Peculiarities of the national culture of new Zealanders.
They go in the winter in shorts and t-shirts, long and treated with taste and celebrate not only your New year. Today let’s talk about the differences between culture and national identity.
They’re buying tablets as much as the doctor prescribed
Ill in New Zealand can be more than one month. Even you think that you broke your leg, you first have to make an appointment to the family doctor, which will examine and decide what to do next. If they consider that the leg is indeed broken and you should immediately treated, will give direction to the hospital. If you decide that you can wait about another month, I’ll put in the queue to see a specialist. But it may think to bother a specialist such trifling disease is not necessary, and he will write a prescription.
At the pharmacy you will count exactly as many pills as prescribed. If the recipe says you need to drink one tablet for seven days, give seven tablets. But if after some time the disease will resume, will have to go to the family doctor again.
They have one of the official languages is sign
People who communicate in sign language, there are in any country. But in New Zealand since 2006 this is the official language alongside English and Maori. And the fact that in 2011 the country’s Parliament was first elected a member of the green Party Mojo Mathers, only strengthened his position. Mathers was born deaf due to oxygen starvation during the difficult childbirth, but can read lips and knows sign language.
They go in the winter in shorts and t-shirts
Neither the North nor the South island do not differ a hot climate. From December to February, when the New Zealand summer temperature is about +25 °C. in Winter, that is from June to August, may be 0 °C. However, for many people, low temperatures and even snow are not a reason to change from shorts to pants and a shirt — at least for a sweater. They are so strong.
We talk about the Central heating does not have to. Why so much trouble if in a few months again warmer? Those new Zealanders who prefer to live without the extreme, escape in the cold season, heaters, kigurumi and warm blankets.
They ask each other about the weekend
If the British favorite is a conversation about the weather, for the new Zealanders in the order of things to be interested in each other the quality of the output. “Hi, did you have a good time last weekend?” — this question you can ask anywhere: in the store where you went for a packet of yogurt and a cafe during lunch break. Every Monday in New Zealand begins with the fact that people ask each other about the weekend. This question made ask even in business correspondence.
They drink water from the tap
New Zealand is not to be afraid to drink water straight from the tap. Here she is, clear as from a spring! And on the streets and in the parks are cranes, which can quench your thirst absolutely for free.
Despite the fact that the water in the country is good and its a lot of the locals prefer the bath shower. All because, if every day to splash in the tub of hot water, at the end of the month, this will result in a tidy sum for electricity. And it is expensive.
They have no compulsory military service
Geographical position so favorable that about security here think a little. By sea sail to New Zealand long: yet will come, all will to fight will disappear. And land will not come to the island. Why does a professional army, and the money is spent on other needs of the country.
They do not protect their territory and implicitly trust the mail
“My home is my castle” — it’s not about them. People in New Zealand so trust each other that we don’t see the need to protect private land with high fences and install metal doors. If the fence there is, it’s decorative, not above the knee. A higher fence can stand only between neighboring plots.
Next to the roadway side of each house has a mailbox. Lock on it, most likely, will not. Noticing from the window to look out some documents, don’t be surprised. By mail in New Zealand decided to send all. The crime rate in the country is close to zero.
For this reason, you can see the houses glass doors. However, mostly they go in the same yard, and not on the roadway. Bars on the Windows no. Although the Windows are even in the bathrooms. “Look” they are often the neighbors or the road. But it does not bother anyone.
They don’t stay at work late
Planning to spend Sunday evening in a cafe, check whether it works at this time. In New Zealand it is not customary to stay at work and certainly not made to work on weekends. Apply this rule even on food service establishments. What can we say about state institutions! After the time, everyone is rushing home to spend the evening with friends and family. This is especially true for residents of the South island.
They have a virtual politician
More recently, New Zealand residents can receive a response to your petition without leaving Facebook Messenger. There is receiving the first virtual politician — a woman named Sam, processing thousands of questions a day. However, while the bot speaks only English and has a limited range of interests. Some developers don’t update. But promise that over time, Sam will enrich your Outlook and will even adhere to certain political views.
They celebrate Chinese New year
New year in New Zealand meet, as elsewhere in the world, in the night from 31 December to 1 January. Only instead of fur coats and down jackets the citizens put on swimwear and go to the Central square of the city, as is customary in Russia, and to the beach. Yes, and the occasion is celebrated not very rapidly.
Long rest for the New year is also not accepted. Weekends are only two days — January 1 and 2. 3rd all go to work. Although the majority still prefer to extend their vacation and take a vacation from late December to mid-January.
But the Chinese New year, which falls in the middle or end of February, new Zealanders met in full. All because in New Zealand there are a lot of immigrants from Asian countries. During the celebration in the cities are arranged a light show, concerts, fireworks. The triumph is celebrated almost as rapidly as Christmas.
They always thank each other
At the end of the day the chief thanked the subordinates for their work. And those, in turn, thank him for the interesting and responsible assignments. Guests thank the hosts for the invitation and refreshments. And hosts guests for the gifts that came. In General, as the saying goes: “the Cuckoo rooster praises for what he praises the cuckoo.” But the mood is always good.
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