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The global conspiracy theory surrounding New Zealand

Lauren Croft

Guys, does New Zealand even exist? According to a ton of world maps, all around the world, it doesn’t. There’s just no New Zealand.

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Yes, we’re serious.

From the maps on television weather reports, board games, in coffee shops and even in Central Park Zoo, New Zealand is literally nowhere to be found. There’s even a whole Reddit thread featuring maps without New Zealand.

Media outlets like the BBC and the Telegraph have started a global social discussion around the topic – which means conspiracy theories are abundant and tens of thousands of people around the world are asking: where is New Zealand?

And the very real country has had enough. Which is why they’ve started an ad campaign to #getNZonthemap, now.

The campaign features New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Kiwi actor and comedian, Rhys Darby – both of whom are shocked and appalled at the lack of New Zealand around the world.

Could it be us Aussies stealing their tourists, or the wine industry getting jealous of their unbeatable sav blanc?

Many New Zealanders are convinced that leaving the country off the map is a global conspiracy theory – and they need answers.

Luckily, Ardern and Darby are on the case!

New Zealand is also left off some phone case maps, watch maps, shutter stock images and even the world map on Getty Images stock photos library.

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It also doesn’t exist in Ikea.

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Or at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

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There are also no Dominos in New Zealand, in case you were wondering.

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Lil’ New Zealand doesn’t even get a place on the flat earth map!

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Hopefully, #getNZonthemap will inform the world that New Zealand does, in fact, exist.

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