IKEA, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and even imperialist power Starbucks has left New Zealand off the map in what some, namely New Zealand actor and comedian Rhys Darby, is claiming to be part of a worldwide conspiracy.
Australia wants NZ’s tourists, England wants to get rid of the All Blacks and the international wine industry is jealous of Kiwi Pinot and Sav Blanc, Darby told NZ prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
“For a country that’s bigger in land area than the UK, and more than two thirds the size of either Japan and Germany - a landmass that includes a lake around the same size as Singapore, has a mountain chain that’s bigger than the entire European Alps, and more coastline than California, Alaska and Florida all rolled up together it’s unfathomable New Zealand has been accidentally missed off,” a statement from Tourism New Zealand read.
But conspiracy aside, forget, for a minute that New Zealand is being overlooked. Easily done, because, well, it’s clearly an easy country to overlook.
We have bigger problems, fellow Australians. A quick squiz at the maps from which our Kiwi neighbours claim to be missing reveals something much worse is missing too: Tasmania!
Tasmania, if it was an independent country would be ranked the 112th biggest in the world - bigger than over half of the other countries. Plus it has apples! And it’s forgotten more often than not.
NZ’s prime minister is getting behind the call to #getNZonthemap, but I doubt Turnbull will be as involved, so it’s up to us.
The Kiwi campaign is gaining a lot of attention, so I reckon, in true Aussie style, we just piggyback off the back of that. So every time you see #getNZonthemap, add #andTassietoo.