New Zealands were developed in the United States (Don't let the name fool you), for meat purposes, but have grown into one of the most popular breeds of rabbits in the US. Though they may never reach the popularity of the Holland Lop, and the other Lops. This breed has 4 recognized varieties in the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association) which are Black, Blue, Broken, and Red. Broken is a variety, where the color (Black, Blue, Red) is counteracted by white, giving it a spotted appearance.
My Experience: I have raised Red and Broken Red New Zealands for several years now (they live at my grandma's) for show and to sell to the 4H market. They're a lovely, fast growing breed. They're very similar to the Californians in weight, type, and size. They are not the hardiest in our climate. The Californians and Rex perform in the heat a little bit better than the New Zealands, but they all perform equally as good in the cold. Overall, they are a great breed!