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=== Māori culture===
 
=== Māori culture===
 
Māori cultural experiences are popular tourist attractions, and are enjoyed by many people. However, as with any two cultures encountering one another, there is room for misunderstanding. Some tourists have found themselves more confronted than they expected by ceremonial challenges and welcomes. These are serious occasions. Avoid chatter and laughter until it is clear that you are welcome to do so. There is plenty of time to relax later in the proceedings, for example when the hangi (food) is lifted from the ground.
 
Māori cultural experiences are popular tourist attractions, and are enjoyed by many people. However, as with any two cultures encountering one another, there is room for misunderstanding. Some tourists have found themselves more confronted than they expected by ceremonial challenges and welcomes. These are serious occasions. Avoid chatter and laughter until it is clear that you are welcome to do so. There is plenty of time to relax later in the proceedings, for example when the hangi (food) is lifted from the ground.
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===Relationship with Australia===
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While Australia and New Zealand have close foreign policy ties, considerable intermigration and overlapping cultures, assuming New Zealanders are basically Australians will not gain you any New Zealander (or indeed Australian) friends. Although Australians and New Zealanders may seem similar, they do not consider themselves the same. They enjoy a similar relationship as with Canadians and Americans or with Irish and British.
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Some Australians may joke about New Zealand being another "state" of Australia. However, this has never been the case. In many ways, Australia and New Zealand have a similar outlook towards the other.
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Despite sporting rivalry, many Australians have a genuine affection for New Zealanders. This can be traced back to ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps), participation in two world wars, particularly the Gallipoli campaign, North African Campaign, Korea, Vietnam, the Malayan Crisis, Solomon Islands, etc.
  
 
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