Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted New Zealand in 1642 and called it Staten Landt, supposing it was connected to a landmass of the same name at the southern tip of South America. In 1645, Dutch cartographers renamed the land Nova Zeelandia after the Dutch province of Zeeland.
Last week, the two N names were connected in Sibu, my home town. Naturally I did some queries as this involved New Zealand, my naturalised home.
KUCHING: The three container loads of chicken wings that were buried in Sibu were brought in from the Netherlands and not New Zealand as earlier reported.
"The import of chicken products from The Netherlands was suspended on Dec 8, 2016 due to the outbreak of the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) or Bird Flu," said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2219476, and BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-39514102
Chicken wings buried in Sibu from Netherlands, not New Zealand
Thank you for bringing this to issue to our attention. We have made enquiries and confirmed that the chicken wings are from the Netherlands. You may be interested in this article. It is worth noting that New Zealand does not export poultry to Malaysia. Thank you again for contacting us.
Best RegardsMinistry for Primary Industries
I am a New Zealand citizen from Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. There is much speculation that a lot of chicken wings were disposed of, and there is speculation that they came from NZ.
Naturally I am concerned and would like this speculation to be squashed.