New Zealand’s scenery and green image is a draw card used to entice people to live in a country miles from anywhere. It’s used a foil to counter low wages and high prices, and to create the impression that the country is a mini-paradise welcoming hard working migrants.
If that strikes a chord with you, read this feature in the Australian Herald Sun News on 17 February 2014, you may see the country differently afterwards.
Country has no future
“I COULD live here, I thought last month, as I drove through one of the world’s most beautiful countries. One day, I had a beach of seals to my left and snowy mountains to my right. Another, a ferry took me through a deep sound as glorious as any in Norway.
But I can’t live in lovely New Zealand, for much the same reason an astonishing 650,000 New Zealanders live here instead, leaving just 4.4 million back home…”
See, a country that can’t give its young a future has no future itself. And having also just inspected the dead canary called Tasmania, I’m desperate we learn that lesson.
Sure, New Zealand isn’t a basket case. It’s growing, and its unemployment rate is only a bit over ours. It’s bigger problem is that it is small and remote, and without two pieces of luck that saved us — coal and iron ore…” more here
Of course, what he can’t see is that New Zealand’s coal and iron ore are called dairy and tourism. The first creates pollution that renders its waterways little more than open sewers and contaminates drinking water with crypto and other zoonotic diseases. The second is budget and lacking in lustre, with a government constantly trying to work out how to milk that too.