This week’s guest author: Chandler Brown
My name is Chandler Brown. I grew up in Houston, TX. I lived in New Zealand from July 2009 to July 2011. I love the people and country. It is a beautiful place.
Fun Facts about New Zealand
-Population: About 4.4 million
-Official languages: English, Maori
-A New Zealander is referred to as a Kiwi. Be careful with the way you use the word “kiwi”. It could refer to a person from New Zealand, the kiwi fruit which is native to New Zealand, or the kiwi bird which is also native to New Zealand.
-Native mammal species to New Zealand: 0
-Snakes in New Zealand: 0
-Sheep: 45 million
-Cattle: 10 million
-Member of British Commonwealth
–NewZealand All-Blacks won the 2011 Rugby World Cup
Misconceptions about New Zealand
Where New Zealand is
Kiwis eat lots of lamb
Kiwis don’t eat much chicken
New Zealand is a tropical island
New Zealand is not a tropical island. It’s not even one island. It is made up of three islands: the North Island, the South Island, and Stewart Island. As I mentioned before, most of New Zealand is farther south than Australia, and Wellington, the capital, is the southernmost capital in the world. This makes New Zealand’s climate rather un-tropical. A hot day in New Zealand is about 30° Celsius (~85° Fahrenheit). The summers are warm and sunny. The winters are cool and rainy. The temperature during the winter is in the teens Celsius (50s Fahrenheit). There is plenty of snow in the South Island up in the mountains, and I’m told there is pretty good skiing (I never went myself).
It is not a misconception to say that New Zealand is green and beautiful. It is a beautiful place. It is interesting to me because it is greener in the wintertime than in the summer because it rains so much. There is nothing quite so green as New Zealand.
Most of the people in New Zealand are white
Kiwis play soccer like the rest of the world
The main language in New Zealand isn’t English
Misconceptions about the US
All Texans are Cowboys
Football is Slow and Easy
Kiwis do better
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Keep seeking truth.