Originally posted by silversurfer6161
reply to post by xpert11
There's lots more of negative stuff going on here(drugs,domestic vilolence,child abuse,Maori/Pakeha issues etc.
Its a great country but not paradise.
[edit on 17-5-2010 by silversurfer6161]
Pretty much that on the head really, New Zealands Image is just that, pure Image... sure we're alot better than some countries and I dont dispute
that one bit, id rather live here than 99% of America and Britain, but we have just as many problems. Its not all like the post cards and tourism
videos... and the problem is we're getting more and more worse every year, but still try to think like we are just like the hype we feed to the
world... which hardly goes to solving the worsening issues.
Although the comment that anything outside Auckland is hicks vill is a little rough dude :p I live in Te Awamutu 30 minutes from Hamilton and moved
here a good 10 years ago after spending all of my previous life on the North Shore in Auckland in the bays, next to multimillion dollar mansions...
and Auckland just comes across to me now as a dirty, bipolar grot hole of a place (although its still my home town and ill always keep it in my
heart)... but small town and city New Zealand is just as enjoyable and good and often better than Auckland for the most part, just tends to take some
time living outside Auckland to realise that
As for the comment someone made that we are a violent country... scewed statistics due to cultural and social issues with certain members of a
population doesnt mean everyone else are violent, blood thirsty child bashs and thugs. Problem with that is, your not really allowed to say 'its
mostly there fault for the bad statistics' since thats considered racist and we've got to feel like somehow its our fault for the modern issues they
suffer from in the first place when a good 70% of us are in the same social boat as they are in regards to money, education etc.
You'd think being NZers we'd have the stark naked frankness to discuss it all with each other out in the open... but we lost that somewhere at some
As for coming to New Zealnd to live... better hurry ATSers, at the rate parts of this country are being bought up by foreign nationals and
corporations and divided up by rich overseas million and billionaires there wont be much left
... even for the 'natives'... weather those natives
be white, brown or yellow.
Unless of course your one of the millionaires buying up tracts of our landscape to turn into your own exculsive and private holiday retreats... then
you can piss off
... sorry to be aggressive, but its a sore point for me (compounded by the ridiculous fact China's been attempting to buy dairy
farms here recently).
Pardon the rant
... but lifestyle superpower? only in the magazines, but hey anything to keep those mighty tourism dollars flowing, welcome to New
Zealand... play pen for the rest of the world.
Originally posted by nepafogo
The majority of the youth are courteous and polite and do not get on the train yelling and cursing like they do here. I think it has alot to do with
the fact that NZ kids spend alot of time outdoors playing sport rather than sitting in front of an x-box all day. I love that the schools are all
uniformed as well.
[edit on 17-5-2010 by nepafogo]
Hmm sorry but im gonna laugh at that comment (not you personally)... New Zealand youth and by that I mean those currently in their mid and early teens
are just as bad as American and British kids (just not as extreme). Heck my own sisters are/were like it, even in a good household like ours... New
Zealand youth are just as TV, gang culture, cellphone, disrespectful and self opinionated obsessed as any other western countries. Then again that
could be me being older and looking at my own youth with rose colored glasses... but theirs a definite difference to my generation who where teens in
the 90's and the youth right now and its a bad one.
All I can really think is, if we're as bad as I see us... you lot overseas must be REAL bad if you think we're paradise
(which given what i read
here everyday is a no brainer .
[edit on 20-5-2010 by BigfootNZ]