Are you a tourist or intending migrant seriously considering New Zealand as a destination?
You may like to think again when you read about the way some of the NZ public reacted to the news that Asian voters chose New Zealand as World’s Best Luxury Destination for 2013 in the Chinese Luxury Travel Awards.
According to an article published in The Herald
“New Zealand’s recognition as a luxury destination by Chinese travellers will boost the country’s profile as a “high-quality visitor destination”, a tourism industry head says.
Auckland Airport was also crowned the World’s Best Airport, while Whare Kea Lodge in Wanaka was named the Best Asia-Pacific Boutique Hotel, and Queenstown Millbrook was named the Best Asia-Pacific Golf Course.
The awards are decided by members of the Shanghai Travellers Club…” more here
New Zealand’s prime minister and minister of tourism, John Key, was quick to claim the victory on his Facebook page. Unfortunately his post was soon marred by the anti-Asian xenophobia that is so prevalent in New Zealand.
Comments left by the Kiwi public, some of whom confused migration with tourism, included
Jesse Amber Wood “I just wish we weren’t handing citizenships out like candy. Its hard enough for kiwis to find jobs and housing w/o the influx of foreigners.”
Whilst a South African migrant pitched in with her perspective of being a “foreigner” in New Zealand
Madeleine Botha “I have just read the threads, some very uninformed people indeed. My goodness some of you really dont know what you have to go through and leave behind to eventually become a NZ citizen. Our family works hard, we bought a home, we contribute to the NZ economy and we pay our taxes. We certainly do not get anything for free and I take great exception in being classed as a second rate human being for being an immigrant to NZ.”
Feeling were running high about China’s influence in New Zealand
Corey Elliman “It’s to easy for the. Chinese to Kum here and buy our land and houses but yet we go over to china and its the total opposite . It shud be harder for foreigners to establish them selfs here there barley enuf homes for us to live in”
With the inevitable “go home Asians” barb
Angelique Fitzgerald “Too bad they don’t go home once they come to New Zealand.”
Colin Menzies Let the good times roll! Well done John Key. The worlds biggest and richest middle class ready to open their wallets in NZ
John ‘Teflon’ Key stubbornly refuses to admit or deny that he called David Beckham ’thick as batshit in a conversation apparently overheard by a journalist this week. Report by Matt Blake. Video from ITN, UK
John Key later told a press conference
“I’m not going to engage in what someone thinks they heard I say. All I’m saying to you is that…that I’m not going to engage in what some person has reported me saying ’cause it may or may not be correct. “
New Zealand educated, John Key’s evasive response to difficult questions gained notoriety within New Zealand as far back as 2007
PRESENTER: Um, alright and very quickly I just want to come back to my first question to you, do you regret now, bringing Michael Cullen’s wife in to the House?
KEY: Look I think Michael Cullen shouldn’t be so precious.
PRESENTER: Do you regret it?
KEY: I think that, I think Michael Cullen shouldn’t be so precious.
PRESENTER: But you’re not answering my question, do you regret bringing…
KEY: Well, look, I mean, if I’d said something derogatory, I would be, of course I would be offended by that but I didn’t. It’s a statement of fact.
PRESENTER: So you don’t, so you don’t regret it?
KEY: Well it’s a statement of fact that his wife’s signed his form.
PRESENTER: But you’re actually not answering the question, are you, John? I mean either you regret it or you don’t.
KEY: Well, you know, I don’t think it’s a derogatory statement. If it was derogatory, I would regret it. I don’t think it’s derogatory.
PRESENTER: You don’t regret it?
KEY: Well I don’t think it’s derogatory. I think in, in the overall bounds of debate, it’s hardly something that’s offensive. If it was offensive, I’d apologise for it. (Transcript from The Standard)
John Key, NZ’s Prime Minister, Minister for Tourism and Amnesia, has sparked an international stoush after criticising British footballer and media celebrity David Beckham: he isn’t very bright according to Mr Key and his son (wasn’t this the same son who imitated a plank?) See also New “Gay” Jibe From NZ Prime Minister
As reported by the UK’s The Sun and other international news channels the PM’s clumsy and insulting mixed metaphor has cast the PM in a poor light internationally:
John Key made the stinging remarks – reported on Radio New Zealand – to a group of schoolchildren ( Dunedin’s St Hilda’s Collegiate) yesterday.
He told the youngsters that his own son had spent 45 minutes with the former England skipper when he played an exhibition match for an invitational side in Auckland in 2008.
The PM said Becks, 37, had been very friendly, but then cruelly claimed that the LA Galaxy star wasn’t particularly bright.”
TALE OF THE TAPE
Born: Leytonstone, East London
Lives: Los Angeles
Wealth: £160 million
Education: Chase Lane Primary School and Chingford Foundation School
Family: married Victoria in 1999. Four children: Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, Cruz, seven and Harper, 15 months.
Hobbies: charity work, tattoos, family
Honours: OBE, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, numerous footballing awards
Born: Auckland, New Zealand
Lives: Wellington, New Zealand
Wealth: £26 million
Education: Aorangi School, Burnside High School, University of Canterbury where he studied accounting.
Family: Married Bronagh in 1984. Two children: Stephie and Max
Hobbies: Cooking, playing golf, watching rugby
Honours: ‘Chiefly title of To’osavali’ – given to him by Poutasi village, Samoa, in 2009
9:22 PM on 2/11/2012
Everyone knows Beckham. Remind me again who this thick tw@t from New Zealand is.
British newspaper The Guardian has run a story about Kim Dotcom‘s rap lampooning John Banks over the donations scandal.
The Megaupload founder collaborated with top music producers to question MP’s denials about political contributions. Coming to a club near you soon, the rap is sure to be a hit.
Remember the teapottapes saga and the way in which the offending cameraman was treated after he accidentally recorded a conversation between these two politicians, NZ has no favourites when it comes to covering its political behind.
The Guardian writes
“…Banks, a minister outside cabinet, provides an important prop to the government led by Key’s National party, which maintains a slim parliamentary majority.
Playful but barbed, the song, called Amnesia, lampoons Banks’s numerous claims not to recall incidents, including being flown by helicopter to Dotcom’s $30m mansion. It includes a reference to Banks’s puzzling repeated insistence in media interviews that he “did not come up the river in a cabbage boat”.
The lyrics run: “Nothing to fear / Nothing to hide / He’s the majority / So he’s all right. / He is John Banks / He got the vote / And that’s why Key keeps him afloat / On his cabbage boat.”
Banks has been embroiled in a scandal over donations to his campaign for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010 since Dotcom’s revelations just over a week ago.
The mayoralty bid was unsuccessful but he was subsequently elected to parliament as an MP, in large part thanks to an endorsement from the governing National party.
Dotcom alleges that Banks asked him to make anonymous donations into his mayoralty campaign and subsequently called him to thank him for the deposit of NZ$50,000 (£25,000). Failure to specify significant donors is a breach of New Zealand electoral laws.
Banks denies making such a call and insists he has complied with the relevant laws.
The donations are the subject of a police inquiry and detectives are expected to visit Kim Dotcom this week at his mansion north of Auckland to interview him on the matter…”
“Banana Boat” That is not a great image for a country trying to entice billionaire internet wizkids to invest in New Zealand’s knowledge infrastructure.
But then, New Zealand is an agrarian economy in the middle of the Pacific – should we be surprised that it doesn’t have the ability to look past the money?
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