We should reiterate that we are living in Palmerston North (aka Palmy). This is a nice town, but it’s not on the cutting edge of New Zealand culture or fashion. Anything we say about hairstyles or clothing should be considered in the context of whether we’re posting from Palmy or a larger cultural center like Wellington or Auckland.

Otherwise, it’s like judging all of California based on living in, say, Fresno.  Or judging all of America based on living in, say, Idaho. Fresno and Idaho aren’t bad places, but they’re not the epitome of the larger cultures.

With that said, I personally am going to continue making broad generalizations based on extremely limited information. It’s just more fun that way.