well, i am not sure if this is a general insight into how eating happens in New Zealand or if it's just a glimpse of how it works with my dear sister, but here goes with that glimpse!
i am much obliged to Daniel and Katie for appearing in these pictures. it seems that when one wishes to eat (either in New Zealand in general or at Gillian's house in particular), they gather the food stuffs together and get on the floor somewhere in the vicinity of a table.
then, of course, once you have finished eating, you are allowed to go and sit at the table.
actually, the more i think about it, this sounds like a classic, quality Gillian idea. i would imagine that the remainder of New Zealand eats in an all together more conventional way, but who knows, perhaps Gillian's ideas on how to do it will catch on!
be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!