A few years ago, I put a personal ad up online. Reading through the profiles of men who sent me a “smile” signal or who were matched to me automatically by the personals site, here is what I learned about the New Zealand Man.
Personality-wise, the New Zealand man is a relaxed specimen. He has â€œgot a sence of humor (sometimes it`s a bit strange)â€, and is â€œgoal orintated and set hi standards for myself.â€ The New Zealand man asserts his normalcy with statements like, â€œFairly laid back, does not take life too seriously,â€ â€œa very non threaening person,â€ â€œThe vampire lifestyle just isn’t for me,â€ and â€œfun loving & happy to lie about how we met.â€
What does the New Zealand man like to do? They are â€œpassionate about fihing,â€ â€œflying, fishing, shooting,â€ â€œmotorbikes, fishing and building things, walking,â€ â€œfishing,holidays,and casino,â€ â€œdogs fishing huntingâ€. Iâ€™m so glad Iâ€™m not a fish. New Zealand Man has a can-do attitude, always â€œupgrading the houseâ€ and pitching their woo by noting â€œi might come in handy to sort out problems with computers or Automotive Engineering.â€ Their dream vacation seems to be either a motorcycle trip across the U.S.A, or the desire to see the obscure corners of seven continents.
Where food is concerned, the New Zealand man is a carnivore, when he is not semi-vegetarian, and has pedestrian tastes, unless he is adventurous. Those who enjoy meat are firm in their preference, â€œBacon &eggs, Meat&three veges, roasts etc.â€ â€œmmmm steak!!!â€ â€œwholesome meat,â€ â€œi d have to say i enjoy roast chicken.â€ For each guy who likes â€œPasta, fish, chickenâ€ is someone who boldy says â€œI donâ€™t like pastaâ€. For themselves, they cook â€œstews, bolognese, steak, or what looks really nice in the cook book.â€ The results are often â€œsurprising meals (even to myself)â€. Wisely, the New Zealand man notes, â€œi dont find cooking that difficult, cleaning up is the big bug bare.â€
Musically, the 80s live on; several fellows have as their latest new album Meatloafâ€™s Greatest Hits and works by David Lee Roth, Dire Straits, the Clash â€“ have any albums been released in New Zealand since 1989? And is Peter Jacksonâ€™s oeuvre so irresistible that his films are cited again and again as a most recently seen movie? With the printed page, the New Zealand man leans towards enjoying nonfiction and classics such as â€œThe Great Gasbyâ€.
Spiritually, the New Zealand man is in touch with his emotions. These gentlemen are â€œhappy go luck ,very romantic, very spiritual mined.â€ In amour, if not in guerre, â€œpolitics is for the useless monkeys.â€ In a romantic mood, they â€œenjoy night’s out on the town winning and dining.â€ Simple pleasures reign â€“ The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayann is evoked by the wish for â€œA nice meal then the company of a caring loving woman,â€ the humble desire for â€œa nice lady to have outting’s with.â€
Overall, New Zealand men are open to women as they truly are in finding their match â€“ each understated wish for someone â€œfitâ€ is paralleled with someone elseâ€™s bolder â€œappearance is less important than the person inside.â€ That said, there seems to be a striking amount of New Zealand men who dig tall chicks. â€œI’m into taller women — at least 167cm / 5’6″ would be great.â€ â€œTall women only!!!â€ â€œOn the tallish side.â€
Above all, New Zealand men are true individualsâ€¦receiving 40th birthday gifts of a unicycle and a bottle of tequilaâ€¦working on becoming an eccentric millionaireâ€¦drilling for oil in the sub-Antarcticâ€¦frequently a lonerâ€¦wanting to set up wood shops or work on jewelryâ€¦photographing tigersâ€¦building model tanksâ€¦dancing up a stormâ€¦firing up the RV and heading off towards the horizon.
New Zealand Man, you make the copyeditor in me sigh in despair, even as the woman in me salutes you fondly.
For more of the New Zealand Man in his own words, with the benefit of some serious writing talent, check out Tim Jones’ new poetry collection. “Men Briefly Explained explores all aspects of contemporary manhood, the humourous and not so humourous, where men are in relation to women and to society in general. ” Click on the image for more!