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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in New Zealand?

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We asked people in New Zealand if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"I have to make myself not use any "slang" from home. It does not work here nor does some of the humor," explained one expat living in Wellington, New Zealand.

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"It is important to be aware of the cultural norms in New Zealand and to respect the local customs. It is considered rude to be late for appointments or social engagements, so it is important to be punctual. It is also important to be respectful of the Maori culture and to avoid making jokes or comments about it. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the local dress code and to dress appropriately for the occasion. Finally, it is important to be respectful of the environment and to avoid littering or leaving rubbish behind," said another expat in New Zealand.

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