There’s a ton of rivalry between Australians and New Zealanders. If you don’t know much about this, let me tell you how it rolls. Aussies think that New Zealanders (or Kiwis) commune with sheep. Kiwis think that Aussies are loud, arrogant and flashy. Aussies think they are far better at sport than Kiwis; but do concede that the All Blacks are pretty good. Aussies make fun of the Kiwi accent but it’s vice versa on this. Kiwis say they dislike the broad Australian twang.

The two nations have battled over pavlova and movie actors. Russell Crowe, for example, was actually born in New Zealand but is recognised as an Aussie actor. There’s a very funny TV promo on at the moment for The Amazing Race: Australia versus New Zealand. Watch it below and you’ll hear some of the rivalry coming out.

When I spotted a sign at a supermarket up in the North Island, I wondered if Australian was intentionally misspelt as a dig at Australians. Probably not, given the appalling spelling skills of people these days. But, you never know!

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