It’s central to Kiwi culture never to go anywhere empty handed. (Which is why “bring a plate” has been known to needlessly strike fear in the hearts of those with a bit of Willow Pattern on the sideboard.)
The etiquette of gift giving can be a minefield. But here you’ll be on totally safe ground no matter the occasion, with wine, crisps, chocolate and shortbread.
Home warming? All they’ll need are hastily unwrapped glasses or the jars that little Ollie had been keeping his pet stick insects in.
Congratulations on the new position? The parents will have something to admire when they “pop round”, to get some of the credit. And maybe dinner out.
Thank you? They will.
Almost embarrassingly easy.