New Zealanders open their hearts to newcomers – because we know what it’s like.
We’re great international travellers ourselves, and nearly a quarter of us were born outside New Zealand anyway. In total over 90% of us say we have some connection with another country through family, friends or interests.
So we're naturals at welcoming strangers and developing friendships. In fact, nine out of ten migrants find that the welcome they receive when they first arrive meets or exceeds their expectations, according to a recent Immigration New Zealand survey.
You’ll find New Zealanders operate with an easy informality that makes it easy for new migrant to fit in – although you may have to make the first approach. We’re a bit shy about imposing ourselves on people we don't know - we’re not the types who share their whole life story in the first five minutes of meeting you.