In New Zealand, it does not necessary to have a maids or not, I have observed here over the years while living here. Most families, even rich people needs a maid. The reason behind is that they hire people to work in a day or two to clean up the house, or cut the lawn,trim the garden, and or even fixed something broken. People here are raise to do things on their own if they can do it and not leaning to someone else to do stuff for them. If the family have kids, they will find a good day care center and pay for it, but finding a person who can stay at home is very rare. I observed too, that the people who have home stay nanny or maids are coming from the other country, like Philippines. In the Philippines, it is common that a family who have both parent work fulltime and having a kids, they hire a nanny or maids to take care the kids and the house. In my case, I really don't need one because I can do things around the house, not unless I am working fully.