Kiwis cannot get enough praise of their country but they mistrust it. Because self-deprecation is paramount, they fear they are being buttered up, or somebody is having them on. Both praise and criticism are reported by the media, and are hotly debated.
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'A good Kiwi bloke plays things down and does not stand on ceremony. The rugby player who scores a try is no longer expected to look as if he is bravely accepting a death sentence but, other than in sport, emotion is not something to be shown in public, and not much in private either.
A blokess is allowed more latitude. She is even expected by men to carry on a bit.'
Xenophobia is an irrational fear of foreigners, probably justified, always understandable.
Xenophobe's Guides - an irreverent look at the beliefs and foibles of nations, almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia. (4 1/4 x 7, 64 pages)
A fifth-generation New Zealander, Christine Cole Catley has forebears from England and Scotland and a Swedish great-grandfather. Most of them were sheep farmers and she grew up on a North Island sheep farm not far from the small town named after another of her great-grandfathers, James Bull. It is 'the only place where you can get milk from Bulls'.
She went to university in the South Island, spent most of her working life in Wellington as a journalist, advertising copywriter (it was she who came up with the name kiwiberry), television critic, broadcaster and teacher of journalism, then went south again.
Like many New Zealanders, she was able to live and work for many years in a beautiful but remote place - in her case the Marlborough Sounds - because of today's communication technology. Recently relocated to Auckland she writes, runs writers' workshops, reads, works as a book publisher, gardens, and goes out on the water whenever she can - that's when she's not travelling. Her three children all live overseas, and she is on her fifth passport.
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Descripción Oval Books, 2006. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M1903096871