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>> The next great conspiracy? New Zealand is disappearing off world maps.>> For New Zealanders, that's been a glaringly obvious omission for years and now, the rest of the world is taking notice.>> It's all over the Internet.
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>> A new tourism campaign is aiming to crack the mystery of whether the country, which is home to around 4.8 million people, is being deliberately left off some world maps. The video enlists the help of Flight of The Conchords' comedian Rhys Darby and even the country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
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>> I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation. For those wondering, New Zealand is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, between Australia and Antarctica. For a country that's bigger than the United Kingdom, it's maybe strange to see high profile global businesses, including IKEA and Starbucks, wipe New Zealand from some of their maps.
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A Reddit thread dedicated to recording such incidents has over 40,000 subscribers and for Kiwis, it's a big deal.>> Bigger than we thought, bigger than the moon landing and Loch Ness combined.>> While a number of conspiracy theories are thrown about in the video, it reveals there could be a simple explanation.
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>> We're quite a figly-looking shaped country, a bit like a half eaten lamb chop. Perhaps people are just leaving us off, thinking we're Ia mistake.>> And if the campaign can't get New Zealand reinstated on world maps, it aims to at least help tourists find where it's hiding.