Todd: So, Mark, what do kiwis like to do in the summer?
Mark: Yeah, I think the first thing for some people to realise is that Christmas is midsummer in New Zealand.
Todd: Oh nice!
Mark: So kiwis combine Christmas holiday and New Year holiday with a summer vacation as well.
Todd: That sounds nice, so you know in Australia they’re really big on surfing. Do a lot of people surf in New Zealand?
Mark: There is a surfing population. I think the Australian beaches are probably much larger and
Todd: And what foods do people like to eat when they get together for the summer?
Mark: Barbecue is almost the national obsession in summertime, you know, you’d just throw a sausage on the barbie or friends would ring up and say ‘hey, it’s a nice night, let’s have a barbie!’. I think all my friends have their own barbecue set.
Todd: Ok, what meats do people barbecue?
Mark: Again, New Zealand foods used to very much sort of be the lamb or beef, but now it’s getting a lot more varied, you can grill a nice fish on the barbecue, you can still have sausage, chicken, pork, beef, lamb, whatever you want.
Todd: Yeah, it sounds good. Ok, well thanks, Mark.