• Solomon Islands!

    Solomon Islands: Looking up at palm trees. Go Now!

    Solomon Islands
    This Melanesian country is best known for its many islands and beaches... and this natural landscape (pictured) is why most people go. Don't miss out on the unique Melanesian culture and foods though! Begin Your Journey!

  • Tonga!

    Tonga: Coastline. Go Now!

    The heart of Polynesian culture is rooted in Tonga, but most visitors just come for the natural beauty. Explore Tonga!

  • Vanuatu!

    Vanuatu: Jetty into the ocean. Go Now!

    Picturesque serenity is a good way to describe Vanuatu, but the culture offers much more, including the inspiration for bungee jumping, which remains a rite of passage for young men. Explore Vanuatu!

  • Palau!

    Palau: "70 Islands!" Go Now!

    Few people have even heard of this small Micronesian country, but those who have often return with stories of beauty unmatched elsewhere, such as view of the "70 Islands" (pictured). Go Now!

  • Explore the: Federated States of Micronesia!

    Federated States of Micronesia: Overlooking some islands. Go Now!

    Federated States of Micronesia
    This diverse country stretches for thousands of miles and has the diversity to prove it, including the people from Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Yap among others. Begin Your Journey!

  • Samoa!

    Samoa: A traditional home. Go Now!

    Among the most famous of the South Pacific's many countries, Samoa sits in the heart of Polynesia and has a culture to match. Begin Your Journey!

Relationships, Marriage, & Family Life in New Zealand

Dating in New Zealand may begin at school, through friends, or in any number of other settings. However, it seems relationships tend to progress during the dating process, which may involve going out to a movie, a restaurant, a party, or a pub. As relationships progress and become more serious, many kiwis marry; the average age for marriage tends to be in their late 20s or early 30s.

Weddings in New Zealand usually take place in a church and the wedding couple does not see each other that day prior to the wedding itself. Weddings are very similar to church weddings in Australia, North America, or Europe as many details are altered, but the ceremony is similar depending on the church and religion of the couple. Weddings also take place in other settings, such as in a temple for some people and for many Maori couples it is officiated by a Maori tribal elder. Most couples also exchange rings with metal being the ring of choice for most couples, but the Maori tend to prefer bone or stone rings. Many weddings also include a couple Maori traditions, no matter the couple's ethnicity, including a ceremonial welcome called a powhiri and an "infinity loop," which is placed around the necks of the bride and groom.

Family life in New Zealand reflects life in many other western countries as traditional male and female roles in the family are slowly disappearing and the birth rate has fallen in recent decades to about two children per woman. Today both men and women in New Zealand work in about even numbers and which parent, if either, stays home with their children is up to the couple.

This page was last updated: November, 2013