The culture of New Zealand has developed from the nation’s distinct demographics, its unique geography and ecology, and Māori and colonial history.
New Zealand has a unique and dynamic culture. The culture of its indigenous Māori people affects the language, the arts, and even the accents of all New Zealanders. Their place in the South Pacific, and their love of the outdoors, sport, and the arts make New Zealanders and their culture unique in the world.
Though a diverse and multicultural people, there are many qualities, including friendliness, individuality, invention and self-reliance, that you’ll find in most New Zealanders. It’s our national character!
A range of wacky and weird objects helps define what it is to be a New Zealander, or ‘Kiwi’. These wonderful things are known simply as – ‘Kiwiana’.
New Zealand culture has been broadened by globalization and immigration from the Pacific Islands, East Asia and South Asia. European and Maori remain the two largest ethnicities, but the large Polynesian population in Auckland has prompted the observation that Auckland is now the largest Polynesian city in the world.
New Zealand marks two national days of remembrance, Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day. The national anthem, “God Defend New Zealand” is often sung with alternating Māori and English verses. Many citizens prefer to simply call themselves New Zealanders or Kiwis.