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American travel blogger heaps praise on NZ: 'So much unsolicited kindness'

An American travel blogger has heaped praise on New Zealand and the kindness of Kiwis after visiting here, saying this country has significantly helped to rebuild his world view.

Lucas Barber from New York has written an open letter to the people of New Zealand headed 'Culture Shock: The Kindness of Kiwis'.

Source: 1 NEWS

"During our first seven days in New Zealand, we had been recipients of so much unsolicited kindness and generosity that our human interaction paradigm was spinning," he writes in the letter reported by the NZ Herald.

"If you take nothing else from this letter, take this - please don't change!" he concludes after detailing various acts of kindness shown to him and his wife Lisa, who co-write the blog Barbers Go Global.

He wrote of his culture shock arriving in New Zealand from a climate of fear and scaremongering in the United States, "where 'Stranger Danger' has become our mantra.

"Everyone and everything has become a threat, and our ability to experience meaningful human interaction has become nearly impossible."

But Mr Lucas says in the first few days in New Zealand "people that hadn't known us up until a few hours beforehand offered us rides, invited us to their homes for coffee and cake, invited us out to dinner in the city, took off work to show us around the country they were so proud of".

Kiwis had also "engaged us in deep and meaningful conversation, bought us lunch and dinner, offered the use of their vehicles and homes to us, prepared us dinner, brought us home to meet their family, and even invited us to cross-fit with them".

The Herald said the couple bought one-way tickets to New Zealand, sold their house, resigned their jobs and set about travelling the world, documenting their travels in Aotearoa in several posts.

Mr Lucas suggested one of the reasons for the laid back Kiwi attitude is "it does not appear that you have succumbed to living in a state of fear of others as many of us do in the US". 

He added: "Perhaps this is the Maori influence and their culture of helping anyone that figuratively and literally shows up at their door."