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New Zealand

Culturally, New Zealand is not markedly different from other English speaking, Western nations – so the same rules of etiquette you learned at home as far as table manners, shaking hands and generally interacting with people will most likely apply. However, there are a few cultural quirks you may want to be aware of.

  • Kia Ora (pronounced Keya-O-ra) is a (but not the only) traditional greeting in New Zealand. It is Māori for good day.
  • It is traditional to take your shoes off before entering someone’s home. If you aren’t sure, ask.
  • Visitors may drop by your house without prior arrangements or invitation.
  • When you are invited to dinner at an Aucklander’s home, you make be asked to “bring a plate.” This means a plate of food as opposed to a piece of dinnerware. Be sure to ask what you can bring.
  • Parties and BBQs are ge…