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    samwalker is offline Junior Member
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    Default New to NZ

    Hi everyone, I just arrived at Nelson. I wanna know some sites where I could learn more about this country's culture and all.
    -How you should respond if you're in a store and a saleslady/salesman approaches you and asks how he/she may help you (if you are to buy something or just looking around and browsing products)
    -What's rude or offensive to them?
    -What irritates them?
    -What impression it would give them if you act in a certain way?
    -How you should behave and all...
    -How you should respond or act in certain situations...

    Thanks in advance. :)

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    Glad you made it to NZ Sam.

    Don't worry too much about how to deal with the kiwis. They are generally a friendly bunch of people who aren't continually looking for faults in your behaviour. The best thing you can do is wear a smile and be friendly back to them. The one thing they don't like is people who boast about themselves and what they've got. It's called the Tall Poppy Syndrome if someone tries to stand out above the kiwis. Just try to fit in with them and be yourself and you'll be fine.
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    samwalker is offline Junior Member
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    Hi MotherBear! :)
    How are you? :) Are you in NZ now?
    Thanks. I kinda figured that people here are pretty easy to deal with.
    I haven't seen anything unlikeable. :)
    Hehe so far, so good. :)
    My dad was given a book "Live and Breathe: A Guide fo Migrants About Living in New Zealand (Immigration New Zealand - Te Ratonga Manene) Welcome Haere Mai"
    Is this enough? I find it a bit formal so I searched for some rough guide to do's and don't's in NZ. :)
    What else could you suggest? :)

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    When we were coming to NZ we bought a book called Culture Shock. I think they do a whole range for different countries but obviously we got the New Zealand one.
    It is basically a book that tells you about culture and etiquette. We found it very interesting.

    We bought it in the UK but i'm syure you would be able to find it. It was witten by Peter Oettli and published by Marshell Cavendish editions.
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    When travelling last May we stayed in Nelson and were advised to stay on to visit the Saturday market.

    So glad we did > watching Kiwis interact in a large city as if they all lived in a small town

    People totally friendly and if you want to meet someone interesting speak to the guy selling his hand made jewellery ( was once the local MP! )



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