Battle of the National Symbols – New Zealand vs. England

Lion vs. Kiwi, the National Animals of England and New Zealand

The national animal of New Zealand is the kiwi, a small, flightless bird that thinks it’s a mammal. The national animal of England is a lion, a majestic, sharp-toothed hunter that, really, has nothing whatsoever to do with England. At least the kiwi is native to New Zealand!

What about each nation’s other symbols; how do they compare? Let’s see…

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NATIONAL FLOWER

England: Rose

New Zealand: Silver Fern


NATIONAL ANTHEM

England: God Save the Queen

New Zealand: God Defend New Zealand


NATIONAL SPORT

England: Cricket, (but it’s football really!)

New Zealand: Rugby

PATRON SAINT

England: George

New Zealand: The Virgin Mary


COAT OF ARMS

England: Gules, three lions passant guardant in pale or armed and langued azure, (apparently! Well, you know, it’s basically three golden lions on a red background…)

New Zealand: The Southern Cross, a dead sheep, some immigrant ships, a wheat sheaf and some mining tools, which neatly tells you all you need to know about New Zealand, really. (Basically like this except the lion at the top holding the Union Flag is now just a crown and they’re standing on a fern…)

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