Hat tip to the reader who sent in the above snippet from this week’s Kaikoura Star.
We don’t have a copy of the last page of the paper, yet.
It’s a sad reflection on the culture of this small town, famed for its whale watching tours and conservation efforts which are important sources of tourist revenue: a lifeblood for the small community there. Something doesn’t quite add up about the place does it, and what’s more – people from outside are noticing it more and more.
Can the town be saved from itself, what’s needed here. Answers below please.
Other Brutal Kaikoura articles by E2NZ.org
Brutal Kaikoura – Gulls Massacred on Wharf (March 2014) – There’s been another wildlife slaughter in Kaikoura, as if seals, wild pigs and deer aren’t enough to satisfy the blood lust. Some maniac has lured gulls with food, shot them and driven over their stunned bodies on Kaikoura’s wharf. The founder of the township’s Marine Centre and Aquarium, Megan Bosch, has condemned the cruelty, mindful of what tourists would think. This isn’t a good look for the small town that makes a living from tourists eager to experience the local marine life…
Vandals Wrecking Kaikoura – Township Already Bypassed in Favour Of Other Towns (January 2014) – Pity the long suffering tourists in the little township of Kaikoura that are having their holidays ruined by constant vandalism. In an article headed “Vandals wrecking Kaikoura image” 15 Jan 2014, the Kaikoura Star drew attention to multiple instances of mindless vandalism and theft directed against tourists and their vehicles…
More Wanton Destruction In Kaikoura (March 2012) – Kaikoura police are appealing for help to catch the vandals that left a trail of destruction in the West End of Kaikoura last Saturday evening. Car windows were smashed and planters ruined during the vandalism spree. In another incident Kaikoura man, Camden Lief Mitchell, 20 appeared in court and admitted willful damage after gratuitously kicking in the storefront window of a Kaikoura takeaway. He was sentenced to 40 hours’ community work and ordered to pay $708.32 reparation…
Kaikoura Youths Embarrass Town Again & Another ‘Once Were Warriors’ Upbringing (March 2012) – “Police are again warning the youth of Kaikoura to behave following a drunken party which left one man in hospital with a broken jaw and another facing charges of disorderly behaviour”…
Sick German Tourist Attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand “Just for Fun” – tourist had to travel from Kaikoura to Christchurch for medical treatment and got beaten up and robbed…
Kaikoura Safer Now Petrol Station Arsonist is Behind Bars – New Zealand’s grinding poverty no doubt had something to do with the attack on the Caltex Service Station in the small township of Kaikoura. In what could’ve been taken from a scene in the TV series Top of the Lake, the news site Stuff.co.nz reported…
Kaikoura Firearm Chase and The Roar: A man was chased around Kaikoura at gun point and police issued an advisory to take care with firearms during the hunting season. Fortunately, the whale watching season was over and all animal lovers were likely to be absent from the town, thus spared from having to watch the slaughter…
Swiss Campers’ Tyres Slashed In Kaikoura- locals feel strongly about freedom campers…
Hapuku Local Damaged Road To Deter Freedom Campers – Today we have some background to the issue of freedom camping in Hapuku. Read our most recent blog about the Swiss tourists whose tyres were slashed as they camped at a remote spot in Hapuku on March 1st, just north of the township of Kaikoura. It seems that freedom campers have been a thorn in the side for some angry residents, who say the problems became worse after Hapuku got a mention in the Lonely Planet Guide. A report headed Freedom camping under gun appeared in the Kaikoura star on 12/1//2012…
Kaikoura. Weak Justice Fails To Curb Crime Problem (Jan 2012) – We’ve often blogged about the small tourist township of Kaikoura and its reputation for violence and crime. Tourists have been hospitalised by marauding mobs, visitors from Christchurch beaten and kidnapped, seals clubbed to death and vacationing US soldiers robbed.
There’s A Lot Of Viciousness” In Kaikoura (Dec 2010) - immigrant couple, Ms Irvine-Boag 54, and her partner, Tony Neumann, 53 are moving out of the town because of two recent violent street assaults and an anonymous note telling them to “get out” of town. They moved to the coastal community in 2008 but say they soon encountered hostility from the locals who treated them as outsiders…
US Soliders Robbed In Kaikoura (Dec 2010) - two American soldiers, Eli and Tonia Gerhard, lost a large amount of property when their rental car was robbed. Following the theft police used a search warrant to enter a local address and “recovered a “substantial amount” of property” according to the Kaikoura Star. The couple had decided to take a holiday in New Zealand, away from the crime and strife of war ravaged Afghanistan where the couple had both been posted. What a bad choice New Zealand turned out to be for them. From the Marlborough Express:…
About to pay out big bucks to emigrate to Christchurch, NZ to help out with the rebuild?
Wait. Before you do, did you know that there really isn’t much of a rebuild going on, and what there is is painfully slow. That’s deliberate, the process is rumoured to be dragged out for at least the next 10 years so as to provide a fillip to the NZ economy.
It’s been three years since the earthquake and the rebuild has been painfully protracted, not a good look for a supposedly first world country and a living nightmare for people living in damaged homes. Maybe New Zealand should follow the examples set by Chile?
From today’s press:
Christchurch’s recovery is “painstakingly slow”, say key rebuild firms who blame local and central government for hampering progress.
A damning survey by the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) shows major banks, construction companies and engineering firms believe the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and the Christchurch City Council (CCC) are holding back the rebuild.
Some of those surveyed called for Cera to be axed and for an independent board to be set up to replace it.
The interim research results were leaked to The Press after the NZCID presented the findings to its members this month.
The procurement and prioritisation of anchor projects, investment strategy and the lack of alignment between the council and the Crown were among the most heavily criticised aspects in the report.
The survey, carried out in February and March, showed the performance of the region’s recovery agencies had slumped since a similar survey last year.
When asked about leadership, just under 80 per cent of respondents described it as weak or very weak.
The biggest criticism was the alignment between central and local Government, which 40 per cent of respondents said was very weak and another 35 per cent said was weak.
Visible evidence of progress was described by nearly 75 per cent as weak or very weak…”
You can read the full report here.
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A report by global insurance broker and risk management company Marsh has criticized insurance companies in the Christchurch market for being among the world’s slowest to respond to disaster.
Incredibly after major earthquakes in Chile, Japan and New Zealand most claims were settled in Chile within 12 months – by comparison in Christchurch only 16 % were closed within 12 months and 32% within 18. Three years after the Canterbury earthquake insuance claims are still dragging on with many still outstanding in the city of Christchurch… more
Long suffering and angry homeowners, messed about for the last three years are deeply unhappy. Not only are they making heaps of complaints about shoddy work they’ve also been taking repair workers hostage and threatening them with knives and machetes
One contractor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an agreement with Fletcher EQR, said there were regular reports of homeowners who were treated badly, but there was little in the public spotlight about the other side of the story.
“It’s getting worse in terms of homeowners’ tempers,” he said. “Some people behave like real a……..”
Some of his 40 employees had been locked in rooms and threatened with knives and machetes.
Shooting, Bomb and Death threats
Incidents of angry Cantabrians threatening to blow up earthquake repair hubs and shoot staff have been documented in The Press…
Fletcher EQR spends thousands of dollars on extra security to protect its 700 staff from threats and verbal abuse from homeowners.
In March, a New Brighton man flung a fire extinguisher at contractors after his “living hell” dealing with earthquake authorities.
EQC had also fielded death threats. One person had said they would go up to an EQC facility with a gun and shoot someone…
Raving, Shouting Lunatics
Last year, Christchurch City councilor Ali Jones helped organise protests against insurance company Southern Response, he told the press
“There is something about dealing with these earthquake issues that turns people into raving shouting lunatics,”… more
- Christchurch Rebuild Stalls As Problems Mount (Sept 2011)
- Christchurch and Canterbury then and now, three years after the earthquake (Feb 2014)
- Christchurch Earthquake: Elderly Russian Immigrants Nikolai and Irina Zvyagin STILL Homeless in Socially Progressive New Zealand (Apr 2014)
As we predicted, the New Zealand press have at last picked up on the carping Kiwis article in the Australian Courier newspaper we wrote about yesterday.
The Herald used the example of a New Zealander living on the Gold Coast as an illustration
Tim Baker, a 40-year-old Kiwi living on the Gold Coast, wasn’t surprised by the survey results.
While Kiwi-Aussies might seem a “miserable lot”, many had good reason to grumble, he said.
“We are basically second-class citizens over here.
“I’ve moved here with my Australian wife, had three kids here who are Australians, I have worked here pretty much the whole time and I have bought property. But when I got laid off, what could I get? Nothing.”
Of course a balanced report may have questioned why Mr Baker didn’t decide use his time in employment to apply for permanent residency in Australia, why he didn’t give himself and his family long term security in their new country. This is what migrants from other countries do. It’s what migrants in New Zealand are expected to do. Why aren’t New Zealanders in Australia doing it too?
The Herald says it costs Kiwis more than migrants from other countries to obtain Australian citizenship $3800 vs. A$800 but that figure of A$800 looks very low. We think it’s because migrants from other countries have already paid out thousands for permanent residency (PR) and citizenship for them is simply a ‘top up’ to seal the deal. New Zealanders would have to start from scratch – paying for PR, waiting for the residency requirement to elapse and then going for citizenship. Some may say it’s worth the investment to obtain the security.
Currently only New Zealanders holding a special category visa before 26 February 2001 are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship straight off. Any New Zealanders arriving since then have to apply for permanent residency first, just like any other migrant group has to ” if they wish to access certain social security payments, obtain Australian citizenship or sponsor their family members for permanent residence.” source
The question here should be why aren’t Kiwis applying for PR in Australia instead of complaining that they can’t access some social security payments.
You can read the full article by the Herald here http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11241507
Interestingly, the Herald hasn’t yet allowed comments from its readers.
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New Zealanders migrating to Australia find plenty to whinge about in the ‘lucky country’ according to new research by Monash University for the non-profit Scanlon Foundation.
New Zealand is the third largest source of new residents for Australia and Kiwis have easier access to work in Australia than any other nationality, yet despite that they’ve still found plenty to complain about.
According to the Australian Courier Mail, lack of access to some state benefits is one thing that’s giving Kiwis plenty to carp about.
“Recent arrivals from New Zealand are more unhappy with their financial situation than any other group, with 40 per cent describing themselves as “dissatisfied’’ or “very dissatisfied’’.
Some 46 per cent of the Kiwi respondents say they are poor, struggling or just getting along – the second-worst result after people from Asian countries other than China/Hong Kong, Malaysia or Indonesia.
“A lot of people see Australia as an opportunity to come and get work and that’s often not the reality,’’ said Sarai Tuuga from the Boystown charity in Logan where one in 10 of the population was born in New Zealand.
“There is a lack of access to income support and limited access to job-seeking services. I don’t know that that is widely-known (before people come),” she said.
Kiwis are the group least likely to see Australians as “caring, friendly, hospitable people’’, with just 1 per cent of New Zealanders nominating that as one of the things they most like about this country…”
Kiwis are suspicious and reluctant to integrate
“They are also among the most suspicious of others. Only 22 per cent said they believed that, generally speaking, people can be trusted and 63.2 per cent reckon ‘’you can’t be too careful’’.
Just over a quarter said they had been on the receiving end of discrimination because of their background – more than twice the level among Brits.
And New Zealanders are in the top-three migrant groups who believe it is unsafe to walk the streets at night in Australia.
Only a third of Kiwi migrants say they identify as Australian – compared to three-quarters of those from India and half from the UK.
And while 92 per cent of Chinese migrants who arrived between 1990 and 2005 have become Aussie citizens, just 41 per cent of New Zealanders have done so – the lowest of any group of arrivals…”
Looks like you can take the migrant out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the migrant. You can read the full article here.
As ever, the devil is in the detail of the comments section of which there was plenty (see a selection below) and they’re sure to grow as word gets round, there were about 30 comments when we first looked and over 100 by 8pm NZ time.
It won’t be long until the NZ press get a hold of this, it will be interesting to see how they spin it and if it is used to whip up some more ant-Australian rhetoric. Keep an eye out for it in the coming days.
Tell me about it! Every one of them I’ve met whinge. They seem to think that Australia is somehow attached to New Zealand and they should be able to fly in and live here with all restrictions dropped. We are 2 separate countries! They can just fly in and work and take our jobs. What more do they want? New Zealand is also a back door to gain entry here. Their government will let anyone in so other nationalities get citizenship there first, then migrate here. I also wish they would drop this “AS” thing following everything they say. Our school kids have picked it up and it’s annoying AS.
A mate of mine who has been working rebuilding Christchurch woke yesterday to 4 deg and didn’t enjoy a max of 13 deg. He rang me last night to say is it any wonder they gravitate to Qld. He can’t wait for his contract to finish. Kiwis have nothing to complain about. If they do, they can go back home and freeze their butts off.
I think you will find that the kiwis claiming to be poor have south sea island heritage, they go through NZ to get to Australia. The loophole is that those countries citizens have entitled access into NZ, once there they get a passport and then are entitled to migrate to Australia, if they tried to come directly to Australia they could not and would be required to undertake our immigration selection process.
Absolutely correct Sue. The New Zealand Government is at fault here, and needs to tighten up on their immigration rules. They accept dirt poor, uneducated people from the pacific, who are unskilled, basically illiterate ,and speak very poor English, with the full understanding that they will migrate to Australia, and become Australia’s problem. Before we have an exercise in Kiwi bashing, I think we need to understand that most of these people claiming to be New Zealanders are actually from somewhere else.
This is a bigger challenge to the Australian economy than asylum seekers. Far too many of the Kiwi’s who hit our shores arrive without any requirement around skills, financial security or any potential to contribute in a meaningful way to the Australian economy or future. New Zealander’s should be subjected to the same visa requirements as everyone else. I have business colleagues in NZ who laugh at Australia’s immigration policy and are grateful for us taking their less credentialed kin. Saves NZ having to accommodate them. Why do we insist on being the joke of the world.
I agree. We have too many New Zealand citizens arriving in Australia without properly researching their entitlements and expecting to be propped up with Australian government benefits. If New Zealand citizens do not have a job to come to in Australia, they should not be allowed to move here. The SCV444 is a temporary visa, but many New Zealand citizens believe they should have the right to vote, and receive pensions and payments that are only afforded to Australian citizens. Australia must have the right to determine who becomes Australian citizens.
No access to welfare entitlements despite paying taxes”. Join the queue behind the Aussies. I have paid taxes all my life and never received any middle class welfare. Bought my house before there were handouts for first home buyers. Had my kids before there were baby bonuses. Never received any child tax payments because i have always just been above the threshold. Now im probably not going to get a pension. Stop winging – even hard working Australians arent entitled to anything.
@Constantine how right you are I arrived in aussie 1978 worked hard because of my work qualifications in the justice system and on my own with no help no hand outs brought and paid for my own home and now am 74yrs old on a pension have paid full taxes since I arrived and never had any pension what so ever Oh I am a kiwi ex vet who found that I was treated by the kiwis when I arrived home from overseas service in Vietnam by all sorts of names so that is why I came here and lived in Logan city.
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