Thursday, November 1, 2012

An Unexpected Briefing

Found this gem and had to share it. I applaud putting fun and humor into the usual staid and boring safety briefing.

After 10 years of being associated with Lord of the Rings, I think New Zealand should just change its name to Middle Earth and be done with it.


  1. Is this the ONLY thing we're known for in the US? I know I'm just packing a big sad, because it's not really that bad and I'm sure that capitalizing on the films will improve AirNZ's bottom line. At the same time, there's more to the country, you know?

    For anyone who discovers this comment: Try NZ lamb or green-lipped muscles. They are delicious. Also, NZ merino wool is very nice. People here make a very interesting fabric blend that combines merino with possum fur. It feels nice. The popular singer, Kimbra is from Hamilton (where I now live), and Flight of the Concords are still funny. Rhys Darby released a new books last year, which is a great read. No doubt, people get the pretty landscapes, but there's more to that in that NZ is a country quite committed to pursuing environmental protection. Our Prime Minister is John Key of the National Party and we're not part of Australia.

  2. Is this the ONLY thing we're known for in the US? 

    Honestly? Yes. 

    I mean no disrespect to you, but as far as most Americans are concerned, New Zealand is to Australia as Canada is to the USA or Austria is to Germany. 

    I'm sorry. Blame your tourism board!

  3. In my line of work, the New Zealanders I know are all extraordinarily smart, resourceful and hard-working climate scientists, having had to build every lab they've ever worked in from the bottom up without a lot of technical or financial support. They also have little patience for whingeing and keep saying "Well, get on with it." Make of that what you will.

  4. I get the Canada/US association with Australia. Tourism board tries hard, but I guess the don't have alot to work with. *sigh* I am American citizen by birth, so it's been interesting/entertaining for me to make the switch a few years back.


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