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Flavour of New Zealand

NZ popular culture 1960 onward

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Excerpts from Strange Facts & True about New Zealand should be seen as having validity as of its publishing date of 1981.

Windy Wellington

The capitalís nickname is well-earned. On average Wellington has 188 days with wind gusts of over 65 kph and over 41 days when wind gusts reach 96.5 kph. 1

Popular Year

During 1971 there were more marriages solemnized than in any other year; 27,199 couples were married. 1

First Million

Our first million of population was recorded in 1908. 1

Coal Shoveling

Robert Taylor of Greymouth broke the world record for filling a 508kg hopper with coal on 5 January 1980. His time, set at Westport, was 37 secs. 1

1  Strange Facts & True about New Zealand by Patricia Chapman