Is it a bird, is it a plane? Online sleuth Elle Hunt fires up the search engines.
What is “the Kiwi way of life”? The question has been troubling me ever since Simon Bridges defined it as definitely not a capital gains tax.
OK then. Is that it?
Bridges later elaborated that it was “planning reform for affordable housing, better health, education”, and was not slamming a “couple scrimping and saving for a bach or a crib … with the top tax rate”. (Though that’s not a capital gains tax, either.)
There was still something to be desired of the definition, so I began researching “the Kiwi way”. The findings of my investigation forthwith.
“The Kiwi way” is:
- A documentary about professional basketball player Steven Adams
- Giving back – Steven Adams in the documentary about Steven Adams called The Kiwi Way
- Volunteering – Comedian Te Radar, The Herald, July 2015
- Bad for our mental health – Psychotherapist Kyle Macdonald, The Herald, June 2017
- “No longer … English or British” – British Medical Journal, March 1996
- Embraced by Citroen – The Herald, April 2014
- Having faith in chocolate – The Herald, July 2012
- This Airbnb “for guests on a tight budget” in Auckland
- Paying by card – Tomorrow’s Transactions consultancy blog, July 2014
- Training for rugby with your pet sheep because you need to get used to the weight of the bigger boys in your grade – The Herald, September 2018
- Under-condemning, under-praising and otherwise mismanaging workforces – Bank of New Zealand chief executive Tony Alexander, Stuff, May 2013
- “Biffing, bowling or booting” old buildings, with your “macho New Zealand juices running” – Peter Dornauf, Waikato Times, July 2017
- Skiing hard and drinking hard, “not necessarily mutually exclusive endeavours for Kiwis” – Ski Mag, March 2003
- ’Betting where you think you’re going to win’ with regards to Olympics investment – Sport New Zealand chief executive Peter Miskimmin, The42, June 2018
- Having one of the premium airlines of the world – RonO592, TripAdvisor review, February 2018
- Permitting natural justice, particularly with regards to “having the best possible 5G network”, and not in any way resembling Minority Report – Huawei managing director Yanek Fan, The Herald, December 2018
- Getting punished for working hard, after a Chinese woman was told that her polytechnic course was not long enough to qualify for bonus residency points – The Herald, July 2006
- “Calling it as you see it”, “having the courage to ‘dance to the beat of your own drum’”, not being “too PC” – Columnist Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, Rotorua Daily Post, January 2018
- Using a toilet when you see one, and if you can’t wait, digging a hole and burying your poo away from people and waterways; also, giving wildlife space – Department of Conservation campaign
- Just having a go with regards to rally driving – Eric Thompson, The Herald, March 2009
- When the waiter asks if you enjoyed your meal, telling him “everything was great” – Matt Heath, The Herald, May 2015
- A particular approach to baking gingerbread houses – Eventfinda listing, Motueka community hall, December 2018
- Being a great character who will roll up your sleeves and stop at nothing to realise their grand design; building a house made of hemp – Grand Designs New Zealand host Chris Moller, The Herald, September 2016
- Knowing your golf game is solid, so taking a relaxed approach into your biggest tournament of the year – The Herald, October 2009
- As a principal, keeping pace in a rapidly changing world of education, “because you are absolutely worth it” – Education Gazette, February 2019
- Buying a “doer-upper” to make a bit of money – Hawke’s Bay Today editorial, May 2015
- “Kind of half-assed … because here, working assumptions are that people are good, and that the community will help us muddle through when we realised that we fucked it up” – writer Tze Ming Mok on Twitter
- “a low imagination horizon anti intellectualism based on exploitation of confiscated indigenous resources where ignorance & malice is celebrated by the rural volk while middle class attention is engulfed between school rankings & property speculation” – Martyn “Bomber” Bradbury in The Daily Blog, February 2019
So. That clears that up.
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