Having cut down most of its trees, the Scotch moved to New Zealand, where there were a lot more trees.
They took a number of sheep with them, for comfort – but these bred until there were more of them than people.
Formerly, the most famous New Zealander (Kiwi) was Dame Kiri De Kanopener, but beginning in 1987, that position began increasingly to be occupied by Sir Peter Jackson.
Of course, he was not knighted yet – since he was just a kid who made amateur movies, aided by all his friends, his future life-partner and co-producer and -writer, Fran Walsh – and half the local townsfolk.
And then he started “Bad Taste” – in 16mm, on a budget of $25k. Finally, out of sympathy, the New Zealand Film Commission gave him NZ$235k (about US$175k at today’s exchange rate) to finish it.
A spatter-movie satire, Australia did not understand it and censored it heavily. This led to the sacking of their censorship board.
But it still had not made much money until as a joke, the Can Film Festival ran it. At this point it became a big cult. But the New Zealand Film and TV Awards were unimpressed and gave it nada.
However, others recognised Peter’s talent and he has since become the second biggest director in the World – somewhere between Stephen Speilberg and Jim Camron.
He is now worth NZ$600M (US$450M) and is still with Fran – and their two children.