New Zealand people are commonly referred to overseas as
'Kiwis', after the native flightless and endangered bird that the country
has adopted as one of it's icons.
New Zealanders are known internationally for being a
friendly and hardworking nation. We are a travelling nation with large
numbers of our population visiting foreign lands for work, adventure and
New Zealanders are generally independent and unobtrusive.
New Zealand is made up of various ethnic and cultural
groups. The majority of New Zealanders are of European descent with Maori
second at approximately 10%. Other groups such as Pacific Island, Asian and
many other peoples make New Zealand's diverse population what it is today.
Sir Edmund Hillary.
The first man to stand on the highest mountain in the world, Mt Everest and
return, along with climbing partner Sherpa Tensing.
Sir Ernest Rutherford
The first man to 'split the atom'.
The first man to fly a motorised aircraft in free flight - thought to have
unknowingly beating the better known Americans, the Wright brothers, by
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
A true 'hands on' Kiwi and holder of the world's land speed record for a
class of motor bike under 1000cc. This was set in 1967 and still stands in
Burt's unique story was told in the film, The World's Fastest Indian"
Burt passed away in 1978.
Well known director of films such as, Lord of the Rings and King Kong.
Musician - Crowded House
Supermodel. Once married to Rod Stewart, the English singer.
Actor - Famous for roles in box office hits such as Jurassic Park and Event
Sir Peter Blake
Sailor/Explorer. Skipper of famous vessels such as ENZA, the vessel to break
the 'around the world in 80 days' record.
Also brought the famous sailing cup, the Americas Cup, to New Zealand
Was sadly murdered in 2002 while on expedition in the Amazon to highlight
the importance of caring for our environment.
Filmmaker and Director (The piano)
All Black rugby player
Xena Warrior Princess
Dag / hard case
Grizzle / whinge
Holiday home or cottage.
Trunk of a car.
Not feeling well, poorly.
A funny person.
Local corner store.
Hello (Good day).
A traditional Maori meal cooked in the ground.
Larrikan, drive fast.
Toe strapped sandal. Flip-flops, thongs.
Maori term for food.
New Zealander or type of NZ bird.
Maori meeting area.
A person of European descent.
A New Zealand shellfish, abalone.
Morning or afternoon tea.