Where’s New Zealand Gone?

Fallen off the bottom of the world, apparently.

Imagine if an atlas or world map, globe or mapping software was designed and published without, say, Australia on it. Or France. Or the United States of America. First there’d be uproar; then, second, the maps would be withdrawn and destroyed; thirdly, people in government in the missing places would tell everyone their countries are too important and powerful to be ignored, and demand new – and correct – maps be published. Immediately!

A world map without Australia, France, the USA, Russia, China, Brazil… is unthinkable! All that blue sea where those large countries were, missing towns and cities and population. People would be insulted, upset and offended.

But what about New Zealand?

If we’re missing, it doesn’t matter. No one will miss us. Actually, most people it seems don’t actually know where we are – and won’t be too bothered we get forgotten time and time and time again.

Unfortunately, this happens too often. Maps are made, software is produced, globes and sculptures are designed all without New Zealand! The website worldmapswithout.nz has been created to show just how forgetful the rest of the world is.

It’s okay, though. We’re just a small country swimming somewhere in the Pacific. A small collection of islands pebbled somewhere between The Important Countries of Australia and those on the American continent.

We don’t play much of a role on the world stage: we don’t get involved in many wars, we don’t contribute much money to the world economy, the rest of the world might’ve heard of the All Blacks and Lorde, but that’s about it.

Maybe it’s a good thing no one knows where we are, and we get erased from the map. That way, no one will bother us. So keep us off the map!

Article written by Ben Egerton

Critical Thinking Challenges:

1) Imagine that the rest of the world really has forgotten New Zealand exists, what are the pros and cons of being in the world but not part of it?

2) Why would, for example, India or China be upset if a map was made without their country on it, but map-makers are happy to forget New Zealand?

3) Use a computer or by freehand, draw your own map of the world and remove a country without telling anyone. What does the map look like? Is it odd or is the missing country unnoticeable? Show it to classmates, can they recognise which country is missing?

4) Research into how maps have changed and evolved over time. Look at all the changes and how map-makers have shown the world in different ways. What kinds of things do you notice? Can you spot the same countries and cities in maps from different times and places?

This website might be a good starting point oldmapsonline.org

5) Visit worldmapswithout.nz and look at all the maps that people have made with An Important Missing Ingredient…

Shem Banbury - Kiwi Kids News Editor

Editor - Kiwi Kids News

Shem Banbury is the Editor of Kiwi Kids News and is the Leader of Learning of Year 7/8 at Aquinas College, Tauranga. In his spare time, he likes to train and compete in long-distance triathlons.
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4 da LOLZ
4 da LOLZ
5 years ago

Ok first of all I’m canadian, and I’m still offended by this! This is crazy it’s like whoever wrote this isn’t from New Zealand at all! Oh we don’t matter we are just a small cluster of islands, we don’t get involved with that many wars so that means we are not important! New Zealand is a country too! Just because we don’t get involved in every single little war that goes on doesn’t mean we are just a stupid small cluster of islands that doesn’t deserve to be on the map! Wars are stupid anyway, the whole world should… Read more »

cookie nibler
5 years ago

that’s not fair if people can remember fiji which is smaller than us but can’t remember where hokey pokey ice cream and lambchops come from. We should really do something about this. It’s not right 🙁

Yep Its NZ
Yep Its NZ
5 years ago

Its a bit sad that we are off map though…Unlike the small countries compared to us.

Jay jay
Jay jay
5 years ago

How dear they forget about great new zealand

gazza
gazza
5 years ago

THAT’S NOT FAIR WE ARE A COUNTRY AND WE SHOULD GET TREATED LIKE THE OTHER COUNTRIES. THAT’S MEAN WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT?…………………………………………………..

connor
connor
5 years ago

how would they like it if Japan or England disappeared?:(

jman
5 years ago

sad but true

megan
5 years ago

thats just so mean of that person to say that. We kiwis matter as much as anyone else in the world and we deserve to be on the map SO JUST REMEMBER US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tamatea
tamatea
5 years ago

I’m with you How dare they do that to New Zealand we invented pavlova if you don’t have us on maps then we should not let you have our food ideas to share like lamb chops pavlova hokey pokey ice cream and all our nice stuff let the world know who we are!!!!!!!

World Of Awesome
World Of Awesome
5 years ago

It would actually be awesome to be erased off the map because then we will be like a secret island. In the future people won’t think we exist, but someone will stumble upon us.

F=O=X=B=O=Y
5 years ago

I do not care because we are still gonna be remembered for being the first country to win the #Rugby World Cup and Pavlova, being the first country to let woman vote, The Wahine, Creating drift trikes
and making New Zealand Nuke Free… AWESOME!!

Jennifer
Jennifer
5 years ago

We may be small but we can’t be thrown off the map I just none of those people are new zealanders

Liv
Liv
5 years ago

Why are we not important what about the Islands like Samoa, Fiji, Rarotonga they are all on maps NZ is just as important and probably a little bit bigger we should be recognized!!!!!!!

jeston craig
5 years ago

how dear they do that

jeston craig
5 years ago

what!

Cory Newman
Cory Newman
5 years ago

Nz rocks! Not to mention we are the worlds biggest dairy exporter! HOW DARE WE GET WIPED
OFF THE MAP!!! WERE IMPORTANT TOO! WE MAY BE SMALL BUT THATS NO REASON TO
WIPE US OFF THE MAP!!
SOME COUNTRIES ARE SMALLER THAN US AND THEY GET TO KEEP THERE PLACES ON
THE MAP!! WHY?!?!

hemac
hemac
5 years ago

>:( >:( >:(

EliseF
EliseF
5 years ago

Na we should still be on the map!!!

holly51
holly51
5 years ago

Whynis this happening to us whyyyyy???!!!!!?!?!?!?!m!!?!!m!!!!m!jk

gloopy
gloopy
5 years ago

we get a secret island cool

Joshblack
Joshblack
5 years ago

New island cool!

Ethan LOL
Ethan LOL
4 years ago

How dear they!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

seth
4 years ago

that is ausome because I went on that plane

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

how dare they forget about us!!

New Zealander
New Zealander
2 years ago

NZ is the 2nd Safest country in the world!

2222
2222
2 years ago

i dont belive this

harison
harison
2 years ago

why are people fogetting about NZ we Are the best at rugby

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

How dare they forget us

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

were is new zealand

Arjun loves nz
Arjun loves nz
2 years ago

How dare they take newzeland of the map how will it feel like to them if take other country’s off

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

this is terrible and i don’t like it

Josie
Josie
2 years ago

This is not fair we shouldn’t ’ be forgot we have at least the best water here. We have as much right as other countries to be on the map!

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

This is so offensive for NZers like me.
Ugghh.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

How dare they!

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