Can you spot the glaring error in this Covid map?

·News Reporter
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Managing to keep Covid-19 cases to a meagre 2,682, New Zealand has been hailed as one of the success stories of the pandemic.

However despite being the envy of scores of countries around the globe, including the badly-hit UK, a British publication has offended Kiwis after appearing to be confused over Oceania's geography. 

Sharing a world map showing how many vaccine doses have been administered per 100 people for each country, The Telegraph accidentally moved New Zealand's North Island up to be level with Papua New Guinea.

Spotting the glaring mistake, Twitter user Catarina Gutierrez shared the error online.

The map shows New Zealand pulled apart in the Pacific. Source: Twitter/ Telegraph
The map shows New Zealand pulled apart in the Pacific. Source: Twitter/ Telegraph

"The Cook Strait got bigger," she wrote.

The shortest distance between New Zealand's North and South islands is 22km. With the map positioning North Island more than 5,000km away, fellow users too poked fun at the mistake.

"Give me strength," one person said, suggesting geography was not a strong suit of Brits.

"Was that why there was a spat of earthquakes near Taupo the other night?" another joked.

"Forget climate change, watch out for speeding Islands," one person wrote.

History of New Zealand map mistakes

Others suggested New Zealand was lucky to be included at all, with the nation regularly being left off global maps.

The exclusion of the country from maps even prompted a tongue-in-cheek campaign to have New Zealand remembered all maps in 2018, accusing other nations of stealing its tourism with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern even joining in on the joke.

The latest error even prompted the emergence of a new Twitter page, aptly named Where's New Zealand?, detailing occasions when New Zealand-related mistakes were made. 

One post shows how the nation was once confused as Japan on a news station.

The error on The Telegraph's story has since been fixed.

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