Sample Questions Kiwi Quiz


Level 1 (designed for 8 year olds to answer about 50% correctly)

–      What is a moana? (a lake, sea or ocean)
–      Who was the Tasman Sea named after? (Abel Tasman – The Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman was the European discoverer of NZ & Tasmania)
–      What island of NZ has the most people living on it? (The North Island)
–      What is the name of the Strait between the North & South Islands? (Cook Strait)

 Level 2 (designed for 12 year olds to answer about 50% correctly)

–      Forts were built along NZ coastline from 1885 to defend NZ from possible attack by which country?  (Russia)
–      Which kiwi variety is the smallest? (a – North Island Brown, b – Tokoeka, c – Little Spotted, d – Great Spotted)
–      What is the common NZ spiral shape, inspired by fern shoots, which signifies new growth? (Koru)
–      Why were NZ children given milk to drink at school from 1937 to 1967? (To improve their health)

 Level 3 (designed for adults to answer about 80% correctly)

–      What was introduced in 1982 to curb inflation in NZ? (A 12-month wage, price & rent freeze)
–      Who was the leader of the Labour Government elected in 1972? (Norman Kirk)
–      Why did the visit of the USS Truxton prompt protests in 1976? (Because it was a nuclear warship)
–      Where in the Antarctic is Scott Base? (McMurdo Sound)

 Level 4 (designed for adults to answer about 25% correctly)

–      Who was NZ’s longest-serving Prime Minister? (Richard Seddon – from 1893 to 1906)
–      What is the name of NZ’s first marine reserve? (Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve  – Also known as Goat Island or Leigh Marine Reserve)
–      Who is one of NZ’s most successful children’s writers, author of over 150 titles since her first book ‘A Lion in the Meadow’ was published in 1969? (Margaret Mahy – Her books have been translated into 15 languages)
–      What town is home to the Maori Kingitanga or King Movement? (Ngaruawahia)

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