What are some interesting facts about Auckland

Here I will regularly write some funny but also interesting facts about New Zealand that may be new to me and that only locals know about them. I hope you like it!

Dunedin is the southernmost city in the world that has ever hosted an international football match.

Dunedin is the second southernmost city in the world.

Only 5% of living things in New Zealand are humans. The rest, i.e. 95%, are animals.

For comparison in Germany, around 80.62 million people live in an area of ​​357,376 km². In New Zealand, 4.47 million people live in a similar area of ​​269,652 km². So many live in the greater Berlin area alone.

In Dunedin there is a chocolate festival once a year, which means that for one week only the existence of chocolate is celebrated. On the one hand, there are fun attractions like rolling down thousands of chocolate balls on Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. On the other hand, donations are also made for charitable purposes.

One of the main organizers is the British chocolate company, which is also based in Dunedin.

New Zealand was the first state to introduce universal suffrage. From 1893 onwards all Women and men choose.

A month ago the New Zealanders voted on a new flag because, according to the Kiwis, their flag is confused far too often with that of the Australians. Against the old flag with the Union Jack in the corner, there was a flag with the popular silver fern, which also adorns the jerseys of the All Blacks (national rugby team).

Ultimately, however, it will stick with the old flag.

Nine months after the All Blacks won a rugby match, New Zealand's birth rate is rising.

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mount Everest, was a New Zealander. Together with the Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, he reached the summit of the highest mountain in the world on May 29, 1953.

The name of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, who now make up only 15% of the population, for New Zealand is Aoetaroa. Translated it means something like "the land of the long, white cloud".

New Zealand is much safer than Australia or Japan, maybe even Germany. Because you won't find a single snake there and there are very few other poisonous animals. Something like Chernobyl or Fukushima cannot happen in New Zealand either, because there is not a single nuclear power plant or other nuclear material.

There are 400 golf courses in New Zealand

This means that "the land of the long, white cloud" (see Fact # 9) is home to most of the golf courses in the world that come on a head. Nevertheless rugby is the national sport.

The fruit, kiwi, is not from New Zealand, as is assumed, but from China, although it was named after the bird, kiwi. The kiwi bird is a symbol of its country and so the people of New Zealand are sometimes called kiwis.

Kia Ora [kĩora] is both a greeting and a farewell in the Maori language. Literally translated it means May you be well! or May you be healthy! even if it is used all over New Zealand by those who do not speak the native language, often instead of English Hello or good Morning is used.

New Zealand is one of the few countries that has and uses two national hymen. On the one hand, of course, England and the head is honored the Queen, with which the English anthem God save the queen was acquired. In addition, New Zealand wanted its own anthem with a similar name: God defend New Zealand.

The only other two countries that have two anthems are Denmark and Canada. There, too, there is a royal anthem on the one hand and a national anthem on the other.

The greatest distance you can have to the beach in New Zealand is 128km.

This is roughly the distance from Frankfurt to Würzburg.

New Zealand is known not only for its scenic beauty, but also for thrills and extreme sports. For example, bungee jumping was invented in New Zealand, which is why you can do it on every corner there. However, not the girl's version that we now have at every fair, where you can only hop a little higher on a trampoline. No, in New Zealand you throw your head down a cliff. Shortly before the impact, you will be pulled back up by the ropes attached to your legs.

The jet boats, which were also invented in New Zealand, also ensure a lot of fun and thrills. You jet across the water at around 130 km / h. If you normally feel fast with a boat on the Rhine, it drives around 60 kilometers per hour. So you can go on with the fact that you really drive over the water with this water ferrari.

One way or another, boats are popular in New Zealand. Statistically, every fifth person owns a boat.

Unlike in many other countries, the most inhabited city in New Zealand is not the capital, Wellington, but Auckland. This city is located on the North Island just below Northland, the headland in the north. A total of 1.3 million Kiwis live in Auckland, with Wellington's population of just 204,000. That can be compared with Munich and Giessen.

Therefore the main airport is also in Auckland and not in Wellington.

No name tags, sometimes house numbers, and usually no bells either!

This is how houses in New Zealand are often equipped. It would be too much of an invasion of privacy if everyone on the street could read who lives where. And since bells are often associated with name tags, you can leave them out right away. That might seem a bit strange to us, but it's quite normal there. There is also no registration office like in Germany. It would really be too much if the state also knew where you live.

Two thirds of New Zealand's population live north of the city of Hamilton.

Give everyone a nice word on the way.

At the checkout, not only the rehearsed phrases "Hello, (how are you)", but actually I don't care if I ask at all, or "a bag / bill or is it possible?" or to hear the announcement of how much everything together costs: for Germans this is something completely surprising.

In New Zealand, for example, it is not only customary to thank the driver when leaving the bus, but also to have a little chat at the cash register, which usually goes beyond small talk. For example, when buying a lot of sausages and paper plates, you could be asked whether you are throwing a barbecue party or being asked where you come from because of an accent and the most amazing thing is that the cashiers are actually interested.

Quiz question: Which country has not yet lost a game in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa?

Answer: * Drum roll * New Zealand!

Explanation: New Zealand either won or drew and still did not make it through the group phase

It is well known that all sports teams in New Zealand have a name. The best known are probably those All blacks, the national rugby team. But how did the name come about?

An English journalist wrote an article about a game of the All blacks and wrote that they were dressed completely in black. A mistake in the newspaper made it possible to read the next morning The New Zealand national rugby team All Blacks... This is how the name came about and according to the scheme many other sports teams were named like that All whites (Soccer) and the Black sticks (Hockey).

To encourage the children to read again, there is 20 minutes of reading time after lunch in the high school.

The history of the creation of New Zealand has two versions. That of the scientists, who was recently confirmed, and that of the Maori. Let's start with the latter:

Once, a long, long time ago, a fish, a very large fish, some kind of whale, died. The sea gradually ate him up, but a large part of it remained. Today's North Island.

A little later came the first Maori, among them a god. But they encountered bad weather. So they turned their canoe and stood on it. This should always be remembered, so it became the South Island. New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook, is a reminder of the god who traveled with them and now still watches over everything.

The canoe's anchor is also still there, Steward Island.

A long, long time ago, a very long time, a few million years ago, there were two primary continents, Laurasia and Gondwana. At some point, not only India and Australia broke away from the latter, but also a part before that, which scientists now call Zealandia. This part was comparable in size to Australia and drifted further and further south-east. At some point, however, he unfortunately encountered other plates that wedged into each other. So Zealandia sank and only the highest parts looked out, New Zealand. Some animals and plants survived and multiplied quickly because there were no enemies. This is why many animals in New Zealand are undisguised or very slow.

A supermarket, you would think, is one of those things that are the same all over the world ... Not exactly!

Of course, the supermarket in New Zealand also sells groceries like in Germany, albeit a bit larger, because the drugstore, bakery and kiosk are all under one supermarket roof. This was done for practical reasons, as it is common in New Zealand to do a big weekly shopping. Of course, you also buy a lot and you can't pack everything up again so quickly at the checkout. That is why there are extra employees who pack everything in the bags you have brought with you. Often young people work at the cash register to improve their pocket money. Only when you want to buy alcohol does it become difficult, since a young person is not allowed to sell alcohol.

Although New Zealand is really not one of the largest countries, in one city you can find the different landscapes of an entire continent:

As I said on my blog, the beaches I've seen so far are a Caribbean-like dream. A few meters away you will find deep forests and mountains, like in the German part of the Alps. This is followed by a rather barren landscape in which the grass has a light, yellow shimmer and the trees with a few leaves stretch straight up, like in Tuscany. In addition, you can also find landscapes that resemble those in tropical houses and of course the typical Middle-earth landscape.

In addition to English and Maori, New Zealand's third official language has been sign language since 2006.

I've already written about starting my own company in my blog. Well, if you thought about going through with it, you should do it in New Zealand, because here it only takes one day. This makes New Zealand the leading nation in statistics. Germany, on the other hand, ranks 25th with 15 days.

And yes, the one day is no joke and has nothing to do with corruption, because statistically speaking, New Zealand and Denmark are the least common in the world.

The kiwi (bird) is known to be the symbol of New Zealand.

But how did a flightless humpbacked "bird" become a heraldic animal where other nations have a proud eagle or a lion pose? There is also the Maori legend and the, from a European point of view, true story, so this fact comes back in two. Let's start with the Maori legend:

Once upon a time, the god Tane Mahute, the god of the forest, was annoyed that beetles and insects destroyed his trees and made them sick. So he called all the birds in the country together, one of them should agree to take care of the soil and the forests, but he had to give up his ability to fly. None of the birds wanted to exchange this privilege of God. Finally the kiwi agreed. So his wings shrank, his feathers lost their beautiful colors, his beak grew and his legs got more powerful. In gratitude, the god promised him that from now on his whole species would be honored and worshiped.

Now comes the European story:

An Australian shoe polish manufacturer named his new product in 1906 kiwibecause his wife loved animals so much. In addition, the silhouette of the hunched bird matched the round shoe polish perfectly. The manufacturer had great success with his product and it became more and more popular. This is exactly how the New Zealand soldiers polished their boots with this shoe polish in the First and Second World Wars. So that they only have their English and American comrades the kiwi fruit called. This name then became more and more popular and the name carried over to all New Zealanders. They began to develop their love affairs with the animal and to identify with it.

Which of the two stories really led to it is probably due to which one the listener likes better ...

In 2006 a man from Australia tried to sell New Zealand on Ebay. He started the auction with a price of AUS $ 0.01. A little later, AUS $ 3000 was offered for the country. Ebay then closed the auction.

Apparently this Australian wanted to get rid of the actually only real neighboring country as soon as possible.

On Christmas, Easter, Good Friday and ANZAC Day, a special New Zealand holiday, the government wants to give all residents a special gift. Advertising on public television channels is prohibited on these days.

The only descendant of the dinosaurs who is not classified as a reptile such as a lizard lives in New Zealand. The name of this animal is Tuatara and it has a peculiarity. It also has a third eye. Millions of years ago it was a very normal thing to differentiate between light and dark. In the meantime this eye has regressed in all animals. Nearly. Unfortunately there are not very many representatives of this type left.

If you need cash in New Zealand and don't have any with you, it will be difficult to borrow money from friends or acquaintances, as they most likely don't have any either, because in New Zealand it is common for even small things to be paid for with a credit card or EFTPOS . It goes without saying that the line to pay with cash is much shorter at the school canteen than the line to pay by card. Usually, however, only pocket money is on the card of young people, i.e. no assets.

In New Zealand you not only see completely different stars than in Germany, you also see more. You will hardly find the big and small car here, instead every child knows where the Southern Cross is, which is also on the New Zealand flag. This is best admired in Tekapo, because there is the clearest sky in the world. But New Zealand can still write one thing clearly and that is the clearest water. You can find that in Blue Lake, which is in turn in Nelson National Park.

Just as every federal state has its own more or less beautiful dialect, every English-speaking country also has its own slang. Of course, on the one hand there is the "English-English", the original from England. The English we know best is probably American English, as we get this in our heads through songs, Hollywood films and our favorite series. Then there is of course the language that is spoken in Australia, which is also called English, but is difficult to recognize as such for most non-locals. And then we have the kiwi slang, which of course I was getting at. Although the spelling is identical to that of British English, it sounds different when spoken. "A" is not pronounced "Ey" as usual, but more like our "A"; That this letter ("E") is pronounced like our "I" when you say the alphabet is taken very precisely and emphasized extra. And the "R" is not as hard as pronounced in American-English, but it is already emphasized. In addition, there are of course words that are only known here, but for another time ...

All children born in Dunedin in 1972 or 73 inevitably became the most studied people in the world because they are part of the Dunedin Study. This explores philosophical questions such as "Why do some children become rich businessmen and others become drug-addicted criminals?" So these children have been assessed and examined all their lives. Ultimately, it was possible to find very interesting facts about the question of why we are who we are, such as, for example, that it is already clear at kindergarten age which child goes which life path.

You can also find out more about this interesting study here: http://dunedinstudy.otago.ac.nz/

The first real bungee jump you could do was invented by A. J. Hackett in 1988. He offered it at the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, where you can still fall down today. Hackett was inspired by the cultural "bungee" that was made in Vanuatu. Here young men let themselves be tied to their feet with climbing plants and then jumped from a high tree or a small tower. However, Hackett replaced the climbing plants with sturdy rubber ropes so that he could guarantee his customers safety. To get rid of the initially high skepticism about the new adrenaline event, Hackett did a bungee jump and filmed a few special locations. The most famous was probably that of the Eiffel Tower. No wonder A. J. Hackett is still a legend among bungee jumpers and that Queenstown is the stronghold of adrenaline.

As I wrote in one of my blog articles, the Maoris don't have a sentence too long to use as a name. This is how the longest name of a place can be found in New Zealand. It's called: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungah-oronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu!

And translated it then means: the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees who slipped, climbed and swallowed mountains, also known as the "country eater", played his nose flute to all his loved ones.

In 2006 all leading positions in New Zealand were held by women: First and foremost, of course, the Queen, but also the Prime Minister, as well as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Justice Minister, all women. This makes New Zealand the only country in the world (until now) where this was or is the case. (Hillary Cliton is probably nothing against that!)

One of the most famous people from New Zealand, along with Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first two to climb Mount Everest, is Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937). This physicist received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908. He is considered one of the most important experimental physicists because he was the first to recognize that the protons (positive particles) in the center of the atom form a nucleus and the electrons (negative particles) move around the outside. He recognized this with the help of the scattering test and was thus able to work out his well-known "Rutherford atomic model".

Despite its modest size and population, there are more ethnic groups in New Zealand than there are countries in the world. And if that's not impressive enough, 190 languages ​​are spoken by the residents of New Zealand. Of course, not everyone speaks that many languages, but because all of New Zealand's residents originally came from elsewhere, many children grew up speaking at least two languages.

According to a study, 75% of the people originally come from Europe. 15% indicated that they are of Maori descent. And almost as many with 12% had ancestors in Asia.

Dunedin is the largest city in the world in terms of area. With an area of ​​3,569km², it is considerably larger than the country of Luxembourg (2,586km²) and almost three times the size of New York City (1,214km²). However, 8,550,405 people live in New York City, while Dunedin has a population of just 125,800. And Luxembourg is also more populated than Dunedin with 576,249 inhabitants.