How to fit into the New Zealand way of life – part 1
There is no doubt that New Zealand is a melting pot of cultures, traditions and customs. As well as the historic Maori and British ties, New Zealand's steady immigration throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries have created a truly unique nation – one that more than 4.4 million call home.
If you have recently arrived in New Zealand, it can be difficult to pick up these nuances and settle into the New Zealand way of life. However, if you want to experience the true New Zealand, it is important to throw on some jandals, grab a plate and stay flat out. If you didn't understand that sentence, read our first part in learning how to mix in New Zealand.
Everyone will usually bring a plate of sweet or savoury food to share.
While you are studying at Auckland Institute of Studies, it is common for students to work in their chosen industry, In this situation, it's key to understand some of the customs of working in New Zealand.
The term 'bring a plate' looks simple on the surface, but is actually a reference to contributing a plate of food for a shared morning or afternoon tea. If you are celebrating a birthday or other special event, everyone will usually bring a plate of sweet or savoury food to share – sweet as, bro!
After work drinks are also a staple of the New Zealand working week. While it often only includes work colleagues, these events are great for socialising outside the workplace and enjoying friendly company. Of course, don't feel obliged to drink alcohol, it is your presence that matters!
Sport and recreation
Sport is another area of New Zealand life where those new to the country could be little confused. In contrast to most of the world, rugby is the most popular sport in the country, rather than football (or soccer, as it is known in some countries). The nation lives and breathes rugby, with the All Blacks regarded as a religion rather than just the national team by some!
Of course, rugby in New Zealand is more than just one team. Across the entire year, there are many rugby matches to go and watch through the country. This includes Super Rugby and the Mitre 10 Cup, with the Blues and Auckland playing at Eden Park and local club rugby in the suburbs.
For more information about settling into New Zealand, stay tuned for part two or contact the team at AIS today.