Haere Mai

My name is John Paul van Dijk. I was born in 1960 in Lower Hutt New Zealand. We lived at 89 Hine Road, Wainuiomata.  When I was 6 year old, my parents, 2 brothers and I moved back to Holland by boat. The vessel was called the Achille Lauro.

On the boat I became 7 years old. When we departed from Wellington, we stopped at Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle, Singapore, Calcutta, Port Said, Naples, Southampton and finally Rotterdam. 

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Population of country4,252,277 people
Area of New Zealand268,680 sq. kilometers
Located on the continentOceania (OC)
Capital of New ZealandWellington
Currency at New ZealandDollar (NZD)
Phone country code64
FIPS code of New ZealandNZ



(Land of the long white clouds)

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Did you know that kiwi live in pairs and mate for life? Read more about this curious New Zealand bird.


The kiwi is a curious bird: it cannot fly, has loose, hair-like feathers, strong legs and no tail. Mostly nocturnal, they are most commonly forest dwellers, making daytime dens and nests in burrows, hollow logs or under dense vegetation. Kiwi are the only bird to have nostrils at the end of its very long bill which is used to probe in the ground, sniffing out invertebrates to eat, along with some fallen fruit. It also has one of the largest egg-to-body weight ratios of any bird - the egg averages 15 per cent of the female's body weight (compared to two per cent for the ostrich).

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Adopted:   24 March 1902. In use since 1869


Blue Ensign defaced with four stars of  the Crux Australis in red, outlined in white.                                                 


The All Blacks performing the Haka

Rugby union is the unofficial national sport of New Zealand. Rugby, as it is generally referred to by New Zealanders, is an integral part of New Zealand culture. The national team, the All Blacks, ranks as the top international team in the world. The sport was known in New Zealand from 1870, and the game now holds close ties with the culture of the country. The top domestic competitions are the semi-professional ITM Cup and amateur Heartland Championship, and above them Super Rugby, in which New Zealand has five franchises. The country co-hosted and won the first ever Rugby World Cup in 1987, and hosted and won the 2011 Rugby World Cup. They are the current world champions for both men and women.

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More to know:

Climate of New Zealand:

temperate with sharp regional contrasts - Here the Climate Table of Lower Hutt

Terrain of New Zealand:

Predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains

New Zealand also has such useful resources as: natural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydropower, gold, limestone.

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HISTORY of the New Zealand's Flag

New Zealand's first flag, the flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand, was adopted before New Zealand became a British colony. Chosen by an assembly of Māorichiefs  in 1834, the flag was of a St George's Cross with another cross in the canton containing four stars on a blue field. After the formation of the colony in 1841, British ensigns began to be used. The current flag was designed and adopted for restricted use in 1869 and became the national flag in 1902. It is the British Blue Ensign, incorporating a stylised representation of the Southern Cross showing the four brightest stars in the constellation. Each star varies slightly in size. The Union Flag in the canton recalls New Zealand's colonial ties to Britain.