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New Zealand - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture [Paperback]

Sue Butler

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Book Description

Oct. 17 2006 Culture Smart!
Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include

* customs, values, and traditions
* historical, religious, and political background
* life at home
* leisure, social, and cultural life
* eating and drinking
* do's, don'ts, and taboos
* business practices
* communication, spoken and unspoken

"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel

"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel

"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer

" useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times

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Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas, Observer - useful as they are entertaining, Easy Jet Magazine - ...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world, New York Times.

About the Author

SUE BUTLER is an English writer who lived and worked in New Zealand for three years. After gaining two Honors degrees, in Philosophy and Psychology, she worked in advertising, public relations, and crisis management, coauthoring a book on the subject. She has been a journalist and magazine editor, and has managed her own PR company. While in New Zealand Sue contributed to several magazines, and traveled widely throughout the country. She and her husband now live in the wine-growing region of the Western Cape in South Africa.

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New Zealand is situated approximately 994 miles (1,600 km) off the southeast coast of Australia, across the Tasman Sea. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to New Zealand April 19 2008
By S. Briggs - Published on
I just recently finished reading this little book, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who doesn't know much about NZ. It is indeed a "quick guide" but it has a surprising amount of information packed into a few pages. My only "complaint" is that the author doesn't mention any negatives--I'm willing to believe it's a wonderful place, but there must be SOMETHING less than fabulous about it. All in all, it was worth the purchase.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Zealand Culture April 28 2009
By Wayne Bokum - Published on
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Designed to be a handy pocket guide, this small book provides general, though not particularily detailed information for anyone who is traveling or emigrating to New Zealand. If you are looking for a brief overview of NZ customs and culture, you should find this book helpful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and useful Dec 17 2013
By Michael Worobiec - Published on
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I am preparing for an extended stay in NZ and appreciated Butler's overview of the history and customs of NZ. I found her book straightforward and her insight on Kiwi psychology and interacting with natives particularly useful. Hopefully I will now be better able to interact with NZ locals without embarrassing myself of inadvertently offending them!
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Overview Helps Orientation for Tourist Visit June 23 2013
By James Moore - Published on
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Like its counterpart for Australia, this small volume provides a good overview of the history, culture, and contemporary perspectives of the people of New Zealand. Seems just right for the casual tourist/visitor (i.e., yours truly) but probably skimpy for anyone relocating for a longer term.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short & Sweet Jan. 9 2013
By wflmw - Published on
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Good information about the culture, geography, climate, political situation, currency, humor, customs.

I could have done without the Gay/lesbian guide to living there, but I guess some need that

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