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Society & 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.

  • New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote in 1893.
  • In 1902 Richard William Pearse took the world's first flight.
  • Baron Ernest Rutherford was one of the first and most important researchers in nuclear physics.  He was the first to induce the artificial nuclear reaction.
  • Jean Batton, a Kiwi woman, broke international aviation records in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • In 1935 an elected Labour Government put the 40-hour working week in place.
  • A 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.
  • William 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.
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