Gateway to Asia Pacific: New Zealand business culture

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Tips for doing business in Asia Pacific – cultural points you need to be aware New Zealand culture values fairness, ingenuity, practicality, modesty, restraint and informality. English is the everyday language but Māori and sign language are also recognised as official languag­es. New Zealand aspires to be a multi-cultural society, with record immigration numbers over the last five years from all over the world adding greatly to this goal. We accord a special significance to Māori culture, reflecting Māori status as the indigenous people of the land. New Zealanders can be somewhat reserved, especially with people they do not know. Once they develop a per­sonal relationship, they are generally very friendly, outgo­ing and social. Expect to receive respect from people and try to focus on being honest, direct, and demonstrating a sense of humour. Locals will trust you until they are given a reason not to. With regard to doing … Read More