20 Mindblowing Facts About New Zealand You Might Not Know

New Zealand is a small nation, same in size to Japan or Great Britain. With a population of just 4 million people, it is also unspoiled and uncrowded. Geographically, New Zealand comprises two main landmasses – that of the South Island, and the North Island, and several small islands. The country’s most populous city is Auckland while its capital city is Wellington. Here are some interesting and cool facts about New Zealand you might not know.

Plastic Nation

New Zealand is a plastic nation – several personal financial transactions are made with a credit card. Many shops offer EFTPOS (electronic funds transfer at point of sale) and cash is seldom seen.

Universal Suffrage

New Zealand was the first country in the world to have universal suffrage. Back in 1893, it became legal for all female and male citizens of New Zealand to vote.

South Island And North Island

The south island is covered by alpine peaks, glaciers and plains, while the north island has tropical beaches, deserts and volcanoes.

High Positions Of Power Held By Women

New Zealand was the first nation to have its 3 high positions of power held at the same time by ladies: The Chief Justice (Sian Elias), the Governor General (Dame Silvia Cartwright) and the Prime Minister (Helen Clark).

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