Internet goes crazy over map with New Zealand in the middle highlighting 'COVID-free universe'

New Zealand has been placed at the centre of the world in a map that's re-emerged on the internet, something Twitter users say is "as it should be" due to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The map, which originally emerged in 2018, was shared on Twitter by Simon Kuestenmacher, a Geographer from Germany, saying he promised to repost it for a Kiwi friend. 

Commenters on the thread thought the timing of the map's re-emergence made sense. New Zealand sits top of the world, or in this case, the middle of the world, when it comes to controlling the spread of COVID-19. Sunday marked its 100th consecutive day without any community transmission.

"Love this map. Best country in the world at its centre," one user said.

"The centre of the COVID-free universe," another wrote.

Another described New Zealand being in the centre as "the Utopian dreamland where Jacinda Ardern is the supreme global leader.

"I, personally, can't wait for this future."

In the past, New Zealand has been left off world maps throughout the world. In 2018, Prime Minister Ardern and comedian Rhys Darby starred in a Tourism New Zealand campaign to get NZ on maps.