With offices in Chile, China, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden and Vietnam, TextMinded is becoming increasingly global.
After visiting China last week, let’s visit New Zealand.
1 | New Zealand
New Zealand was one of the last major landmasses settled by humans. Radiocarbon dating, evidence of deforestation and mitochondrial DNA variability within Maori populations suggest New Zealand wasn’t settled until 1250-1300 CE by Eastern Polynesians.
2 | Growing old in NZ
New Zealanders enjoy one of the world’s highest life expectancy rates—82.3 years for females and 78.3 years for males.
3 | Cows’n sheep
New Zealand has seven times as many sheep and three times as many cows as people; it is the world’s second-largest producer of wool (after Australia), and one of the top five dairy producers in the world.
4 | The weta bug
The weta bug is a wingless insect found in New Zealand that has hardly changed in the past 190 million years. The harmless giant weta is the world’s heaviest insect, weighing in at up to 7 times that of a common mouse.
5 | The kiwi fruit
The kiwi fruit earns New Zealand nearly a billion euros a year. The fruit originated in China where it was called the monkey peach because they were considered ripe when the monkeys began eating them. They were renamed first the Chinese gooseberry and then kiwi fruit in New Zealand.
Post inspired by Random Facts.