In recent months a few people have been asking me, where is this NZ you keep confessing to be a resident of? Well, sorry folks, it isn’t the latest US state, nor is it to be found anywhere in the UK. New Zealand is a little country consisting of three major islands and lots of tiny ones, tucked away in the South Pacific, almost at the bottom of the world.
Contrary to belief from many in the northern hemisphere, we’re not off the coast of Australia, but a good three hour flight across the Tasman Sea. Crossing that piece of sea is often known as ‘crossing the ditch’.
There are only about four and a half million of us living in New Zealand, but if the truth be known, there are probably just as many Kiwis living in Oz, Aussie, Australia.
The inhabitants of NZ are known as Kiwis, not the flightless bird variety, nor the scrumptious green fruit within a brown skin. Unlike the Kiwi bird, we’re not a flightless people and can be found living all over the world.
There are more sheep living in New Zealand than people – not inhabiting the same space of course!
Yes, we do speak English, it’s our official language along with Maori. We also are very active bloggers and inhabitants of social media sites.
We’re a country well known worldwide for our lakes, mountains, beaches and green scenery and take our sport and outdoor adventure seriously.
We have wonderful film makers here in NZ, especially Sir Peter Jackson, responsible for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy amongst others. And yes, that wonderful scenery in Lord of The Rings is New Zealand.
New Zealand is the first place in the world to see the light of each new day, therefore when I write on Saturday morning most of you are still enjoying Friday night.It’s coming into winter here in New Zealand right now, with snow falling earlier than usual down in the South Island. So, while most of you are welcoming the sun, here we’re wrapping up warm – and writing our blog posts.
That’s just a bit of an introduction, for those who haven’t been too sure when I make strange comments such as ‘coming from down under.’ From time to time I’ll throw in a few more interesting, but not necessarily important, facts about this little place called NZ.