I live in Auckland, New Zealand. For those who don't know much about our little land, we are not the eastern island of Australia. Neither are we somewhere near Iowa. We are our own fiercely independant free-thinking sovereign state, way down yonder in the South Pacific.
Kiwis have a D.I.Y. mentality, we don't like fakes, posers or people who look down on others. We love nothing better than an honest try-er. We cheer for the underdog. Kiwis have a can-do attitude. We like to take what we have and make the best of it. "There's not much that can't be fixed with a piece of No.8 wire" has long been a Kiwi motto. We like to think of ourselves as "clean and green". We love the Great Outdoors.
There are only 4 million of us sharing this beautiful country. One million of them live in my city, Auckland. There are two main islands (North and South).
The further north you are, the warmer it is. Auckland is fairly northern. We never get snow (although the South Island and central North Island do). We are a multi-cultural bunch. As well as our native Maori people, Polynesians from all over the Pacific have settled here in large numbers, and their easygoing family-centred cultures are a big part of our national psyche.
We're blessed to live here in this beautiful natural paradise. NZ is known for a rolling green hills, our lush native bush, our uncrowded beaches and outdoor lifestyle. There's a fair bit of rain - hence the green. The climate is mild. Not too hot in summer, not too cold in winter.
Our seasons are opposite to the Northern Hemisphere: Our summer is your winter. We have Christmas in sunshine. Not a hint of snow and yet we still slather everything with pictures of Santa and sing "Jingle Bells". Crazy huh?
The whole country goes on holiday in January, which is a great start to the year. We go camping, spend all day at the beach, go swimming. Our kids run barefoot. Not because we can't afford shoes, but because to us being barefoot means freedom.
There's nothing a Kiwi likes better than showing off our beautiful country to visitors from Abroad. So come on over...!