South Island Local Customs

  • A French place in New Zealand - the same colours.
    A French place in New Zealand - the same...
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    The giant Kiwi
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South Island Local Customs

  • Local People

    Christchurch Local Customs

    This old english method of having a bloke yelling the news pre newspaper days was trialled a few years ago as a tourism stunt - and it stuck. The Town Crier of Christchurch screams a few items of interest using a very random schedule. When he isn't doing the yelling thing he wanders about the Cathedral Square to chat with visitors and provide a few...

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    Christchurch Local Customs

    The New Zealand dollar has depreciated in value over the last few years. It now lies around $1NZ=$0.49US good for all of you wanting to travel to NZ but bad for us kiwi's!! The notes were changed over 10 years ago to depict famous kiwi faces instead of the queen. She has been retained only on the $20 bill and on the back of the coins. There are...

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  • Wizard

    Christchurch Local Customs

    Speaking to the masses, though not so often these days, is the Christchurch Wizard aka Ian Brackenbury Channell. He has actually been deemed a "living work of art" and has been doing his thing in Christchurch since after his arrival in 1974. The Wizard was born in London in 1932 and took degrees in Sociology and Psychology at Leeds University...

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  • Driving

    Christchurch Local Customs

    When you drive along the Summit Road please thank all the idiots of Christchurch for being able to park on such nice carparks along the road. Those carparks have been altered attractively because car hoons had used the old style ones for races and burnouts. Oh, and also thank me, please. As ratepayers we have paid for the new look. As you might...

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  • Maori

    Christchurch Local Customs

    When you are entering into Maori cultural exhibits, the visitors must be invited in to join the community before entering. Your group must select a chief or king for the group, and then that leader must meet with the leader of the Maori tribe. When presented with the opportunity to enter, the visiting leader must show that he and his people are not...

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  • Climate

    Christchurch Local Customs

    The South Island is cooler than the North Island by a few degrees but on the whole NZ is known for its clean air. Average temps in winter (July) 1C – 12C Average temps in summer (January) 12C – 21C Annual Mean Maximum 32C Annual Mean Minimum –4C

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  • Whitebait-A local delicacy

    Whilst my Grandparents had learnt about whitebait from reading Footrot Flats comics and my Italian/Australian friend swears they sometimes get it in Sydney I had learnt about whitebait being a West Coast of NZ must try in an autobiographical book I read about 6 months before our trip. I bought my white bait sandwich having no idea what it would...

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  • Bra Fences

    While the 'original' bra fence was located on a country farm fence outside of Cardrona, due to popularity and some controversy, bra fences have come and gone.Originally the landowners of the Cardrona fence line left the bras, which gained some attention by passing motorist. Controversy led to their removal, which in turn increased its public...

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  • Lemon and Paroa - The local softdrink

    When I lived in NZ in 1996 my host family loved this drink. At the time it didn't do much for me. Mind you I don't really like softdrink. Anyway I made my fiance sample some and I tried it again and must admit it isn't too bad. Hard to know what to compare it to really. Just try it for yourself. Available EVERYWHERE.I have attached a website that...

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  • Gottfried Lindauer..1839-1926...

    Gottfried Lindauer..1839-1926 first artist who portrait Maori People in New ZealandHuria Matenga 1909to be seen at the Suter Gallery in Nelson

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  • Letterboxes

    you see along the Roads you travel. big ones small ones, with company or without. the owners often a mile away, needing the car to get the bills, or leaving them for an other day

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  • Southern Son

    Grahame Sydney..Painter. he can paint like a photographer takes the picture.. his beloved Maniototo, the Region of the lower South Island-Otagohave a look at his website below

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  • Christmas at the Beach

    2. Christmas Day..Boxing Day, after the Christmas Day, presents where unwrapped, boxes trown away, Boxing Day is ....BeachDay..everbody who can walk, drive or get walked, driven..finds the Beaches in NZ of both Islands. the water temp. is different from the north to the deep south..Akl: has around 16-18 water temp. CHCh around 14-16deg and Dunedin...

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