New Zealand Culture

Do's and Don'ts

Do’s
  • Pay respect to the Māori minority, being sensitive towards their history.
  • New Zealanders try to buy domestic products instead of imports to support their small economy, and their standard of product is generally very high with a 'boutique' attention to detail. Therefore, it is respectful to exhibit an appreciation for the quality of New Zealand products. 
  • In any situation that allows for it, pitch in and contribute in any way possible. For example, if you are taking a trip in someone else’s car, it is considered polite to offer to contribute to fuel costs. 
  • Clean up after yourself at all times (especially in national parks) and do not litter.

Do not’s
  • Avoid confusing New Zealanders with Australians. There is a friendly rivalry between the two countries which sees both make unfavourable or bantering comparisons of the other. 
  • Try not to overload them with compliments as they may find this awkward and become embarrassed.
  • Making sheep-related jokes will most likely attract an eye roll from New Zealanders as they are not thought of as original nor humorous.
  • New Zealanders like to tease, so do not take their jokes too seriously.
  • Do not boast or make ostentatious comments that give the impression that you see yourself as superior to others. New Zealanders will find this contrived and obnoxious.
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New Zealand
  • Population
    4,474,549
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    English (89.8%)
    Te reo Māori (3.5%)
    Samoan (2%)
    Other (5%)
    Sign language (official)
    Note: Total surpasses 100% due to the ability to select multiple responses on census.
    [Census, 2013]
  • Religion
    No Religion (41.9%)
    Catholic Christianity (12.6%)
    Anglican Christianity (11.8%)
    Presbyterian Christianity (8.5%)
    Other Christianity (7.3%)
    Other (6.32%)
    Note: Total surpasses 100% due to the ability to select multiple responses on census.
    [Census, 2013]
  • Ethnicity
    European (71.2%)
    Māori (14.1%)
    Asian (11.3%)
    Islander Peoples (7.6%)
    Other (2.7%)
    Note: Total surpasses 100% due to the ability to select multiple responses on census.
    [Census, 2013]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    22
    79
    58
    49
    33
    75
  • Australians with New Zealand/Māori Ancestry
    349,877 [Census, 2016]
New Zealanders in Australia
  • Population
    518,466
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in New Zealand.
  • Median Age
    42 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (50.4%)
    Female (49.6%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    No Religion (43.8%)
    Catholic Christianity (13.3%)
    Anglican Christianity (11.9%)
    Presbyterian & Reformed Christianity (5.7%)
    Christianity [not defined] (4.6%)
    Other Religion (15.0%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    English (32.5%)
    Scottish (12.8%)
    Māori (11.8%)
    New Zealander (11.6%)
    Other Ancestry (31.2%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (89.7%)
    Samoan (2.8%)
    Te reo Māori (1.8%)
    Tongan (0.6%)
    Other Language (4.1%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 95.3% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    Queensland (38.8%)
    New South Wales (22.6%)
    Victoria (18.0%)
    Western Australia (15.3%)
    Other (5.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (64.3%)
    2007 - 2011 (17.4%)
    2012 - 2016 (14.4%)
    [Census, 2016]
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