New Zealand: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world New Zealand, livestock land, name of Kiwis, industrial developement, women's right to vote.

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Some 70% of the occupied land in New Zealand (45% of the total area) is directly devoted to supporting livestock. New Zealand has 60 million sheep and 2 million cows, mostly Jerseys.

New Zealanders have nicknamed themselves "Kiwis" after the flightless bird of their land. They are a friendly people, in love with their beautiful country.

The Kiwis are very angry over French testing of nuclear devices in the Pacific atmosphere. New Zealand got an injunction against the tests from the World Court, which the French ignored. Public protests are supported by the Government and one Kiwi frigate sailed near the test area carrying a cabinet minister. New Zealand is hoping the World Court will condemn the tests with a formal decision.

New Zealand is becoming more industrial to lessen its dependency on agriculture. The potential hydroelectric power is there, but many Kiwis are conscious of potential environmental harm. In 1971, 250,000 persons signed a protest halting a planned dam on Lake Manapouri.

In 1893 New Zealand became the 1st country to give women the right to vote.

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