Paper moves NZ capital to Auckland

Last updated 11:36 01/01/2014

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Forget Wellington - Auckland is the capital city of New Zealand, according to a British newspaper.

The blunder occurred as the Telegraph reported on New Year's Eve celebrations around the world.

"The city of Auckland was the first major world capital to let off the fireworks as the country marks the beginning of the New Year," it said.

Auckland was chosen as the country's capital in 1841, but was replaced by Wellington in 1865 due to the need for a more central location.

Wellington City Council chose not to have a New Year's Eve event this year, while Auckland held its annual Sky Tower fireworks display.

It was not the first time the Telegraph has attempted to rewrite New Zealand history.

In May last year the newspaper annoyed Kiwis by describing New Zealand-born and raised Sir Edmund Hillary as a "great Briton".

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