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.”
A river in New Zealand has been given legal status as a living entity and possesses the same rights as a human being.
When asked for his thoughts on the migration of New Zealanders to Australia, the Prime Minister of New Zealand stated that the “annual exodus of Kiwis to Australia raised the average IQ of both countries”.
In 1984, the New Zealand Prime Minister got drunk and decided to spontaneously call a general election, which he lost.
The first alcohol-free bar in New Zealand went out of business five weeks after opening due to a lack of consumer interest. Customers that did show up often only consumed water after paying the $15 cover charge for entry.
Tech companies often test new products in New Zealand because they’re an ethnically diverse, tech-savvy, and English-speaking nation, yet still relatively isolated. If a product is a flop there, news is unlikely to spread quickly to the rest of the world and damage a company’s reputation.
New Zealand will deny people residency visas if they have too high of a BMI and there has been cases of people rejected because of their weight.
The courts in New Zealand allowed a child to be named ‘Number 16 Bus Shelter’.