New Zealand is being left off world maps

It appears New Zealand is safe from the Zika virus, if this BBC map of the world is anything to go by.
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It appears New Zealand is safe from the Zika virus, if this BBC map of the world is anything to go by.

You would think that with all of British comedian John Oliver's hard work, New Zealand should be well and truly on the map by now. 

The world laughed at us during the entirety of our flag debate, poked fun at our ponytail-pulling Prime Minister, and watched with glee as one of our politicians had a sex toy hurled at him.

But just like an uncool kid in the schoolyard, we keep getting left out. Of maps, to be more specific.

A charming piece of jewellery, or an ominous symbol of New Zealand's outcast status?
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A charming piece of jewellery, or an ominous symbol of New Zealand's outcast status?

This existential crisis has been well-documented on a Tumblr blog, titled World Maps Without New Zealand, whose mission is to share examples of this annoying and, quite frankly, rude tendency to exclude us from the globe.

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Two sugars, no New Zealand.
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Two sugars, no New Zealand.

Just once, for example, it might be nice to order a latte featuring a map of the world etched out of steamed milk that we can look upon with national pride, rather than have our hopes and dreams curdled when we discover we haven't even made the cup.

It could also be somewhat affirming to get some recognition of our existence from esteemed institutions like the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC.

But alas, it seems the Smithsonian has also succumbed to that classic excuse: "We ran out of room".

Current World Population: Zero New Zealands.
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Current World Population: Zero New Zealands.

And don't even get us started on the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art and its depiction of the globe via the medium of socks.

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You couldn't have spared even the tiniest of booties for little old New Zealand, darn it?

There does appear to be at least one benefit to being the world's pariah, however.

There was not a sole trace of New Zealand on this map of the world made out of socks.
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There was not a sole trace of New Zealand on this map of the world made out of socks.

We shouldn't be getting the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus anytime soon, according to a BBC graphic demonstrating how Aedes mosquitoes could potentially spread the virus around the world.

You guessed it - we're not even on the map.

 - Stuff

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