New Zealand

New Zealand’s so sick of being left off maps they’ve launched an entire ad campaign

New Zealand is continually omitted from maps of the world. Seriously, there’s an entire Reddit thread highlighting examples of the country being completely wiped from global existence. 

Also known as Aotearoa or “the land of the long white cloud,” New Zealand is missing from maps in Getty stock images, German museums, Ikea wall stickers, tattoos, iPhone cases — even the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s globe left it out.

And New Zealand’s just about done with it.

The country’s tourism board has launched a fun new ad campaign dubbed #getNZonthemap, with a commercial starring Kiwi Flight of the Conchords star Rhys Darby and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. They’re keen to get to the bottom of this blatant map omission, and they’re looking squarely at … Australia. Read more…

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Want to wear your onesie to the movies? This cinema won’t let you in.

Thinking of rolling to the cinema in your PJs or unicorn onesie? One cinema won’t let you in.

A New Zealand cinema has banned pyjamas and onesies, championing their aim to improve the dress standards in the surrounding town.

Reported by Newshub, local movie theatre Hawera Cinemas took to Facebook on Friday to post their dress code, which bans “pyjamas, onesies, dressing gowns or dirty gumboots — no matter how cute they are!”

“Like many other businesses and people in town we have noticed an increasing trend of people thinking pj’s/onesies and dressing gowns are appropriate to wear in public,” wrote Hawera Cinema 2.  Read more…

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Apparently impressed by their appetite for mornings, company offers thieves a ‘job’

Theft is never fun, but thankfully some people see some humour in it.

A New Zealand business called Smith Crane & Construction put up a Facebook post on Tuesday to find the people who stole their tools on Saturday morning — so they can offer them a job.

“We thought you might like to come and work for us? Maybe make an honest living instead of thieving off us?” reads the post.

It appears the owners are more impressed at the thieves’ ability to get out of bed on time, have a working knowledge of power tools, and have a truck to drive around, than annoyed by the theft. Read more…

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