It destroyed my life … all I ever wanted to do was teach kids maths.”
Interviewer : Was being an American a factor?
Mr Smith says that he had multiple instances of his kids saying “we’re going to send that yankee Cnut back to America, it seemed to be a campaign they had, they seemed to take pleasure in the fact they were going to send me back to the United States.”
At some point two of his ex students say something very revealing.
“he could have felt like an outsider because we are so tight-knit”.
“but then we are very friendly as well, and quite welcoming” Lol!
They say he didn’t have the same personality as us (not me, or her). Like the whole town possess one big homogenous personality, and any deviance from it is threatening to the group dynamic.
This was before they started the town-wide pedophile campaign to discredit him, and ruin his life…
One of his students wrote on the board, “G Smith is a pedophile”, then he was shouted at in the street “THERE GOES THE PEDOPHILE”. Then one of his colleagues warned him that there were rumours in the town he was a pedophile.
Those kids have the ethics and morals of swamp rats.
Unfucking believable. Any American still thinking of teaching in NZ?
Many times we’ve covered reports of armed invasions and violence in New Zealand’s schools but this is the first time we’ve heard of adult women storming into a school armed with a knife.
In a disturbing escalation of school violence, combined with a heightening of aggression in the nation’s young women, we hear that three women allegedly went into the Aranui high school in Christchurch and stabbed a 15-year-old pupil.
A report posted on Stuff today stated
“The Aranui High School pupil suffered superficial cuts to her chest and legs during the knife attack last week.
Aranui community constable Barry Campbell said the alleged assault occurred just inside the school gate about 2pm last Thursday.
“It wasn’t fellow students; it was allegedly people walking in off the street,” he said.
The incident was reported to police last Friday.” more here
But despite the nature of the attack the school principle said although it showed that people could easily wander into school grounds off the street
“We don’t believe in having high fences and locked gates around the school,”
”We don’t want to be like those schools in America. Unfortunately, it’s a risk that all schools around the country face having undesirables come into the grounds.”
What has a knife attack in Christchurch got to do with school security in America? if children are at risk doesn’t the school have a duty of care to protect them? Fences may not present the correct image but they will keep the people within them safe.
It’s not just the children that are at risk, teachers have also been attacked by intruders and there have been tragic consequences.
Lois Dear was brutally murdered and sexually assaulted in her classroom at Strathmore Primary School in Tokoroa. 23 year old Whetu Te Hiko pleaded guilty to her murder. He had 13 prior convictions, 8 of which were for assaulting women and children in 10 months, from April 2004 to February 2005. His brother Hamuera was jailed for sexually violating and beating his wife to death in 2001. It is not known if the school improved its security after the attack.
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Back in February we wrote about Northern Irishman Roy Lilley, principal of Bruce McLaren Intermediate ,who was attacked by a hammer wielding youth whilst he was at work on Waitangi Day. Read Belfast teacher encounters troubles in NZ.
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There is a serious problem with violent crime in New Zealand’s schools, if you are coming to the country to teach, or you have school aged children you need to read the following. New Zealand isn’t the safe haven you believe it to be.
In March 2010 the Dom Post using the Official Information Act to obtain data on the number of school staff that received ACC funded treatment following an attack at school and put that together with Ministry of Education figures for 2008, to reveal that at least 777 teachers were assaulted whilst at work during 2008/9 (that’s without the figures for non-treatment assaults during 2009): more here
“Swimming in the Cesspool – An American Teacher’s Nightmare Encounter with New Zealand Secondary Education”
Thinking about emigrating and teaching high school students in New Zealand? Before you do take a look at an interview on Sunday with American teacher, Gregg Smith, the video may be found here on TVNZ.
Gregg Smith is an extremely talented ex-USA airforce officer who once worked at the Pentagon and whose life took a turn for the worse when he decided to emigrate to New Zealand to re-train as a teacher and teach at Dannevirke High School (see Streeview below) in the Hawkes Bay region, North Island.
During his time at the school he was subjected to a fercious hate campaign, falsely accused and bullied by students who were intent on sending him back to America. Unfortunately the bullying went on outside the classroom too, Mr Smith was heckled in the street and death threats were made against him.
“Alan Vester, chairman of the Secondary Principals’ Council and Edgewater College principal, told TV ONE’s Breakfast this morning that the claims about him being a paedophile were concerning. Vester said in most schools there would be a lot of back-up for a teacher in this kind of situation. He said Smith received some support from colleagues but the school should have acted to stop it. ” source
Since his ordeal in 2006 Gregg has decided to write a book about his experiences which was published at the end of last year.
Former teacher, engineer, computer analyst, Pentagon gopher, Air Force officer, United Nations inmate . . . What can I say in 3900 characters that would even begin to describe me? Just read the book! Things in my life had gone relatively well until I decided to go to New Zealand and train as a secondary school math and physics teacher. Nothing in my life could have prepared me for what greeted me in New Zealand schools: verbal abuse, sexual harassment, assault, indifferent students, violence, xenophobia, and an animosity toward education that I’d never imagined existed anywhere on earth. As one of my colleagues described it, “We’re just like Jesus Christ — we come here for no purpose but to do good and to help make their lives better and all they can think to do is to crucify us.”<\p> I’d think it unbelievable if I hadn’t lived through every nightmarish minute of it myself. The reality was actually worse — trust me
Through writing his book Gregg hopes to bring out into the open the many issues present within New Zealand’s high schools and bring them to a ”higher ground” The book “Swimming in the cesspool – An American Teacher’s Nightmare Encounter with New Zealand Secondary Education” is described as
“This book is the true story of an immigrant teacher’s experiences with the New Zealand secondary education system. Beginning with a detailed history of the author’s life prior to training as a teacher, the book weaves a tale through the intricacies of applying to and attending teacher training in New Zealand, finding a job as a teacher, struggling to teach students aggressively opposed to learning, and dealing with the various bureaucratic organisations that surround New Zealand schools.
While much of the introductory material is light-hearted, the narrative evolves into a serious discussion of issues surrounding secondary education in New Zealand. The horrors confronting some teachers are described in full detail, with extensive documentation. The book brings the full impact of the problems home by giving the reader an intimate look at the effects of the abusive and destructive work environment that eventually lead to the author’s walking away from his teaching career in order to preserve his mental and emotional health.
This story is a must-read for anyone associated with education, particularly in New Zealand. It raises serious questions about the demands we place on teachers. Ultimately, it questions the purpose and effectiveness of the education system as a whole, while exposing systematic failures at all levels. This story makes compelling, if frightening, reading. You may never put your child in a public school again.”
How much of a problem is violence against teachers in New Zealand’s schools?
In March 2010 New Zealand newspaper the Dominion Post used the Official Information Act to obtain data on the number of school staff that received ACC funded treatment for injuries sustained following an attack at school and put that together with Ministry of Education figures for 2008, to reveal that at least 777 teachers were assaulted whilst at work during 2008/9 (that’s without the figures for non-treatment assaults during 2009):
Swimming in the Cesspool
by Gregg Smith
reviewed by Carol Davala
“I never expected to be ATTACKED for trying to make someone’s life richer by sharing my knowledge of mathematics with him, yet that’s exactly what I encountered in Dannevirke.”
Gregg Smith never failed at anything. He attended the US Air Force Academy, earned degrees in mathematics and engineering, lived and worked in seven different countries, and even conquered the art of clowning. But his textbook style work subtitled “An American Teacher’s Nightmare Encounter with New Zealand Secondary Education,” reveals the shocking tale of Smith’s mid-life career change, wherein ultimately the author’s ensuing teaching experience at Dannevirke High School could be classified as a catastrophic failure with a capital F.
Anyone who has attempted to bring order to a classroom of unruly students, can surely relate to Smith’s plight. The author’s candid story brings to mind the docu-drama “Dangerous Minds,” wherein an ex-marine struggles to connect with the inner city youth she’s been hired to teach. Unfortunately in Smith’s case there is no triumphant Hollywood ending. In vivid detail Smith recounts the verbal abuse, physical assaults, sexual harassment, and mob-like intimidation he suffered at the hands of students, parents, and the Dannevirke community. The incidents took such a major toll on his health and psyche, that after eighteen months he resigned.
Smith is understandably bitter about his experience. While his lengthy treatise includes documents, letters, recollections, and actual ”greenies” (the forms he had to submit for disciplinary infractions), that back up his claims, the sheer volume of information speaks to his mounting frustrations. Amidst all the bureaucracy, red tape, and inconsistencies that go along with handling problematic students, Smith’s experience takes on a kind of “Alice in Wonderland” dimension, complete with the element of Mad Hatter madness. With personal anecdotes and witty sarcasm woven into his writing, he attempts to balance and rebut a harrowing situation gone way beyond his control.
Swimming in the Cesspool is Smith’s effort to make public the truth about his own personal experience at Dannevirke High School. As the saying goes “the truth will set you free.” Hopefully Smith’s truth will serve as an enlightening resource to help bring secondary education in New Zealand to a higher ground.”
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We are very saddened to learn of yet another school attack in New Zealand and that it had a ‘gang’ connection.
This time it was at Flaxmere College, Hastings, during recess three weeks ago and the girl is still recovering from her injuries:
A 14-year-old girl is expected to spend weeks in hospital after being viciously attacked by two other girls at a Hastings school.
Adriana Kemp‘s spine is fractured after two girls punched her multiple times, as she laid on the school field, curling up in pain, TV3 reported.
She is now in Hawke’s Bay Hospital where she is expected to spend the next few weeks.
Her mother Moana Hawkins was shocked that Flaxmere College did not call police or an ambulance for her daughter.
“I can’t believe anything like this could ever happen at school. You trust your children to go to school and be looked after,” she said…read more on Stuff: Vicious beating at Hastings school
Our thoughts are with Adriana and we wish her a speedy recovery from her injuries, both physical and emotional, sustained in what must’ve been a terryfing attack for this young woman.
A reporter writing for Stuff said Adriana’s mother found about about that attack after her daughter text her to say she’d been gang- bashed.
She’s also seen a phone video of the assault., which she found very upsetting. The Herald reported that someone anonymously sent the video to Adrian’s father.
She told the media that she had asked the school to get an ambulance for her daughter. She also alleged that the school wasn’t able to call the police so she had to do it:
“They said ‘No we can’t do it’ so I had to do it,” she said. Hawkins also said she asked the school to call an ambulance, but they suggested she should take her daughter to the doctors.
The school said an ambulance wasn’t called as the family arrived soon after the incident occurred and told the school they would take her to the hospital.
Flaxmere College principal Louise Anaru said bullying and fighting was a “national issue”, when asked if it was a problem at the school…” (Stuff)
We know bullying at school in New Zealand is a national issue, we’ve blogged about it often enough, but that doesn’t absolve a school from acting to prevent it on its own doorstep.Nor does it prevent it from caring for the child after the attack.
The original TV3 TV news report about the beating may be found here Flaxmere College student’s bashing shocks mother – Video and it contains video which you may find disturbing.
Posters on the New Zealand community site Trade Me were quick to express their disgust at the attack and at the principal’s failure to call neither the police nor an ambulance for the badly injured girl.
If you’re bringing your children to New Zealand to attend school you may wish to familiarise yourself with its problem of bullying in its schools, which are perceived to be the problem areas and how each school deals with it.
You may be shocked to learn that New Zealand has one of the worst reputations in the world for school bullying, and its a “culture of brutality” that extends into adult life. For further information click on any of the links below. For other posts about the town of Flaxmere click here
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After the Ombudsman’s shocking report into vicious assaults at Hutt Valley High School was released yesterday there are reports of another serious assault in a New Zealand school and inadequate sanctions taken against alleged offenders.
The culture of violence in New Zealand’s schools is widespread, some would even say endemic.
If you are emigrating to New Zealand with children, or are sending your children to New Zealand for an education you may wish to research the culture of violence and bullying in schools there.
Yesterday a report was released into violent offending at Hutt Valley High School, read HVHS Report. Ombudsmen Want Compulsory Anti-Bullying Programmes In NZ Schools (click on highlighted text to read)
The ombudsman’s report identified fear among teachers and lack of supervision, the school trying to minimise the seriousness of the assaults, the normalisation of a culture of violence, highlighted failings by a number of external organisations and called for anti-bullying programmes to be made mandatory in all New Zealand schools. The school was also criticised for trying to protect their reputation with international students (who pay high fees) and not taking appropriate action against the offenders.
Today we have another shocking report of a high school and the news that the alleged offenders are back at school despite an ongoing investigation
A 14-year-old boy was dragged into a classroom by five older pupils, manhandled, assaulted and indecently touched in a mob bullying attack at Porirua’s Aotea College, authorities allege.
The five alleged offenders, aged 16 and 17, were stood down for three days for gross misconduct but are now back at school – along with their alleged victim, acting principal John Huston confirmed.
The lunchtime attack happened on August 18 in an unoccupied computer suite. It was investigated by detectives and has now been passed to Youth Aid investigators, who will decide whether to lay charges… source
It’s appalling that alleged offenders were not suspended until the investigation was completed and are now back at school with their alleged victim.
New Zealander parents reacted angrily to the news, this is a sample of what they’ve been saying this morning on the Trademe message boards
- State schools arent allowed to teach morals anymore so what does society expect? This idea of doing away with any moral standards was originally welcomed by radical teachers in the 1970s because it fitted their agendas at the time, but the tiger has turned and their successors are now the victims. It goes to show that no ideology is perfect, and their academic forebears who dreamt of a socialist nirvana must have had sleepless nights when communism imploded almost overnight.
- Why has this degenerated into stupid ramblings of the few… A school (including the BOT) and it’s employees has again failed to provide a safe and conducive environment to learning. Thugs should not be allowed back to school until the decision surrounding any charges has been made.
- In the early 1990’s the New Zealand Foundation for Character Education Inc. recognised that something had gone wrong at the heart of New Zealand society. Since the 1960’s there had been a 400% increase in violent crime, a quadrupling of the teenage suicide rate, an extraordinary rise in sexual crimes and child abuse and an astronomical increase in school suspensions.
Indeed, Ministry of Education figures provided in answers to 2004 Parliamentary Questions revealed that despite the expenditure of millions, at least from the primary schools’ perspective, there has been no improvement.Since 2000 primary schools suspensions and stand downs increased 31%, alcohol consumption 25%, physical assaults on staff 40%, assaults on other students 33%, sexual misconduct 21% and sexual harassment 83%.These are not teenagers or even intermediate school students but eight, nine and ten year olds. Of the 2,560 removals from primary school in 2003, 658 (13.8 %*) were for continual disobedience, 729 (33.3 %*) for physical assault on students, 147 (40 %*) for assaults on staff, 91 (37 %*) for verbal assaults on students and 310 (55.6 %*) for verbal assaults on staff.
- Perhaps National should have been doing something about these violent abusive behaviour problems at our schools, before tackling national standards.
And no “Labour had 9 years” comebacks, it didn’t happen, get over it and live in today with the present government that you think are so good at everything … they must be the obvious choice to “fix” every problem in the country …yeah right ;D
- Perhaps this should not be a political football… perhaps it requures the concerted efforts of all our elected representitives to find a soilution not for the next 3 years but for the next generation… hate it when people turn child abuse or bullying into some sort of them and us campaign… these kids are the future of our country and no one has all the answers, and that definately includes the politicians and the sooner the left/right faction comes to understand this the better, as we may actually make progress towards providing a safe and secure environment in which children can grow and thrive in…
- We need to get real… There is a difference between bullying, assault and sexual assault – and we need to treat the latter as what they are…
- Bullying is words and taunts, exclusion all the emotional stuff as soon as it becomes physical there is a huge difference.At 16 and 17 these are young adults.The attackers are nothing but thugs seperate them throw them in jail for a week or 2 and see how they like it when they are on the receiving end.The problem we have in this country is that the lil shites know they can get away with it.Now its not just our justice system thats protecting criminals rather than victims but our school systems are well.
“…An article on the Asia Pacific Forum.net website recently highlighted human rights abuses and bullying at the school, whereby in 2007 boys were dragged onto the school field and violated by their classmates.
Concerned parents reported the incident to the Human Rights Commissioner and calls were made for a national inquiry into pupil safety and school violence:
“The Human Rights Commission is to investigate schools’ anti-bullying policies to see whether children’s rights to safety are being protected. The move follows calls for a national inquiry by parents of bullying victims at Hutt Valley High School. The investigation is linked to a study by the children’s commissioner into pupil safety and school violence.
Chief Human Rights Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan agreed to analyse children’s human rights concerns after meeting Hutt Valley parents. Her report will focus on the right to safety and security of the person, the right to education and the rights of victims”.
It will consider how human rights are addressed by schools’ anti-bullying policies and make recommendations in situations in which policies are not protecting children.
The Government unveiled anti-bullying initiatives this year after a spate of school violence. Documents issued under the Official Information Act show Education Minister Chris Carter called for urgent action amid fears that schools were not treating bullying as a priority.
Last December nine Hutt Valley High School boys were dragged to the ground and violated by a pack of six classmates.
The victims’ parents wrote to the Human Rights Commission alleging a “systematic failure” by state agencies responsible for protecting children. They asked for a national inquiry into violence and human rights abuses in schools.
The commission has agreed to assist Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro’s school safety investigation, which is due to be issued in February.
The Hutt Valley parents’ spokesman welcomed the investigations, saying playground violence was “a much broader issue than one school … We’re talking about child abuse”.
Now, over four years later, the Ombudsmen’s office finally released their report into the human rights abuses at Hutt Valley High School.
It identified fear among teachers and lack of supervision, the school trying to minimise the seriousness of the assaults, the normalisation of a culture of violence, highlighted failings by a number of external organisations and called for anti-bullying programmes to be made mandatory in all New Zealand schools:
Ombudsmen want compulsory anti-bullying programmes in school
Tuesday, 6 September 2011, 2:45 pm
Press Release: Office of the Ombudsmen
Office of the Ombudsmen
Te Tari-o-NgāKaitiaki Mana Tangata
Ombudsmen want compulsory anti-bullying programmes in schools
The Ombudsmen’s Office is calling for anti-bullying programmes to be mandatory in all schools in the wake of its investigation into serious assaults at Hutt Valley High School.
And the Office also wants to see victims gaining a voice in school disciplinary processes and greater guidance for school discipline.
The report by Ombudsman David McGee was today tabled in Parliament following his investigation into complaints arising from a series of violent incidents that occurred at Hutt Valley High School in December 2007. The complaints were made by a group of parents against the school, Child Youth and Family and the Education Review Office.
In the report, David McGee says the serious assaults that occurred at the school in late 2007 were part of a “systemic problem of violence”, which the school had recognised but had not addressed satisfactorily.
“They were not referred to the Police or CYF for investigation, they were not adequately punished, and the school took it upon itself to interpret medical information in favour of the perpetrators. Victims’ parents were not told by the school that their children had been assaulted.”
There was a lack of student supervision outside of class time, with teachers not performing scheduled duty, some for fear of their own safety, he says.
A complaint against the Education Review Office that it had failed to properly assess the safety of the school was upheld. A complaint against Child Youth and Family was also upheld for its failure to manage a conflict of interest held by one of its staff who was also chair of the school’s board of trustees.
David McGee says that while the school understated the seriousness of the 2007 assaults, it had since been very proactive in addressing bullying and violence at the school. These steps had included introducing anti-bullying programmes and setting up a safety advisory group which included student representatives.
In his report, David McGee recommended school national administration guidelines be amended to make anti-bullying programmes compulsory in all schools, rather than it being simply a recommendation from ERO.
“I also consider the present disciplinary procedures could be improved by requiring principals and Boards of Trustees to consider the views of victims when making decisions on discipline, when the infringement at issue is bullying or violence.”
Victims could be given the opportunity to either provide a written victim impact statement or to attend board suspension hearings, he said.
David McGee also recommended the Ministry of Education provide schools with more specific guidance on the levels of punishment appropriate for various actions.
“This is because the situation at Hutt Valley High School demonstrates that the lack of appropriate sanctions can contribute to, and risk normalisation of, a culture of violence.”
While a rigid national template for school discipline would have little merit, the current “entirely discretionary” system risked producing arbitrary disciplinary decisions both within and between schools, he said.
The Ombudsman’s full report is available online at www.ombudsmen.parliament.nz
Among the complaints laid before the ombudsman was the following, 11th on the list:
“The BOT’s decisions on communications to parents put concerns about the financial implications of bad publicity on international student enrolments and other less important matters ahead of the harm done to victims. The Board did so by making statements that minimised the seriousness of what happened and saying the School had acted reasonably and responsibly in the handling of the incidents.”
The ombudsman upheld the complaint, saying in his report:
Having studied all the materials and talked to the School I am of the view that the School did minimise the seriousness of the incidents, and that that was symptomatic of a culture that had developed whereby incidents of violence were understated. Whether the financial implications of bad publicity factored into the BOT’s decision making about this as suggested by the complainants it is impossible to say.
Examples of School minimising incidents
As discussed above, the School minimised the seriousness of the assaults from the outset by imposing inappropriately lenient punishments on the perpetrators, as well as failing to notify the parents of the victims.
Additionally, the incidents appeared to be underplayed in subsequent comments made by the then Acting Principal and then BOT Chair to the media. Specifically, in a 16 January 2008 media report the then Acting Principal is quoted as having stated that “it wasn’t an assault where somebody had blood spilt” and the then BOT Chair is quoted as stating she had “understood the assaults were minor, so they were not referred to the Board for disciplinary action”.
The School also minimised the seriousness of the incidents in its initial attitude to external agency involvement. The MOE records surrounding the incident suggest that the then Acting Principal initially queried the need for the MOE to become involved in the matter. The papers also suggest that the School was reluctant to cooperate with the Police in the initial stages of the Police investigation.
Although the School subsequently cooperated with both the Police and the MOE, its refusal in the new year to accept a Police offer to provide a Police presence on the school grounds again suggests that the seriousness of the incidents was not acknowledged by the School.
School’s attitude to incidents
In my first meeting with the School management it was suggested that the assaults were not particularly serious given that a decision was made to deal with the perpetrators by means of a Police Alternate Family Group Conference rather than prosecutions. However the Alternate Family Group Conference was undertaken on the basis that serious crimes had been committed, including multiple counts of assault with a weapon, as well as threatening behaviour, common assault and sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, and that the failure of the perpetrators to meet various conditions would result in the matters being brought before the courts. I do not consider that this means of dealing with the perpetrators indicates that their actions were not viewed as being serious.
A further example of the School seeming to underplay the events was the suggestion it made to me in our first meeting that the Police officer who investigated the offences was on a “crusade”, and out to “make a name for himself”, when in fact his investigations confirmed the information that the School already had before it, that is, that there had been numerous incidents of serious pack assault committed by pupils on pupils on the school grounds. In this regard I note that the Police confirmed to me that the officer who obtained the witness statements was highly regarded for his investigative skills.
Conclusion on Complaint 11
This complaint is sustained.”
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- NZ Police celebrating African UnityLocation: National News NZ Police is proud to be joining African New Zealanders in their lively celebrations which are set to mark the 50th anniversary of African Unity Day. Sponsorship of an Africa Day event to be held on Saturday 25 May at the Wellington Town Hall is part of police's wider strategy to build partnerships with these communities to prev […]
- E whakaae ana ngā Pirihimana ki te pūrongo Operation 8 (me te ataata)Location: National News Kua whakaae ngā Pirihimana ki ngā whakakitenga o te pūrongo a te Independent Police Conduct Authority mō Operation 8, ka mutu kua tahuri kē ngā Pirihimana ki te whakarerekē i ētahi o ā rātau mahi e hāngai ana ki te maha o ngā take i roto i te pūrongo. Hei tā te Kaikōmihana a Peter Marshall e harikoa ana ia i whakaae te IPCA he ‘he wh […]
- Police accept Operation 8 IPCA report (plus video)Location: National News Police have accepted the findings of the Independent Police Conduct Authority's report on Operation 8 and have already made significant changes to address many of the issues canvassed in the report. Commissioner Peter Marshall says he's pleased the IPCA confirmed the Operation 8 investigation was a "reasonable and nece […]
- Offenders identified in Hamilton's worst burglary in a decadeLocation: National News A week on from what Hamilton Police described as the worst burglary they had seen in a decade, a young mother and her children still can't sleep, despite Police identifying those responsible. Hamilton City Tactical Coordinator, Senior Sergeant Freda Grace, said a week on from last Tuesday's home invasion mother Candy Atkins […]
- Innovative tactics sees 88% drop in burglaries in Hamilton hot spotLocation: National News Putting words into action is the driver behind a whole of policing approach that has seen an 88 percent drop in residential burglaries in one of Hamilton's most vulnerable areas.
- New Zealand Warnings and Dangers
- THE AGORA
- What they say about E2NZ.org – Part 1
- Your Exit Interview
- Migrant Tales – Immigrant Stories NZ
- Chapter 1
- Immigration Woes
- Leaving New Zealand
- Like Podlings Sucked Dry
- Married To A Kiwi in God’s Waiting Room
- Time To Leave – Can’t Find Work
- Two Years On And It’s Still Crap
- Why Are People Leaving NZ?
- Why Are You Leaving NZ?
- UK Qualifications Not Recognised
- What We Wished We’d Known
- Making Ends Meet
- A British Canadian’s Perspective
- Houses Are Overpriced Crap
- Economic Suicide
- Impossible Job Market
- Chapter 2
- “3+ Years In And Missing Blighty”
- “The Health Care System Is Second Rate”
- A Singaporean Says Living In NZ Different Experience – Updated
- An American Asks Himself “Why NZ?”
- Don’t Move to New Zealand
- NZ A More Dangerous, More Violent Place
- Teacher Duped By The Hype, Couldn’t Find Work
- We Chose To Go With New Zealand. BIG MISTAKE
- Moved From Singapore For Better Life
- NZ Is Mis-Sold
- Skilled Migrants Drive Taxis To Survive
- University Lecturer Misled Over Job Offer
- Refuge From NZ Found In A Muslim Country
- IT Professional Puts His Finger On IT
- Chapter 3
- New Zealand Is Like A Postcard, “There is no sense of history or magic here”
- 7 Months In And No Work For Tradesman Husband
- A Prison Officer’s Thoughts
- American Says Tauranga ‘Mis-sold’
- Emigrating When You’re Older
- Heading Home After 3 Years
- No Work In Blenheim, Moved To Christchurch
- NZ Without A Job Offer
- Prison Officers In New Zealand
- Returning Kiwi Shunned
- Three Weeks In. An American’s First Impressions Of New Zealand
- Two And A Half Years In New Zealand – NZ Like South Dakota
- What’s It REALLY Like In New Zealand?
- Chapter 4
- “Observations About The Downside of New Zealand”
- 100% Pure Rip Off
- 6 Years In, Stay Or Go?
- An American’s Take On “Rip-Off New Zealand”
- Canadian Still Looking For Work
- It’s True – Kiwis Don’t Really Like Americans
- Studying In New Zealand
- Thinking About Teaching In New Zealand?
- Three Months In NZ And Tickets Are Booked
- Why Can’t Asians Find Work In NZ?
- Work Culture In New Zealand
- How To Go To Bed, NZ Style
- Chapter 5
- “Close Minded Kiwis Ruined NZ For Us”
- ‘Non White’ Kiwi Treated Like Immigrant In Own Country
- Another WTR Visa Issued from Shanghai
- Effects Of Chch Quake On Expats
- If you doubt discrimination in NZ read this…
- No Science Or Skills Shortage In New Zealand
- Renting Houses In NZ – A Manual
- Trapped In NZ – Father Won’t Let Child Leave
- Chapter 6
- “Calling all teachers! Please help, I’m going mad!!”
- “God This Is A Mess” – Welcome To New Zealand
- Living Costs For One Person In NZ v. USA
- Migrant Tales. UK citizen lived 13 yrs Australia and 10 in NZ – A Comparison
- Perhaps We’re Just Unlucky But It’s Too Much. We’re Done Here
- Post Quake – How The Canterbury Disaster Has Affected Migrants And Visitors To NZ
- Teaching In NZ – A Migrant’s Exit Interview
- UK Qualified Plumbers, Beware
- Chapter 7
- “Thoughts from someone leaving NZ”
- A Culture Of Good Enough Will Do
- Chinese Student @ Otago
- Civil Engineer Now Cleaning Ovens In NZ – updated
- Expat In Christchurch Post Quake
- Immigrant Kid
- New Zealand Expo, No It Wasn’t
- New Zealand Is Draining The “Me” Out Of Me
- NZ, What’s To Miss?
- This Is Why I Didn’t Like New Zealand
- Two and a Half Years In…
- Why We Left New Zealand, After The Quake
- Chapter 8
- Indian Professional Faced Discrimination
- Adele’s Story, Kids Falling Light Years Behind
- An Insiders View of the Tertiary Education Sector in New Zealand
- Green Migrants Beware of New Zealand’s Underbelly
- House Buying and Divorce Laws
- How resilient are we? A New Zealand immigrant’s perspective
- I Want Out : An American’s Tale
- Migrant Tales – I am young and I want to get out, Can you help me?
- Chapter 9
- Life After New Zealand
- Chapter 1
- What’s It Like To Live In NZ?
- What Kiwis Say About NZ
- Chapter 1 – What Kiwis Say About NZ
- “Most People Consider Hypothermia A Symptom Of Being Cold, Rather Than An Expression Of National Identity”
- A Selection Of Thoughts About NZ
- “30,000 A Year Go To Aussie. Why?”
- “New Zealand Is Turning Into A Really Racist Country” – updated
- “Nice Scenery, Good Wine and Food. Shame About The Inbred Psychopaths.”
- “NZ 5th Most Violent Country In The World”
- “Top 5 Things Wrong With New Zealand”
- Big Bucks For A Hillbilly Lifestyle
- Kiwi Longs To Escape Cargo Cult Lifestyle
- Kiwis Leaving For Australia At 12 Month High
- Ode to Whangarei
- Returning Kiwis Views About New Zealand
- Chapter 2 – What Kiwis Say About NZ
- “100% Pure Rip-Off”
- “NZ… Land of the Big Ripoff”
- “Smugly standing idle, with our hands out…NZ not part of real civilisation”
- “You Know You’re In Flaxmere When”
- Ever Had An Intruder In Your House When You Were There?
- Kiwi Lifestyle In Winter. Part 1
- Ministry Of Defence Houses “Freezing”
- NZ Houses Are Like Glorified Tents
- Third World NZ, No Place For The Poor Or Disabled
- Where To Go In Tauranga On New Year’s Eve?
- Who’d Be A Supermarket Employee
- Why Does Immigration NZ Let People Into NZ To Live…
- Chapter 3 – What Kiwis Say About NZ
- Chapter 1 – What Kiwis Say About NZ
- NZ Life
- What Kiwis Say About NZ
- Violent Crime
- NZ Wiki
- Adventure Tourism And Safety
- Economics, Demographics And Immigration
- Education And Children’s Issues
- Fraud and Dishonesty In New Zealand
- Green Credentials, Or Green Wash?
- Health And Death
- Hype, Spin And Restrictions On Freedom Of Information
- Infrastructure, Earthquakes and Tsunamis
- Living Accommodation: Housing Issues In New Zealand
- Road Crash Data
- External links
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- Migrants Tales - "New Zealand is still over rated" written by a South African emigrant e2nz.org/2013/04/25/mig… 1 week ago
- New Zealand's 'sea monster' the latest in a long line of sea monsters from the depths of New Zealand e2nz.org/2013/05/09/new… 1 week ago
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