One of the best things about traveling is getting to know the locals. In New Zealand, that means meeting some of the nicest, friendliest people around. Don’t believe us? Here are defining qualities that prove Kiwis are a lovable bunch.
Their easygoing spirit
If you spend enough time in New Zealand you’ll likely hear someone utter the phrase: ‘She’ll be right’. That’s pretty indicative of how Kiwis view life in general: they like to take things as they go, thinking that everything will work out in the end. This easygoing nature also resonates in the local lifestyle, with many people listing New Zealand’s relaxed approach as one of the biggest drawcards for moving there.
A can-do attitude
Directly tied to their easygoing nature is a commendable can-do attitude that’s highly valued in all walks of life: through charitable pursuits, admirable sporting feats, and in the workforce. It’s fair to say embracing this positive mentality can pay great dividends – so much so that the personality trait has made globe-trotting New Zealanders quite well-liked by employers and recruiters from the world over.
New Zealanders are quite humble people. They don’t like bragging about their achievements, and they equally hate hearing anyone being boastful about their own feats. Kiwis also expect their sports idols to stay grounded in the nation’s proudest moments.
One of New Zealand’s cultural icons is the number eight wire: a symbol of what locals know as Kiwi ingenuity. New Zealanders are quite creative and entrepreneurial, bringing a number of influential pioneers to the world throughout its short history.
Sense of humor
Kiwis have quite a subtle, often self-deprecating sense of humor that historically carries a few strands of darkness and anti-authoritarian sentiment.
Their ongoing efforts to protect Maori culture
New Zealand has come a long way with Maori and Pakeha (New Zealand European) race relations since the 20th century. The country is commendable for its continuous pursuits to right past wrongdoings, from land ownership rights as stipulated in the Treaty of Waitangi, to language revitalization and the preservation of cultural traditions.
A sense of ‘mateship’
Usually attributed to the loyalty shared by the New Zealand and Australian soldiers in the First World War, the term ‘mateship’ has evolved to depict the local sense of comradeship on sports fields and in life in general. Simply put, New Zealanders are loyal and friendly when it matters most, be it in tragic times or otherwise.
Kiwis are very hospitable
Here’s an interesting factoid for you: an Immigration New Zealand survey from 2015 found that more than 90% of migrants found Kiwis to be ‘friendly’ or ‘very friendly’, identifying this as one of the reasons it’s so easy to settle into the country.
And they love to lend a helping hand
New Zealanders are naturally quite generous, and you can generally rely on them to be willing to help out anyone who needs it.
They’re naturally outdoorsy people
New Zealanders really do love the outdoors – you can find them planning a camping trip over the summer, out on the beach during Christmas, or simply getting out and about whenever the weather allows.
Likewise, they care a lot about the environment
Kiwis know they have a good thing going on, and they don’t want to lose it. They care about the quality of their rivers, they want to see their mountains preserved and many even take time to volunteer in the country’s various conservation islands, community tree planting events, or local pest control initiatives.