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New Zealand is a country of about 4.2 million people (commonly known as "Kiwis" in honour of their biggest flightless bird) and 40 million sheep, located on a few hundred islands beyond the horizon of New South Wales (where its British administration was once located).

They were invited to join the Commonwealth of Australia as a state or two, but the invitation hasn't been taken up in the last century.

One of their blokes conquered Mount Everest. Another split the atom.

Birthplace of Phar Lap and probably pavlova. The only country outside USA to have produced yachtsmen who could skipper a big yacht into winning and then successfully defending America's Cup.

World netball champions. Were favourites to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup, and video replays suggested that they should have reached at least the semis.

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