& Culture > The Spirit
New Zealanders enjoy an
enviable lifestyle. With a small population and the abundance of
the land developed a pride of self-reliance and pragmatism.
Kiwis believe they can do anything and love the challenge to prove it.
Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote
1902 Richard William Pearse took the world's first flight.
Ernest Rutherford was one of the first and most important
researchers in nuclear physics. He was the first to induce
the artificial nuclear reaction.
Batton, a Kiwi
woman, broke international aviation records in the 1920s and
1935 an elected Labour Government put the 40-hour working week in
New Zealander invented the tear back velcro-strip, the pop-lid on
a self sealing paint tin, as well as the childproof pill bottle
and the crinkle in your hairpins so that they don't fall out.
Hamilton developed and perfected the propeller-less jet boat based
on the principle of water jet propulsion. He also invented
the hay-lift, an advanced air compressor and air conditioner, a
machine to smooth ice on skating ponds and a water sprinkler.