Dive into…NEW ZEALAND (David)

Meet David from New Zealand – my favorite country in the world!

Like most New Zealanders, his heritage is a mixture of nationalities, he is half Irish with small parts of Scottish and French as well. Having dual citizenship has its benefits, especially when it comes to travelling 😉

 

A typical dish

New Zealand has several traditional dishes which are primarily British cuisine such as a roast lamb, meat pies and fish & chips.

Traditional Maori methods of cooking such as the hangi, method of cooking kai (food) over hot, hangi specific, stones buried in a pit oven are also popular. Portable hangi devices have also been developed.  There is an abundance of cuisine from many different Asian, Middle Eastern and European cultures.

A New Zealand typical dish would be the Pavlova, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. The recipe I have chosen is from the popular Edmonds Cookery Book.

 

Traditions

New Zealand is very multicultural country of made up of a myriad of many unique cultures. Several Asian traditions have become quite popular such as the Chinese Lantern Festival to celebrate the Chinese New Year. One of my favourite books is the Settler and Migrant Peoples of New Zealand which has a lot of interesting information about all the different settler communities.

New Zealand’s bi-culturalism and multiculturalism is one of it’s many strengths.  

 

Maori words are interwoven into the New Zealand vocabulary.

One of the best-known Maori Traditions is the haka, a traditional Maori war dance,

the New Zealand national rugby team, the All Blacks, perform this at the beginning of each rugby game.

 

There are some quirky traditions and festivals such as Gumboot Day in Taihape in the Central North Island, celebrated each year around Easter and celebrates everything gumboot related, including gumboot throwing.

 

About School

In New Zealand, traditionally students attend school from the age of 5 to 18. It is compulsory until the age of 16. I grew up in the rural Waikato near a town called Cambridge in the North Island. Traditionally, rural primary school do not have large numbers due to their location and proximity to townships and cities. I then attended secondary school, and continued onto university after completing high school.

Most secondary schools in New Zealand are state-owned and teach a nationally set curriculum. There are also privately owned secondary school, most of which are based on philosophic or religious traditions. Additionally, there are state integrated schools, former private schools integrated into the public-school system.

 

My typical day

 

My typical day would consist of getting up early and spending about 8 hours at work, then back home to either study or relax and maybe take in a movie. I work Monday to Friday so that usually leaves my weekends free to explore if I do not have any pressing commitments. Which mainly consists of hiking, fishing and exploring during summer and skiing in winter.

 

What I enjoy the most about New Zealand

I really enjoy the cultural diversity of New Zealand and the amazing traditions that is associated with it. New Zealand is a safe place to live and has a great reputation overseas for people visiting and for kiwis travelling overseas.

I am always so amazed as to the geological differences, beauty and marvels that New Zealand has to offer considering its size in comparison to other parts of the world. Where I currently live, there is such a variation in the scenery and natural wonders such as the amazing limestone caves in Waitomo, the geothermal activity in Rotorua and Taupo and the amazing volcanoes in Tongariro National Park.

 

 

New Zealand has a temperate and sometimes temperamental climate, the winters are relatively mild in comparison to other countries which allows for a lot more sightseeing and outdoor activities.  The lack of dangerous animals also helps when exploring 😉

 

Thank you, David! 🙂

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *