This is Everyday Racism –

this is everyday racism

The above is a title of a tumblr blog, its raison d’être is

This blog is a safe space by and for people of color where they can share their experiences with everyday, subtle racism, or racial microaggressions. Our main goal is to help people of color feel supported and validated in dealing with this insidious, and often far more damaging, form of racism. White people are welcome to follow.

Here are some of the posts made about New Zealand. It seems that isn’t the only site bringing this issue to light. We’re honored to see these first three comments were copied from our What’s it like to Live in NZ? page.

New Zealand is full of rednecks, the accents are awful, and they think their country is special because it’s mostly full of boring flora and fauna, and because they have a supreme rugby team. Most New Zealanders are ignorant as they haven’t even set foot outside of the country and don’t know shit about the beauties of the world other than their small, isolated island. They’re mostly racist and highly sensitive about their culture as well since they’re jingoistic, nationalist morons, therefore if you don’t like crappy homegrown Kiwi music or you ridicule something about them, they’ll scorn you with the old redneck phrase “well if you don’t like it you can get aouut!”. There are many good things about New Zealand, but unless you’re coming here to retire or for a holiday, get out as soon as you can, I’m finishing uni here soon and I can’t wait to leave.


My friend who emigrated from England (Asian) with her English husband and children went back to England. They stayed here for 2 years and the problem started from her son’s first school. He was bullied as ‘nigger’, she went to school to talk about it with his teacher. Her response was using nigger was nothing wrong in New Zealand. She was appalled by the response and in the end she pulled her son out of the school.

My own experience observing a school reading class. I visited a Catholic primary school (NZ catholic school is not a private school) with my daughter. An older female teacher was talking about books. While she was talking, she mentioned ‘negro’ became president in the USA. That must have been in 2008, I guess when Obama was elected. She didn’t show any emotions, but simply put the word ‘negro’ 3 times. There was no explanation about the historic event. The kids were about 10 or 11. There were some Indian, Asian kids as well.

I asked a couple of people whether the term ‘negro’ is okay to use in New Zealand.

One woman told me, yes. It seems the word came back to use these days. Obviously in her friend’s circle they use it. Other people said ‘no’. Definitely not in classroom!

Could the teacher at my friend’s son’s school defended other students who bullied him ‘nigger’ as not ‘bullying’ because ‘negro’ is okay to use?

I remember even a minister using the word ‘negro’ in a normal conversation.

Anyway, I observed a teacher who was not happy with Obama’s win at all and told her kids ‘negro’. I could tell she was not amused about the historic event.


I came to NZ in my early teens, went to school and university there. Things were slightly different back then, since there weren’t that many eastern asians (chinese, koreans, japanese). But things were changing over time, more asians came in, most of us work hard, pay tax and make contribution to the society. However, I do have to point out that there are some that came in with tons of cash, and are ignorant, refused to learn the language. That’s probably where racism came from. Also as a small country, it is understandable that the flood of asian people do pose a thread, and insecurity.

Had my own experiences of working in NZ for few years upon graduation. I noticed that there were hardly any asians at the top management level, many of us were just put into some bottom positions for years and years, regardless of our achievements. Not only the asians noticed that, but also my co workers from england, they told me that asian talents are much better treated and appreciated in the UK.

For the past 5 years, I had lived in europe, did more studies and learned to speak more european languages. It is not uncommon to find educated people in europe speak at least four languages, which is a bit amusing that people get judged only by their english language skills in NZ. During these 5 years, I had never encountered any racism towards asian perhaps in the whitest countries possible. I love NZ, but not sure if I would ever come back any more.

My friend went back to England with not so good memory of New Zealand people.



The land is beautiful sure, but the people are confined in an ignorant bubble. There wasn’t a day that passed that I didn’t experience snide remarks (I’m a black student) or witnessed oppressive treatment of Asian students. For eg, during a group exercise, my 3 group members asked “So tell me, are all black people ghetto? And will I get beaten up for asking?” Honestly, I had enough of their crap, and left the country.


I encounter racism often when I go to shops and cafe/restaurants by the staff. The way they treat me is surely different from the way they treat other non Asian customers. Cold, rude, reluctant service offer, bad tone… not only the tone. Of course, not everybody is like that, but I see them nearly every time I go out. I don”t know what they do with coffee and food when they don’t like me. I’ve in fact had horrible coffee. Not only these, you get bad/slack/no service etc… I wonder what happens in the health system. I wonder whether I would get treated equally in the health system, rest home etc…

I am a bit worried this kind of thing might lead this country in a bad shape in the future. I used to get hurt almost every time whenever I go to shop, cafe etc… but, in the meantime, I could ignore them, but still it is not nice feeling.


YES, NZ people are quite racist. South Island (more farmy, ignorant folk) has more racist people. Further south you go in North Island the more racist it is. Younger people and old folks are the most racist. I’ve been told to go back home at least once. At school been called racist names (not only by other kids but by other teachers too). Stared at endlessly while walking in town, staying at camp sites or going anywhere in general. Been yelled at while walking down the street minding my own business. At petrol stations, few times was not allowed to fill the tank (even though the pump was not Pre pay) while others happily filled their tanks. This is just the typical experience of a non-white living and working in NZ.


New Zealand was the first place that I experienced overt racism. I lived there from the ages of 10-14. The first thing I noticed was that “races” didn’t mix in the schools. White people would NOT socialise with non-white people, though soon enough they would accept one or two token non-whites into their groups. I had just come from a very mixed school, so I found this baffling.

There were a couple of white girls (who were also 10) who tried to bother me in my first year there. One of them told me: “Your skin is the colour of shit.” I found this laughable at the time (and said something much worse to her), but the constant racism – particularly the microaggressions – soon got to me.

Everywhere in the media (TV, magazines) and in real life, I was constantly exposed to messages that “white” features were beautiful. I became ashamed of my skin colour, my hair texture, my Indian features, my name, my culture, my family. I wanted to be white, to look white. I used to get my hair thinned out because it was too big and frizzy (not white enough). I read a lot of books with white main characters and internalised a lot of racism that I am still unlearning.

In college (that’s high school in NZ), I got told once during sports class that “you throw like a Sri Lankan”. Again I found this absurd and laughable, but these people were totally serious. My friends were all Asian, mostly Sri Lankan. Self-segregation is a big thing in NZ.

I lived in the UK for a while (and visited Australia) much much later, and I saw the similarities in white people’s racism in all these countries. In the UK I constantly have this experience, that when I’m talking to a white person, their eyes glaze over as if they don’t really see me. They won’t carry on a conversation longer than a few sentences, as if they’re anxious to escape. They are supremely uninterested in me. I thought perhaps it was a personal thing – that I wasn’t being interesting enough – but I noticed that this happened to one of my Chinese friends, and she was one of the most interesting, friendly and beautiful people I’d ever met. This, I believe, is a hold-over from their days of self-segregation in schools. This is the same reason minorities become ghettoised. I find that these three countries practise a uniquely vile form of white supremacy, and are some of the most dangerous places for people of colour. I could write volumes on the racism I experienced in my few months in the UK.

I was lucky enough to leave the toxic environment in NZ in a few years’ time. At the time, I didn’t want to leave. Due to my internalised racism, I thought this was the best country to live in, that if I work hard enough I could shed my identity and be recognised as a real (white) person. I feel so much grief to think that some of my people were not able to leave, and are still fighting for their dignity today. Looking back on it, after overcoming all these feelings of inadequacy, I am astonished at the fact that I felt like *I* should be ashamed for the racist things people said to me. It is clearly THEIR shame, not mine.

I think my parents must have had some terrible experiences as well (though they never talk about it), because my mother has always urged me to keep my head down and not to express any part of my culture (like wearing Indian clothes or a bindi). She didn’t feel safe enough to express her culture either.

As for the Maori people, I received nothing but kindness and hospitality from them. I admire them for their continued resistance against the white supremacist policies of their colonisers.

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  1. Are you sure that helping the Nazis escape to New Zealand was an act of humanity. Perhaps the British realised that St Helena in the South Atlantic was too small to house them (for those of you “educated” in New Zealand this is where the British exiled/imprisoned Napoleon) so the British sent them to New Zealand in the South Pacific instead.

    Imagine sending efficient Germans to a place like New Zealand where things seldom work and where unpunctuality is the national character. The British would not even have to spend money feeding them or running a prison. Rather, they would have ended up trapped in New Zealand with its low wages and culture of low expectations unable to leave to go to a more civilised place. Instead of living in insulated and properly constructed German houses, they might have ended up in a state house with its damp and mouldy interior.

    Joking aside, I know an elderly Austrian fellow (not a Nazi) who moved to New Zealand in 1956. In those days, many people were truly struggling in Austria after the war so New Zealand seemed paradise by comparison. However, he was one of the few people who could relate to the poor construction of the houses and the Kiwi sloppiness. He also told me when he first arrived, his Kiwi work colleagues would teach him to swear in English when he was trying to learn how to say please. This resulted in him swearing at a lady on the bus. In those days, the police turned up, which probably would not happen today.

    Anyway, one of his grandchildren (who are Austrian citizens) has gone back to Austria after realising how backward New Zealand is. I will miss people like my Austrian friend in New Zealand.

  2. The ignorant bogan Kiwi racism manifests itself in a rabid hatred towards outsiders and even against successful Kiwis that do not conform to the feral “culture” of New Zealand. I believe this form of racism is even more pernicious than Nazism.

    The great irony is that intelligent racists such as the Nazis would classify most Kiwis as feeble-minded untermenschen (subhumans). The Nazis actually had some extremely intelligent people such as scientists within their ranks whereas the Kiwi racism is the odious manifestation of the hatred the ferals exhibit towards anyone who is obviously mildly superior to them. For example, ferals hate anyone that is slightly more intelligent, slightly better looking, or slightly wealthier.

    Could you imagine for a moment a jingoistic nationalist propaganda film featuring the Kiwi ferals rather than the attractive people featured in Nazi propaganda films? Just imagine a film comprised of drunk hoodlums with beer guts, single mums on benefits, illiterate civil servants, etc directed by the venerable “leadership” of New Zealand society such as the analphabet government Ministers and amateur corporate swindlers from the finance companies.

    The Nazis committed countless atrocities, but at least they were intelligent and even introduced some of the first anti-tobacco laws, animal conservation measures, the autobahn and Volkswagen, and scientific advances such as rocketry. I am not condoning Nazism, but I just cite the examples to differentiate between racists with high IQs such as the Nazis and low IQ racist Kiwi ferals.

    • Interestingly, New Zealand did provide a haven to some Nazis just after the second world war, and managed to repel anyone that came looking for them. If you search intuitively you should be able to find out more.

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