It’s tucked away at the bottom of the earth, in the South Pacific Ocean, but how on earth (literally) is it possible to lose New Zealand?
Some cartographers have clearly been having issues.
Last year Sega, Starbucks and The Simpsons were pulled up for omitting the north and south islands from their world maps – but it appears concerns have been bubbling away for much longer and people have been posting with the hashtag #mapswithoutnewzealand for some time.
Now the issue has escalated and heads of state are getting involved.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has teamed up with Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby, of Flight of the Conchords fame, to create a spoof video on the ‘conspiracy theories’.
The public has been asked to shame culprits who have left New Zealand off maps by using the hashtag #getNZonthemap, and people are eagerly getting involved.
@airnzuk Bought this a few years ago to put on my living room wall, guess what? New Zealand is missing, only written over Australia! #getNZonthemap pic.twitter.com/ILPILpbYqT— mark hughes (@sparkyhullfc) May 2, 2018
Although, perhaps there are some benefits for going under the global radar, as one Twitter user has pointed out.
To be fair the rate the world is imploding, best that Trump et al don't actually see NZ on the map #getNZonthemap— Just B (@belindajanenz) May 2, 2018
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