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SOC.CULTURE.NEW-ZEALAND  Frequently Asked Questions 

Copyright 1998 Lin Nah
Copyright 1994 - 1997 Phil Stuart-Jones

This FAQ can be found online at:

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I am NOT here to supply information on request or research obscure topics.
I merely compile the information from the newsgroup and add whatever I
think may be useful or relevant.  If you really can't look something up for
yourself, *ask in the newsgroup*!

Like many people in New Zealand (and some other parts of the world) I pay
for my e-mail by volume, both incoming and outgoing.  E-mailing a request
to someone you don't know without an invitation is often NOT appreciated.
I very seldom respond to such mail.

Contributions and comments are welcomed, but PLEASE POST THEM to s.c.n-z so
that others can comment on their accuracy/relevance.  If you quote for
context, please keep it to a minimum.


I correct and amend the FAQ as information and time come to hand and post
it around the tenth of each month.  The subject line on the FAQ and the
weekly reminder will be constant for the convenience of those who wish to
killfile them.

My thanks to the contributors (listed in section D1) without whom I couldn't 
(and wouldn't) have compiled this.  Please remember that most of this stuff 
is quoted so I may not be to blame for factual errors!  




1  History of
2  Phil Stuart-Jones



    A1.1  On The Net
    A1.2  Elsewhere
        A1.2.1  Overseas Offices of the NZ Tourism Board
        A1.2.2  Traditional sources (libraries, newspapers, etc.)
        A1.2.3  In The Wild...
    A2.1  NZ Consulates/Embassies Overseas
    A2.2  How Do I Get News From Home?
    A2.3  Expatriate Organisations



    B1.1  Where Is NZ?
        B1.1.1  General
        B1.1.2  Statistics
        B1.1.3  Dependencies
        B1.1.4  Time Zones
    B1.2  The Landscape
        B1.2.1  General
        B1.2.2  Miscellaneous Figures
        B1.2.3  Flora and Fauna
        B1.2.4  Climate
    B2.1  A Short History
    B2.2  Maoritanga
        B2.2.1  The Moriori Question
        B2.2.2  Guide to Maori pronunciation
        B2.2.3  The Haka
    B2.3  Demography
        B2.3.1  General
        B2.3.2  Major Cities
        B2.3.3  Age Distribution
        B2.3.4  Ethnicity
        B2.3.5  Official Languages
        B2.3.6  Religions
          B2.3.6.1  Russian or Greek orthodox church in NZ
          B2.3.6.2  URLs related to religion in NZ
    B3.1  The Political Scene
        B3.1.1  Why 'New Zealand'
        B3.1.2  Constitution
        B3.1.3  Form of Government
        B3.1.4  The Justice System
        B3.1.5  Organisation Membership
    B3.2  Economy
        B3.2.1  Defence Against Silly Questions
        B3.2.2  Current Status
        B3.2.3  Currency
        B3.2.4  Stockmarket
        B3.2.5  Interest Rates
        B3.2.6  Taxes
        B3.2.7  Miscellaneous Prices
    B3.3  Life In General
        B3.3.1  Business Hours
        B3.3.2  Tipping
        B3.3.3  Cost of Living
            B3.3.3.1  Rent
            B3.3.3.2  Wages
            B3.3.3.3  Transport
            B3.3.3.4  Food
            B3.3.3.5  Consumer goods
        B3.3.4  Crime
        B3.3.5  Finding a job
        B3.3.6  Schools and Education
            B3.3.6.1  Online resources for Education 
        B3.3.7  Universities
            B3.3.7.1  Teaching focus
            B3.3.7.2  Addresses
            B3.3.7.3  The University Hierarchy
            B3.3.7.4  Postgrad Study
        B3.3.8  Health
            B3.3.8.1  Water Supply
        B3.3.9  Communications
        B3.3.10  Misc
    B3.4  Holidays
        B3.4.1  National
        B3.4.2  Regional
        B3.4.3  Web Resources on Holidays
    B3.5  Technical Stuff
        B3.5.1  Electricity
        B3.5.2  TV info
        B3.5.3  Video Conversion
        B3.5.4  Bringing Computers In
        B3.5.5  Telephone
        B3.5.6  Radio
        B3.5.7  Internet

    B4.1  Immigration
        B4.1.1  Online Resources to Immigration
        B4.1.2  Visitor's Permit
        B4.1.3  Permanent Residence
            B4.1.3.1  Resident Permit
            B4.1.3.2  Points System
    B4.2  Agricultural Restrictions
        B4.2.1  Animal Quarantine
    B4.3  Customs
        B4.3.1  Duty Free allowance
        B4.3.2  Allowances for people relocating to NZ
    B4.4  Moving to New Zealand
        B4.4.1  Shipping stuff to NZ
        B4.4.2  Importing a Car
    B4.5  Information for Visitors
        B4.5.1  Departure Tax
        B4.5.2  Health
        B4.5.3  Overseas Embassies In NZ
    B5.1  Info Sources
        B5.1.1  Tourism Board
        B5.1.2  Maps
    B5.2  Accommodation
        B5.2.1  Hotels
        B5.2.2  Motels and Motor Lodges
        B5.2.3  Backpackers
            B5.2.3.1  Youth Hostel Association
            B5.2.3.2  Backpackers Accommodation
        B5.2.4  Miscellaneous
        B5.2.5  Published Accommodation Guides 
        B5.2.6  Online Accommodation Guides 
    B5.3  Transport
        B5.3.1  Cycling/Sea kayaking
        B5.3.2  Hitchhiking
        B5.3.3  Renting a car/campervan
        B5.3.4  Train Services
        B5.3.5  Cook Strait Ferry
        B5.3.6  Coach Travel
        B5.3.7  Driving
        B5.3.8  Commercial Tours
        B5.3.9  Flying
    B5.4  Misc Info
        B5.4.1  Film Developing



    C1.1  'Real Kiwi' Test
    C3.1  Places
        C3.1.1  Parks and Tracks
        C3.1.2  Beaches, etc.
        C3.1.3  Distinctive Features
        C3.1.4  Archaeology/Historical/Heritage Sites
        C3.1.5  Places To Go To
        C3.1.6  Places To Avoid
        C3.1.7  Temporary Attractions
    C3.2  Activities
        C3.2.1  Tramping
        C3.2.2  Skiing
        C3.2.3  Climbing/mountaineering
        C3.2.4  Watersports
        C3.2.5  Whale/Dolphin Watching
        C3.2.6  Pubs To Go To/Nightlife
        C3.2.7  Anything Else????
    C4.1  Sport
        C4.1.1  Why do New Zealander Sportspeople Wear Black?
    C4.2  Food
        C4.2.1  What is Vegemite/Marmite?
        C4.2.2  Pavlova recipe
        C4.2.3  The Edmonds Cook Book
        C4.2.4  Laying A Hangi
    C4.3  National Anthems
    C4.4  The Gumboot Song
    C4.5  Some Works by NZ Authors
    C4.6  Other Bits
    C5.1  Cinema
        C5.1.1  Films
        C5.1.2  People
    C5.2  Music
        C5.2.1  Pop/rock bands
        C5.2.2  Blues
        C5.2.3  Country
        C5.2.4  Classical
    C5.3  Literature
    C5.4  Fine Art
    C5.5  Humour
    C5.6  Other...



D1  The Contributors
D2  History of
    D2.1  s.c.n-z -- The Early Days
    D2.2  CFV List of Voters



1  History of

The following gives some of the history of the creation of s.c.n-z.  The
rest of the details, including the list of voters, has been removed but
should be at an archive site somewhere before long...


Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,soc.culture.australian,
Followup-To: news.groups
Keywords: New Zealand, Kiwi
From: (Graeme Williams)
Subject: CFD:
Date: 25 Feb 91 04:41:44 GMT

[ I have the rest of the header if it'd be useful to anyone ]

Z*******Z******* CFD:   A New Zealand culture group   *******Z*******Z

This is a call for a discussion regarding the creation of a new
newsgroup devoted to "New Zealand culture". Here is what I propose:

NAME:  This will need to be decided on, several suggestions are:


MODERATION STATUS:  The group would be unmoderated.


 The group will provide a forum for discussion of topics
 related to New Zealand. In particular such things as:

  News, politics, Maori and Pacific Island culture, music, sport,
  events, films, telly, jobs, farming, the enviroment, economics,
  tourism, places to see, trade, education, bungy jumping, pavlovas,
  the Goodnight Kiwi and Wal and the dog in Footrot Flats.

 In short anything and everything Kiwi, or related to NZ.

 Contributions and queries from people other than New Zealanders
 will also be most welcome.


 I have had rather a lot of positive feedback via email regarding
 the creation of this group, some very enthusiastic. What I would
 like to see now is some discussion on the net amongst the various
 people interested. In particular we will need to decide on a name
 for the group.

 I have set the Followup-to: field to news.groups so all discussion
 regarding this proposal should take place there.

 So, if you're interested and don't subscribe to news.groups, SUBSCRIBE
 to it NOW! I want to hear publicly from all you Kiwis (and others
 interested) scattered few and far between all over the globe. Shake
 off the traditional Kiwi apathy cos "she'll be right" won't work
 here on the net. Get those fingers typing and tell us what you think.


Graeme Williams - a Kiwi in Canada


Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,nz.general,
From: Graeme Williams <>
Subject: CFV:
Followup-To: poster
Date: 12 Mar 91 05:33:09 GMT

*************** CALL FOR VOTES: ***************

  This is the first call for votes for creation of the newsgroup

  Please read all of this article carefully before you send your vote.
  The proposed group is as follows:




  The group will provide a forum for discussion of topics
  related to New Zealand. In particular such things as:

    News, politics, Maori and Pacific Island culture, music, sport,
    events, films, telly, jobs, farming, the enviroment, economics,
    tourism, places to see, trade, education, bungy jumping, pavlovas,
    the Goodnight Kiwi and Wal and the Dog in Footrot Flats.

  In short anything and everything Kiwi.

  Contributions and queries from people other than New Zealanders
  will also be most welcome.


  Send mail to me at:

  Preferably your message should include one of the following lines:

      I vote:  YES
      I vote:   NO

  I will accept other wording providing your vote is clear and
  unambiguous and is for the group as proposed. Votes for or against
  the group, but with a different name (Note: The name is hyphenated),
  will not be counted.

  The voting period will begin when this article appears and end at
  12pm EST on Wednesday 10th April. In order for your vote to count
  I must receive it during this period.


  The guidelines for successful creation of a new newsgroup require
  that the votetaker receive 100 more YES votes than NO votes, and that
  the YES votes be at least 2/3 of all valid votes cast.

  I will endeavour to post a mass acknowledgement of votes at least
  once during the voting period.


Graeme Williams


Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,nz.general,
From: Graeme Williams <>
Subject: RESULT: passes 217: 27
Followup-To: news.groups
Date: 16 Apr 91 06:24:59 GMT

The voting period for closed at the end of
Wed. 10th April.

244 valid votes were cast, 217 in favour and 27 against.

Votes in favour exceed those against by over 100 and also comprise more
than 2/3 of votes cast, so passes.

Thanks to all the people who voted. Votes in favour of this group
originated from all over. In particular though considerable support
came from Australia (from both genuine Aussies and ex-pat Kiwis), England
and Finland.

Valid votes were received from the following:
[ moved to Section D2 ]

That's it.  Any comments or contributions to this introduction would be


2  Phil  Stuart-Jones

Phil Stuart-Jones volunteered to start the FAQ
in 1994.  Phil has been a regular participant of the newsgroup and
did a splendid job in starting and maintaining the FAQ.

It was a shock and great loss to all when he died suddenly on 13 
August 1997.

From: (Geoff McCaughan)
Subject: Phil Stuart-Jones dies suddenly, was Re: The FA
Q (part 1 of 6)
Date: 14 Aug 1997 23:22:07 GMT

I'm sure all the s.c.n-z readers will be as shocked as I was to hear that
Phil Stuart-Jones died on Wednesday night. The death notice in The Press
today states that he died "as a result of a tragic accident at home".

The funeral will be private, but Friends are invited to a gathering to
celebrate Phil's life att the Friends Meeting House, 72 Cresswell Avenue, on
Saturday August 23, 2:15 pm.

From: (Lyndon Watson)
Subject: Phil
Date: 25 Aug 97 13:08:41 +1200

Phil Stuart-Jones was remembered at a meeting at the Friends' Meeting
House in Christchurch last Saturday.  A number of people spoke about
Phil and revealed aspects of his character that were only hinted at in
the kind of limited interaction that we have here, but I can appreciate
even better than I did before how lucky we were to have a person such as
Phil create our FAQ file for us.  He had impressed and was loved by an
extraordinary range of people, and I can only regret not having the time
to get to know him better than our postings and email and occasional
meetings and telephone conversations allowed.

It has occurred to me that some people who never knew Phil might
appreciate a picture of him.  Of course, people such as Pete and Geoff
and Noeline knew him much longer and better than I did, but even first
impressions can be interesting.

Like most here, I "met" Phil first as a name behind postings in the
newsgroup.  I don't know about you, but I tend to form pictures of
people based on nothing more than their names - I'm almost always wildly
wrong, of course, but it's an entertainment....  To me the name Phil
Stuart-Jones, together with the enormous amount of computer time that
Phil was obviously spending early on with the FAQ, suggested a small,
indoorsy sort of person, perhaps the paradigm computer nerd, definitely
with glasses, perhaps not exactly a wide circle of friends.  Then I met
him on the occasion of Lin's first South Island holiday....  Imagine a
sort of human spider, over six feet tall, all arms and legs, blond hair
down to his shoulders, beard, bare feet, immensely friendly and
welcoming to everyone and interested in absolutely eveything.  We stayed
talking very late on that first occasion; the scnz Pignic earlier this
year ended up  at Phil's place and went on to the wee small hours.

We've all heard of Phil's interest in rock-climbing, and you could tell
just be looking at him that he could probably climb a slick rock face
using nothing but his eyebrows and toenails for grip.  From the many
stories told at the meeting on Saturday it was obvious that he was a
true natural and a very good climber.  What had never been mentioned
here was that he was a professional landscape designer with
qualifications from Canterbury and Lincoln Universities.  Knowing Phil's
love of the southern mountains, I can just dream about what sort of
garden he might have designed for me, had I ever been in a position to
engage his services.

So many might-have-beens.  So long, Phil, we're missing you.

From: David Farrar <>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 14:32:35 +1200

Shit, shocked is definitely one of my reactions.  And very sad.  Despite
not having met Phil in real life I felt I knew him well through the
group and his passing saddens me deeply.  Life can be so fragile.

Finding out's someones death through Usenet is a new experience for me
and not altoegther pleasant, but considering that is how I (and many
others) knew Phil, it is perhaps appropriate.

Farewell Phil, and thanks for everything.  You will be missed.

David Farrar

From: Tony Williams <>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 10:02:38 +0100 (BST)

 This is one of those times when you feel compelled to say
 something, but with really nothing to say.  As a long-distance
 lurker on s.c.n-z, Phil's FAQ was probably one of the earliest
 things I read on this group. He's one of those unsung heroes
 on the 'net, using his spare time in various little support
 activities that the rest of us take for granted. I had a real
 sense of shock and sympathy on opening up and reading this post.

 I also have to remark here that, although we don't actually
 know people on the net in the normal social sense, their death
 and sudden disappearance seems to affect you just as much. I
 recently experienced it when an Email pal, Alex Knox of ChiChi,
 died suddenly.

 Could I suggest that a nice thing to do would be to let the FAQ run
 as it is for the time being, perhaps with a tribute added at the front.

[Tony Williams, Ledbury, Herefordshire, UK.---Pagewidth=64-----]

From: (Jolisa Gracewood)
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 11:35:47 -0400

Tony Williams suggested:
>  Could I suggest that a nice thing to do would be to let the FAQ run
>  as it is for the time being, perhaps with a tribute added at the front.

Absolutely, let's do that.  Like many of us here I'm virtually mourning
someone I never met in person, but it certainly feels like the real
thing.   Perhaps dubbing the FAQ "Phil's FAQ" (or more formally, The 
Phil Stuart-Jones Memorial FAQ) would be a good way to pay tribute to 
his presence and work in this group?  

a long way from Chch, and feeling very sad for Phil's partner and family.

From: (Bruce Hamilton)
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 12:38:59 +12


Today is a gloriously fine, bracing, winter day - and then
this post appeared. I never thanked him for all the hard
work he expended in producing and maintaining the 
group's FAQ, which is a treasure.

In the vain hope that he finds an ISP up there ( he might 
have difficulty - in a just world, most are due to head in
the opposite direction ). 

" Thanks Phil for all your work, and your willingness to accept 
  the onerous task, which you completed superbly and without
  complaint, and which is a wonderful legacy. Rest quietly." 

             Bruce Hamilton

From: (Noeline McCaughan)
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 97 15:23:29 +1200

I have just had news of the sudden death of Phil. Stuart-Jones last 
wednesday who as you all know was the compiler of the s.c.FAQ.

Phil and I had known each other for quite a few years and I know his 
passing will be missed by a great many people in all walks of life. His 
climbing exploits on vertical faces along the length of the Southern Alps 
was renouned, not for nothing was he referred to as "Old velcro toes".

Those who only knew him through his postings here will also miss him, 
his selfless work in compiling and up-dating the FAQ has been 
appreciated by many.

Phil's funeral will be held on Saturday 23rd August. I will enquire as 
to the time and about where to forward messages and post it here.

Noeline McCaughan.

From: (arachne)
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 16:11:37 GMT

Knowing how much Phil hated receiving extraneous email at home, I
don't want to send my condolences to his family that way.  I hope that
if someone from ChCh is going to the funeral, they could perhaps print
out some of these messages and hand them on.

Phil was certainly an important member of this online community and
his hard work has been most appreciate - especially the good humour
with which he took comments and suggestions about the faq and the way
he seldom complained about the amount of work it was to maintain.

Thanks Phil.


From: (James Lawry)
Date: 15 Aug 1997 20:42:54 GMT

arachne <> wrote:
>Phil was certainly an important member of this online community and
>his hard work has been most appreciate - especially the good humour
>with which he took comments and suggestions about the faq and the way
>he seldom complained about the amount of work it was to maintain.
>Thanks Phil.

Hear hear. My deepest sympathies to his family, and his friends

James Lawry.

From: Lyndon Watson <> (Lyndon Watson)
Date: 18 Aug 97 09:31:35 +1200 (arachne) writes:
> Knowing how much Phil hated receiving extraneous email at home, I
> don't want to send my condolences to his family that way.  I hope that
> if someone from ChCh is going to the funeral, they could perhaps print
> out some of these messages and hand them on.

I intend to go to the Friends meeting this Saturday, and I would be glad
to do that if anyone wishes.  Given news propagation delays and the
generally flaky state of the news system here at the moment, it would be
safest to email me.

> Phil was certainly an important member of this online community and
> his hard work has been most appreciate - especially the good humour
> with which he took comments and suggestions about the faq and the way
> he seldom complained about the amount of work it was to maintain.

To which should be added our appreciation of his (and Val's) generosity
in making their house available to the rest of scnz whenever we wanted
somewhere to meet.  Among the other things that stand to Phil's credit
is the saving of the 1997 Pigout.

> Thanks Phil.

Lyndon Watson                    

From: ( Charles N. Eggen)
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 18:39:47 GMT

I would second the suggestion of "The Phil Stuart-Jones Memorial FAQ".

I have been stunned regarding our loss, Since I had only been in
contact with him via e-mail, I could not consider him a close friend,
but I certainly will miss his input and energy. My condolences to all
of you who are experiencing a significant hole in your lives now.

Charles Norman Eggen

"How often are we to die before we go quite off this stage?
In every friend we lose a part of ourselves,
and the best part."

Alexander Pope, 5 Dec. 1732

From: (Nicola Rowe )
Date: 20 Aug 1997 21:44:42 GMT

I agree - a memorial is a good idea. 
I have pointed many Germans curious about NZ to the FAQ,
and appreciate the enormous effort that must have gone into maintaining
it. My sincere condolences to Phil's family and friends.





Subject: A1.1 On The Net You may also find other URLs in the relevant sections. Looking for people: Online phone directory NZ Internet Users directory ----- For general information, follow this newsgroup! You might also want to investigate the nz.* groups (if they are available to you) particularly nz.general. Readers with web browsers might like to do a search on the 'keyword' "New Zealand". There seem to be quite a few travel resources there. Corrections for any of these addresses would be appreciated. The faq is available from numerous sites, including: ftp site: dir: /pub/ibmpc/misc including the internet access faq and immigration eligibility software. Searching for organisations, companies, governmental agencies etc * NZ Yellow Pages * The NZ Internet Registry (information on Domains within the *.nz TLD) * NZ Government Online (with search facility) * Consulates/Embassies Overseas * The Companies Office * Education Links * Employment Resources New Zealand Search engines A list of major NZ search engines and indexes by Paul Bourke Other NZ search engines not included in the list are: List of New Zealand Internet connected sites by Mark Davis of Victoria University of Wellington Other info about NZ is available via WWW from: Michael Witbrock's NZ pages at Sam Sampson says: "Stewart Island Pages on the akiko tour of nz. Site is: Island/ Philip Greenspun's file (illustrated with 25 JPEG photos): then click on "email from New Zealand" and all the old stuff is there. Jennifer Mary George's pages: Obscurities/infrequently asked questions; and home page Pat Cain's ftp site/web page: including the Internet Access in NZ FAQ, Tony Sutorius' NZ Internet Typical User Profiles FAQ and BBS Listings for Auckland, Waikato, Manawatu, Wellington and Christchurch. David Lobb's site Jon Clarke's site Derek Tearne's site NZ Legislation Health Links Government web pages NZ Government Online NZ Companies Office NZ Statistics NZ Passport Office Dept of Internal Affairs Information and Services Local Government Web pages Auckland City Council Canterbury City Council Dunedin City Council North Shore City Council Palmerston North City Council Waitakere City Council Wellington City Council Museums Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Museums of New Zealand (an article with links) NZ Fighter Pilots Museum Library sites throughout NZ. National Library of New Zealand Email: New Zealand Library Catalogues: New Zealand Library and Information Association: which gives details of the organisation, and links to related sites. Canterbury Public Library Wellington City Libraries University Libraries: University of Auckland University of Waikato Massey University Victoria University of Wellington University of Canterbury University of Otago Lincoln University and their alphabetical list of NZ WWW Home Pages at: Library servers on the web: Arts NZ Arts on the Web NZ Art Resources NZ Symphony Orchestra NZ Music Centre Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival For URLs on NZ music and Film, look at Sections "C5.2 Music" and "C5.1.1 Films" Radio Broadcasts from NZ Note: You'll need the Real Player plug-in in most cases. Go to to find out more about it. Audionet List of links to various broadcasts including sports and radio. Click on the "Audio" or "Live" button. The radio stations are mostly Wellington radio stations. eg. MoreFM, Newtalk1ZB, 91ZM FM. BFM (Student radio - Auckland) BFM Home page (for programme) BFM Live Radio New Zealand Radio Active Sport Americas Cup 2000 Cricket Links to NZ Sports NZ Sports Foundation Rugby (NZRFU) Sports Beat Sports Web Skiing in NZ Cadrona HMH Heli-skiing Mt Cook Line Treble Cone Whakapapa ski fields Transport NZ by Rail Intercity Coach Interislander Ferry Automobile Association Mt Cook Line Travel and Tourism related web pages: NZ on the Web Destination NZ NZ Tourism Bureau NZ Travel Channel Lonely Planet Auckland Airport Waiheke Island Rotorua Hawke's Bay Online Waitomo Tourism Taranaki Destination Taupo Wellington Interactive Tours Wellington WWW Nelson Guide Wanaka Antarctica - Tourism Millenium Govt Millenium page Gisborne Events2000 Other sites: NZ Stamp Centre (by NZ Post) Footrot Flats newsgroup news:alt.comics.strips.footrot-flats Radio NewZealand International Royal Society of NZ (NZ Science) Institute of Professional Engineers NZ Architectural Links Pukeiti Kiwi Wildlife tours NZ Thoroughbread Network Gateway to Antarctica US Naval Antarctic Support unit Information on the Rainbow Warrior The Memorial The Bombing of the Warrior Greenpeace A list of newspaper sites is at the end of section 1.2.2. The Wizard of New Zealand (also known as the Wizard of Christchurch) is pleased to announce his home page
Subject: A1.2 Elsewhere A1.2.1 Overseas Offices Of The New Zealand Tourism Board AUSTRALIA SYDNEY: Prudential Finance House, 84 Pitt Street, Ph (+61 2) 231 1322 GP Box 614,2100 Sydney (+61 2) 221 7333 NSW 2000 BRISBANE: Ground Floor, 288 Edwards St Ph (+61 7) 221 3176 GPO 2634, Brisbane, Queensland 4001 Fax (+61 7) 221 7289 MELBOURNE: Level 19 Comco Office Tower Ph (+61 3) 823 6283 644 Chapel Street, South Yarra Melbourne, Victoria BRITAIN LONDON: New Zealand House, Ph (071) 973 0363 Haymarket, SW1Y4TQ EUROPE FRANKFURT: 6000 Frankfurt am Main 1, Ph (069) 288 189 Kaiserhofstrasse, Fax (069) 281 482 JAPAN TOKYO: Toho Twin tower Building, Ph (03) 508-9981 2nd Floor, 1-5-2 Yurakucho C Hiyoda-ku 100 PAN-ASIA SINGAPORE: 13 Nassam Rd, Ph 2359966 Singapore 1025 HONG KONG: 3414 Jardine House, Ph (05) 255 044 1 Connaught Place, Central UNITED STATES LOS ANGELES: 501 Santa Monica Blvd 300, Ph 1 800 3885494 Santa Monica CA 90401 Fax (310) 395 5453 NEW YORK: Suite 1206, 432 Park Avenue South, Ph (001212) 447 0550 New York, NY 10016 Fax (001212) 447 0558 CANADA VANCOUVER: 1200 - 888 Dunsmuir Street, Ph (604) 684-2117 Vancouver, B.C., V6C 3K4 Fax (604) 684-1265 Air New Zealand also has offices at 1250 - 888 Dunsmuir Street ph (604) 640-4600 -------------------- A1.2.2 Traditional Sources (libraries, newspapers, etc.) Check libraries, travel agents, embassies, consulates. Year books, almanacs, census data(?) etc. are all usually available. The following book has been suggested as a useful source of information: New Zealand - a Lonely Planet travel survival kit by Peter Turner, Jeff Williams, Nancy Keller and Tony Wheeler The following CD is available: New Zealand Encyclopedia (TVNZ): An encyclopedia of NZ that covers lots of different areas. Over 1200 illustrations, 20 maps, over 20 minutes of videos (1994 version). Available from: The Electric Book Co. PO Box 34-422 Ph/fax: (+64 9) 415 9343 Auckland 10 If all else fails, try the: Auckland Information Bureau/Auckland Information Centre 24 Wellesley St or Queen Elizabeth II Square PO Box 7048 Phone (+64 9) 366 6888 Auckland 1 Fax (+64 9) 366 6893 Wellington Info Centre Phone (+64 4) 801 4000 Fax (+64 4) 801 3030 Wellington is included because if you know how to send a fax via e-mail, use Wellington's fax number. They probably can't email you back. Christchurch Info Centre Phone (+64 3) 379 9629 Fax (+64 3) 377 2424 Lincoln University library keeps (or kept?) a list of all the NZ magazines/newspapers at: ----- Newspaper Contact Information New Zealand Major Daily Newspapers: (>25,000 Circulation) Newspaper Postal Box City Circulation Phone Mngmnt Fax Editorial Fax New Zealand Herald (M) PO Box 32 Auckland 238,000 09-379-5050 09-303-0265 09-366-1568 Otago Daily Times (M) PO Box 181 Dunedin 48,000 03-477-4760 03-477-5120 03-477-1313 The Daily News PO Box 444 New Plymouth 29,000 06-758-0559 06-758-4653 06-758-6849 The Dominion (M) PO Box 3740 Wellington 67,000 04-474-0222 09-474-0584 04-474-0350 The Evening Post (M) PO Box 3740 Wellington 69,000 04-474-0222 04-474-0584 04-474-0237 The Press (M) Private Bag Christchurch 100,000 03-379-0940 03-364-8496 04-364-8492 The Southland Times PO Box 805 Invercargill 33,000 03-218-1909 03-218-4349 03-214-9905 Waikato Times Private Bag 3086 Hamilton 41,000 07-849-6180 07-849-9554 07-849-9603 New Zealand Other Daily Newspapers: (<25,000 Circulation) Newspaper Postal Box City Circulation Phone Mngmnt Fax Editorial Fax Ashburton Guardian PO Box 77 Ashburton 6,300 03-308-3089 03-308-9855 Bay of Plenty Times Private Bag Tauranga 21,000 07-578-3059 07-578-0047 Daily Post PO Box 1442 Rotorua 13,000 07-348-6199 07-349-0959 07-346-0153 Evening News PO Box 92 Dannevirke 2,700 06-374-7081 06-374-9353 Evening Standard PO Box 3 Palmerston North 24,000 06-356-9009 06-350-9525 06-357-6316 Evening Star PO Box 3 Greymouth 5,600 03-768-7121 03-768-6205 Hawkes Bay Herald Tribune PO Box 180 Hastings 20,000 06-878-5155 06-876-0655 06-878-5668 Northland Times PO Box 96 Dargaville 2,900 09-439-8209 09-439-6505 Te Awamutu Courier PO Box 1 Te Awamutu ? 07-871-5151 07-871-3675 The Daily Telegraph PO Box 343 Napier 16,000 06-835-4488 06-835-6786 06-835-1129 The Ensign PO Box 182 Gore ? 03-208-9280 03-208-9594 The Gisborne Herald PO Box 1143 Gisborne 9,700 06-868-6655 06-867-8048 The Levin Chronicle PO Box 547 Levin 6,400 06-368-5109 06-368-2366 The Nelson Mail PO Box 244 Nelson 19,000 03-548-7079 03-546-2849 03-546-2802 The Northern Advocate PO Box 210 Whangarei 15,000 09-438-2399 09-430-5669 09-430-5665 The Oamaru Mail PO Box 343 Oamaru ? 03-434-9970 03-434-9723 The Timaru Herald PO Box 46 Timaru 15,000 03-684-4129 03-688-1042 Wairarapa Times-Age PO Box 445 Masterton 9,100 06-378-9999 06-378-2839 06-378-2371 Wairoa Star PO Box 41 Wairoa ? 06-838-7194 06-838-6973 Wanganui Chronicle PO Box 433 Wanganui 15,000 06-345-3919 06-345-3232 Westport News PO Box 249 Westport 2,200 03-789-7319 03-789-7203 New Zealand Non-daily Newspapers: Newspaper Postal Box City Circulation Phone Mngmnt Fax Editorial Fax Clutha Leader (N) PO Box 45 Balclutha 2,500 03-418-1115 03-418-1173 Marlborough Express (N) PO Box 242 Blenheim 10,000 03-578-6059 03-577-6006 03-578-0497 National Business Review* (W) PO Box 1734 Auckland 13,000 09-307-1629 09-373-3997 Northern News (W) PO Box 1 Kaikohe ? 09-401-0123 09-401-2129 Sunday News* (W) PO Box 1409 Auckland 119,000 09-302-1300 09-366-4670 09-358-3003 Sunday Star-Times* (W) PO Box 1409 Auckland 195,000 09-302-1300 09-366-4670 09-309-0258 The Independent* (W) 17 Victoria St West Auckland 10,000 09-303-3534 09-303-2999 The New Truth* (W) PO Box 1409 Auckland 35,000 09-302-1300 09-366-4670 09-309-2279 Whakatane Beacon (N) PO Box 243 Whakatane 8,600 07-308-8129 07-307-0719 Type Note: Provincial Daily unless: (M) Metropolitian Daily (N) Non-Daily (ie. 2-5 times/week) (W) Weekly Distrubution Note: * = Nationwide Circulation The above information was kindly supplied by the NZPA & INL via Tony Randle For further information, please contact the NZPA. Phone: (+64 4) 472-7910 Fax: (+64 4) 478-1625 Postal Address PO Box 1599, Wellington ----- Please refer to section A2.2 How Do I Get News From Home? for URLs of NZ News sources. -------------------- A1.2.3 In The Wild... The following comments result from the thread 'Obviously Antipodean' which Dave Frame started by posing the question, "So does anyone have any idea why we antipodeans are so readily identifiable when we travel?". From: (Andrew McNaughton) Track suit bottoms, jandals, rugby jersey (bit too fashionable now), vegemite stains around the mouth, obviously travelling on the cheap, working in a pub in London or as a nanny in some pile in the countryside, a willingness to pass the time of day with a total stranger. This last one happened to me in the London Underground, said gidday to some bloke as we waited in this draughty hole of a station and he looked at me as if I was a madman and backed away. Thing that got me was he was grottier looking than I was so by rights I should have been the one backing away. Even slobs have pride. ----- From: (Morris, Peter) Because Australians wear a ball 'n' chain round their leg? Because you have suntans at the wrong time of year? Because you have skin cancer at any time of year? Because your name is Bruce/Sheila? Because you open your mouth? Because you eat vegemite or weak marmite? Because you drink Tetleys/Stones Because you're taller than the average Brit? Because you exercise more than the average Brit? Because you whinge more than the average Brit? Because you stare, with your mouths wide open in awe at the wonderful land that Britain truly is.:-) ----- From: "(Ghost ) Joost Stenfert Kroese" <> Your wildernis pack, your hiking boots. The Ozone depleted sunburn, the stubble, checkered shirt, the dusty khaki pants... do you want me to continue? OK the sheepish grin. For god's sake people in europe don't smile at each other in the tube. it's dangerous. ----- From: (Ted Howard) Two things I've noticed that stand out in a crowd. We tend to look people in the eyes. We tend to be interested in our surroundings - with an almost childish facination (compared to most other cultures). ----- From: (James Lawry) Speight's T-shirts, Dave. ----- From: (Dave Matoe) We tend to be loud We have outrageous opinions on places that we recently arrive in (Because a mate was there 4 years back and told us..bla bla bla..) We are fiercely patriotic and wear rugby jerseys everywhere We wear shorts to work in Summer We wear Adidas trackies down Oxford Street We call a spade a 'bloody spade' which means we have street cred We kick ass in Rugby and rub it in like heck We end many of our words with an 'o', 'aye' or 'mate' for instance 'Hey mate, what the bloody hell do yuh think your doing with Davo's pint aye?' We exploit our Maori culture in the Rugby, but ignore it at other times. (ooops, controversial point..forget I said that one :-) We rave on about sweets no ones ever heard of like 'Barley Sugar, Pineapple Lumps and Milkshake lollies' We winge about everybody else winging We watch Xena and Hercules cos they are filmed in NZ We cringe when ever Rachel Hunter comes on the tele We remark on how Phillip Schofield started off in shazam before he hit it big time with 'Joseph' We p*ss in the back garden when we have a BBQ - Warning, English do not find this an endearing quaint down-under custom. We don't object to women buying a round We think a swanny is great to wear at all times of the year, despite the 'NZ Railways' markings on the back of it. All of us have a relative called 'Wayne' or 'Trevor' somewhere down the line. ----- From: (s & j thurston) Gazing around, staring and grinning at everyone and everything. Every other guy called Bruce or Graham. NZ women talking to non NZ men about football and sports and they (the dorks) think that they *must* be coming on to them. Yeah sure pencil neck you're just my type. NOT. NZ women liking guys who don't have a thing for Mummy. NZ women ready to arm wrestle to see who pays for the beer. ----- From: (Dave Matoe) Some more....... We would be proud to be considered 'All Black' We are the only country to spell awesome with an 'o' (remember David Tua the boxer?) We use awesome in replacement of 'Great, excellent, fantastic, remarkable interesting, wonderful, stimulating and choice' We wear Jandals and not thongs or flip flops Kiwi ladies understand the off-side rule (now explain it to me...:-) We call personality-challenged individuals 'dicks heads' We take 50 photo's of ourselves in front of Big Ben to send to all the relo's back home. We send our mums a wedgewood tea cup and saucer and forget about the rest of the tea set. We never watch neighbours We only travel with MacPacs We know who Phillip Sherry and Dougal Stevenson are (Well some of us do I s'pose..:-) We use unique words like Drongo, Skite, Hokey Pokey, L&P, tutai, hangi and DB We know what ship Captain Cook sailed in We call Australians - wallabies, English - POMS and Dennis Connor a 'bit of a bugger...' when we're with our folks, but 'bloody ozzies, winging poms and a personality-challenged individual' when we're with our mates :-) We only eat sure to rise pikelets and no other kind We miss luxury flakes when we're away yet never eat them when we're at home and finally We don't like people being a smart ass - so I'm off. :-) ----- From: (Graham Pendreigh) : We use awesome in replacement of 'Great, excellent, fantastic, remarkable : interesting, wonderful, stimulating and choice' Received text remains, however, "not bad", as in Salisbury Cathedral... ----- From: David Frame <> > Speight's T-shirts, Dave. Yeah... ok... I can see how that might be a wee bit of a giveaway... but even when I was out of uniform - wearing non-standard blokewear - people still figured me for a kiwi. And that was *before* I opened my mouth and demonstrated a particular affinity for certain consonants. ----- From: (Alan Macdougall) The old Macpac - where I live (Queens Park tube) every fifth person on the train either has a Macpac or reads the TNT on a Monday morning. Also, I keep meeting on the Central line people from NZ that I haven't seen in years - I'm sure that loud reunions on the tube through Shepherds Bush is a bit of a giveaway too... ----- From: (Aidan Philip Heerdegen) >We wear shorts to work in Summer And winter - most important. >We end many of our words with an 'o', 'aye' or 'mate' Australianism .. mate. No shit. I came here and found EVERYONE is 'mate'. Quite off putting. You also have a 'servo' (Service Station), bottleo (Bottle Store), fisho (Fish Shop) etc etc. Much more Australian than NZ(ish) IMO. >for instance 'Hey mate, what the bloody hell do yuh think your doing with >Davo's pint aye?' I think I am more likely to say "Hey pal/fella, what the f*ck do you think you're doin' with my mate Dave's pint!?" I think NZers reserve Mate for mates, rather than just any Joe Bloggs. >We use awesome in replacement of 'Great, excellent, fantastic, remarkable >interesting, wonderful, stimulating and choice' I thought choice was pretty popular. >We take 50 photo's of ourselves in front of Big Ben to send to all the >relo's back home. Rellies where I come from. You been hanging out with the Aussies in Earl's Court too long. >We call Australians - wallabies, English - POMS and Dennis Connor a 'bit >of a bugger...' when we're with our folks, but 'bloody ozzies, winging >poms and a personality-challenged individual' when we're with our mates :-) I think the 'pom' and 'whinging pom' thing is extremely Ocker. They also call them 'pommie baarstids' here. I always called them English when I was in NZ. ----- From: (Stephen Judd) Definitely. "-ies" is THE Kiwi diminutive. Rellies, vegies, pollies, etc. ----- From: (Morris, Peter) I believe though that there is a certain innocence about NZers & Aussies when they wander around looking at everything. ----- From: (Brian Dooley) >>all the relo's back home. >Ah, he's an Australian. Obviously. "Relo" and "Davo" in another post were a dead giveaway. ----- From: (Dave Matoe) >>all the relo's back home. >Ah, he's an Australian. Ummm, thats 4 years of living in Melbourne filtering through. My apologies for letting my Kiwi standards drop. :-) I forgot a couple of others:- We know how to sign 'Keep Cool till after Skool' for deaf people. We laugh if anyone says 'Jeez Wayne' We know that Annie Whittle was a singer as well as an actress (5 points if you can remember her song) We all wish we knew what the Dogs name is We know who Manu is We experience true fear when anyone says the word Weta If anybody is interested, we did a kiwi questionnaire several years back to spot any fakes in the crowd. Its humour at its sarcy-est and tackiest - but humour none the less. If theres an interest for this kind of thing I'd be happy to post it. [this is lurking in Section C1.1] ----- From: (Nicola Rowe ) I spoke to someone once in Germany who had a Macpac, thinking they might be a NZer; they weren't, and, once I started investigating the backpack situation, I found that higher-priced camping shops often sell Macpacs - at almost double NZ prices. ----- From: Jochen Siegenthaler <> Indeed, here in CH you can buy Kiwi MacPacs at hiking stores. The locals regard them as being of very high quality and are thus prepared to pay extra for them (great for NZ economy) ----- From: (Andrew Wicken) BTW, I'm not sure if anyone's mentioned this but Aussies and NZers are about the only caucasians in Britain who don't have a skin tone reminiscent of dead fish. I'll always remember when my Yorkshire grandad came over to visit and nearly blinded us when he rolled up his trouser legs one sunny day. Lucky the US Defence Dept didn't know about Brits when they were trying to get SDI running. ----- So now you know.

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