It’s Ridiculous How Many World Maps Ignore New Zealand

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Imagine being from a country that mapmakers routinely pretend does not exist. They sit down to design their next cartographical masterpiece and decide, nope, that nation doesn’t belong in this particular representation of the earth.

If you’re from New Zealand, you don’t have to imagine at all…

World Maps Without New Zealand is a Tumblr that’s dedicated to…well, finding global maps that have no sign of the world’s 7th largest island nation. And it’s surprisingly easy.

While New Zealand isn’t exactly huge in terms of land mass, the former British colony clocks in at a respectable 104,428 square miles, highlighted in red below…

NZ World Map

For reference, the mountainous nation’s size is just ahead of the United Kingdom’s 93,800 square miles and well ahead of Cuba’s 42,426 and Iceland’s 40,000. You’ll notice that all but two of the maps below include all three of those island countries while omitting New Zealand.

Here are some of our favorite world maps that people have spotted around the globe sans the Kiwi nation…

Mousepad from — ironically enough — a mapping software company…

No New Zealand 1

Prominent globe sculpture in Moscow, Russia…

No New Zealand 6

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The Internet Society and ICANN — the people who oversee the internet…

No New Zealand 3

This Japanese tea caddy celebrates the Year of the Sheep, an animal for which New Zealand is well known…

No New Zealand 8

This Risk board left off Cuba too…

No New Zealand 9

…so did this Risk board

No New Zealand 18

Not even Australia made the cut on this map at Kyunghee University in Suwon, South Korea…

No New Zealand 10