Begin the Countdown – Australians, tell us your view of the NZ Countdown Boycott. It doesn’t add up

Australian viewpoint

Do Australians have a different viewpoint from Kiwis?

Dear readers in Australia, tell us about the Australian view of the Countdown Boycott in NZ.

Here’s our take on it from an international prospective Frankly we think it is ridiculous and is bringing NZ into disrepute with its international trading partners.

From where we’re sitting the boycott looks to be more damaging to Kiwis in New Zealand than the Australian/Kiwi company Nevan Lancaster is trying to undermine.

He tells the NZ press he is protecting NZ jobs but in reality he’s damaging the jobs of Kiwis who work at Countdown and Kiwis producers who supply the stores. His answer to ‘protecting Kiwi jobs’ is to help create a monopoly in NZ, yet he professes to be an advocate of free trade. How does that add up?

If it is true that NZ products are still on sale in Australian supermarkets what’s the real reason behind Mr Lancaster’s boycott and what does he personally stand to gain from it? has been entering the debate on Facebook, making the point that it is Countdown’s Kiwi employees and suppliers who will suffer most from the ill conceived boycott. Meanwhile, our readers continue to tell us that Australian supermarkets continue to stock NZ produce. So, why the boycott?

Is Nevan Lancaster’s boycott campaign really about xenophobia and self protectionism, instigated by a man who claims to be an advocate of the free market? How can effectively creating a supermarket monopoly in New Zealand support a free market? How does that add up?

Here’s a message that was sent to our Facebook account from Glen Keene of Hamilton, why does this always have to be the stock response to anyone who challenges fragile belief systems?


It doesn’t add up.

19 thoughts on “Begin the Countdown – Australians, tell us your view of the NZ Countdown Boycott. It doesn’t add up

  1. I am a Kiwi living in Australia, I have an Australian accent so when in NZ no one knew I was a kiwi, so in a way I can tell you now that yes there is racism in both countries, living in NZ is hard when it comes to cost of living and wages. I am seeing why here in Australia that the Kiwis are boycotting, its much also to do with the illegal racist problems we have in Australia with being able to become a citizen or a permanent resident for that matter, racism towards kiwis is rife in this country has been in the 28 years I have lived here. when in NZ no one had a bad word to say about Aussies and I would have stood up for them if they had…the attitudes from both sides need to stop. Honestly in Australia, they won’t notice the boycott either sadly because in Oz they don’t sell enough products from NZ mainly from cheaper countries.

  2. I live in Queensland. This evening I did my shopping at my locals Woolworths supermarket. At each checkout there was displayed a sign saying Wooworths is supporting the Salvation Army to provide relief to drought stricken farmers in rural NSW and Queensland. Woolworths will match donations from it’s customers dollar for dollar.

    I was proud to help them out. Should New Zealand farmers ever be as badly hit as ours no doubt Kiwi supermarkets and their customers will do the same.

    “Woolworths and customers to give a helping hand to drought affected areas

    Wednesday, 19 February 2014: Woolworths will partner with The Salvation Army to assist those in drought affected areas with a donation of food and fuel vouchers, as well as matching customer donations.

    Woolworths will make a donation of food and fuel vouchers of $250,000 to be distributed by The Salvation Army.

    In addition, Woolworths will match dollar-for-dollar any customer donations made at our stores nationally. The matching funds period will run from today for the next two weeks.

    Managing Director of Supermarkets and Petrol, Tjeerd Jegen, said Woolworths has a proud history of helping out Australian families when they need it most.

    “We are working with the Salvos to give back to communities who are doing it tough. This will give families hit hard by the drought a helping hand to put groceries in the pantry.

    “This is close to our hearts because many families struck by this drought supply Woolworths with fresh food. In fact some of these families are third generation suppliers to Woolworths.”

  3. I’m Australian and I’ve no opinion about any boycott in New Zealand. I shop at Woolworths and Aldi, both of them are stocking fresh fruit and vegetables from Australia. The only imported fruit were Kiwi fruits from Italy. I’m proud to see our stores supporting local growers who are doing it tough under drought conditions.

  4. I moved from Sydney to live in Dunedin 4 years ago at the age of 66. It was the best decision I have ever made. People are so friendly. Of course there are jokes but just in good fun. I have just taken over co-ordinating a walking group and the speech thanking the previous co-ordinator joked that they were scraping the bottom of the barrel in appointing an Aussie but of course we all laughed. I cannot wait until I am eligible to become a Kiwi in another year’s time.
    I have never liked shopping at Countdown but have alternated between Fresh Choice (also owned by Progressive) and New World. For the time being I am only shopping at new World.

  5. My Kiwi wife’s uncle owned a dairy in New Zealand. He told me several years ago that Progressive Enterprises, which owns Countdown, treated local suppliers like him much better than did the domestic company Foodstuffs.

      • Unfortunately, the Kiwis already mowed down this aspiring tall poppy. It is certainly not a good idea to disagree with the mob.

  6. Explanation for Glen Keene of Hamilton. The reason for the stock response is that all Kiwis are irrational and bleat on forever. They are not, unfortunately, imaginary. They exist in the subset of humanity designated R subscript m – Real but moronic.

    • Hmm, an interesting point of view.

      Two possibilities occur to us about the Countdown Boycott

      • it is a cynical PR stunt pulled by PaknSave to increase market share.
      • it is just an opportunity for New Zealanders to dust off their pitchforks and vent their hatred for Australia.

      It will be interesting to see how many anti-Australian articles appear in the NZ press over the coming days, editors will no doubt be eager to cash-in on this wave of patriotic xenophobia, until their international sponsors remind them of who’s paying their ground rent.

      We’ll be writing about the fall out.

  7. Hi, I have just posted 3 comments on this story. It was a post that was placed on STUFF in regard to the boycott/social media idiocy. I have been receiving your posts/emails for a long time, and have wanted to tell my story as an Australian living here. This country is nasty. Thank you.

  8. As an Aussie in NZ, I am appalled at these actions, & confirms why I can’t wait to leave here. I have been living here for 3 years and am tired of the racist, separatist, paranoid, entitled culture you have. You are certainly a vindictive little country. Australia is your largest employment provider, your biggest ally, gives kiwis opportunities not attainable here, & yet the anti Australian psyche is staggering. I, as well as all Aussies I have met here are bewildered to the racism, yes racism towards us. The boycott/social media farce is atrocious – I came here, embraced the foods and culture, & not once thought about boycotting or demanding the local supermarket carry Australian items. How inane. Your actions should hopefully show Australia the true festering nature of NZ. And before the assassination begins of this post, yes, I am leaving. Go ahead – boycott and badmouth all you want – you will certainly hurt fellow New Zealanders in many respects.

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