New ZealandÂ Don’ts
- Do not smoke. Smoking is banned in pubs and restaurants as well as on public transport or in public buildings.
- Do not overstay your welcome.
- Do not tip, which is not customary in New Zealand. However, do tip if the services are outstanding.
- Do not make the â€œV for Victoryâ€ sign.
- Do not eat food until it has been blessed in Maori.
- Do not be late for an appointment, nor to make promises which you canâ€™t keep or make exaggerated claims.
- Do not stand in the middle of the road and hold up traffic when taking pictures, watch out for cars.
- Do not wrap your gifts in red. Red is the taboo color in New Zealand.
- Do not touch the head and hair of others, especially of a chief, which are particularly taboo or sacred; to touch a manâ€™s head is a gross insult.
New ZealandÂ Do’s
- Do shake hands for greeting and keep eye contact during greetings. The first name is used after introductions.
- Do respect and enjoy the company of fellow members.
- Do dress conservatively and formally for business occasions. Dark suits with a conservative tie and white shirt for men. Suits, dresses, or skirts and blouses for women. Wear casual attire for informal occasions.
- Do open your gift upon receipt, and give gifts such as flowers, chocolate, liquor, or a book about your home country.
- Do bring your own beer (B.Y.O.) if invited to a barbecue. You may also be invited to bring your own meat or a salad.
- Do visit a marae, which is a sacred place that serves both social and religious purposes in Maori society. Do follow the lead for the protocol of welcoming and greeting in Maori.
- Do keep your hands above the table, but donâ€™t put your elbows on the table. Put your fork and knife parallel on the plate with the handles facing to the right when you are done eating.
- Do understand that the word â€œkiwiâ€ is not an offensive name when referring to New Zealanders. They will call themselves kiwis, too!