Dating in the UK for Kiwis

You’ve moved half way across the world, from New Zealand to the UK, so you’re no stranger to change and adventure. You’ve joined an online dating site, so you’re curious about forming a relationship – whether casual or committed – with a local. When you’re considering dating in the UK it’s important to be conscious of some social norms and traditions that may be quite different from your own ways.

Some of those differences may be quite subtle, while some variations may be glaring. You may have had to adjust to a new working environment, unfamiliar foods, and an altered climate. It’s hard to be specific about some of the cultural and social differences between New Zealand and the UK without reinforcing racial stereotypes. In any case, norms and habits vary widely in the UK depending on age, location and background. It’s best to observe interpersonal interactions between people in your workplace and in various social settings to get a picture of behaviour that’s acceptable in your particular environment, and a few areas to be especially noted are dress codes, ways of showing emotion and affection, and humour.

As a Kiwi in the UK, your background and even your accent will probably be considered interesting and a little exotic. This can be an advantage when it comes to starting conversations and making friends, so make the most of your novelty value and enjoy your time in the UK.

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