The Lonely Planet has a new guide on Godzone and has lavished praise on our beauty but also offers a warning on “the environmental cost, with extra visitors putting strain on the clean, green environment the country is renowned for.” So how are we planning to handle that? Not a bad question to be adding to examinations of political parties in the months ahead (note to self – overhauling the RMA is not likely to be especially useful for this).
But it was their insight into the national psyche that appealed to me – NZ as “that little guy at school when they’re picking rugby teams. . .Then, when he does get the nod, his sheer determination to prove himself propels him to score a completely unexpected try.
“When his team-mates come to congratulate him he stares at the ground and mumbles `It was nothing, ay’.”
Might be a little male-centric in it’s image (?) but it does capture the self-deprication we do so well in our bit of Downunder.