One of the things that Kiwi’s have definitely got right, is their ubiquitous use of EFTPOS. Unlike Australia where it really seems like a big hassle, it is commonly used in New Zealand and for good reason. There is no minimum amount required for EFTPOS purchases, people frequently spend just a couple of bucks. The services for whatever reason is lightning fast, there were a few times when I’m sure it would’ve take the cashier longer to bag my items, take my money and count out change as opposed to simply hitting the EFTPOS button, and bagging my goods while I settle the payment in a flash.
I don’t know why, but for some reason in Australia it takes ages for the EFTPOS machines to initially connect to the bank servers, and then the payment processing seems to take a few minutes. I don’t understand why it’s done so much better in NZ, I can’t imagine they would have better internet connectivity to justify the speed increase, but for whatever the reason, NZ is so much closer to being cashless than Australia, and for that reason they get the thumbs up.