New Zealand is a democratic island state in the south-western Pacific Ocean. A popular Maori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa, often translated as "The Land of the Long White Cloud".
I have just returned from New Zealand and I can’t shake this feeling like I have discovered a beauty in a country that connected me to my truest self. I feel cheated somehow by not being there. Please take me back New Zealand. I’m yours. Sincerely, Monique.
Monique, United States - 04 July 2007
It's being loved and in love
Being a Kiwi is the same as being in love. The pride you feel for being a New Zealander is just the same as how you feel when you’re in love...so this is truly a pure Lovemark?! The ache in your heart when you anticipate going home (seeing your love), the flush and rush you feel inside when you see it again, or go to some part that is just so beautiful you can’t express how you feel in words (seeing and being with your love in a special moment), the connection you feel when you meet another Kiwi on the other side of the world, or even just across the ditch in Oz...as if you have met a long lost friend and are suddenly not alone anymore (meeting up with your love who is also your best friend) and finally the warmth, flood of memories and the tears amongst the smiles when you hear Pokarekareana sung away from home (the phonecall from your distant love telling you how much they love you). That is what being a Kiwi means. It’s being loved and in love, being part of a very special family, it’s culture and our unique Kiwi heritage. It’s the pure physical beauty of our amazing wee country that is in our blood and touches us even in photos. Like so many I feel the pull to return fulltime, yet struggle to return. Whatever I do, wherever I end up living, I will always and forever be a Kiwi! It’s true love for me! Has to be the Number One Lovemark! Kia ora
J, New Zealand - 26 June 2007
I do not dream of Sussex Downs
I do not dream of Sussex Downs,
Or quaint old England’s quaint old towns,
But think of what will yet be seen,
In Johnsonville and Geraldine.
BILBO, United Kingdom - 14 March 2007
I love saying Iím a New Zealander
Although I’ve lived in Australia for ten years and it’s given me incredible opportunities, experiences and friends, New Zealand will always be my home. I love saying I’m a New Zealander. I love what my country stands for and the respect that such a little place has globally. I love that we’re go-getters and innovative, that we’re friendly, that we’re principled and stick to our values… I won’t, but I could go on, and on…
Kate, Australia - 07 February 2007
Life as it should be
I know it is easy, as a Kiwi, to love our country and to feel more of the world should know about us. But what makes New Zealand a Lovemark for so many - including me - is that the people that know and love New Zealand, are the people that truly believe that New Zealand & New Zealanders represent what is truly 'right' about the world. It is life as it should be. It is people living as they should live.
Bevan, Australia - 06 September 2006
A never ending dose of goodness each day
I see, hear, smell and somehow feel the essence of our wonderful country full of promise and beauty. A never ending dose of goodness each day regardless of season, regardless of reason, and that knowledge comes with a sense of appreciation makes me thank God I'm a Kiwi.
Darren, New Zealand - 15 February 2006
I have yet to see anything that matches.
Where else in the world has it all in such a small package? The New Zealand town I live in has an international airport, first rate hospitals, universities, uncluttered beaches, cafes, live theatre, parks and gardens, proud friendly people - and beyond town? Fresh open countryside, stunning mountains, untamed wilderness, wild rivers, scenery better than any postcard, and recreation unlimited. I've travelled but have yet to see anything that matches what I have on my own doorstep.
Linda, New Zealand - 15 August 2005
Only a few moments away
You're only ever a couple of hours away from a white sand beach, black sand surf beach, snowy mountains, a city and a farm. And only a few moments away from rain, storms and hot sunshine. Talk about variety!
Anna Rose, Aotearoa - 04 July 2005
It's like this Bro...
It's like this Bro, New Zealand is like many songs: 'The Long and Winding Road' , or if you work for ya'self '8 days a week' ; 'A hard day's night'. Like when you walk down the street in Monte Carlo, and an american woman in passing says " Hey there kiwi! ". Or you're in a swimming pool in Singapore and some one says, "Hey i know you , you're from NZ". Don't forget - the grass is greener on the other side, mainly because it rains so much more, and where ever you go , you take yourself with you ! Cheers Bro.
Marcel, New Zealand - 21 October 2004
I close my eyes and just imagine...
I close my eyes and just imagine what "New Zealand" will be like, and I get the best vibes, the cool ocean wind relaxing my senses, the blue skies making me fly, the lovely grass caressing me like a newborn and the people treating me like one of their own. All this when I haven't even seen New Zealand, what happens when I actually do ? ;)
Vikrant, India - 21 October 2004