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10. Native Upbringing

It is widely known across the world that both Australia and New Zealand have native communities that date back to before the Europeans settled here. Meaning there was a whole community before the likes of James Cook arrived. Throughout the years since there have been terrible treatments of these native communities. The Aboriginals of Australia are to this day treated by the majority of Australians as less than humans, it is horrible to see how this culture has become nothing more than alcoholic, homeless and anti-social behaviour. Where in New Zealand the Maoris are included within todays society, and their heritage is celebrated. A lot of this is due to the fact that the Maori make up 10 percent of the population, resulting in the Maori being heavily involved in New Zealand’s future plans.

The Winner is: 

NEW ZEALAND

Australia 8 – 6 New Zealand

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9. Scenery 

There is no denying that both Australia and New Zealand are beautiful countries, each holding picturesque landscapes, native animals and incredible coasts. They both paint a picture for British citizens like myself that screams ‘WOW’. So there is no surprise that both countries gain an influx of tourists each year trying to take ‘that perfect picture”. Australia beaches are really out of this world; the deep set blue waters and the white sandy beaches are what everyone hopes for. Due to the sheer size of Australia and where it is located in the world really creates a diversified ecological system. North east is the tropics further down the coast you reach the sub tropics to the South-East you hit the real dry heat (dangerous during summer for bush fires). Lets not forget the amazing red dessert of the centre and if you want 40 degree heat in the summer head over to the West coast, working your way up to remarkable Kakadu national park, and really become one with nature.
New Zealand is an outdoor adventurists wet dream, from hiking, bungee jumping to sky diving, adrenaline junkies have it all. With New Zealand being mountainous it really sets a difference to Australia which is fairly flat, creating the amazing movie shots we have grown accustomed to in the likes of “the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings”. During winter months New Zealand is treated to a lot of snow which opens up to skiing, snowboarding etc (now imagine taking that perfect shot of the mountains in a blanket of snow).

The Winner is:

TIED – AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Australia 8 – 5 New Zealand

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oz v nz 8. Back to the Future

Being a naïve British citizen it is easy to imagine that all “first world” countries are the same, each country having the best of the best. However a country such as New Zealand small in size and so far away from everything, it is apparent upon visiting that they are 10 to 15 years behind the rest of the world. Such as Wellington (the capital) having next to no public transport on weekends, and public holidays the place becomes a ghost town. Which isn’t always a bad thing as it still holds a sense of how England used to be. Australia on the other hand is fast and forward seeking, with each major city having everything one comes to expect as a “first world” citizen: excellent transport, variety of shopping facilities, and all the latest trends and technology (New Zealand still doesn’t have fibre optic internet everywhere yet).

The Winner is:

AUSTRALIA

Australia 7-4 New Zealand

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7. Coins

For a traveler entering a new country means you have to come to grips with the change in currency and what coin equates to what. Luckily both Australia and New Zealand have similar coins to ours. There are of course a few differences such as both countries have done away with their pennies’/1 and 2 cents (that’s right England Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not have pennies!). New Zealand has even gone the next step and no longer has 5 cents. How crazy is that! One major issue I have is with the Australia $1 and $2 coins, they are the wrong sizes. Check the picture below. It is very frustrating when first arriving to Australia and trying to come to terms with the fact that the $1 coin is larger than the $2. New Zealand uses common sense and takes note from the UK.

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The Winner is:

NEW ZEALAND

Australia 6 – 4 New Zealand

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6. Wage

So like mentioned previously as I am calling both these countries home it is imperative to work and have an income in order to survive. Both countries are great places to work if you are fortunate enough to obtain one, usually hospitality is the most common of employment when on a working holiday visa. In Australia due to the Mining boom and influx of tourism they are able to a basic wage of $20 to $22 an hour. Whereas in New Zealand being so small and not having a boom of any kind of recent years charger $15 to $17 an hour. The real issue is not just the rate of pay but the cost of living. In Australia it is expensive to live, I always say “Australia is the quickest place to make a grand and quickest place to spend a grand”. In New Zealand the cost of living is almost identical to Australia if not a few dollars more for certain products, which means it is almost like living back in England.

The Winner is:

AUSTRALIA

Australia 6 – 3 New Zealand

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5. Commercialization

It’s not foolish to think because Australia and New Zealand are both under the Commonwealth with having the Queen as their figure head, that you would assume that they get a lot of their produce from the UK. However that is not necessarily correct when you look at the countries as a whole. Australia is heavily Americanised, from their products to advertising. The cheesy adverts to the news channels screams out America. Where as New Zealand still has a lot of English heritage, they adopt a more refined approach to their cousins across the pond.

The Winner is:

TIED – AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Australia 5 – 3 New Zealand

 

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4. Accents

The differentiation between the Aussie accent and the Kiwi Accent can only truly be recognised when you visit or spend a long time within both countries. When I first arrived in Australia I had no clue that there was any difference. To me it wasn’t American English and it certainly wasn’t English. Still to this day some of the things they say I have to ask for them to repeat. Australia have more of a whiney accent especially Queenslanders, they stretch out their length of speech but shorten every word. I am almost convince that in a few years time the Australian dictionary will be abled to fit in a 5 page book. The infamous nature of shortening down charity shops such as the Salvation Army now “SALVOS” has been changed on the actual shop front (how crazy is that). Where Kiwi’s are known for the pronunciation of their vowels instead of ‘Fish and Chips’ its “FUsh and ChUps”, or ‘ten’ is “tIn” etc. This is a model of speech that originates from the native Maori who introduced this within their native language.

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The Winner is:

TIED – AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND :-as neither is correct English

Australia 4 – 2 New Zealand

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3. Weather

I know what you are all thinking when it comes to weather obviously Australia is going to win. However this may not be the case, it is true Australia is known for its sun and hot weather. If you are in the right place that certainly is the case and it really is beautiful. With being a Brit though I crave for more that just sun and blue skies everyday, I love experiencing all the seasons. New Zealand has a very varied weather system, let us not forget New Zealand is home to a huge Skiing, snowboarding, glacier adventure seeking lifestyle. There are areas in New Zealand that are said to be home to the most ‘sun hours’ similar to Australia. Plus the UV rays are stronger in New Zealand due to a hole in the Ozone over New Zealand, so it doesn’t necessarily need to be hot for you to catch the sun rays, which also makes it quite dangerous. It is difficult to  choose a winner for the weather.

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The Winner is:

TIED – AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Australia 3 – 1 New Zealand

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2. COFFEE

Now with a few products there is a cold war between Australia and New Zealand on who created what first (take the Pavlova for instance). So the ‘flat white’ is said to have originated from either Australia or New Zealand, with both taking the credit. However in my eyes it’s about the execution; who produces the best ‘Flat White’ through and through. New Zealand has unfortunately failed at this, I would call myself a bit of a coffee snob and in the many coffee shops I have been to (albeit all on the North Island) have never texturized the milk correctly leaving me with a million bubbles, or a rice pudding texture. Whereas Australia constantly all around the country produced constant amazing coffee. Giving what I call a flat white – slight head, texturized milk, no bubbles and smooth.

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The Winner is:

AUSTRALIA

Australia 2 – 0 New Zealand

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1. SUPERMARKETS

I know what you’re thinking ‘why do supermarkets make the list?’ Well as I am not merely passing through these countries; but actually calling them home for up to two years, it is the small things that can really “grind your gears” (quote from Family Guy). So in Australia they have Coles and Woolworths as their main Supermarkets. In New Zealand they have New World and Countdown! Are they not the most ridiculous of names? What was New Zealand thinking when naming this major shopping outlets? What is worst is that the New World logo could be mistaken for a car dealership, and Countdown is basically Woolworths as it carries the same logo.

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The Winner is :

AUSTRALIA 

Australia 1 – 0 New Zealand