US TikTok creator shares the 'everyday Kiwi things' that have baffled him since moving to NZ

Another day, another American baffled by New Zealand: this time, a content creator who has gone viral by sharing the 'everyday things' in Aotearoa that simply "don't exist" back in the US.  

Haseya, a musician and bartender from California, recently took to TikTok to share his musings on three things he had never heard of before moving to New Zealand, with the video quickly amassing over 140,000 views.   

Addressing the camera in his car, Haseya began by noting that the ever-popular drink lemon, lime and bitters - also known as LLB - "does not exist in America", followed by the cultural Kiwiana icon L&P, or Lemon & Paeroa, which he described as "a really common soft drink".  

Continuing the food-and-beverage theme, the third "everyday thing" on Haseya's list was a savoury pie - practically a smoko institution here in Aotearoa.   

"Savoury pies just do not exist in America," he claimed. "You can buy them frozen in a supermarket, but that's pretty much the only way that you'll find them. They're really uncommon - you'll never find them served hot in a cabinet, the way you do in New Zealand."  

It didn't take long for Haseya to make his 'three everyday things in NZ that don't exist in America' video into a series, sharing a part two with three further additions over the weekend.  

In the follow-up clip, which has since been viewed more than 280,000 times, Haseya began with the Kiwi classic, fish and chips - claiming there is "no such thing" as a fish and chips shop in the US.   

"The odd sit-down restaurant will have it on their menu, but it's just not that popular - people don't really order it," he added.  

Second on his list were roundabouts, with Haseya noting that four-way stop signs are more common back home in California than circular intersections.   

"Unless it's where two highways are kind of linking, we don't really have roundabouts. They're definitely not in residential areas the way that they are in New Zealand."  

Last but not least, Haseya revealed that free monetary transfers via banking apps are nowhere near as common in the US, with Americans instead using online payment services such as Venmo to send money for a small fee.

"Kiwis really don't appreciate how easy it is to transfer money to each other. In America, you can't do it for free - you have to use an app like Venmo or CashApp that links with your bank account so you can send someone money, but then it takes a fee every time you transfer," he explained, before concluding the video with a promise for a third installment.  

It's not the first time an American living in New Zealand has called out the lack of free payment options in the US. Earlier this year, Konner - an American content creator based in Auckland - said he found the concept of transferring money via banking apps "shocking" when he first arrived in Aotearoa.   

"[In America] you have to download a payment app, like CashApp, and they charge you all those fees and it's so annoying, but here, you give someone your bank number and they send you money like that - it's so good," Konner said in his video, which was titled, 'Things that shocked me as an American in NZ'.  

The 18-year-old content creator has grown his following on TikTok by documenting the differences between America and Aotearoa, including the culture shocks he has experienced during his time in Auckland.    

Other culture shocks Konner has discussed with his followers include Kiwis referring to the bathroom as 'toilets', the differences between driver's licences, New Zealand schools mostly having mandatory uniforms, and struggling with 'Sprite' vs 'lemonade'.  

Elsewhere on his platform, Konner has also called out Kiwis' lack of enthusiasm for Halloween, Auckland's lacklustre dating scene, and praised New Zealand's beloved café culture - as opposed to "drinking Starbucks every day".