Tips for the New Year - or not.
My family and I have been holiday in New Zealand for the last month. I was born here but I've lived away for almost 20 years and it's always a pleasant surprise when I come back. The weather is delightful, the fishing is fun, and the food & wine is impossibly good, but most of all, I get to see my family (and friends) face to face.
Here's something that always suprises me, as an infrequent visitor: you don't TIP here AND yet you still get fantastic, friendly, fast service.
The last time I was over here, I forgot you don't tip and I left $50 sitting on the restaurant table. They had my number (from when I booked) and the restaurant manager called me up, saying, "You accidentally left some money on your table. How can we get it back to you?". I said it was a tip because they looked after us so well. They said I was very generous, but it wasn't necessary.
People get paid a fair wage and they just do a good job because that's their job and they want to do a good job.