New Zealand’s DIY society

By Jane Clifton In Current Affairs

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27th December, 2012
The DIY drive runs especially deep in the New Zealand psyche because of our geographical isolation and the resultant dependence on imports. Chronic scarcity of equipment in decades long past led in turn to the deathless “No 8 fencing wire” ethos. As a very successful advertising campaign has long told us, DIY is in our DNA. The urge to knock out a wall, whack up a deck or hire a post-hole borer can lie dormant for decades and, as former Act leader Rodney Hide found, without warning suddenly take over one’s life. ...

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