He was fun, cute, and knew that a ‘kiwi’ was not just a person but a large brown bird. Granted I didn’t use the ‘date’ word but I thought it was obvious – any situation past 8pm at night that involves a man and a women getting together with the intention of having a good time is a date. I knew perfectly well we weren’t a couple, but I definitely thought we were on the way to something.
The hands-on pioneer Men in New Zealand are believed to be quite efficient in a practical and active kind of way.
They are considered to be good with machines and animals , particularly horses, besides being able to turn their hands to nearly anything.
Instead what is more valued is the 'kiwi ingenuity' according to which all problems are better solved by seeing what works than by applying a theory.
This lack of faith in intellectual theorization goes back to the country’s social policy of the early and mid twentieth century, which historian Michael Bassett described as 'socialism without doctrines'.
This stereotype of the pioneer man has something in common with the frontier men of North America as well as the settlers of the Australian outbacks.
The image of the rugged male Kiwi probably goes back to the time when men in New Zealand were the first settlers and had to make their living off the land.
New Zealand is a young country as compared to some like Italy, China and even in the Persian Gulf where the earliest civilizations go back several centuries.
While originally New Zealand was only Maori, later it became bicultural with colonial and rural values.
We know what we, personally, (and probably our close gal pals) look for in a guy but, wouldn’t it be interesting to find out what the female population as a whole looked for???
A new study by dating website Elite Singles has polled 20,000 Kiwi women to discover the hobbies that have the most sex-appeal – and they aren’t necessarily what you’d think!
New Zealanders do not have a particularly high regard for intellectual activity, especially if it is more theoretical than practical.