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52,205.  The largest bird that ever lived – the twelve-foot high Moa.  Excavations all over South Island produce the massive bones of the Moa.  Flocks of their skeletons dominate New Zealand’s museums.  The Moa certainly seems to have been seen as late as 1860.  (Bird & New Zealand)  Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World

 

 

83,022.  Moas are the only birds in the world which did not have wing-bones at all.  Some of them did not even have sockets for wing-bones to go in.  So they were the ultimate walking birds.  They were herbivores.    They ate a variety of vegetation.  Consumed some of the roughest roughage you could think of.  (New Zealand & Bird)  Professor Richard Holdaway, University of Canterbury

 

 

66,948.  Off the New Zealand coast, yes.  The Chinese actually have a very ancient map in their possession.  It was drawn about 1418 and it includes Australia, New Zealand ... This expedition: it was an attempted circumnavigation of the world ... And more than a hundred ships, and these ships carried between them 28,000 people set out in 1421 ... Documents from ancient China talk about this catastrophe: a huge meteor struck the sea less than a hundred miles from the fleet ... Investigation recently down along the coast and inland high up ... has produced the remains actually of sixty embedded ships.  (China & Meteor & New Zealand)  Jonathan Gray, interview Coast to Coast Hidden Discoveries

 

83,023.  During the 1980s some very extensive and quite expensive actually archaeological work was conducted in a forest up in the north part ... Evidence of a past Celtic presence in New Zealand going back probably 4,000 years.  ibid.

 

 

83,024.  The Maori people of New Zealand have long spoken of an entire menagerie of tribal guardians and predatory beasts, including an aquatic monster known as the taniwha.  Sightings of these creatures are nothing new.  (New Zealand & Cryptozoology)  Destination Truth s3e13

 

83,025.  The taniwha is said to protect bodies of waters throughout the North Island.  (New Zealand & Cryptozoology)  ibid.

 

 

83,026.  On the south island is said to live a creature that is right out of Tolkien’s trilogy.  Locals say the gigantic ancient bird, thought to have gone extinct over five hundred years ago, is back, and has a score to settle with the people who hunted it.  The Moa is one of the largest flightless birds to have ever existed.  (New Zealand & Cryptozoology)  Destination Truth  s3e15

 

 

83,027.  New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.  Barry Humphries

 

 

83,028.  I’ve never been to New Zealand before.  But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess, comes from there.  Madeleine Albright

 

 

98,245.  In the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean lies a land cut off from the rest of the world.  Since the time of the dinosaurs.  After eighty million years of isolation Nature has gone its own way.  In this lost world life plays by different rules.  Penguins in the forest, parrots in the snow, and predators from pre-history.  New Zealand: Earth’s Mythical Islands I 

 

98,246.  There are more species of penguin in New Zealand than anywhere else in the world.  (New Zealand & Penguine)  ibid. 

 

98,247.  The Southern Alps – New Zealand’s greatest wilderness.  ibid. 

 

98,250.  Hidden valleys full of prehistoric life … New Zealand’s ancient isolation allowed many strange creatures to evolve here.  ibid. 

 

98,251.  The country is fissured and fractured by underground faults that can erupt without warning.  (New Zealand & Underground)  ibid.

 

98,252.  Pohutukawa tree – a miracle of life from almost nothing … Pohutukawa trees can live for more than a thousand years.  (New Zealand & Tree)  ibid.  

 

 

98,299.  Kiwis come out at night to avoid daytime predators.  New Zealand: Earth’s Mythical Islands II 

 

98,300.  Black corals are the slowest growing corals in the world.  (New Zealand)  ibid. 

 

98,301.  The south of New Zealand is one of the wettest places on Earth  ibid.

 

 

98,343.  An extremely loud call from a very unexpected creature.  A young male ... by far the heaviest parrot in the world ... the Kakapo.  New Zealand: Earth's Mythical Islands III   

 

 

121,436.  This episode tells the story of the Maori.  Their first clashes with Europeans, collaborations of exchange that followed, how many Maori resisted colonisation and went on to stage an audacious cultural revival that has made its mark on many aspects of modern life.  (Art & New Zealand)  James Fox, Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific s1e3: New Zealand  

 

121,437.  Their particular genius was for sculpture.  From the fifteenth century the Maori began constructing large permanent household often adorned with elaborate carvings.  (Art & New Zealand & Sculpture)  ibid.  

 

121,438.  All around the meeting house are wall panels called poupou that depict ancestral history and myth.  (Art & New Zealand & Sculpture)  ibid. 

 

121,439.  By the beginning of the twentieth century the Maori population had dwindled to 40,000.  They now accounted for just 1 in 15 New Zealanders.  (Art & New Zealand)  ibid.