New Zealand Culture

Other Considerations

  • Many Māori feel that they were ruthlessly exploited in the past and that the present atonement falls far short of what is morally required. Approach conversations about such past treatment and treaties with sensitivity.
  • The wearing of pounamu (greenstone) and/or bone necklaces is common practice among Māori.
  • Some Māori have tribal tattoos on their faces, arms, calves, etc. These have cultural significance and do not hold negative connotations (i.e. prison sentences) as they do in some western cultures. All traditional Māori tribal tattoos are unique to the tribal group.
  • New Zealand has many noise restrictions; for example, from 10:30pm to 7:30am it is illegal to honk a car’s horn. In the same manner, people strongly dislike being disturbed in their own home by their neighbours’ loud music or voices.
  • New Zealanders take their biosecurity laws very seriously. When entering the country, any food, wood or biological specimens must be declared at the airport.
  • New Zealand has one of the world’s smallest wage gap between men and women in the world (5%).
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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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