Dating a kiwi

In a relationship, a New Zealand woman will expect to be treated as an equal and will be impatient with excessive machismo or overt signs of possessiveness A bonus is that Kiwi women are usually independent and spontaneous and will often be willing to head out to do something adventurous without needing an hour to apply makeup.

It's first date advice you can use - as it's from the minds of those Kiwis actually doing the dating.

If you want to know if they love you so, it’s in their kiss – right? Less than 3% of New Zealanders think that the quality of a kiss matters on the first date.

In fact, as deal-breakers go, bad kissing is one of the most minor: the only thing more inoffensive is not tipping!

Not a lot happens without alcohol; and when in the haze of inebriation two people do hook up, they often start acting like an old married couple within a couple of weeks.

So, how much do these deal-breakers really matter anyway?Even better, many are paranoid that they’re facing a ‘man drought’, a 10% gender imbalance in the 25-39 age group identified by statisticians – maybe due to all the male Kiwi backpackers who fell in love with overseas women who smiled at them.New Zealand women despair of the diffidence displayed by local men, but they aren’t very impressed with flowery, Latin-style romancing either.There’s a skit by a New Zealand comedian where a thirtysomething guy catching up with an old friend asks: “hey, whatever happened to that girl you threw up on at Dave’s party? The friend replies: “we’re really happy; our youngest just turned four”.This goes a long way to summing up the romantic situation in New Zealand.

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