Defunct New Zealand pop band Split Enz described New Zealand, or Aotearoa, being the Maori name for the country’s North Island, before it became more widely associated with the whole country, as a “rugged individual, glisten[ing] like a pearl, at the bottom of the world”, in their 1981 single, Six Months In A Leaky Boat.
Too rugged for some possibly, considering the country often seems to be omitted from maps of the world, or at least the maps featured in the World Maps Without New Zealand Tumblr.
Constanza Tagini Nightingale, Jamie Harkins, and David Rendu, are part of a New Zealand based multicultural art group, who etch three dimensional like drawings into the sands of local beaches. Too bad the works are only ever visible for a matter of hours at a time…
The beach and a stick provide infinite possibilities. Your imagination makes them a reality.
A new year, a new start… by faking your death? Don’t get your hopes up though. Very few people succeed in starting a new life by ceasing to be one person, and assuming the identity of someone else that they’ve created.
Apparently though New Zealand citizens, who can reside legally in Australia for, I believe, indefinite periods of time, have an edge in this regard however, thanks to a combination of privacy laws, and the fact they – seemingly – don’t have to pay taxes here:
For Verzi, fake-dying professionally means having a new, hard-to-trace identity ready. “It seems like the US has half the privacy laws we have so it’s much harder to disappear there. Actually, the hardest people to track are New Zealanders because they come here [to Australia], and they don’t vote or pay taxes and then they go home. It really helps if you’re a Kiwi.”
I’ve rarely ever watched a game of rugby in its entirety, but this recent match between Super 15 teams the Highlanders and Chiefs, should have been an exception, if this snippet of play was indicative of the excitement of the rest of the game.
Both teams, by the way, are from New Zealand, and their players would go on to form the ranks of the All Blacks, which would be, historically/statistically, the best rugby team in the world. I suspect though plenty of people would disagree with such a statement.