In an open letter to the people of New Zealand, an American travel blogger has taken it upon himself to express his sincere gratitude for an attitude he describes as helping him see the world with “new eyes”. From Rochester, New York, Lucas Barber and his wife Lisa, who co-write the blog Barbers Go Global, bought one-way tickets to New Zealand, sold their house, resigned their jobs and set about travelling the world. They have documented their travels in Aotearoa in several posts but their latest post is a tribute to the people of the land and the generosity and kindness they consistently encountered with Kiwis.
Barber describes his culture shock arriving in New Zealand from a climate of fear and scaremongering in the United States, “where ‘Stranger Danger’ has become our mantra. “Everyone and everything has become a threat, and our ability to experience meaningful human interaction has become nearly impossible.” “Only after visiting your country have I taken the time to reflect on my sad situation. I realised that as a result of my scepticism I rarely have the privilege of enjoying great encounters with people I meet for the first time.” He experienced another side of our culture that is not as overt as the traditional art, food or music, but the culture of trust and amicability between people. “When I think of culture I often think of food, fashion, music, or the arts, but by doing this I fail to recognise the values that are at the centre of those outward expressions … During our first seven days in New Zealand, we had been recipients of so much unsolicited kindness and generosity that our human interaction paradigm was spinning.
Christchurch’s “Goldilocks” balance between size, affordability and outdoor opportunities makes it the best place to a Kiwi, new research says. Consultancy Interbrand carried out extensive interviews with 50 local business people, politicians, community leaders, and residents about how they saw Christchurch. Christchurch Airport is using the research to champion a new drive to put the city on the global map and tell its post-earthquake story. The flagship of the campaign is a new promotional video that claims Christchurch is “the best place in the world to be a Kiwi”. The video aimed to give the city a “story” and was created by award-winning director Peter Young, who filmed the 2015 documentary The Art of Recovery on post-earthquake Christchurch. Christchurch Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns said the city was not just the best place to be a Kiwi, it was the best place “to live the Kiwi dream”.
The researchers found the Kiwi dream was to grow, connect, and find balance in life. More practically, it was about finding a balance between affordable housing, education, healthcare, meaningful jobs, social life, and access to the outdoors. Johns said other cities around New Zealand, and even the world, offered some of the benefits. Auckland offered an attractive job market, but presented massive barriers in areas like housing, he said. Christchurch’s advantage was a “Goldilocks” balance: not too big, not too small. The immediate attraction for Kiwis was the close access to the sea, ski fields, hiking trails, and variety of outdoor activities in stunning settings. It was backed up by the advantages of a big city. People of all trades could get on the housing ladder, there were plenty of amusements, and there was a connection to the rest of the world through the airport, port, excellent broadband, and international companies.
Article by Jamie Small, stuff.co.nz, read the full article here.
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