What do you do?

I went to hear Danyon Loader speak a while back.

He is an excellent speaker. If you get a chance to hear him, take it.

He had a nice anecdote which I’ve been meaning to share on here…

He said he can usually tell where somebody comes from based on the first question they ask when they meet somebody new.

  • Those from Dunedin ask: what are you studying?
  • Those from Christchurch ask: where did you go to school?
  • Those from Wellington ask: what do you do?
  • And, those from Auckland ask: where do you live?


So, what do you do?


3 thoughts on “What do you do?”

  1. These seem to be common stereotypes Rowan; I posted a similar one last month although for Auckland, it was how much you earn rather than where you live! I’m not sure of the origins of these stereotypes—I first heard them from my brother in Christchurch (who complains about old boy’s networks); I studied in Dunedin myself, live in Wellington, and grew up in South Auckland—and they all seem so obvious. I’ve heard similar from other people, so it’s either a true independent observation or one of those urban myths!

  2. …I work for government.

    Yes it means I live in (near) Wellington, but I actually work for New Zealanders, not them in the beehive.

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