Bronze statue depicting the Maori in Wellington Harbourfront. Photo © Patricia Hofmeester/123rf.

New Zealand Etiquette and Cultural Customs

Kiwis are quite proud of their national identity, and they will appreciate you embracing their ways as a newcomer. Respect the way things are done in New Zealand, including recognizing the bicultural elements of their culture involving the Maori. Generally, you’ll find Kiwi culture is very informal. If you want to fit in, the best thing you can do is relax and try to have some fun.

Aerial view of Queenstown, located on the south island of New Zealand. Photo © istockphoto.

Immigrating to New Zealand: The Lay of the Land

New Zealand tends to be pictured in the world’s eyes as a couple of islands just off the coast of Australia. Here to help potential immigrants is expert author Michelle Waitzman with the lay of the land: how New Zealanders divide their country, the general landscape and population distributions, and information on regional governments.

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Customs and Etiquette in Paris

One of the first things you’ll notice about living in Paris is the formal politesse that pervades daily interactions. More important than mimicking the French version of Emily Post is to simply treat everyone you encounter with respect. Do as the locals do and be liberal with your pleases and thank-yous.

University of Otago in New Zealand. Photo © Tomas Sobek/123rf.

A Student’s Perspective on Studying Abroad in New Zealand

U.S. student Melanie Harsch studied abroad for a year in New Zealand, and then returned to take on a PhD researching climate change through its effect on the tree line. Expert author Michelle Waitzman talked to her about her experience, from why she choose New Zealand to advice for other students on how to make it happen.

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Moon Living Abroad Thailand

Moon Thailand author and Bangkok resident Suzanne Nam knows what it takes to make the move to Thailand. As a dedicated travel writer who has lived in Thailand for more than four years, Nam has the firsthand know-how and insight to help you make a smooth transition to life in Southeast Asia. With her experience […]

Moving World Artwork, Heathrow Terminal in London. Photo © Jim Linwood, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Five Women Share Their Experiences Living Abroad

Making the move abroad is filled with practical hurdles, like finding a place to live and to work, but what about making friends, becoming part of the community, thriving in your new home? From Japan to Mexico, here are the thoughts and experiences of five women on making the cultural transition to living abroad.

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Brazil’s Beach Culture: Dos and Don’ts

In Rio the beach is a fundamental part of life, and the locals abide by various cultural habits and codes. If you want to blend in, check out this list of dos and don’ts from Brazil expert Michael Sommers.

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Moon Living Abroad New Zealand

Author and educator Michelle Waitzman first visited New Zealand in 1998—and she’s been hooked ever since. Now a New Zealand citizen, Waitzman outlines all the information you need to manage your move abroad in a smart, organized, and straightforward manner in Moon Living Abroad New Zealand. She offers straightforward tips and advice on how businesspeople, […]

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Moon Living Abroad France

Journalist Aurelia d’Andrea knows what it takes to make the move to France—she’s done it twice. In Moon Living Abroad France, she provides insight and firsthand advice on navigating the language and culture of this enchanting European country, outlining all the information you need to manage your move abroad in a smart, organized, and straightforward […]

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What I Love About Paris

Whether it’s mastering the myriad meanings of “oh là là” as you bask in the Parisian sunshine or enjoying classic French culinary delights, Aurelia d’Andrea shares her abiding love of living abroad in the City of Light.