Over the last few months, on the back of the Rugby World Cup, there has been an enormous celebrate New Zealand. The streets and houses are lined with signs and posters and all sorts of regalia showing the world how proud we are to be Kiwis. Even the airport and major hotels are bubbling with images of New Zealand’s scenery and anything that is iconically New Zealand. Take a trip out of town and see how the roads have been clogged with campervans and tourist, people who have come to see the World Cup and see New Zealand. In short it seems like New Zealand has been the centre of the world.
It also seems that in these times of international focus we as a people have become unusually nationalistic and for a population that has a reputation for understatement, unlike say a Kiwi sticker on my luggage and whenever we travel I leave a trail of little stuffed Kiwis in my wake. I love being seen as a Kiwi and the ‘positive’ that is attached to that; to be honest I think all Kiwis are, and it often only comes to the surface when we travel outside of our boarders.
But when all the RWC hoopla has died down we need to continue to see what an amazing and the open friendliness of those that live here. Unlike Australia we don’t celebrate being Kiwi with New Zealand Day, sure we have Waitangi Day but that has so much political baggage attached. Discussing recently this issue with a friend she stated that we don’t need New Zealand Day to celebrate how great New Zealand is but that every day should be New Zealand Day, I think she has a point.
It is my hope that after the World Cup (regardless of who wins) that we can all embrace the fervour that has overtaken the country, that we can openly be proud of being a Kiwi and all that that entails, the people, the place the culture and the heritage. To be able to openly and without reservation be happy and proud to acknowledge who we are and where we live.
In this issue of Adventure we highlight what some great Kiwis have been up to around the world and we a look at some of the amazing places in New Zealand. There is a special look at camping with is the foundation of the great Kiwi outdoor experience. I hope is a small way this issue of Adventure helps you to be proud of where you live and who lives here with you!