Kiwi love habits revealed

The real state of our relationships has been uncovered.

The results are in, and Kiwis really are a bunch of babes. At least, that’s what our partners think.

New research has revealed New Zealand’s most popular nickname for our loved ones is “babe”, and it is men who particularly like saying it.

The study asked 500 Kiwis aged between 18 and 70 to vote for their favourite term of endearment. Babe – or baby – came out on top of the pet-name stakes, with 21 per cent of people admitting it’s a favourite.

Coming up close in second place is “honey”, the favourite mushy moniker of kiwi women.

Although, if you’re not a fan of the B word, it might have something to do with where you’re living.

Loved up couples in big cities Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch are the fondest of this cutesy pet name, while the smaller more rural cities like Hamilton favour either “honey” or “darling”.

For those at either end of the country, it’s all about “love” – the most popular nickname in both Northland and Southland.

But regardless of where you live, there’s one thing we all like hearing – a lot.

Almost half of New Zealanders expect to hear “I love you” by the six-month mark of a relationship, compared to 5 per cent of loved-up locals who would say it after dating for just a week.

Regardless of how soon it’s said, 55 per cent of people want to hear those three little words on a daily basis, according to the study by Elite Singles.

It looks like love really is all around.

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