Ted d’Auvergne, a New Zealand WW2 soldier, was at the pub and late for his embarkation train. He asked the bartender to set aside his 2nd bottle of beer to drink when he came home. Ted was killed but the promise was kept and that bottle of beer is still there.
New Zealand Council pays a wizard $16,000 a year to “provide acts of wizardry”.
The clearest lake in the world is the Blue Lake located in Nelson, New Zealand. Visibility in the lake is up to 80 metres meaning the water is considered almost as optically clear as distilled water.
New Zealand is not part of of any of the world’s seven recognized continents, and is in fact situated upon the submerged continent of Zealandia.
In New Zealand in 1959, only 21 people out of their entire population of 2.3 million were officially unemployed.
In 1984, New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon got drunk and decided to spontaneously call a general election, which he lost.
New Zealand has an official Wizard. He was initially threatened with arrest because of his antics, but after being named a living work of art and performing a successful rain dance during a drought, the PM named him The official Wizard of NZ, Antarctica, and relevant offshore areas.
In the 1930s, farmers in New Zealand had an unusual problem: when they put their trousers out to dry, they had a tendency to explode.
A popular herbicide- sodium chlorate – would cause anything on which it had been spilled to explode when even a small amount of heat was applied.
Remains of a human-sized penguin have been discovered in New Zealand. The penguin was more than 5 feet tall and weighed more than 170 pounds.
New Zealand’s first tank (the Bob Semple tank) was built from a tractor, sheet metal and 6 machine guns. When ridiculed for the design Bob Semple said “I don’t see anyone else coming up with any better ideas.”