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New Zealand news – a quick quiz

By , 2 September 2020

Kia ora! Here’s a quiz for our friends across the ditch. Have you got the knowledge to get 5/5?

#1. Dr Keith Vivian Alexander is a New Zealand mechanical engineer. What backyard play invention did he release in 1999?

Dr Keith Vivian Alexander invented the springfree trampoline.

#2. Which New Zealander has an element named after them?

Ernest Rutherford was known as the father of nuclear physics. Element 104 – rutherfordium – is named after him.

#3. New Zealand is a part of a giant, mostly undersea continent, half the size of Australia, but what is this continent called?

Zealandia, also known as Te Riu-a-Māui, was labelled a continent by a team of scientists in 2017, even though 94% of it is under the ocean.

#4. The kakapo is a famous flightless bird from New Zealand, but what type of bird is it?

The kakapo is the only species of flightless parrot in the world.

#5. Flower farmers near Rotorua use geothermal energy to heat their greenhouses, but where does geothermal energy come from?

Geothermal energy comes from hot rocks underground, and can often be found near volcanoes.

Was I right?


Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!


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  1. hi that was hard

    1. Sorry about that! It took a bit of work to get five good New Zealand questions, so some of them were a bit harder than I wanted them to be.


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