''The New Zealand Story'' (also spelled ''The Newzealand Story'') is a 1988 ArcadeGame by Creator/{{Taito}}. The [[ExcusePlot story]] goes as such: Wally, a leopard seal, kidnapped all but one of the kiwis from Auckland's Zoo, including Phee-Phee, the girlfriend of Tiki (the one who managed to escape). He's selling his friends to various zoos throughout the country. Armed only with a bow and arrows, Tiki goes to the rescue!

''The New Zealand Story'' is a cutesy PlatformGame with very extensive and maze-like levels, quirky enemies and obstacles, and some features which were not very common at the time (and still are not today, of course the world of videogames has changed a lot), such as Tiki's ability to pilot a wide variety of vehicles and to come BackFromTheDead by escaping Heaven.

It received a "remaquel" titled ''The New Zealand Story Revolution'' for NintendoDS in 2007, which was basically the same thing, except for various minigames that took advantage of the double screen. Also, you had to first find the key for your fellow kiwis' cage and then the cage itself, which led to much annoying backtracking. This game was not well received.

!!The game provides examples of:

* AmusingInjuries: If Tiki gets killed by an enemy projectile such as a rock or a hatchet, it will remain embedded in its head. Even when he goes to Heaven...
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Tiki looks ''nothing'' like a real kiwi bird. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when in the background there are posters with the silhouette of a real kiwi. RuleOfCute, perhaps?
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Played with - the game does actually feature real New Zealand place names in the right locations, although the locations are far more embellished than in real life.
* AwesomeYetPractical: The UFO, one of the vehicles you can hijack and ride. Unaffected by gravity unlike the other vehicles, almost indestructible, very fast, and carries a mean laser gun whose beam is longer than the screen!
* BonusLevelOfHeaven: When Tiki dies in certain conditions his soul will rise to FluffyCloudHeaven. Here, the gameplay is the same than in the rest of the game (but both he and the enemies have a HolyHalo on their heads!), and if Tiki dies he will get a GameOver. However, there are ways to escape from Heaven and [[BackFromTheDead get another chance]] to rescue Phee-Phee...
* CartoonBomb: One of Tiki's weapons.
* ClassicVideoGameScrewYous: Applies only to one arcade edition. In this one, there are many enemies in the starting area of 1-1, and you have massive arrays of spikes upto 1-4 (possibly further). It's also possible to jump into a small room where the only option is to look for a hidden warp gate.
* CollisionDamage: Played with. Most enemies actually do not harm Tiki by touching him, only their bullets and, in case of the [[TheSpiny spiked creatures]], their spikes do.
* DamselInDistress: Phee-Phee.
* DifficultyByRegion: If playing in the arcade, there are three major versions. The initial Japanese version starts easy, the newer World version rearranges the initial stages to make them a bit more challenging (but still fair), but the older World version puts the player in immediate danger in 1-1, and scatters spikes throughout the maps. Most console ports are based on the original Japanese version, thus preventing any worry.
* EnemySummoner: The Magician summons other random enemies.
* EveryTenThousandPoints: One of the methods to gain an extra life. The other one is a shout out to VideoGame/BubbleBobble (see below).
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Not really. But they are purple and ride duck-shaped balloons.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The first boss in the remake appears to be this, when it swallows you there's all sorts of junk in its stomach including a car.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One enemy is a punk teddy bear with a mohawk that gives you the finger. Or is it picking its nose?!?
** In some copies of the Amiga version, the code for level skipping and unlimited lives was MOTHERFUCKENKIWIBASTARDS, meaning if kids wanted to cheat they'd need to ask an adult who knew the code to enter it for them. In other copies the code was FLUFFYKIWIS.
* GiantSpider: One boss in the remake. How boring.
* HailfirePeaks: Mt. Cook, the last area of the game.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Wally the leopard seal is much bigger than the kiwis (and, ya know, a ''leopard seal''), and plans to keep Phee-Phee all for himself. [[{{Squick}} Shudder]].
* InvincibilityPowerUp: The potion item.
* KillItThroughItsStomach: The ice whale boss.
* MixAndMatchCritters: One enemy is a flying cat with bat wings.
* MookMaker: Aside from the background doors that release mooks, there is the following:
** [[TheSpiny Franky]], an orange spiked waking ball that spits out copies of itself from time to time.
** Microbs, which creates copies of itself as it travels along the ground (up to 7, the ones at the tail disappear).
** Magician, which throws a blue star upward, creating an enemy once it stops in place.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The bosses. The first one is described below in the Womb Level example. The second boss is a floating octopus made of stone which spits ink globs that turn into swarms of bats. The third one looks like a robotic ''[[MatryoshkaObject matrioska]]'' (Russian nesting doll) that shoots homing missiles. And of course Wally himself, a big leopard seal hanging on a balloon and shooting you with a mortar.
* NonstandardGameOver: If you die, go to the BonusLevelOfHeaven and manage to stay alive... undead... whatever, eventually you will find "The Goddess" (an {{Expy}} of the Virgin Mary) and, after a message about Tiki going to sleep forever, the game will end.
* OneBulletAtATime: The bow, bomb and laser don't exhibit this, but if you pick up the Fire Staff, only two fireballs are allowed on screen. These fireballs bounce off walls, making them last a bit of time.
* OneHitPointWonder
* OxygenMeter: Every time Tiki goes underwater.
* ScienceFantasy: Among the weapons you can find and use there are a magic staff that shoots bouncing fireballs and a ray gun.
* SigilSpam: All the doors in the game (e.g. the ones before the boss chambers) and some background elements bear the likeness of Wally Walrus.
* SmartBomb: The book item.
* SmokingIsCool: One of the kiwis in the intro is seen smoking before being kidnapped by Wally.
* SpellingBonus: To gain an extra life, you can spell the word E-X-T-E-N-D in big colorful letters, [[ShoutOut just like in]] ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' (released a couple years before this game).
* SpikesOfDoom: ''Lots''. There are many sections in the levels where you have to navigate between rows of these using one of the vehicles, and one level where you navigate a maze filled with spikes. Also, if you float into a ceiling with some vehicles, you can get hit by the spikes along the floor above. As a touch of realism, enemies are harmed by them as well.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Another Taito platformer named ''Liquid Kids'' (''Mizubaku Adventure'' in Japan). Both of them feature cutesy animals trying to rescue their many relatives in every level, enemies that pop up from randomly appearing portals, warps to other levels that appear if you shoot into empty corners of the levels,and so on. They both share the same font for in-game messages!
* StalkedByTheBell: If you can't find the exit of a level quickly enough, the "Hurry Up!" message will appear and after a while a cartoonish little devil will chase you. While the devil eventually becomes faster than Tiki, staying alive long enough results in a second "Hurry Up!" message.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Phee-Phee sports pink shoes and a big polka-dot bow on her head, otherwise she's identical to all other kiwis.
* TimeStandsStill: The pocketwatch item.
* UniversalDriversLicence: Tiki can pilot balloons, hot air balloons, zeppelins, [=UFOs=] and so on. The 2007 remake adds roller skates and a car.
* WombLevel: More like a Womb Boss. The first boss is a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot pink floating snowflake-spewing whale encased in ice]] that, no matter what you do, will swallow Tiki. You then will find yourself into its stomach, and you'll have to shoot at its walls while avoiding the gastric fluids dripping, to make it explode and thus finish the level.