If you're a New Zealander...
You go to church for weddings and funerals, and possibly have a vague belief in God, but anyone talking excessively about religion is suspected of being mentally unstable.
It seems natural to you that the telephone system, railroads, airlines, and power companies are privately run, and that there aren't any auto manufacturers any more. You might be concerned that all these companies are owned by foreigners, but you can't see things changing.
You think a tax level of 33% for high earners is reasonable.
You seriously expect to be able to transact business, or deal with the government, without paying bribes.
If a politician has been cheating on his wife, you'd lose a lot of respect for him but wouldn't necessarily expect him to resign. The slightest hint of anything illegal, though, and you'd expect him to be sacked immediately.
You can count on excellent medical treatment in an emergency, but you vaguely expect a wait of decades for anything non-urgent. You might have private health insurance to get around this. You think of the health service as run-down and shambolic, yet you know you're not going to die of any Third World disease. Dying at 65 would be a tragedy.
You used to hear about the military only when the wings fell off their planes or the Army couldn't shoot a wild dog. Now you get touching images of peacekeepers in a place you couldn't find on the map. You can't name any New Zealand military figure (except for WWII hero Charles Upham and Private Leonard Manning, who was shot dead by militia in East Timor). You don't expect the military to get involved in politics.
You are not a farmer. Farming is a very prominent industry, though. There are advertisements for sheep drenches on prime time TV, and politicians blame recessions on the weather. You probably know someone with either a full-scale farm or a small "lifestyle block".
You don't care what family someone comes from. You do care what they do for a living.
Christmas is in the summer. You eat a roast turkey dinner in the blazing noon heat and lie around semi-comatose all afternoon.