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New Zealand[edit]

'I read somewhere' that the two main islands do not have 'official' names.

Is this true, and is anything being done about it? (Would 'George' and 'William-Kate Sprog No 2' be appropriate?) 82.44.143.26 (talk) 16:05, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Politics Update[edit]

Can we get the politics section updated? Details on the Internet Party with Kim Dotcom (not to mention his extradition issue) and the 2014 election results i.e. that Key got absolute power and will undoubtedly raise his army of demons and shit

Also might want to comment on the nukes thing with NZ fucking USA in the ass and US saying 'fuck you' and cutting them out of the Pacific Union or some shit. — Unsigned, by: 121.75.212.139 / talk / contribs 03:19, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

Incorrect data[edit]

Hi, not very good with computers - how do I report incorrect information and who to? E.g. the New Zealand page says that there are 0.002 gun crime related deaths per 100,000 population (= 1 per 50,000,000 population, fewer than 1 per 10 times the country’s current population), Wikipedia thinks it’s more like 0.11 per 100,000 but I don’t want to edit myself in case I have misunderstood (especially as I only created an account today)

Thanks — Unsigned, by: Roleybob / talk / contribs

Agreed - except wikipedia reckons its more like 0.20. I think its better to put both stats for gun-related deaths and gun-crime-related deaths. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate Kauri0.o (talk) 22:02, 17 December 2020 (UTC)

Brenton Harrison Tarrant[edit]

Does this guy qualify as a New Zealander? He was an Aussie, and if I understand correct came to nz about 3 years prior and specifically with the purpose of committing his crime. Kauri0.o (talk) 21:58, 17 December 2020 (UTC)

I'd certainly be okay with removing him and some others who were never citizens (like I think Anna Paquin only has Canadian passport though I could be mistaken). I lived in UK for a year in 2000s, but that doesn't make me British. Knight CommanderIn ServiceTo HerGoatness 22:31, 17 December 2020 (UTC)

Is a pound of uranium at high school abnormal?[edit]

My high school chemistry teacher (live in the US) brought out a chunk of uranium for us to look at, and to pass the geiger counter over as a demonstration. Since uranium is pretty dense, I'm guessing it was about a pound. Non-enriched uranium is harmless (unless ingested), and useless for either weapons or power (which is what NZ would presumably care about).

I understand if it still seems hypocritical considering how staunchly anti-nuclear NZ is, but the tone of that paragraph makes it sound like it's just crazy to have a pound of harmless but interesting metal for your chemistry students to gawk at. Shrikey (talk) 22:08, 23 January 2021 (UTC)

I see your point. I think the hypocrisy angle was supposed to be something along the lines of: "NZ buys into anti-nuclear hysteria regarding these sensible things (nuclear energy) but they don't buy into nuclear hysteria regarding uranium in schools, double standard!" but the angle is very murky. I agree with you that having uranium sample in a classroom shouldn't be see as crazy, although I don't think I'd call it harmless. SolPyre (talk) 22:34, 23 January 2021 (UTC)
Adding to that, I own several radioactive items, including plates made with uranium and clocks painted with radium. When I was in 7th grade, I brought a geiger counter and one of my sources for a presentation. It’s not dangerous in the slightest. Sievert 81 (talk) 23:32, 23 January 2021 (UTC)

removed this section[edit]

It's stupid. Schools can keep "Uranium and thorium of natural isotope composition". In its natural state, it is safe enough as long as you don't eat it. It is quite different to enriched uranium, and has to undergo processes that, at least at my high school, they unfortunately weren't demonstrating to us.... Uranium § Natural concentrationsWikipedia Kauri0.o (talk) 04:42, 2 June 2021 (UTC)

Not magical[edit]

As there is not yet a Fun space New Zealand article, will mention [1] here. The chap appears to be at the 'artist/hermit in residence' ([2] is one of various reasonable articles) end of the spectrum. Anna Livia (talk) 11:13, 15 October 2021 (UTC)

I'm kind of bemused and amused at the same time. Especially by the idea of a paid hermit/wizard/gnome taking the 'I was cancelled!' route. Kntai (talk) 11:23, 15 October 2021 (UTC)
Going by the article in The Guardian some of the wizard in question's views may have not been in alignment with how NZ wishes to present itself.
In general 'official/paid/otherwise recognised and tolerated wizards, hermits and similar' are likely to be harmless and not of themselves RW-mission-worthy, and along with eg those who enjoy 'creating lotions and potions by the light of the silvery moon', campers-out at stone circles to view the dawn, and other pursuits considered slightly eccentric should be enjoyed as such. Anna Livia (talk) 10:02, 18 October 2021 (UTC)