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People of New Zealand

New Zealand became the melting pot that it is with a history that combines Maori, European, Pacific Island as well as Asian cultures and ethnicities. Today, 69% of those who live in New Zealand are of European descent and 14.6% are Maori, 9.2% Asian and and 6.9% and non Maori Pacific Islanders. Over 75% of the population of New Zealand live in the North Island.

Let’s take a look at who the early settlers were that made the country as unique as it is today:

  • Early Settlers:

These early voyageurs came to New Zealand many centuries ago. The Maori people traveled thousands of miles across the unfamiliar Pacific Ocean while the rest of Europe was concerned about physically falling off of the Earth. This was a brave journey for the Maori to take as they only had ocean canoes. They became the first inhabitants of New Zealand. Since that day, this culture is a core and crucial part of New Zealand’s culture and identity.

  • The pioneers:

The Europeans were the next people to settle in the country and were also brave as they came, cleared the land, which was both time consuming and dangerous task. There was snow, wind and other natural elements that made this task so difficult. Once the land was cleared, they were able to create farms and settlements. Their innovation and entrepreneurship made New Zealand even better. The qualities and ingenuity displayed by these pioneers are part of the businesses, entrepreneurs and overall innovative and forward thinking mindset of the country that remains today.

  • Ingenuity:

Kiwis are notorious for discovering and inventing things, many of which were quite literally backyard ideas. Some of the top innovations that have come out of a kiwi backyard include frozen meat, the Hamilton Jet boat, the bungee jump, electric fences, the fastest motorbike in the world, as well as vacuum pumps.

A Giant Squid washed up in New Zealand

Did you know that New Zealand has some of the coolest and most interesting wildlife? From seals to monkeys and everything in between. Scientists, divers, and nature lovers alike actually continue to discover and explore new and unfamiliar species all the time.

Recently, as a matter of fact, a group of divers found a massive, some would say creepy, squid on the shores of a New Zealand beach. Based on the pictures they posted, they were easily half the size of this giant squid.

The squid was discovered on August 25, 2018 when a group of divers were exploring the South coast of Wellington trying to find a nice spot to go spear fishing nearby. Instead of a spot to go spearfishing, they came across a giant, dead, completely intact squid.

The divers went out to dive and when they came back, decided to measure the squid and when they did, they measured it to be 4.2 meters, which is the equivalent to 13 feet long. Upon reporting it to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the divers likely came across what is known as a Giant Squid, or, by its scientific name Architeuthis dux. This type of squid differs in many ways from the colossal squid.

This has prompted many people’s curiosity in New Zealand, more than ever before, about what lies below the NZ ocean’s surface and it becomes evident that we haven’t come close to discovering all the species that live in and out of the water, especially in the natural wonderland that is New Zealand. There are many groups that work together to continue to preserve, protect and understand these complex ecosystems to keep them safe and ensure that we are not disrupting the natural order of the world and the creatures that live in it.

History of New Zealand

The history of New Zealand is an interesting and rich story full of twists, turns and important events that have made the country what it is today.

The Māori were the first settlers in New Zealand. They called the land Aotearoa, which translates to the land of the long white cloud. They came around 1000 years ago and it is believed that they traveled in canoes all the way from Hawaiki.

Shortly after that, Abel Tasman (a name common in the country today) became the first European to lay roots in the country. Despite the existence of both the Māori and Tasman, who were the native peoples of the region, the British came in to make New Zealand part of their ever growing empire and who colonized the country now known as New Zealand.

Fast forward to 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed which marked an agreement between the Māori and the British. It is now considered to be the founding document of New Zealand and established British law within New Zealand. It is probably one of the country’s most important documents of all time. It is such an important event that the building where the treaty was signed sees hundreds of visitors and tourists each year.

To this day, you can find traces of Māori culture sprinkled throughout the country. From art exhibits to architecture, there is reminders of the important history of New Zealand in almost every town across the country from coast to coast. The country has evolved to become and remains a culturally diverse place with people from different backgrounds and with different stories coming together in a peaceful and unique nation with so much to offer. The country keeps some of its ties to the British rule and empire, but has proudly established itself as an independent and sovereign nation.

New Zealand Lottery

Lotteries in New Zealand are different than a lot of other places. People play the lottery for the same reasons as other countries, including to win money and for charitable purposes. The lottery is something that should be played responsibly and those who choose to play should, like with any gambling activity, should know their limits and play within them.

The NZ lotteries commission was established in 1987. The Lotto was the first product of the commission and since there have been several scratch tickets created as well as formal lottery tickets. There are also online casinos and lotteries such as the River Belle App that are regulated by the comission as well.

The lottery in New Zealand dates back as far as 1877 with the Otago Art Society’s Art Union which was used as a way of raising funds from both individuals and organizations. It was created and continued to be used and executed for years after.

Following the Art Union, there was a national lottery that was established in 1933. This national lottery was still known as an Art Union. The prizes were small and, in the very early days, the prizes were gold, not cash. For example, the art union called the Golden Treasure, which was held in 1935 had a £2000 grand prize, with over 11 other smaller prizes to be won and even 400 very small prizes. As lotteries became more popular around the world and the prizes in these national lotteries remained small and somewhat underwhelming, New Zealand residents started illegally purchasing tickets in larger lotteries overseas. The Australian Tattersall lottery was a popular choice among kiwis. Art Union sales started to decline as a result, there was a review of the Second Labour Government in the late 1950’s and then the Golden Kiwi lottery was created.