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The soc.culture.new-zealand FAQ (part 1 of 6)

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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:
 ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/cultures/new-zealand-faq


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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.

Thanks.


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!  

===========================================================================

CONTENTS

==============================

INTRODUCTION:  
1  History of soc.culture.new-zealand
2  Phil Stuart-Jones

==============================

PART A: INFO SOURCES

A1  HOW TO FIND NZers AND INFORMATION ABOUT NZ
    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  INFORMATION FOR NZers OVERSEAS
    A2.1  NZ Consulates/Embassies Overseas
    A2.2  How Do I Get News From Home?
    A2.3  Expatriate Organisations
------------------------------
A3  INTERNET ACCESS WITHIN NZ

==============================

PART B: FACTS AND FIGURES

B1  THE COUNTRY
    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  THE PEOPLE
    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  LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND
    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  COMING TO NEW ZEALAND

    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  TRAVEL WITHIN 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
------------------------------
B6  MAP OF NEW ZEALAND

==============================

PART C: THE SUBJECTIVE BITS

C1  DEFINITION OF 'KIWI'
    C1.1  'Real Kiwi' Test
------------------------------
C2  DESCRIPTIONS OF NZ CITIES
------------------------------
C3  HOLIDAYING IN NZ
    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  GENERAL CULTURE
    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  FAMOUS NEW ZEALANDERS
    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...

==============================

PART D: APPENDICES

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

===========================================================================

INTRODUCTION:  

1  History of soc.culture.new-zealand

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,
 soc.culture.british,soc.culture.celtic,soc.culture.misc,nz.general
Followup-To: news.groups
Keywords: New Zealand, Kiwi
Sender: tale@cs.rpi.edu
From: gcwillia@daisy.waterloo.edu (Graeme Williams)
Subject: CFD:  soc.culture.new-zealand
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:

  soc.culture.newzealand
  soc.culture.aoteoroa
  soc.culture.kiwi
  soc.culture.nz

MODERATION STATUS:  The group would be unmoderated.

CHARTER:

 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.

COMMENTS:

 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.

Cheers,

Graeme Williams - a Kiwi in Canada
gcwillia@daisy.waterloo.edu

----------

Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,nz.general,
 soc.culture.australian,soc.culture.british,soc.culture.celtic,soc.culture.misc
From: Graeme Williams <gcwillia@daisy.waterloo.edu>
Subject: CFV:  soc.culture.new-zealand
Followup-To: poster
Sender: tale@cs.rpi.edu
Date: 12 Mar 91 05:33:09 GMT

*************** CALL FOR VOTES:  soc.culture.new-zealand ***************

  This is the first call for votes for creation of the newsgroup
  soc.culture.new-zealand.

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

NAME: soc.culture.new-zealand

MODERATION STATUS: Unmoderated

CHARTER:

  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.

VOTING PROCEDURE:

  Send mail to me at:  gcwillia@daisy.waterloo.edu

  Preferably your message should include one of the following lines:

      I vote:  YES soc.culture.new-zealand
      I vote:   NO soc.culture.new-zealand

  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.

COMMENTS:

  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.

Cheers,

Graeme Williams
gcwillia@daisy.waterloo.edu

----------

Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,nz.general,
 soc.culture.australian,soc.culture.british,soc.culture.celtic,soc.culture.misc
From: Graeme Williams <gcwillia@daisy.waterloo.edu>
Subject: RESULT:  soc.culture.new-zealand passes 217: 27
Followup-To: news.groups
Sender: tale@cs.rpi.edu
Date: 16 Apr 91 06:24:59 GMT

The voting period for soc.culture.new-zealand 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 soc.culture.new-zealand 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
appreciated.

------------------------------

2  Phil  Stuart-Jones

Phil Stuart-Jones volunteered to start the soc.culture.new-zealand 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@southern.co.nz (Geoff McCaughan)
Subject: Phil Stuart-Jones dies suddenly, was Re: The soc.culture.new-zealand 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: phys218@csc.canterbury.ac.nz (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 <david@work.net.nz>
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 <tonyw@ledelec.demon.co.uk>
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: jmg24@cornell.edu (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?  

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

-----
From: B.Hamilton@irl.cri.nz (Bruce Hamilton)
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 12:38:59 +12

Bummer. 

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@styx.southern.co.nz (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@uci.edu.nospam (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.

mj

-----
From: lawry@maths.ox.ac.uk (James Lawry)
Date: 15 Aug 1997 20:42:54 GMT

arachne <arachne@uci.edu.nospam> 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
everywhere.

James Lawry.

-----
From: Lyndon Watson <L.Watson@csc.canterbury.ac.nz> (Lyndon Watson)
Date: 18 Aug 97 09:31:35 +1200

arachne@uci.edu.nospam (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                              L.Watson@csc.canterbury.ac.nz

-----
From: cne@efn.org ( 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: nrowe@gwdu19.gwdg.de (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.

Nicola

-----

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