thx what's the most popular sports in NZ and Aus ? American football ?
No. American football is not that popular.
In terms of playing sport I would say in the winter the two most popular sports would be soccer and Rugby, but most soccer players stop when they get to highschool.
Our soccer team is not very strong and there is no real path from kids to adult representative games, in rugby on the other hand there are clear options and many with the required talents have a clear future with Rugby.
Netball is also very popular and then there would be Hockey (ie field hockey) and golf and other minor sports.
In terms of watching sport Rugby and rugby league, as well as netball dominate in winter, while in summer cricket is the dominant sport. Netball is also watched, but our teams perform poorly against the Aussies at the moment so it is not wildly popular outside the fanatics.
Other sports include rowing and sailing and golf.
On our Sky channel we have a rugby channel and a horse racing channel and the rest are mixed sports channels that show cricket and netball and rugby and rugby league.
Most programmes on TV are either british or american...
Our location is great for defence, but not so great for trade... we are a long way from anywhere.
Most kiwis don't fear invasion, though a few xenophobic fear a migration invasion. We really don't think about being invaded very much... and history has shown us that the only wars we get involved in are the ones we are dragged into by our major international allies... starting from the Boer war, through WWI and WWII to korea and vietnam and the post cold war combat in afghanistan and other places...