After graduating from Otago University, Rosemary Hepozden started travelling, often finding herself in places so unfamiliar and uncomfortable that she longed for a pocket-sized guide that would take her well beyond the 'must do' attractions and recommended restaurants, and right to the core of what it meant to be local. She wanted, in other words, instant access to a culture. When she returned to New Zealand from a two-year teaching stint in Turkey, she saw the need for such a book from the other side, as she found herself decoding the Kiwi lifestyle for a somewhat startled Turkish man who had accompanied her home. As she lovingly interpreted all things Aotearoa, she remembered once again just how cool it is to call yourself a Kiwi. This book distils the essence of that experience.