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.]
  • Languages
    English (89.8%)
    Te reo Māori (3.5%)
    Samoan (2%)
    Other (5%)
    Sign language (official)
    [2013 census]
    Note: Total surpasses 100% due to the ability to select multiple responses on census.
  • Religions
    No Religion (41.9%)
    Catholic Christianity (12.6%)
    Anglican Christianity (11.8%)
    Presbyterian Christianity (8.5%)
    Other Christianity (7.3%)
    Other (6.32%)
    [2013 census]
    Note: Total surpasses 100% due to the ability to select multiple responses on census.
  • Ethnicities
    European (71.2%)
    Māori (14.1%)
    Asian (11.3%)
    Islander Peoples (7.6%)
    Other (2.7%)
    [2013 census]
    Note: Total surpasses 100% due to the ability to select multiple responses on census.
  • Cultural Dimensions
    22
    79
    58
    49
    33
    75
  • Australians with New Zealand/Māori Ancestry
    349,877 [2016 census]
New Zealanders in Australia
  • Population
    518,466
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in New Zealand.
  • Average Age
    40
  • Gender
    Male (50.7%)
    Female (49.3%)
  • Religion
    No Religion (34.6%)
    Anglican Christianity (15.7%)
    Catholic Christianity (15.1%)
    Presbyterian & Reformed Christianity (7.3%)
    Other (27.3%)
  • Ancestry
    English (33.1%)
    New Zealander (12.9%)
    Scottish (12.3%)
    Māori (12.2%)
    Other (29.5%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (91.2%)
    Samoan (2.5%)
    Te reo Māori (1.7%)
    Other (3.8%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 88.5% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Queensland (39.7%)
    New South Wales (23.6%)
    Victoria (16.6%)
    Western Australia (14.6%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (57%)
    2001-2006 (16.3%)
    2007-2011 (21%)
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