- Rugby is to New Zealand as Football is to America. Cricket is also very big. Right now, the Sevens are being held in Wellington. This is a series of rugby games in which the teams are made up of 7 players instead of the usual 15. The fans are really crazy at these games. They dress up in outrageous costumes in hopes to get featured on TV.
- NZ only has 8 TV channels. People can buy "Sky TV" which is like satellite. The news only comes on once a day at 6:00. Also, there's a station called Maori TV which has different shows that can teach you the language or give the news in Maori perspective. If you're curious: http://www.maoritelevision.com
I've been watching Kōrero Mai.
- Most people in New Zealand enjoy an afternoon tea
- I haven't had a drink here yet and I'm way over the legal age! The drinking age here is 18 and I will be turning 21 in about two weeks. But the 21st birthday is still significant here, as it's their "becoming an adult" age. I guess we're opposites in that topic
Tui is an NZ beer
- Here's some house pictures!
Maori art and cool wallpaper in the front room
A Maori man and pāua shells - these are large, edible sea snails that are considered a delicacy in NZ and the shells are often used for jewelry
- The downtown is centered around The Square. There are lots of shops, a public library, a mall, a pond, and random art.
NZ Words & Expressions:
- top up = to pay your bill
- take away = fast food, take out, to-go
- lolly = refers to candy in general
- I say "thank you" and NZ replies "that's okay" or "no worries"
- "far out!"
- "hot as", "cheap as", "sweet as" - like when I said "mean as" but they use it on words for emphasis
- The letter 'Z' is pronounced 'Zid'
- Whānau - Maori for family (pronounced "fah-no") and this is used in daily language whether people speak Maori or not