New Zealand is a beautiful and interesting island country that is placed in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. As a short history, between 1250 and 1300, Polynesians occupied New Zealand and managed to develop a distinctive Māori culture. 1642 was the year when Europeans have first made contact with this island. These days, Māori and European remain the two largest ethnicities in New Zealand. However, the large Polynesian population that lives in Auckland declared that their city is the largest Polynesian city on the Planet. Moreover, Auckland has an excess of population of approximately one million. New Zealand is considered to be the 121 most populated country in the world. Here are some interesting things to find out about New Zealand.
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William Trubridge is known as being a record setting free-diver from New Zealand. He is also known as being the first person who managed to break the 100m barrier in an unassisted dive. William Trubridge won in 2011 the World’s Absolute Freediver Award, known as WAFA. With this award, William Trubridge became the best all-around free-diver in the world. Moreover, on December 16, 2010 he managed to achieve a new world record, after diving to a depth of 101 meters on a single breath of air.
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Even if this place is recognized as an island country, New Zealand is placed on a massive submerged continent, named Zealandia. This island country is known as being the largest part of Zealandia above sea level. This sunken continent is larger than India or Greenland and approximately half the size of Australia. Zealandia contains New Zealand’s largest gas field and also supports inshore fisheries.
Famous Sport Icons
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As we know, sports are very popular in this beautiful island country. During the years, New Zealand homed some of the most famous sport icons in the world. This small nation has gained a great success in many sports, like sailing, cricket, rugby, motorsport, netball, climbing and many others. 1908 was the first year when New Zealand participated at the Olympic Games. During the Summer Games, New Zealand athletes managed to win approximately 85 medals.
New Zealand is a place field with surprises and offers some great stories and attractions to its visitors. What do you know about New Zealand?