New Zealanders pride themselves on being an accepting and social society. In the past, local communities only survived though remaining connected and helping each other out. People were there for each other in good times and bad.
Modern Kiwi culture is built on this same basis of social connection. We enjoy coming together at social gatherings and exchanges in many different forms. Today people often gather regularly for a summer BBQ and/or meetings at the pub or at the beach. Nationally we have a strong sports team culture with many Kiwi families involved with different sports teams and clubs throughout the country.
We host many cultural events where people can enjoy time together. Great annual events to attend and meet local people are Waitangi Day and Matariki (Maori New Year) celebrations.
There is no better way to form local networks and make new friends than to participate in some of these iconic Kiwi activities.
There are many great opportunities to learn about our way of life in New Zealand and meet awesome local people. Remember to keep an open mind and give new things a go. If you are invited to experience something with a local, take the opportunity! Varied experiences will all assist you in your journey to live, work and play here in Aotearoa.