Having said this, don’t be surprised to find that your male friend has gone to college and holds a white collar job. Love of sports Yet another common trait of New Zealand men is their love of sports.Despite the people’s skepticism about intellectual pursuits, New Zealand has a fairly high participation rate in tertiary education. Whilegolf, netball, tennis and cricket are the four top participatory sports, soccer is the most popular among young men and rugby union attracts the most spectators.

He was fun, cute, and knew that a ‘kiwi’ was not just a person but a large brown bird. Granted I didn’t use the ‘date’ word but I thought it was obvious – any situation past 8pm at night that involves a man and a women getting together with the intention of having a good time is a date. I knew perfectly well we weren’t a couple, but I definitely thought we were on the way to something.

So after much frustration one night when my flirting techniques were really getting me NOWHERE, I said the three forbidden words in the Danish Dating Dictionary: “I like you”. You see, the Danish rules state that unless explicitly stated no man or woman is your date/love interest/boyfriend/girlfriend/partner until explicitly stated.

Forget mountain climbing or scoring tries to impress a girl: the way to a NZ woman’s heart is via travel, food and gardening. If you want to impress a NZ girl, put down the rugby ball and pick up a recipe book, a rake or a suitcase.

When I first arrived here I met a guy at a friend’s party who I instantly liked. Four months later, after films, drinks, a double date, a bit of hand holding under the guise “let me help you so you don’t slip on the ice” (funny that the ‘ice’ lasted for a kilometre) and I’m thinking this is going great …

And the country has produced its own share of academicians and scientists like Ernest Rutherford, J. In fact rugby tours to Australia and the United Kingdom in the late 1880s and the early 1900s played an early role in instilling a national identity as distinct from their larger neighbor Australia and the “mother country” England.

New Zealand's national rugby union team is often regarded as the best in the world and is the reigning World Cup holder.New Zealanders do not have a particularly high regard for intellectual activity, especially if it is more theoretical than practical.This is unlike many Europeans but similar to what people in Australia and some in America too think about purely intellectual pursuits.New Zealand is a young country as compared to some like Italy, China and even in the Persian Gulf where the earliest civilizations go back several centuries.While originally New Zealand was only Maori, later it became bicultural with colonial and rural values.We know what we, personally, (and probably our close gal pals) look for in a guy but, wouldn’t it be interesting to find out what the female population as a whole looked for???