• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland
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      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.

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      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.

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      Waikato

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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.

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      Whanganui

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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.

      Manawatu

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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.

      Northland

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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.

      Auckland

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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.

      Gisborne

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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

      Taranaki

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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 

      Wellington

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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.

      Canterbury

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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.

      Otago

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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.

      Marlborough

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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.

      Southland

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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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Tikanga

Tikanga is a concept that the Maori believe has existed since the dawn of time. It is a series of rules and customs within Maori culture that shows them how to live a good life in connection to the spirits, the land and their ancestors.

Although it may have appeared from a spiritual source, Tikanga functions as a social constitution within each iwi and more generally throughout Maori culture. Each iwi may have a different set of customs and ethics that define their Tikanga, but they respect it as the truth for the individual tribe. This is because Tikanga came from the past and Maori recognise that the past was different for different iwi, so shouldn’t be judged as wrong.

Tikanga Today

Tikanga comes from the past, but it is moving toward the future. As the global understanding of morality and ethics has adjusted, so has Tikanga and exposure of the Maori to other cultures and ideas have shaped it into its current form. With New Zealand being such a cultural melting pot, Tikanga has been affected in some ways by Western and Eastern ideas and philosophy, along with Judeo-Christian values.

Tikanga became a mainstream concept for many New Zealanders during the 1980s, as the government began to apply it to Law. These laws usually concern sustainability and resource management, as the treatment of the land plays a big part in Tikanga. However, the government also apply protocols and ethics within the system to legal matters regarding morality and justice. The consideration of Tikanga within government legislation shows the progressive cultural identity of New Zealand and its dedication to diversity.
Tikanga and Manners

Tikanga also encompasses etiquette and behaviour, which is something that affects the day to day life of Kiwis. These manners are important to remember to show respect for Maori and Kiwi culture as a whole.

Here are some examples:

  • Avoid touching people’s heads; the head is regarded as sacred by the Maori.
  • Don’t sit on tables or pillows. It is seen as unhygienic, especially if there is food present. You should also not put your bag or hat on a table for the same reason, put them on the floor or a chair instead.
  • Do not pass food over a person’s head. Similar to the first rule, both food and the head are considered sacred in Maori culture. The Maori use food in a ceremonial context, as a welcome, ritual or to build rapport.
  • Avoid entering or going across a room whilst someone is speaking, especially if that person is an authority figure. If you have to go inside, make sure to stay quiet and do not walk in front of the speaker. Speeches or Mihi have a very particular hierarchy and to interrupt would be seen as disrespectful.

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