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Yearbook 2016

2016 New ZealandNew Zealand. In March, New Zealand held a referendum on the country's flag. The choice was between keeping the flag with the British Union flag in one corner or choosing a new flag in which Union Jack was replaced by a white fern. The vote, in which 67% of the country's voters participated, resulted in just over 56% voting to retain the old flag.

According to countryaah, a record seizure of 448 kg of methamphetamine was made in June at Ninety Mile Beach on the North Island. Three young men were arrested in connection with the seizure, whose value corresponded to around SEK 2.6 billion.

2016 New Zealand

In November, New Zealand was hit by a powerful earthquake, which occurred about 9 miles north of Christchurch on the South Island. The quake, which was measured to magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale, was followed by several hundred aftershocks, the most powerful with magnitude 6.5. As a result of the earthquakes, according to the New Zealand Herald, 100,000 landslides were triggered from northern Canterbury to southern Marlborough. The most violent race hit the mouth of the Clarence River, where a dam was damaged and people living downstream were forced to leave their homes and move to higher locations. In the capital Wellington, electricity and water lines were broken while several buildings, bridges and roads were damaged.

Even worse, the city of Kaikoura, which is also a popular tourist destination, hit. Due to landslides, the city with about 2,000 residents became completely isolated and more than 1,000 residents and tourists were moved to evacuation centers. Two people died in the earthquake.

In December, John Key surprisingly announced that he would leave his post as the country's prime minister for personal reasons. The new prime minister was elected as the country's former finance minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English.

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