In one obvious respect, it’s almost as far removed from the UK as you could get. In others, it feels very similar – it’s a parliamentary democracy, it’s largely English-speaking, it has the same queen. Yet New Zealand has its own distinct character which places it out on its own in more than a geographical sense. How much do you know about these fascinating islands?
- Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand. What is it usually translated as?
- New Zealand was the first self-governing territory in the world to grant women the vote in parliamentary elections. In which year?
- One member of the Eighties pop trio Thompson Twins was a New Zealander. Was it Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie or Joe Leeway?
- New Zealand is famous for the almost complete absence of native mammals. How many species does it have?
- “Ka Mate” is the most famous haka performed by the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. Who composed it?