As of June 2020, there were approximately 26.16 million sheep livestock in New Zealand, a decrease from the previous year where there were around 26.8 million sheep livestock in the country.
Of course! This is the longest place name in the world and translates from Maori roughly as “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his kōauau (flute) to his loved one”.
All of the above! One of our more honourable New Zealand facts is that we were the first country to give women the vote in 1893. This was due, in no small part, to Kate Sheppard, an iconic figure in the women’s suffrage movement.
The two New Zealanders responsible for the 2nd and 3rd achievements are Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Ernest Rutherford. Interestingly, they are often mistaken for being British but they are Kiwis through and through. They also both have the honour of appearing on our $5 and $100 notes respectively
Yes, this is not a mistake. In the 2001 New Zealand Census, over 50,000 Kiwis entered their religion as “Jedi”. That made it the second highest religion in the country at the time and the highest per capita in the world. Newly released statistics from the 2018 Census show the number of Kiwis with ‘no religion’ has increased which makes ‘no religion’ the largest belief group in New Zealand. In 2018, satanism had 1149 adherents, more than Scientologists (321) and Druids (189), but below Wiccans (1482) and Jedi which still held strongly at 20,409.
As at 2018, Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, with one in three people (33.4%) living there. The major population centres in New Zealand are: Auckland City (1,571,700 people), Christchurch City (369,000 people), Wellington City (202,700 people) and Queenstown with just around 16,000.