Cultural Information New Zealand

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Common Cuisine

  • Roast lamb
  • Pavlova
  • Colonial goose
  • Pork and puha
  • Hokey Pokey Ice Cream


The Shire

Television and Films

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Top of the Lake
  • Whale Rider
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • The Most Fun You Can Have Dying

Recommended Readings

  • Behind the Hood By Marita A. Hansen
  • Genesis by Bernard Beckett
  • The Bone People by Keri Hulme
  • All Visitors Ashore by C.K. Stead

Who's Who?

Phil Keoghan is a New Zealand-born television personality, best known for hosting the U.S. version of The Amazing Race on CBS, since its 2001 debut. He is also the creator and host of No Opportunity Wasted, which has been produced in the United States, New Zealand, and Canada. He has won eight Emmy Awards for his work.

Colin Meads is a living legend for New Zealand rugby fans. Named ‘Player of the Century’ by the NZRFU, he is regarded by many as the greatest player to take the field. Known as 'the enforcer’, was legendary for his hard play. He once played on with a broken arm in a game against South Africa. When the team doctor cut his shirt and confirmed the break, he famously remarked, "At least we won the bloody game."

Karl Urban is a New Zealand actor. He is best known for playing Éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Caesar on Xena: Warrior Princess, Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick, and Judge Dredd in the 2012 film Dredd. He won acclaim for his performances in New Zealand films The Price of Milk and Out of the Blue.

Jemaine Clement is a New Zealand comedian, actor and multi-instrumentalist, best known as one half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords along with Bret McKenzie


Queen Elizabeth II is New Zealand’s Head of State.

Dame Patsy Reddy is the current Governor-General, a position which is appointed on the recommendation of the Prime Minister to serve as the representative of the Head of State

Bill English is the current Prime Minister and leader of the National Party. He was elected in December 2016 after holding office as Deputy Prime Minister for 8 years previously.

Jenny Shipley was the first female prime minister. She was also the first New Zealand Prime Minister to attend the gay and lesbian New Zealand Hero Parade. She became the first National Party leader to seek to make electoral overtures to the gay and lesbian voting public

Cultural Activities

  • Go Shweebing in Rotorua
  • Visit Te Puia  Mori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • See the world famous Pohutu geyser
  • Experience a Lord of the Rings tour

Recommended Websites


Page last modified March 14, 2017