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Most observations and comments on these pages are based on direct experience.  While some attempt is made to maintain objectivity, don't count on it, life is too subjective
There is no intention to be insulting, offensive, abusive or inaccurate.
If you feel so insulted, offended, abused or led astray, my apologies and my advice...get a life or alternatively a thicker skin.
image of New Zealand This is New Zealand, an Island Nation situated in the Southern Hemisphere, in the South Pacific.
It consists of three main islands, respectively;
North Island
South Island (Mainland)
Stewart Island (very small, very cold, very South)
It lies between Australia and the Antarctic, and the weather varies in roughly the same way.
(Yes I understand that everyone "knows" that weather in South Pacific islands is idyllic, but it isn't), more about weather later.

I may make jokes about New Zealand, our home, but believe me, it is my home.
I love it, and never, ever plan to leave

Toitū he whenua, whatungarongaro he tangata? Land is permanent, man disappears.

Manaaki Whenua, Manaaki Tangata, Haere whakamua
Care for the land, Care for the people, Go forward.

The following links will give you access to the rest of my information pages on New Zealand.  

Language
Weather
Food
Housing
People
Education
Health
Immigration
Sport
Transport

New Zealand (Aotearoa, or NZ, or Godzone) was settled by Polynesian people moving south through the Pacific around 1000 years ago.  They developed into the Maori people and culture (Moriori culture in the Chatham Islands).
Europeans (Abel Tasman) discovered NZ in 1642, but European immigration didn't really get underway until the early-mid 19th century .

A treaty between the British Government and the Maori chiefs (well, some of them) was signed in 1840 at Waitangi, and large scale immigration developed.
Most immigrants initially came from the UK, and in a marked difference to Australia,  few were transported, and consisted in the main of adventuresome farmers and tradesmen.  (One of the reasons Kiwis (New Zealanders) and  Ozzies (Aussies or Australians) have such a rivalry.  We come from honest citizens, they come from a bunch of crooks...we may ignore it out of politeness (and political necessity), but we don't forget!.

Anyway, NZ achieved independence in 1947, remains part of the commonwealth , and still has strong economic (lessening) and political ties to the UK.  The culture is  based on UK (English) culture of the mid-late 20th century, with a small but increasing divergence, displaying Polynesian and Asian influences (through immigration) and influences from the USA (TV and pop culture)

These pages will occasionally refer to historical incidents which have had an effect on cultural nuances, but this is not designed to be a history of NZ, just a commentary on a country in which we have chosen to stay, and which we think ranks above the rest.