RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia

Subject: RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia
From: Kirsty Taylor <kirsty -dot- taylor -at- ventyx -dot- abb -dot- com>
To: "Techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <Techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:24:46 -0800

As Kath mentions, New Zealanders may not appreciate being lumped in with Aussies. An Australian-born friend who's been living in NZ for years put a photo on Facebook today from a daily paper. The heading read "Who created the Flat White - Aussies or Us?". There seems to be a bit of rivalry over there that I'm not aware of (apart from the well-known sporting rivalry that Stuart mentioned). I don't know how much is serious or media blow-up.

Hope this helps,
KT


-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+kirsty -dot- taylor=ventyx -dot- abb -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+kirsty -dot- taylor=ventyx -dot- abb -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Kath Bowman
Sent: Wednesday, 22 February 2012 2:21 PM
To: Martinek, Carla; Techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia

Hi Carla,
Australians could handle this, but New Zealanders might be a bit upset. Asia Pacific might be a better option, but that includes other Pacific islands, like Papua New Guinea and Fiji. I would list them separately.
Cheers
Kath
(Australian)

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From: techwr-l-bounces+kathy -dot- bowman=saabsystems -dot- com -dot- au -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+kathy -dot- bowman=saabsystems -dot- com -dot- au -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Martinek, Carla
Sent: Wednesday, 22 February 2012 3:42 AM
To: Techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia

Our programmers are looking at having people type in and/or select a country for a specific software need. Right now they have defined the entry for your area as
"australia/nz".
(Other entries are "china," brazil," "russia," etc.)

Are there any cultural issues with the two countries being grouped together, and for the abbreviation to nz instead of New Zealand? (lowercase is also the programmers' choice, but that's another issue.)

I would like opinions from in-country experts as to whether this is fine, or if it is something they should avoid, and if so, for what reason.

Thanks for your input,
Carla

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References:
Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: Martinek, Carla
RE: Question for writers in New Zealand and Australia: From: Kath Bowman

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