Things You Don’t Realise About New Zealand Until You Leave

The last thing I noticed about New
Zealand drove me absolutely crazy… Salut YouTube I was just thinking to
myself how funny it is that when you’re living overseas in new country you kind
of have an outsider’s view of what’s going on and you’re able to observe
other people and pick up on all the cultural nuances but something I didn’t
really expect is that it would go the other way as well! So the first big
culture shock I had as someone who’s been living in France and goes back home
to New Zealand is of course around the food. In France, I have a canteen at my
work and at the canteen I take big hot meals duck chicken vegetables rice
couscous we really have filling big meals at lunchtime and it sees us
through all the way to dinner and in New Zealand we were having tiny little
sandwiches and people would just eat the sandwich and be like okay cool had a bit
of lunch let’s go and I was like what like I’m still hungry and it makes you
want a snack in the afternoons and the afternoon we stopped for a bit of cake
and a coffee or you know I often found myself needing something to get me
through that afternoon. In terms of where you eat as well I noticed that
people can eat dinner in way more casual settings like a lot of people like eat
dinner on the couch just using the coffee table as a place to put your
drink or your plate or whatever they’re not actually sitting up formally at a
dinner table to dine every night like we do here in France. Another point on the
food is that we like our junk food in New Zealand like people really use
food as a treat I mean chocolate biscuits or sweets/lollies to snack
on, again either in the afternoon have a chocolate bar or even after dinner as in it’s after dinner let’s have some ice cream or you’ll be sitting in front of the TV and you’ll
have a few biscuits or something like this, there’s a lot of snacking that goes
on which isn’t really in the culture here in France I have to say it because
I think as well you’re satisfied from your full meals at
lunch and dinner you don’t really need to keep snacking. The second thing I had on my list was about the housing market my gosh if I had a dollar for every time a
New Zealand I said ‘the housing market’ I’d be a very wealthy woman people in
New Zealand are obsessed with owning their own home and ideally two three
four homes I think it’s because in New Zealand that’s been a way that a lot of
people have made a lot of money and I guess because the housing market has
been growing and doing really well it’s it’s really seen as a very very safe
investment. We’ve actually got a saying in New Zealand which is ‘it’s as safe as
houses’ you know in terms of money, it’s as safe as houses, you’re not gonna lose
anything. It’s just such a big deal in New Zealand owning your own home a lot
of people my age have already purchased properties and people are talking about
it all the time and questioning you a lot like have you bought a place in
Paris yeah definitely just gonna go out and buy a place in Paris but you know
it’s like when are you buying a house you’ve got to get on the property ladder
it’s a very very very important life milestone in New Zealand and to be
honest I got a little bit sick of talking about it! Kind of linked to
people asking you questions about when are you buying your house and everything
like this people like to ask you questions as well about general life
milestones I guess in my kind of age range in your late twenties people are
curious it’s natural but they’re asking me like are you guys gonna get married
are you gonna have kids do you want kids how many kids do you think you want and
this kind of thing and it reminds me of small town syndrome a
little bit like where people are kind of curious about what everyone’s up to
about everyone else’s business you know and I feel like in France you have to be
really really close with the person to ask these kinds of questions I think definitely it’s a bit of a social faux pas like to dig into
people’s privacy in that way and to ask them these very personal questions it’s
just not really well seen to do something like that whereas in New
Zealand you’re open game anyone your friend’s mum, your friend’s aunty, the second cousin of your grandmother they’ll be asking you for the details
like when are you getting married when are you gonna have kids, when’s the family, when you’re buying that house? People are curious they want to kind of maybe live
through you sometimes especially the older generation and it’s just kind of
part of the game but it’s something that I noticed and I haven’t had to talk
about those things or answer those kind of questions for quite a long time. I also
noticed that the way people live in New Zealand is really different to what we are used to over here in Europe I mean I’m looking at people our age and Paris and
London I mean we’re lucky if we’re living as a couple with two really good
jobs in a one-bedroom apartment that’s that’s a luxury whereas in New Zealand
people have so much space and it kind of shocked me to see that couples in their
late 20s they’re renting or owning three bedroom homes with big gardens and
garages for the car and it’s just a different scale of space and size when I
showed photos of my little 22 square-meter apartment that I was sharing in a couple
in a relationship for two and a half years people were just like I mean
seriously how did you not kill each other like how is it possible for two
human beings to live in such a small space they just couldn’t understand it!
The other big culture shock is definitely about the way we dress my
gosh we can look like absolute slobs I’m sorry to my fellow New Zealanders but my
gosh I mean people go out there barefoot, jandals,
track pants, hoodies like they’ll go to the supermarket in their pyjamas like
they honestly don’t care that’s really nice that they can not care because I
mean people aren’t really judging them and they’re comfortable
and they feel good but sometimes I just had the culture shock or the reverse
culture shock of like wow people can look pretty rough I mean pretty pretty
like yeah pretty casual in New Zealand. I actually saw a guy like in his dressing
gown barefoot walking down to the dairy to the corner store to pick up some milk
I mean and that’s totally okay and that’s cool I mean I like that,
I really miss that. The last thing I noticed about New Zealand drove me
absolutely crazy and it’s a phenomenon that I like to
call ‘the sleep police.’ I feel like in France it’s okay to sleep, it’s well
seen to have a good night’s sleep, sleep is a very important part of your life
hygiene. I’m not a morning person and I prefer to sleep in a little bit in the
mornings especially when I’m on holiday but God forbid if I should sleep till
9:30 in the morning I’ll get so many comments about it and jokes made about
it I would get up at 9:30 a.m. and they’re like “good afternoon!!” They’re just relentless like you you know it’s like naughty to sleep in in New Zealand I find I got so many comments from my
family members from friends like wow you sleep a lot and I mean there’s
definitely a thing in the culture like wake up at 5:00 6:00 a.m. you know
going to the gym before work and stuff and that’s fine like live your life… It’s
really funny it’s almost like there’s an association with laziness and the amount
of hours you need to sleep or something it’s like you know when I’m up I like to
consider myself as a relatively well put together and productive person but it
doesn’t seem to count it’s like if I get up late I’m a lazy slob I don’t know
there’s definitely something that really annoyed me about going home and feeling
like everyone was on my back about how much I slept like just leave me alone
I’ll get up when I want to I’m on holiday, sleep is life!! Cool guys so
that’s all of the reverse culture shocks that I had for you today. Have you guys
experienced something similar? Have you ever gone away from your own country and
then come back and been like oh that’s kind of weird? If so let me know down
below I love learning about other cultures, other countries. As always if
you have any questions about New Zealand in particular or the New Zealand culture
just let me know down in the comments below and I’ll try and get back to you.
Otherwise I’ll see you guys in the next video, à bientôt!

100 Replies to “Things You Don’t Realise About New Zealand Until You Leave”

  1. Salut friends! For those of you wondering why I say 'Salut' on this video, it's how you say 'hi' where I live (France). If you have any questions about NZ or you have culture shocks to share, please ask away! Bisous, have a great day!

  2. New Zealand has changed so much since the 1980’s. Before that time the only takeaway was fish & chips once a week maximum. Every body ate dinner around the family table with a roast on sundays. No body went to cafes – you had picnics instead and took a cut lunch to work. I remember seeing the first modern style houses being built and we thought they were mansions! Went back to NZ last year and was shocked to see KFC or MAC Ds in every town. Kiwi lifestyles changed massively in that period. No kidding we used to be a very lean nation now sadly we’re obese.

  3. I agree with the French attitude that most personal topics should be off limits in casual conversation and, really, off limits period to all but your closest friends. People in the States are mostly also too nosey, imo…. not to the degree you describe the NZ as being, but still thinking they have the right to ask whatever they want.

  4. I am a kiwi and while I dont live in a french speaking city, I do live in a french speaking country. I left NZ in 2000 and emigrated to Canada!! Have just discovered your channel and am now binge watching!!

  5. I don’t think you can speak on our housing situation anymore since you’re clearly unaware that we currently have one of the fastest growing rates of homeless in the world

  6. myself and my flat mate get up at around 7-8am every morning, anytime later we both have anxiety. hehe classic kiwis

  7. In Brazil on vacations and holidays we get up at 1pm haha. But the elders kida get up at 8am lol. And my parents always argue about me getting up late also hahah

  8. I live in belgium but everything you describe
    about new zealand,

    sounds like me,
    or how I want to live.
    I think I found my dreamland <3

  9. i live in nz and I DONT KNOW ANYONE who wakes up that early especially not to go to the gym can't relate my friends and I consider 9am waking up as early too lol

  10. 9:30 is pretty average wake up time in nz i feel…. like maybe when people wake at 1 they make jokes but most of these points were kinda exaggerated

  11. My families were wondering i sleep at 9pm When my came back to China because in my city the average time to sleep is 12:30 am. My friends said 'you like a 70 years old man, sleep early and get up early.' in the past i always get up 7am in China but in the same time in nz i am on the motorway enjoying traffic jam.😂

  12. Fact —- The only terrorism that NZ has ever experienced is from the French. They sent spies who bombed a green peace boat in 1985. Killed an Innocent guy.
    It is no surprise everyone loves to hate the French. They are a bit of a joke.

  13. The majority of the population in any country makes ignorant generalizations about people. Probably you just haven't got wise to the French yet. Don't stress over what other people say/think regarding YOUR life. 99.9999% of the time they're only thinking about themselves anyway. The people who genuinely think about others are actually taking action to assist those who are open to help and who require it. The rest are just mouth pieces.

  14. Also, after having been in Europe, you realise how crappy NZ's transport system is. So many people in Paris and London don't even own a car, while families in Auckland can own up to 4!

  15. Late on the draw here, but here's my take. All of these things kind of drive me nuts as well. I would say they describe every small town or rural area in the British Commonwealth. Not eating full meals at the table is turning into a larger Anglo Saxon thing, but combined these all sounds very Commonwealthie to me.

  16. You are very wrong about young couples owning their own homes in NZ. The housing market is fucked and no one can afford the "kiwi quarter acre dream".

  17. We must understand New Zealand is a third world country, things are going to be very expensive and a little backwards but that is what you must expect when visiting countries with a very divided income, cost of living and being so far away from civilization

  18. Hi from Mangakino, I have the same problem with sleep. If I am 'under the weather' I resort to sleep therapy, now this may mean going back to bed to sleep more if I have a cold or such. My friends mock me though I work 10 hour days. I don't need drugs to get me through apart from paracetamol usually. Thanks for your videos.

  19. You're so coooool, hahah It was such a funny video… Im from Argentina, Ive been to NZ 3 months, It's such a beautiful country and I like how u speak as well….

  20. Is it that you sleep more hours then people in NZ or that life happens earlier, like they go to sleep and wake up earlier?

  21. Pour ce qui est des questions indiscrètes et de l'immobilier, je pense que c'est plutôt une différence entre ville et campagne qu'entre France et Nouvelle Zélande. Dans les campagnes françaises, les 25-30 ans achètent aussi des grandes maisons (en tous cas, plus grandes qu'un appartement à Paris) et se demandent comment les Parisiens ne s'entre-tuent pas. Et dans les petits villages français, tout le monde veut tout savoir sur tout le monde.

  22. Yeah number 3 is the worst thing ever with NZ super nosy and they don't understand it's not their business which they live through other people.

  23. A lot of these are the same to America, at least where I am, except for the no sleeping in 😂 Though I love the casual dress. You see some in pretty clothes, then you see some in leggings and hoodies. It's expressive!

  24. I think the housing thing is wrong – to get a small house is absolutely expensive. You won’t find a couple in their late 20’s in a big house these days😂

  25. I’m from Texas! But I made great friends with someone from NZ, I absolutely love hearing her talking about her country♥️

  26. The more you talk about NZ the more it sounds like the UK of 40 years ago. Visited NZ in 2015 and cannot wait to get back for longer, in fact I would love to live there if it wasn't for family here in England. It's great that you are so open about the pros and the cons, but I still feel the pros far outway the cons of your country.

  27. i was so used to the nz life style and i absolute loved it. i can relate to that point of you saying how new zealanders dress lol and i'd dress like i literally just woke up to uni here in hong kong and a classmate judged me -.-
    tbh after staying in nz for a bit due to my previous relationship, i feel like i belong there and love nz more than my own country. watching your videos makes me miss nz even more :'(

  28. I like the fact that Kiwis don’t care about how you dress. I brought that with me to Italy. I won’t let it go. Everybody can go to hell, lol

  29. Unless you are physically excerting yourself you don't need lunch at all.
    You are socially engineered to want a large lunch or small lunch it has nothing to do with genuine hunger.

  30. I personally like the casual dress in NZ you don't need to be dressed up all the time, better to be more relaxed and casual 🙂

  31. I would just like to say you're comparing France to New Zealand with the population are so much different and the lifestyle is also different.

  32. I love you New Zealanders!!!!!!!! I love NZ!!!!!! From Greece and Cyprus!!!!! 🇬🇷🇨🇾🇳🇿

  33. The Housing market is not doing well back home,in the smaller provinces and in the country,as far away from the cities as possible,you might find cheap housing,with low wages,it's nigh impossible to own a home now.Aucklands median house price has gone over $1 Million ,i read about couples,both with a fairly high paying job,still not being able to save for a home,the housing situation is really bad now,thousands homeless as well,this was never an issue 40 years ago,but not soon after that,it all changed.

  34. The reason we are so obsessed with housing is because you could’ve had a family house back in the day that’s huge but only cost 170,000$ to then resell it in 2019 for quite literally 1,250,000$ so yeah it’s quite a mile stone

  35. If you didnt have a good lunch in NZ thats your fault.

    And when did you become the fashion police.

    We wear what we like mostly.

    9:30 in the morni g-im only 2 hours into my sleep by then.

    So pissed off at your judgemental rants that i blocked you-and i put up with so.e very weird and rude shit

  36. I have visited France 5 times now and I think I prefer the dressing routine there better than the USA. I am reminded of that every time I go to the grocery or Walmart or Target stores. I see lots of people wearing clothes I would only wear in the privacy of my home, like pajamas. I don't often see people walking around barefoot, but I do see lots of people wearing cheap flip flop sandals in places wear I would only ever wear a closed-toed shoe, including on a plane. Yuck, who wants to see their feet on a plane. The dressing situation is so back that one time I actually saw a young lady in Walmart wearing just a t-shirt (no shoes, no underthings, just the shirt). The shirt was long enough that it she was standing still it covered to just below her bum, however she was making a point to skip around and the fabric was rising up to reveal way more than anyone cared to see. Her hair was bright pick and the shirt was all stretched out and stained as well. Sadly, I had to walk behind her all the way to the parking lot as I left the store, as her car was park right near mine. I was in such shock!


  38. As a Canadian, a lot of these are familiar. I wonder if it's our shared British heritage or rather the lifestyle of a former colony.

  39. Oh my god, what you said about how people in NZ will just ask you anything and anyone is game, this is so true! and also very, very annoying and rude! I'm a single mother and in NZ as soon as someone knows that ( doesn't matter if they've only just met me at a party or dinner ) it's so common for them to say "Wheres the father?" or "so what happened to the dad?" or "ohhhh, it's so sad that your son doesn't have a father!" OH.MY.GOD this to me, is completely unacceptable. Firstly, to ask and then to pass a judgement on how my son feels…? C'moooooon. Then to make it worse, if you then say to said person, "Actually, I'd rather not talk about this" you are then looked at like you are the strange one. This has been my experience anyway. Hmmm…it's really getting on my nerves.

  40. We have the same housing obession in Belgium. One of the big cultural differences with the French, even though we speak the same language.

  41. Wow, I've experienced similar things in Australia as you did in New Zealand…
    I've been called a princess for sleeping in .. I'm like wtf .. mind yo business lol

  42. Merci de partager la vidéo, j'ai vécu en Nouvelle-Zélande et je dois dire que c'est vrai et que je comprends la culture qui me manque déjà en Allemagne c'est un mode de vie différent
    Ah, especially it is cheaper in euros to get a trasport anywhere , ah the food i must say it is cheap even in supermarket or in vendor.
    oh the train from Paris to Lyon , But i come to europe again i hope some day 🙂

  43. I get it. We moved to Aus from the USA; and now I have culture shock both ways. Interesting too, when we moved to Aus I found a French group to take the children to play group plus language study and I felt more suited to the french foreigners in Aus then in the general Aus culture. When we first moved to Aus I would just stay in my house, because as long I was in the house I was in my home country, but outside of the house was a foreign land of Aus.

  44. Fuck up you fat bitch, u aint fuckn a real newzelander, stay in france bitchhh your ancestors fuckn STOLE OUR MAORI LAND OFF OF US MAORII SO STFU YOU FUCKING BITCHHH!!!!

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