different

  • species inhabiting the land. 6. New Zealand Tourist Attractions

  • Probably the most notable tourist attraction in New Zealand is not some manmade structure,

  • but rather a series of caves found in the King Country region of New Zealand. The Waitomo

  • Caves are not your average holes within the Earth, especially when you get to the Waitomo

  • Glowworm Caves. These caves are home to an incredible spectacle, an underground light

  • show provided by nothing more than thousands of living glowworms. If insects and enclosed

  • spaces aren’t your thing, maybe youll enjoy The Sky Tower and its 328 meter or 1,076

  • foot view over Auckland. Looking to avoid heights and want something a bit more natural?

  • Youll probably want to stop by the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, the Bay of Islands,

  • Tongariro National Park, or Kaikoura. 5. Women’s Suffrage and the $10 Note

  • Women’s right to vote has been a hot button issue in just about every culture, and New

  • Zealand is no exception. Up until the late 19th century, women were barred from being

  • involved in politics. Enter Kate Sheppard, establisher of New Zealand’s Women’s Christian

  • Temperance Union. With backing from the union, Sheppard sought to instill women’s suffrage

  • and introduced the first bill in 1887, followed by a pamphlet the following year titledTen

  • Reasons Why the Women of N.Z. Should Vote.” By September 19th, 1893, women of New Zealand

  • were able to vote, and November 28th of the same year would also mark the first election

  • they could vote in. That year, nearly 2/3 of women voted in the election and Sheppard’s

  • efforts found her on New Zealand’s $10 note. 4. The Treaty of ANZUS

  • In 1951, Australia, New Zealand and the United States entered into a security agreement that

  • bound them to cooperate when it came to military issues in the Pacific Ocean. Though a focal

  • and integral part of the Australian, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty, New Zealand’s

  • anti-nuclear stance brought a change to the treaty. With the country and the majority

  • of its people pro-nuclear disarmament, and the United States having declared itself a

  • nuclear power, a discord started to form, eventually leading to the U.S. suspending

  • its obligations to New Zealand. With the pact essentially dissolved, despite New Zealand

  • never officially withdrawing, the United States considered the country “a friend, but not

  • an ally.” In 2010, the two countries signed the Willington Declaration, a move that wiped

  • out any strain from the ANZUS dispute. 3. Film-Friendly

  • If youre in need of a place to film your movie, you may be able to find supportand

  • amazing landscapein New Zealand, one of the film industry’s most prominent locales.

  • The rolling hills of New Zealand have been featured in such theatrical epics as The Lord

  • of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and other productions

  • like Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers and The Frighteners. Its environments, from sandy

  • beaches to snowy alps, provide incredible diversity for a myriad of needs, but the look

  • of a movie is not always the driving factor. Qualifying productions that film in New Zealand

  • can receive a cash grant of 20%, along with an additional 5% for those that can demonstrate

  • economic benefits. 2. Celebrating the All Blacks

  • What do Kiwis do when theyre not helping in film productions, cooking hangi style,

  • or visiting the Glowworm Caves? They support the All Blacks, their local men’s rugby

  • union team. In 1870, Charles Monro is said to have introduced New Zealand to the sport

  • of rugby, which he became familiar with at Christ’s College in Finchley, England. May

  • 1870 was the first game ever played by New Zealand players and the original All Blacks

  • emerged in 1905 during a tour of the British Isles. In 1987, 2011, and 2015, the All Blacks

  • took the Rugby World Cup championship, becoming the first team to claim three World Cups.

  • Even at their worst, the All Blacks typically only lost one game and often placed in the

  • top 3. 1. Strange Records Held by Kiwis

  • According to the Guinness World Records, around 100 records have been attributed to New Zealanders,

  • and there are some really odd claims to fame out there. Among some of these records are

  • Martin Reuben de Jong’s 2009 feat of running through 15 consecutive panes of glass; the

  • greatest distance between the same individual being ticketed by the same officer for the

  • same offense, broken by Constable Andy Flitton; and Clint Hallman, the first individual to

  • receive a hand transplant operation after cutting his off with a chainsaw. The list

  • goes on to include the most heads shaved in one hour for a Child Cancer Foundation fundraiser,

  • a man that can throw a washing machine 4.015 meters or 13.17 feet, and the largest wasp

  • nest discovered in 1963.

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