- During their first match, New Zealand’s Chaser, Dennis Moon, was sent off in the 106th minute after a collision with his rival Bogomil Levski of Bulgaria.
- Only 21 at the time of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, New Zealand’s Seeker Ngapo Ponika was beaten to the Snitch by Viktor Krum (age 38). The final score was Bulgaria 410 – New Zealand 170.
- Charlie Baverstock, the team manager, expressed his anger in colourful Antipodean fashion after the defeat (Pm).
A New Zealander will refer to themselves as a Kiwi. The Kiwi is one of the most famous of their native birds (Wikipedia). It is therefore possible that the team mascot for the New Zealand team could be a Kiwi.
Although New Zealand has a long Quidditch history and has participated in Quidditch World Cup matches, there are no wizarding sports listed on its Wikipedia page (Wikipedia).
From the Web
Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:
- History of the Quidditch World Cup
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup final
- The Daily Prophet
Pottermore enhanced reading experience: Quidditch World Cup
Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: Imgur archive
Harry Potter Wiki: New Zealand National Quidditch Team