Friday, August 19, 2011

Rugby World Cup

New Zealand is an island nation in the south pacific ocean. It has two main Islands with smaller islands around it, for example Stewart island and the Chatham islands. The Maori name for new zealand is Aotearoa, which is commonly translated as 'the land of long white cloud'. Back when people first found New Zealand they had already been to a land called Zealand. After seeing our island they were amazed and said it was better than Zealand so they called it New Zealand.

In 1840 a treaty was signed between the Maori and British, making new Zealand a colony of Britain. The colony became self governing in 1852 and was made a population in 1947. Most of New Zealand's population is of Europeans, followed by Asians and non Maori, Polynesians. The three main languages used in New Zealand is English, Te reo Maori and New Zealand sign language.

Click here to find a map For the rugby world cup semi-final, Bronze Final and the Finals.
The New Zealand national rugby union team is called the all blacks. Rugby union is regarded as New Zealand's national sport. Our team is called the All Blacks and they won the first ever rugby world cup. We are also the leading points scorers of all time and the only international rugby team with a winning record against every test nation they have ever played! The all blacks have held the top ranking in the world for longer than all other country's combined and in over 100 years only five of the top twenty ranked test rugby nations have ever beaten New Zealand. In the decade from 2000-2009, New Zealand won 100 tests and they went on to have a winning record of 15 tests and recorded a world record 30 straight wins at home.

The New Zealand flag, has white, red and blue colors. White stands for peace and honesty. Red stands for hardiness, bravery, strength and valor. Blue stands for vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance and justice over all. Click here for more flags to see.

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