With only 4.7 million people New Zealand is a small country and we are at the bottom of the world, but I believe we generally punch above our weight on the world scene with things like:
NZ was the first country to give women the vote
Ernest Rutherford, first person to split the atom was a New Zealander
The first trans-global radio transmission was sent from NZ to London, England
Edmund HiIlary, first man to climb Mt Everest was from New Zealand
Bungy Jumping and the Zorb were both invented in NZ
As were the humble eggbeater, the referees' whistle and disposable syringes
The jetboat engine was another kiwi invention
Burt Munroe and Bruce Mclaren are only 2 of many famous New Zealand racers
There is evidence indicating that farmer and inventor Richard Pearse flew a plane on 31st March 1903 for 140 metres before it crashed - some nine months before the Wright brothers
So why do we keep getting left off world maps?
This crime is so common there's even a website devoted to it http://worldmapswithout.nz/ and has been perpetuated by such supposedly respectable agencies as the United Nations and the Smithsonian Institute.
Now even our Prime Minister has starting asking questions