New Zealand - Culture Smart!

New Zealand - Culture Smart!

The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Lyn McNamee


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Don't just see the sights—get to know the people.

New Zealand, or Aotearoa (the "Land of the Long, White Cloud") as it is known by the Maori population, is a land of myth and reality, contrast and contradiction, rolling hills and glacial mountains, native bush and gentle farmland. Its people are friendly and welcoming and will often go the extra mile to help you without expecting anything in return.

Maori heritage and culture are an integral part of Aotearoa today, and wherever you go, its influence is palpable. As a nation of immigrants, New Zealanders are used to newcomers, yet those who take the time to learn about the country's traditions and the values that people hold dear will be rewarded with a more meaningful and enriching experience of this beautiful land.

Culture smart! New Zealand helps you get to the heart of this diverse and multicultural nation. It examines the impact of history, religion, and politics, while tips and vital insights into Kiwi attitudes, customs, and social life will help deepen your experience of this country and its fair-minded people.

Have a richer and more meaningful experience abroad through a better understanding of the local culture. Chapters on history, values, attitudes, and traditions will help you to better understand your hosts, while tips on etiquette and communicating will help you to navigate unfamiliar situations and avoid faux pas.


Lyn McNamee:
Lyn McNamee is a New Zealand teacher and writer who has lived in and explored many of New Zealand's most beautiful locations. She currently lives on a sheep, grain, and hops farm in the mountains near Queenstown. After working with children for 30 years, Linda turned to her second passion and began a new career as a writer. Having written a children's novel, she began blogging and writing articles for magazines, businesses, and websites at home and abroad. Linda adores traveling, but after exploring in the US, Europe, Singapore, and the UK, she's discovered just how unique life is in the land that Kiwis call home.