Nov
30
2009
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Why are the houses in Baldwin Street, Dunedin sinking?

House in Baldwin St Dunedin (photo by Tobias Thierer - PD)Dunedin is a small city on the South Island of New Zealand, with a 2009 population of 125,000 (2009). The city rose to prominence and prosperity during the gold rush of the 1860s. Subsequently there has been a population drift northwards, and the city is now a relatively quiet “heritage town” full of Edwardian and [more...]

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Jul
14
2009
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Where Can I Find Free Newspaper Archives Online for Australia and New Zealand?

Australian Infantryman (Flickr Commons NKCR)Quezi, I am told, is Australian slang for question, as in, ‘scuse me, mate, I’ve got a quezi for ya’. Don’t believe me?  Try looking up the history of the word in old newspaper archives.  There are a number of free online newspaper archives covering Australia and New Zealand.  Here are the major ones you [more...]

Jun
19
2009
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What is New Zealand’s National Anthem?

New Zealand flag - courtesy timparkinson - CC-BY“God Defend New Zealand” is one of two official national anthems of New Zealand, together with “God Save the Queen“. Although they both share equal status, “God Defend New Zealand” is the anthem that is in more common use. Both of these anthems have origins which have been inspired by the fire of patriotism yet [more...]

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Jun
16
2009
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What is Christchurch city profile?

Christchurch Cathedral - courtesy eric.brechemier - CC-BYChristchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, and the country’s second largest city. In 1850-1851 the first organised groups of English settlers, the founders of Christchurch, arrived in Lyttelton Harbor. Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter on 31 July 1856, and was the first in New Zealand. Christchurch also [more...]

Jun
16
2009
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What is Auckland city profile?

Auckland - courtesy 23am.com - CC-BYAuckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest city in the country. In 1840, the new Governor of New Zealand chose the area of Auckland as his new capital, and named it after the George Eden, Earl of Auckland. Wellington became the capital in 1865. Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of [more...]

Jun
15
2009
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What are the key facts about New Zealand?

You too can do this New Zealand bungee jump (photo by Andrew Currie - CC-BY)New Zealand lies in the Pacific Ocean to the south-east of Australia, remote from any other country. It comprises two large islands (“North Island” and “South Island”), plus the smaller Stewart Island, several minor islands, and a claim to Ross Dependency in Antarctica. The South Island is sometimes referred to jokingly as the Mainland. New [more...]

Apr
24
2009
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Who was Sir Edmund Hillary?

Sketch by Roger Browne, in the style of Hillary's charity sketch - CC-BYNo doubt you already know that Hillary was the first to conquer Mount Everest, together with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Not so many people know of his other adventures. Hillary’s work as a beekeeper provided a summer income and allowed him to mountaineer during the winter. In 1958 he led a party to the South Pole [more...]

Apr
13
2009
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What is Wellington city profile?

Wellington, New Zealand - courtesy PhillipC - CC-BYWellington is the capital of New Zealand and the country’s third largest city. Wellington has a long history. Maori legends date back as far as 950 AD when Kupe first discovered Wellington. In the 1840s European settlers started to arrive and colonise the region. The capital was moved from Auckland to Wellington in 1865. Wellington’s [more...]

Mar
12
2009
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How was the New Zealand economy liberalized in the 1980s?

David Lange graffiti in Symonds Street Auckland (photo by Robyn Gallagher - CC-BY)The economic liberalization of the 1980s took place under the Labour government of David Lange (pronounced “Longie”) together with Finance Minister Roger Douglas. One by one they dismantled the cruft of government, under the general notion that the government’s job was basically to produce a “level playing field” that would allow people to achieve their [more...]

Feb
03
2009
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Where can I find details of a company in New Zealand?

Reflecting on business in Wellington (photo by PhillipC CC-BY)In New Zealand the government body responsible for the Companies Register is the New Zealand Companies Office. It records information on limited liability companies – both domestic and overseas companies carrying on business in New Zealand. It also records on a separate register, information on other entities such as building societies, charitable trusts credit unions [more...]

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