20 Things That Will Make You Feel Better About 2016

By Natasha Van Der Laan
13th Dec 2016

20 Things That Will Make You Feel Better About 2016

Let’s be honest, 2016 has certainly had its fair share of lows. We farewelled Bowie, Donald Trump was elected president and New Zealand further cemented itself as the shaky isles with yet another earthquake. But, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining! To make you feel better about the year that was, here are 20 things to bring a smile to your dial! 

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar!
  2. Wild tiger numbers increased for the first time in 100 years. There’s now almost 3900 thought to be living worldwide!
  3. What’s more, giant pandas are no longer endangered. There are now more than 2000 in the wild—hooray!
  4. A new Harry Potter book came out…annnd a movie…annnd a stage show. 
  5. Zootopia became the best animation film like, ever.
  6. Trolls was also pretty darn incred while Finding Dory charmed us all over again.
  7. Closer to home, Taika Waititi released his best work yet with Hunt For The Wilderpeople. 
  8. Pokemon Go was a thing—a fleeting thing. For a few short weeks, people came together over their love of Pikachu—nawh!
  9. …And because of it, everyone got outside to spend quality time with Mother Nature.
  10. Netflix made offline downloads a thing—finally! OITNB all day erry’day.
  11. Speaking of, Stranger Things came into our lives.
  12. Annnd we were reunited with Rory and Lorelai.
  13. We’re making strides in ALS research thanks to funds raised from the ice bucket challenge.
  14. The All Blacks won the Bledisloe Cup… again.
  15. New Zealand raked in 18 medals at the Olympics, overtaking our previous record of 13. On ya, Team Kiwi!
  16. Whittaker’s brought back their Jelly Tip creation.
  17. …And released four new artisan delights, including buttermilk caramelised white choc—oh my!
  18. They also teamed up with Lewis Road Creamery to bring the people what we’ve always wanted… chocolate butter!
  19. Auckland upped its secret game. We’ve been treated to a hidden bar, another hidden bar annnd a secret chai lounge.
  20. Auckland got a CHEESE TRUCK. Nuff said.

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