Map Madness: New Zealand Is Dropping Off The World
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Sitting where it does near the bottom of the globe, New Zealand sometimes suffers the indignity of being dropped off maps. Literally – it’s just not there.
Considering that the country is bigger in land area than the UK, and more than two-thirds the size of either Japan or Germany, that it comes complete with a lake the size as Singapore, a mountain chain that’s bigger than the European Alps and more coastline than California, Alaska and Florida all rolled up together, this is nothing short of an outrage. Not to mention that polite, self-effacing New Zealanders are like Canadians in comparison to their brash and bigger neighbours to the north and south respectively.
Los Angeles-based Kiwi actor and comedian Rhys Darby has created a hilarious videothat investigates potential map conspiracy theories. Is it the Aussies seeking to steal tourists? The French trying to hide New Zealand’s success with wine?
Featured in the video is New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who initially discounts the idea that there’s a plot to push the land of the Kiwi off the bottom of the map. Until she happens on a map and finds something missing.
“New Zealand, where the bloody hell are you?” quips Darby in the video.
With international news channels such as the BBC, CondéNast Traveler and the Telegraph getting wind of the situation and a social channel discussion board with almost 40,000 members in full swing, the battle to #getNZonthemap is on.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.