Managing in New Zealand
Working in a Friendly, Outgoing Culture
Two strangers, with eyes closed and hands clasped, touch forehead to forehead and nose to nose. They breathe gently, in and out.
The gesture is intimate and respectful, and although each person is silent, it seems as if they're communicating deeply. When they open their eyes and take a step back, you can almost feel the connection between them.
You've just witnessed the traditional Māori greeting in New Zealand, called the hongi. In this sacred act, people exchange their ha, or "breath of life," with another person.
Such an intimate greeting might feel foreign to many other cultures, but it's just one of the things that make New Zealand such an interesting and distinctive country.
In this article, we'll look at what it's like to live and work in New Zealand. We'll also see what you need to do to manage a team of New Zealanders successfully.
Keep in mind that this is only a general guide. The workforce in New Zealand is culturally diverse, so you should use your best judgment when doing business in this country.
People, Land, and Culture
New Zealand consists of a large number of islands that lie about 1,000 miles off the southeast coast of Australia. However, only two – the North Island and South Island – are widely populated, with three-quarters of the total population living on the North Island.
Generally, the North Island is considered to be cosmopolitan, while the South Island is said to be more relaxed. ...