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These large insects occupy the same ecological niche in New Zealand, as rodents do elsewhere. What is it? Weta.
Weta are very large by insect standards, with body length up to 10cm (4 inches). Their physical appearance is like a katydid, long-horned grasshopper, or cricket, but the hind legs are enlarged and usually very spiny.
Where do the world's biggest parrots live? In New Zealand.
The Kakapo is a species of large, flightless nocturnal parrot. Though the Kakapo cannot fly, it is an excellent climber, ascending to the crowns of the tallest trees. Only about 100 living individuals are known.
Which country is the leading producer of wool? Australia.
Australia is the leading producer of wool (25% of global production) which is mostly from Merino sheep. Other large producers of wool are New Zealand, China and the United States (mostly in Texas and New Mexico).
What is this small parrot from New Zealand called? Red-crowned parakeet.
The red-crowned parakeet, also widely known by its Māori name of kākāriki, is a small parrot from New Zealand. It is characterised by its bright green plumage and the red pattern on its head. This versatile bird can feed on a variety food items and can be found in many habitat types.
Which of the following nettle species is dangerous to humans? Tree nettle.
The tree nettle, or ongaonga in Māori, is endemic to New Zealand. The toxin present in its spines is tryfydin, which causes powerful stimulation of the parasympathetic nerve system. Multiple stingings can have a very painful reaction causing a rash and itching, and in high concentrations loss of motor movement, paralysis, drop in blood pressure, blurred vision and confusion. There has been one recorded human death from contact.
The Boyd Massacre occurred in 1809, when natives killed and ate between 66 and 70 crew members of the ship Boyd. Where did it happen? In New Zealand.
The attack on the ship was a revenge for the whipping of a young Māori chief by the crew. According to Māori norms, this warranted a violent retribution. Cannibalism was already a regular practice in Māori wars. News of the events stopped shipping visits to to the country over the next few years.
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