Friendship end is a meme that originated in 2008 on the news website Buzzfeed.
The meme first gained traction on Reddit in April 2016 when the user “Buddy” posted it on the page of the New York Times, where it was accompanied by a quote from comedian Jimmy Kimmel.
It’s now seen as a popular meme among users of Reddit’s popular Ask Me Anything (AMA) forum, where people ask other Redditors questions about the topics they’re passionate about.
When a user posted the meme on the New Zealand-based Reddit community The_Donald in October, it quickly garnered more than 3,000 votes.
While it has been widely criticised for using humour, many users believe it is a positive meme that has helped to unite people.
A spokesperson for New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Development said it is not aware of any New Zealanders being killed in the meme, but urged people to take it as a meme.
“It’s a funny thing, you know, people just like to make fun of it,” she said.
“[The meme] just gives people something to talk about.”
New Zealand is known for its social isolation, with the country having one of the lowest levels of social support among developed countries.
On Monday, a New Zealand woman was killed in a hit-and-run in Auckland.
New Zealander Sarah Latham was driving home on her way to work when a car struck her on the side of a road, causing her to fall off her bike.
She was taken to Wellington Hospital, where she died on Tuesday.
Kathy Tinkler, 29, is charged with murder and two counts of negligent driving causing death.
Police have charged her with causing death by dangerous driving.
Latham is expected to appear in the Wellington District Court on August 26.