Diplomats tell us what Kiwis need to know about their homeland.

The thing you probably know about my country is:

A bit about Mexican food, tequila and mariachis.

But the thing you really should know is: The rich history and culture.

Mexican ambassador Leonora Rueda. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Mexican ambassador Leonora Rueda. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Over there, we think Kiwis are:


Nature and sports lovers.

On a longer visit, you should: Visit pyramids, beaches and colonial cities and magic towns.

Our national sport is: Soccer, but boxing and diving are also important.

The one food thing you really should try is: "Mole" — a mix of chillies, chocolate and spices served over chicken, together with rice and, of course, beans!

Make sure you avoid: Tap water, unless you are prepared for Montezuma's revenge.

The weather is: Wonderful, variable depending on which part of the country you are visiting, but always pleasant.

A handy phrase you should know is: "Orale": A word meaning almost anything you would like it to mean: "OK! I agree with you! Come on! Bring it on! Yes! Hurry Up! That's amazing!" Etc, etc...

Leonora Rueda is the Mexican ambassador to New Zealand.