What are you talking about New Zealand?

  • 08/12/2015
What are you talking about New Zealand?

Chock-full of rugby, cricket and bit a Shortland Street - while only missing sheep and a bit of No. 8 wire - Kiwis have had a very Kiwi year on Twitter.

Coming as a surprise to absolutely no one, the Rugby World Cup was the most talked about subject on New Zealander's Twitter feeds in 2015 after the All Blacks took home the Webb-Ellis Cup for a second consecutive tournament.

The All Blacks also snuck into the top 10 under their own steam, outshining fellow - but ultimately unsuccessful - World Cup finalist the Black Caps on and off-the-field.

Meanwhile, Lorde continues to reign over New Zealand's social media.

The Kiwi pop idol has more than four times the number of Twitter followers as her closest compatriot, actor Daniel Gillies, and around 3.5 million more than top-ranking All Black, Sonny Bill Williams.

But it wasn't all just sport and popular culture.

Internet mogul and alleged felon Kim DotCom came in at seventh while software developer Michael "Koz" Koziarski also managed to crack the top 10.

Prime Minister John Key did not.

The Golden Tweet, or most retweeted micro message, of 2015 belonged to her majesty, Lorde.

Her message remembering the three Muslim victims of the Chapel Hill Shooting in the United States in February attracted more than 24,000 retweets and nearly 30,000 likes.

New Zealand's top Twitter trends

1. RWC2015 2. Xfactornz 3. NewZealand 4. CWC15 5. Auckland 6. Nzpol 7. TheBachelorNZ 8. ShortlandStreet 9. NZflag 10. AllBlacks

Most followed New Zealanders

1. Lorde 2. Daniel Gillies 3. Zane Lowe 4. Ross Taylor 5. Sonny Bill Williams 6. Dan Carter 7. Kim Dotcom 8. Jamie Curry 9. Michael Koziarski 10. Rhys Darby

Source: Twitter