What makes us NZers?

The current Listener looks at the changing definition of what it means to be a New Zealander.

It includes a list of 14 things New Zealanders did last week:

  • Visited a shopping centre/mall – 59%
  • Bought a Lotto ticket – 31%
  • Hired video/DVD/computer game – 19%
  • Bought Big Wednesday ticket – 16%
  • Travelled by bus – 15%
  • Bought Instant Kiwi – 10%
  • Purchased music CD – 8%
  • Ordered pizza by phone – 7%
  • Played pokie/gaming machine – 5%
  • Travelled by train – 4%
  • Bet at TAB – 4%
  • Spent time at internet cafe – 2%
  • Played Keno – 2 %
  • Went to a casino – 2%

I did none of those things but I did:

  • Say gidday, whanau and bugger (though not in the same sentence).
  • Wear gumboots.
  • Eat lamb, blue cod, kiwi fruit, Vogels bread, vegemite and pavlova (though not at the same time).
  • Lie on a wool carpet while reading the ODT.
  • Laugh  at a Garrick Tremain cartoon.
  • Walk on grass
  • Breathe really fresh air.
  • Listen to National Radio.
  • Buy two books (one of which was Hairy MacLary).
  • Wear merino.
  • Watch a haka (albeit on TV).
  • Look up at the night sky and see lots of stars.
  • See a fantail.
  • Marvel at the scenery and think how blessed I am to live here.

7 Responses to What makes us NZers?

  1. pmofnz says:

    I too did none of the listed items, but note that half the items are splurges on the inner gambler.


  2. JC says:


    I visited a shopping centre
    Brought a Lotto ticket
    Wore workboots and shorts
    Drove up a diabolical track
    But blew a head gasket doing it
    And then cursed when I found I was out of cell phone range
    Ate steak, corned beef and cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Rush Munroe ice cream and Vegemite.
    Listened to the Tuis each morning

    And swore I wouldn’t pay more than $10,000 for my next work vehicle.



  3. Robert says:

    All I did was buy a lotto ticket for my usual donantion.
    Apart from that I went to work. A question that never made it to the above survey.
    How about you.


  4. homepaddock says:

    Robert, yes I worked but going to work isn’t peculiar to NZ.


  5. Fredinthegrass says:

    Just remember Hp, things that you, and I, and a few others do reinforce my supposition that we are no longer ‘real’ New Zealanders in the eyes of many.
    But I still prefer our way.
    Have just returned from a visit to Auckland – whew!! If that was NZ I’m outa here!


  6. adam2314 says:

    Lie on a wool carpet !!!..

    Doing ODT.. the mind boggles..


  7. Chris Bird says:

    I also did none of the things mentioned but then we rural types often don’t get the opportunity to anyway. But I am very happy being rural and living in a fantastic piece of our country far away from the madding crowd!!


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