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    Australians And New Zealanders Are Sharing Their Cultural Differences On Reddit And The Responses Are Super Insightful

    Wait, you can buy beer at grocery stores in NZ?!

    It's no secret that Australia and New Zealand have a long-standing rivalry when it comes to things like food, sports and claiming certain celebrities as our own.

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    We're basically like siblings, teasing and roasting each other about nonsensical topics because, well, we can and we enjoy doing so.

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    So, when Reddit user u/masters-in-phd asked fellow Aussies and Kiwis to share the biggest differences when it comes to their culture and society, it's no surprise there were several tongue-in-cheek answers.

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    There were also some really insightful submissions which allowed me, an Australian, to gain more of an understanding about New Zealand. So, here are the best ones that will make you laugh and learn a thing or two.

    1. "The eccint [accent]."

    —u/YourMumsOnlyfans


    "Fush and cheps in NZ, fish and chips here in Oz."

    —u/BingoSpong

    2. "Admiration for the current prime minister."

    —u/g000r

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    3. "I'd say that the Maori culture is very strongly interwoven into NZ society. For example, regardless of your heritage most children learn how to do a Haka at school and use the Maori greeting 'Kia Ora'. In Australia, we try to celebrate Indigenous culture by recognising the place names and history, and it is part of the school curriculum, but the culture itself isn’t as strongly integrated into broader society."

    —u/Pennypenngo


    "Maori culture has more prominence and respect there [New Zealand] than Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander culture here [Australia]."

    —u/kekabillie

    4. "New Zealand has a treaty with Maori people."

    —u/RobynFitcher


    This user is referring to the Treaty of Waitangi, which is described as the founding document of New Zealand. It was signed in 1840 by representatives of the British crown and Māori iwi (tribes) and hapū (sub-tribes). 

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    5. "Chilly bins and jandals."

    —u/evergreentt

    This is NZ slang. In Australia, these would be called eskies and thongs.

    6. "Kiwis can buy beer in the supermarket."

    —u/Dontworktohard

    Cans of beer and wine being sold in a supermarket aisle
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    7. "New Zealand (and most other rugby nations) tend to prefer Union, while Australia prefers League."

    —u/JoeSchmeau

    8. "I think the COVID-19 pandemic has all but obliterated any sense of collegiality between [Australian] states, and it's definitely creating an 'us vs. them' mentality, where 'us' is any given state and 'them' is everyone else. I mean, WA floated the idea of a permanent border closure with NSW — exactly how they think that will happen is beyond me. NZ, on the other hand, benefits from being much more together as a people (though I understand there's a friendly North vs. South Island kind of rivalry). Partly due to their lack of states and territories, partly due to their smaller size of area and population, and partly due to their history."

    "Kiwis will always consider themselves New Zealanders first and foremost, Australians I fear are moving to a greater identity with their state, and a lesser identity with their country, a little bit like you see in pockets of the USA."

    —u/rob_080

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    9. "Aussies eat banana cake for breakfast, but they call it banana bread to try and make themselves feel better about it. It's cake, guys."

    —u/wendalls

    10. "New Zealand is very people oriented. Aussies, not so much."

    —u/stillwaitingforbacon

    Slices of a banana bread sitting on a plate
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    11. "In NZ, you can buy beef and cheese pies at most bakeries and in Australia they are hard to find. As an Aussie beef and cheese pie enthusiast, this pains me."

    —u/sumporkhunt

    12. "Petrol price."

    —u/Lorrd_Mayor

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    13. And lastly, "New Zealanders have an unhealthy relationship with sheep."

    —u/3matej91

    Note: Reddit Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    What other differences have you noticed between Australian and New Zealand culture? Drop them in the comments below.

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