You probably didn’t even notice it till we brought it to your attention, but the problem is real, y’all. People just keep forgetting to put New Zealand on the world map. The Smithsonian Natural History Museum has done it. As have Central Park Zoo, Ikea wall stickers, and Starbucks. Why, there’s a whole website dedicated to all the world maps that have cruelly left New Zealand out.
Now, anyone who has ever taken a vacation on the island nation will tell you New Zealand is a secret worth keeping, but a tongue-in-cheek video released by the country’s tourism department earlier this month has comedian Rhys Darby exploring the various reasons behind this obstinate omission.
The video shows Darby alerting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to the conspiracy “bigger than the moon landing and the Loch Ness combined”. He says, “Australia wants our tourists, England wants to get rid of the All Blacks [rugby team], and the wine industry, they can’t beat our Pinot [Noir] or Sav [Sauvignon Blanc].”
And lest the prime minister had forgotten, “we’re quite a fiddly-looking shaped country, a bit like a half-eaten lamb chop,” he reminds her. “Perhaps people are just leaving us off, thinking we’re a mistake?” How else do you explain this Reddit board with 42,000 subscribers and thousands of examples of maps that don’t feature poor ol’ NZ?
But, well, now that Arden is on the case, the video has gone viral and #getNZonthemap has found its moment on Twitter. Some are asking for printed NZ stickers, so they can correct the mistake wherever they spot one, with several others vowing to champion for the cause. We know, we would hate it if our country was collectively ignored by cartographers around the world. So guys, please, #getNZonthemap!
Here’s the cheeky video in its full glory:
And tell us, does New Zealand feature on your map? Send picture proofs in comments!