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New Zealand Country Quiz

Name these facts about the country of New Zealand.
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First submittedDecember 8, 2013
Last updatedOctober 10, 2019
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Most populous cities
Auckland
Wellington
Christchurch
Hamilton
Name of the national rugby union team
All Blacks
The population of this animal reached
a peak of 70 million in 1982
Sheep
Nickname for person from
New Zealand
Kiwi
Name for the indigenous people
Māori
Name for New Zealand,
in the language of the above
Aotearoa
Pest animal that bites beachgoers
Sandfly
First European explorer to
reach New Zealand
Abel Tasman
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Tallest mountain
Aoraki / Mt. Cook
Range in which the above is found
Southern Alps
Largest lake
Lake Taupo
Longest river
Waikato River
Type of gigantic flightless bird
hunted to extinction around 1400 AD
Moa
Musical comedy duo
that sang "Business Time"
Flight of the
Conchords
Singer of "Royals"
Lorde
Most famous movie director
Peter Jackson
Film trilogy that the above filmed
mainly in New Zealand
The Lord of the
Rings
Legendary mountain climber
who died in 2008
Edmund Hillary
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level 74
Jan 23, 2014
I got Mt Cook when I answered Cook for first European. My second guess was Tasman.
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level 72
Jun 24, 2014
ditto
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level 79
Nov 21, 2018
Same . . . except I never came up with Tasman :(
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level 60
Dec 1, 2018
Same here cornflakesfu
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level 23
Jan 25, 2014
kept putting mosquito for sandfly thought I was spelling it bloody wrong ffs
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level 68
Jan 26, 2014
9/20... apparently I know little about New Zealand.
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level 66
May 18, 2014
If you're from New Zealand, which I am, it's dead easy; 100% first time.
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level 79
Nov 29, 2014
OK, I'm no kiwi, but shouldn't you accept "Conchords" based on how you've phrased the question?
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level 59
Jan 29, 2015
crushed it.
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level 70
Apr 5, 2017
Got crushed by it. (10/20....and I was so optimistic going into the quiz) :-(
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level 35
Feb 22, 2015
New Zealander as well :D Took ages to get the sand fly one lol. Do other countries not have them??
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level 70
Oct 11, 2019
certainly not as bad as the ones in New Zealand. And not just at the beach! I was swarmed on mountain trails on the West Coast.
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level 13
May 30, 2016
hi abel tasman never reached new zealand
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level 62
Sep 22, 2016
Abel Tasman did reach New Zealand by ship, but did not land there. His first encounter with Maori in their canoes while anchored in Golden Bay (top of the South Island) ended up with him naming the bay Murderers Bay.
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level 20
Jun 6, 2016
hey could you change Edmund Hillary to Sir Edmund Hillary as he has been knighted . As a kiwi im offended
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level 73
Dec 3, 2016
His name remained the same
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level 36
Dec 21, 2016
Once you die, you no longer retain your knighthood
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level 77
Oct 25, 2018
while the UK cabinet office has stated that you lose the honour of a knighthood when you die, in general the public still use the Sir to show respect and I suppose to distinguish between some other Edmund Hillary or whoever else it may be e.g. Sir Walter Raleigh is still called Sir even though he is very dead.
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level 72
Aug 3, 2019
In general no one cares about snobby nobility crap.
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level ∞
Oct 10, 2019
Here in America we deal with a lot of nonsense. Such as using pounds and feet instead of the metric system. But thank the founding fathers that we don't have to deal with the ridiculous British honors system. Knighthoods are for riding horses and swinging swords, not acting in movies and singing songs. Rant over.
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level 77
Oct 11, 2019
It seems to make sense to recognise important contributions. The US does have some civilian awards that are comparable e.g. the Medal of Freedom. Yes, in the UK originally it was horse-battle related and it is important to reward people for defending the country well (the US military definitely has this) but it evolved into a system that at the top provides good advisors to the monarch (the House of Lords). Would you suggest there is no point electing someone to the senate and giving them the title senator? Honours are often given to celebrities for important charitable work rather than their normal work, so its about encouraging some extra input in society. With the British system, at a basic level it still provides a pool of people who can defend the country in a different way (instead of doing so in battle there are people who can help govern, advise, create artistic work, develop cultural relations in sport or other arts, and assist others in need). Seems ok to me.
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level 70
Oct 11, 2019
@kogatora, on this site the answers don't include honorifics for Americans who have them. It doesn't read President George Washington or Senator Ted Kennedy or Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps or Medal of Freedom Winner Richard Garwin. In formal environments, one will refer to elected officials by the highest rank they achieved, even if they are no longer governor/senator/etc. But that wouldn't apply to a quiz site.
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level 72
Oct 11, 2019
Agree with you completely, in fact I refuse to use the term "Sir: or "Dame" for anyone. Knighthoods were actually abolished in New Zealand by prime minister Helen Clark in 2000, but were reinstated in 2009 by John Key. Time for them to go for once and for all.
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level 44
Jun 11, 2016
Dammit, missed Flight of the Conchords and Sandfly XD
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level 62
Jul 25, 2016
Too easy for a kiwi quizzer? Try the quizzes: "Landmarks of New Zealand", and "New Zealand Icons - Kiwiana".
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level 62
Aug 7, 2016
Also, "Birds of New Zealand" and "Plants of New Zealand". Kia ora.
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level 34
Jul 16, 2017
That was so simple 20/20 with 2 minutes remaining probably helps that I'm a New Zealand though
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level 23
Oct 19, 2017
Yeah that would help
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level 23
Oct 19, 2017
"Some people say that rappers are invincible... We're vincible. Some people say that we are not rappers... We're rappers."
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level 47
Mar 20, 2019
Australia is better than New Zealand. Change my mind.
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level 62
May 26, 2019
Way. Not.
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level 72
Aug 3, 2019
Blistering desert of poisonous stuff spread out over 5 million square kilometers.
Way, way more beauty in a nicely compact package.
Yup, Australia just plain out and out sucks.
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level 72
Oct 11, 2019
Research the two, and you'll change your mind all by yourself.
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level 26
Oct 12, 2019
Yeah Nah, maybe under Jacinda but things will get better.
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level 72
Aug 3, 2019
New Zealand has a 4th city?
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level 77
Oct 11, 2019
kept trying to think of the director of boy/hunt for the wilderpeople/eagle shark (Taika Waititi), then it occurred to me who the obvious director answer was
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level 82
Oct 11, 2019
I always thought Lorde was a band.