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“The five things people should know about New Zealand are:
1) It is a nation which is anti education, anti progress and anti intellectual. It is like a crime to be highly qualified here. Highly qualified immigrants and even kiwis face discrimination in the workplace.This is the called the tall poppy syndrome which means that New Zealand will never ever improve as they are very against new ideas and concepts. In the job market, it is who you know rather than what you know as New Zealand is a village where people all know each other. There is an inner circle which immigrants can never break into. This results in people without any qualifications and experience being employed even at managerial level because they have the right connections. As a result of this workplace incompetence, inefficiency, and fraud is very common.Health and safety at the workplace is also very poor. Frog in a coconut shell mentality.
2) Very poor road quality and poorly light roads at night. Horrible drivers who do not even know the basics of driving. They are rude and impatient drivers who tailgate, change lane without indicating even on motorways where cars go at 100 km/h. Many drive on drugs and alcohol. This makes driving very dangerous in New Zealand for newcomers to NZ
3) Violent crime levels are high including child and domestic abuse. Theft and burglaries are very common. There is significant poverty among children and families. RIghts of criminals are more important than that of the victims. Punishment even for serious crimes is like a slap on the wrist resulting in criminals getting even bolder and more brazen when committing crimes in New Zealand.
4) Although kiwis in general seem polite on the surface, they are just being politically correct, that is all.
Rampant xenophobia , prejudice and violence against immigrants occur when kiwis are drunk or on drugs.They hate Asians here the most, although anybody who looks different or has a different accent is a target for hate.
5) Most Kiwis are not genuinely friendly., they are just superficially polite and often condescendingly “polite”. Many of them are cowardly people afraid of being straight up, frank and honest with you as they have no character. Most are fake , two faced, back stabbing people who talk to you nicely on the face and tell you what you want to hear. However, beware as behind your back they often say terrible things about you and have no qualms destroying your reputation if they can gain some advantage from it especially in the workplace.
You will never know if they are your friend or not because whatever comes out from the mouth are lies. Get everything in writing. There is no such concept as a gentleman’s word of honour here. Trust no one as many here lie, cheat and rip off people without shame.”
“I have something important to say about this place. It’s not all Lemon and Paeroa and Pineapple Lumps :
1) New Zealand is yellow or brown yellow due to dry subtropical climate, saline environment, lack of water/rain and lack of trees. It is not green as portrayed in the famous Fronterra/Anchor etc advertisements around the world. This is because the majority of native bush and trees have been eradicated due to farming and commercial forestry. Mew Zealand is only green in the winter, when it rains more often. In the summer it is dried out and if you want to grow trees or create a garden you need irrigation.
2) Although the population density is among the lowest in the world, there’s no much room to play in New Zealand unless you are prepared for a long trip. Most populated urban areas are crowded and very busy, with a lot of car traffic day and night. Peace and quiet are very hard or very expensive to find in New Zealand, especially around the holiday season, most camping/outdoors spots are crowded. This is because the rest of the country is either privately owned farm land, crown land, or nature reserves.
3) Once arrived in New Zealand you will have to learn everything about the country and life in it yourself, quite often the hard way. New Zealanders have a strange culture of “lowering you” as a person and “prevailing over you”, “rubbishing you” if you are different, have an accent, don’t know as much as they do, don’t speak as fast as they do. They are always right and you are always wrong, this is what makes them happy. This may significantly impact your self-esteem and your chances to succeed in your job, life, career. Kiwis hate it when you do better than they do, because they are the best and number one in the world. Bitchy and counter-productive, non-constructive in other words.
4) Kiwis absolutely LOVE to bog immigrants. They, even private individuals, have access to most modern software and online tools to learn everything about you if you spend too much time online. On top of that they talk hugely among themselves about others, especially migrants who live nearby. If you post anything or say something online, it is most certain that they will tell you about it (make you aware they know what you have been up to online) at work and even in the street. They LOVE controlling you as an individual this way, it’s the easiest and most effective way to deprive you of your freedom and self esteem. These will be the people you have never met before and don’t know personally BUT they know who you are and everything about you based on what you do online. So be very careful or better all confuse them with your online activities. Kiwis LOVE to see themselves as superior to yourself. This is in fact the basis of their “non-racist” “all-inclusive” ideology. Stay away from these people for the sake of your mental health. They don’t care if you get crazy because of the abuse and bogging they give you. They just love it and get a huge buzz out of it. They don’t care about your online privacy at all. Neither they care how you feel. The worse the better for them it seems. If you show signs of unhappiness in your face and stop smiling – they will start criminalising you. They love it, so stay away from them for goodness sake!
5) Don’t even bear a slightest hope of getting a job that is equivalent to your overseas education and qualifications once you arrive in New Zealand. In the best case scenario you may get something that resembles a professional job after 15-20 years in the country and quite a few of these years will be on benefit when you will struggle to make ends meet. Otherwise kiwis expect you to work at construction sites, on farms and run dairy/grocery/vege shops, i.e. be the second class blue collar working type of person like most of them are. If you are an engineer, doctor, scientist, go to Australia, United States of America or Europe where you will be valued for your knowledge and the time you’ve spent at University.”
1 The appallingly shoddy quality of housing and the ridiculous price that one pays. When one looks at the houses from afar, they initially appear to resemble what one might find in a place like the United States or Australia. Unfortunately, one only realises how bad they are when one is inside them, particularly during a rainy winter. Fittings such as kitchens and bathrooms are extremely cheap. The carpet is crap and no one constructs anything with proper floors. Even worse is that the houses lack central heating or double-glazing, so it is often colder inside than outside. Many of the houses are not weathertight so one ends up with drafts or the inevitable mould that grows on walls etc. I have never seen such bad construction in my entire life. The terrible houses explain the prevalence of asthma.
2 The rife analphabetism and anti-intellectualism of the population. New Zealand sells itself as a destination offering world-class education standards. However, the competence level is low. No one can speak a foreign language aside from immigrants. Similarly, most people lack basic rudimentary skills in mathematics or they are incapable of writing correctly in English. Most people are also overtly hostile to intellectual endeavours. If you like to read, enjoy art, want to visit museums, like to dance etc, then the population will display overt hostility towards you. I would analogise New Zealand to landing in a left wing version of Alabama. The Kiwi media is a left of centre version of FOX News and the commentary and level of discourse are equally banal.
3 New Zealand is an extremely corrupt place run by dishonest cretins terrified of anyone, particularly migrants, who will expose their incompetence and dishonesty. Do not believe the lofty rankings from Transparency International. Kiwis have crooked DNA and the country’s court system is a joke. Convicted sex abusers of minors often receive name suppression in the courts and virtually all serious crimes receive no harsh sentences. The regulatory system exists merely to collect revenue. For example, a local council wants to collet thousands in fees to enable you to build a crappy house, but no regulatory body gives a damn when 19 people die in a mine due to poor safety practices. Similarly, the police show “zero tolerance” for someone driving 5 kilometres over the speed limit, but they will not bother investigating a serious crime.
4 New Zealand is relatively scenic, but it is nothing special. There are corners such as Fiordland that are nice, but virtually everything that is available in New Zealand from a scenery standpoint is available elsewhere for less money and less travel time.
5 New Zealand advertises skills shortages to entice relatively well-off migrants to come to New Zealand and squander their money. The skills shortages do not exist in some professions and when they do exist, the Kiwis are not interested in hiring foreigners. New Zealand wages for professional people are crap and those who rise to the top tend to do so through nepotism or being at the company for twenty years. Other countries will appreciate your skills better than New Zealand. Do yourself a favour and do not waste your time in New Zealand.
Thou must defend New Zealand at all costs and the population wear their narcissistic behaviour always at the forefront and always in pursuit of admiration for their own image and how they are perceived in the rest of the world. They love anyone that will stroke their ego and tell them how lovely and wonderful the people and things are in New Zealand and are fiercely in denial and go into attack mode to shame anyone that does not agree.
To succeed and flourish here you have to swallow a lot of those concrete pills and develop a Mach IV personality – be fiercely staunch and unemotional at the core. The people you encounter will be mostly passive aggressive and when you scratch the surface of the friendly Kiwi and you will quickly find an element of self-interest or plan to take something from you. You always need to be on guard for to protect yourself from the ulterior motive, its usually related to money or what you can do for them and how you might make or save them an extra buck.
In person and at the highest levels in the media and in politics Kiwis display excessive selfishness and have a total lack of empathy and awareness towards others who are less well off or unable to fend for themselves.
The country prides itself on No 8 wire penny pinching ways and this drives the Trademe mentality of everything having a price, even the most disgusting and filthy rubbish is salvaged and portrayed as a silk purse and nobody likes to give or throw anything away.
Kiwis like to over egg the good and exaggerate the attributes and achievements of themselves and fellow countrymen, stealing the ideas of others and portraying them as uniquely ‘Kiwiana’ and slamming anyone that snubs a Kiwi or the this country. Kiwis have an over elevated perception of their own abilities and are utterly obsessed with ‘punching above their weight’ and if you have an alternative opinion then you’re just a whinger and will be told to go home if you don’t like it.
In short, one must be prepared to follow procedure and always put down other people or other countries in order to make yourself or New Zealand look good.
Kiwis are sheeple- just like a massive herd of sheep. Each think they are so unique and awesome, but are identical, and need each other to be identical. If you act/think/talk differently, most do not cope very well with that. Herd mentality. Trends of any kind from political down to fashion and any thing that is happening overseas, particularly in Australia, USA or England, MUST BE adopted here. If you do not adopt the latest way of thinking, the latest gadget, social media or political/economic trend in the world, there is something WRONG with you.
Kiwis don’t have the concept of accountability. They live in self denial about how their actions affect others. Kids in NZ from a young age are shielded from the concept of accountability and responsibility, and grow up to be adults who have no idea how their shitty actions may affect others. This shows up in the way people drive, the lack of accountability for businesses or people in positions of authority, how common it is for people selling things on Trade Me to not be fully honest, and lots of other areas. They believe that they are valiant and noble for having a no blame culture, when things go wrong people will generally not complain or blame as they are trained to do from a young age. They think this reflects their inner personal strength. This results in a society that on every level has utter and complete denial about the dysfunctions abound. High level of dysfunction, low level of accountability. Oh, and if you wish to speak out against whatever particular dysfunction that you may be having a problem with, YOU are considered the messed up one.
Kiwis are emotionally extremely fragile people. They tend to think themselves so “tough” because they can survive a cold winter’s day in a t-shirt and shorts and not complain about it, but will instantly fall apart at the thought that they might be criticised, they might have done something wrong, or have to do something a particular way. Instant panic. Of course they don’t show it though. Everything in this society is designed to protect people from feeling bad. The assumption being that people are weak and can’t cope. The flip side is the strong need for people to show how “relaxed” they are about everything. They are constantly making a show of just how relaxed and non-plussed they are. If you somehow accidentally show that you are concerned about something, you will immediately get told to fix it. They have a very low tolerance of people who make efforts, who think about things (but to a Kiwi, thinking about things equals overthinking things and they can’t cope with you doing that), or who show that they actually care about the outcome of something. So if you live here and interact with Kiwis daily, you need to put on a show that you do not care about anything, nothing bothers you, that you can make do and get on with it.
The thinking here is simplistic and small-minded. People here do not seem to grasp a logical sense of reality. They don’t know how to think about something unless it’s been written about in the newspaper or a weekly mag like The Listener. People will then adopt the thinking of a writer or an authority, rather than develop their own ideas. Up is down and down is up and Kiwis wouldn’t know any better. If you do not deal with Kiwis on a meaningful level, this one will not bother you. But if you work, have relationships, marry into a Kiwi family, this one will make you feel as if you entered the Twilight Zone. Will make you question your sanity.
If you want to do well here in any capacity, you need a sense of humour. Being funny is considered one of the most important things, if not THE most important thing. It makes people feel relaxed and shows that you are relaxed and we all know that that is the most important thing in life.
The housing, the worst quality housing I have ever seen, timber framed housing in a very wet humid country don’t go together, constant saturation in the winter and hot humid heat in the summer cause rot, warping, damp and mould. More fool the people who pay $250,000 upwards for something that looks cosmetically great, but underneath is a complete mess and a constant drain on your money, insulation, forget it.
The English expats, 2 types of English people here – 1 – the type of people who will only talk down about the uk, constantly needing to remind you of how bad the uk is and gloat about how good NZ is, look on Facebook at the amount of people who need to tell everyone how good their lives are in NZ, constant insecurity and the need to reassure themselves they made the right choice, 2 – the English people who hate it, but are stuck, not many of these will speak up due to the attitude of others towards them, NZ is very far away from anything and if you put roots down there getting out is very, very hard.
The racism towards everything – Brit expats hate PI’s, PI’s hate everyone, kiwis hate PI’s and expats who don’t kiss ass, everyone hates the Asians.
The price – dear oh dear, money will become your life, the constant wondering of when you will be able to relax and enjoy your life, everything is low quality but extortionately priced. I priced a drill up at the time it was £105.00 in the uk the same drill was $635.00nzd, that is how bad it is, cars, housing, white goods and food are insanely expensive.
The lie & isolation – NZ is more bothered about how it is perceived to the world, they will encourage the view of natural beauty and privacy from the world when in reality it’s an isolated corner of the world nobody really cares for, people there (expats more so) will constantly look to put pictures up to get attention from others in the uk, go and look at your expats friends Facebook, it’s laughable. The place is nice but you’d think it was the only place on earth with a decent view.
Other stupid things: The rugby obsession is ridiculous, the wages are pathetic, the boredom creeps up and never leaves.
Bitter sweet Symphony
After 3 years in New Zealand and getting at the end of my stay here I’m sharing my five thoughts of New Zealand.
1- Green and pure.
NZ advocates the so called ‘Green Ecological’ image. This is Propaganda to sustain tourism and an absolute façade. New Zealand has the same throw-away, resource depleting and polluting society as many other countries in the world or even worse. Even worse, nobody seems to give a damn. The amount of pollution caused by the dairy industry is so big that it causes headaches and ulcers to the Green politicians. The damage it does to the environment is shocking. Many Lakes and waterways in and around Canterbury like Lake Ellesmere and near Little River are so polluted that they are basically death water ponds. The cars, Trucks (these types of trucks would be banned in China because they are to polluting), Building Industry, Log fires, Ships are huge air polluters. I heard the PM John Key saying one day “NZ’s contribution of greenhouse gasses to the planet is only 0, 2%”… Well let’s say if, Yes IF’ that is true, 0, 2 % on global population of 4, 4 Mln people! That’s Hugh!
New Zealand has an ethnic diver’s population of Europeans, Indigenes People, Chinese, Indians and other backgrounds. Originally the western type society here originates from European settlers who deforest 70-80% of the native fauna for agriculture and forestry. The main sport is Rugby. I find the social live here very poor. I experienced no sense of culture, art, history. The social live here consist of drinking parties and sports. I also find the shallow politeness in most social encounters more annoying than pleasant. For example if your just walking in a hardware store with no particularly hurry in every Isle somebody comes up to you and asks personal questions. Its ridicules. I also learned that it’s typically for a Kiwi to say ‘Yeah’ (or Ijjeee) at least 2 times in 3 sentences. Even when they mean NO they have the habit to say ‘Ijjeee’.
The country economy relies mainly on agriculture, the export of dairy products, fruit, and wine. Foreign currency in forms of real estate investors and tourism is also a major source of income. When you think NZ has a strong Economy with opportunities for hard working people please don’t. I will keep this subject as it is because it’s too much text. Please take my word for it. Don’t try it.
Young people look poorly dressed, tired, self-esteem less or behave like arrogant smurfs. I have never encountered such brutal rude children as here in NZ. It’s just appalling and I’m sorry for them. (The few good excluded of course).
5- Pros and cons.
If you think about visiting NZ for any other reason than pure necessity, DON’T! If for any other reason you don’t have any other choice, my advice is to come here for not more than 2 weeks. Set a certain amount of money aside, or even better take a certain amount of cash with you so you won’t get leeched of you hard earned money. Its extraordinary expensive country and very disappointing in all aspects. The can see the same sceneries here you can in Switzerland, Norway or Canada/US. Australia has much more to offer although the inhabitants will not admit it.
Admin thanks for posting. This website is a place where honest people can write what they think. It’s a great website!
(Shared by a Dutch immigrant who will sing ‘I saw the light’ when he’s out of here in a few weeks’ time).
1. People are racist. I come from a country with its own issues, but I’m appalled at how acceptable racism is here. I’ve even heard well-respected professionals make comments about “The Asians” or the “maori thugs”.
2. The weather isn’t everything people praise it for. Sure, it’s nice a lot of the time, but the houses are super uncomfortable (too cold in winter, too hot in summer), and there are a lot of allergens. In thier infinite wisdom, kiwis have decided to basically allergy medication, so most times of the year are unpleasant for one reason or another.
3. “kiwi ingenuity” just means being stingy. Nothing gets replaced, properly fixed, or checked for safety. From the freezing cold homes to the 40-year old vehicles to the asbestos-filled public buildings, everything is just barely “good enough”.
4. The people here are desperately insecure. They feel everyone MUST love every single aspect of New Zealand. Anything less with gushing praise is met with a snide “Fuck off back home, then.”
5. People drink and drive all the time. People don’t see any issue with having a beer or glass of wine (or four) while out at dinner and immedietly driving home. Kiwis honestly believe that somehow it’s not “really” drinking and driving when THEY do it, and it only counts if they’re completely shitfaced. It’s really dangerous and you see people weaving all over the road on friday and saturday nights.”
“Everything you read on this site can be boiled down to the following. Memorise them to help you understand what you are getting into here in NZ. Everything re driving, housing, violence, racism, office politics, lack of management skills, etc etc etc can be traced from these.
Good luck! You’re going to need it.”
1. Its 100% Pure Shit NZ. They should change that slogan.
2. Rugby is not only the national past time but the major religious denomination amongst New Zealanders.
3. Not all NZers are arseholes. About 70% of them are.
4. There is no such thing as kiwi ingenuity. Its called negligence.
5. They hate Australians with a passion while blissfully unaware that Australians don’t give a flying fuck about them.
1.) New Zealand is Australia’s Australia. – To understand New Zealand as country what you really need to do is study Australia. It’s not commonly spoken about anymore but alot of New Zealand early history is linked to Australia. It’s own “Founding Document” – ‘The Treaty Of Waitangi’ lists New Zealand as a colony of New South Wales and Maori as Aborigines. Though New Zealand later on became it’s own country you would think that alone would create a common love and a common bond between the two nations. It hasn’t. New Zealand hates Australia to the point where it has become large part of culture. Though there’s a number of reasons behind it, the simple truth behind it is this : Australia was originally founded by English Convicts where as New Zealand was originally founded by English Settlers – Farmers, Fishermen, Whalers, Timber Merchants, Bankers, Etc. Because of that New Zealand as a country has always seen themselves as being better than them, better than Australia and it’s this large grandiose self indignant attitude has developed over time to where they now think they’re better than everyone, even The British, their home country !
You still don’t believe me, then just look at who their national hero is. For a small country in South Pacific, New Zealand has gone on and done some incredible things such as spilt the atom, the jet boat, the first man to fly, but still they’re own National Hero is Sir Edmund Hillary, first man to climb Mt Everest. Why him ? Because not only did he get there first but he beat The British to do it which for them and to their national psyche finally proved everyone what they have know all along. Their better than everyone ! It is this arrogant attitude that they have about themselves that makes any genuine person living in New Zealand hate being here because having country where everybody thinks they’re better everyone and that nobody is on their level, you get country where everybody thinks they can just act and do what they like to you, a country where they treat everybody like shit.
2,) New Zealand is Expensive – Living in country that full of arrogant people like New Zealand does create some interesting problems The most noticeable one is how expensive place is compared to rest of world. Personally I would like tell you that it’s mostly comes down not having a large enough population to keep prices down but that’s not it. The real reason why this place is expensive is that with people being so arrogant they think they can just charge people what they like and because everybody does it, everybody else then just accepts it. An interesting side affect of this is having a county that’s full arrogant people content in ripping everybody off has made everybody here cheap when it comes to spending money. That’s why for instance as a country New Zealand has one of oldest population of cars where even in 2016 it’s still common sight to see cars from 1980s being driven around. I don’t need tell you how dangerous that is. Why people live in crap houses, poorly constructed and made from cheap materials. Why most household appliances available buy here are such low quality because when you’re getting ripped off, you only going to buy the cheapest on offer so it’s only ones they sell. Why people walk around in New Zealand in such a poor state with ripped clothes, torn jeans, stained t-shirts,, shoes with holes in them being another common sight. Like I said when you overpay for something you’re going want to wear it till it falls apart. It’s ironic really for country that’s full of arrogant people It’s amazing how okay they are in looking like crap.
3.) New Zealand is Dangerous – New Zealand being arrogant country with an undeserved sense about itself they don’t do much to improve things for people. In fact most of the time they’re just in denial about it because to admit that they have one of single highest crime rates in the developed world and the worse rate of child poverty, domestic abuse, alcohol and drug dependancy in world would be admitting to themselves that they’re not as great as they would like to think. So naturally in New Zealand they don’t admit it and they don’t do anything about it. Not really. Instead what they do is allow these problems to fester and grow larger to point where crime in large parts of country such as South Auckland, Waikato, Northland and Bay Of Island regions are rampant. Unfortunately these places are also where some of their tourist hotspots are resulting too often in unsuspected visitors to New Zealand getting raped/murdered as they don’t realise how third world really is here.
4.) New Zealand is Broken – Though New Zealand is technologically one of advance countries in world with it’s Wi-Fi coverage and widespread use of Eftpos, that only helps to hide how damaged infrastructure is here with place being only one bad storm away from the power going out or water not working. Again New Zealand is too arrogant to admit that there’s anything wrong or to demand that something should be done to fix these issues such as replacing city clay pipes with plastic or burry their power lines where they won’t be affected by weather. Interesting enough New Zealand has one of highest rates of Cancer and Waterborne diseases in world but no that has nothing to do with powerlines everywhere or broken sewage pipes that known to leak into water mains in some cities. Then there’s clean green image that New Zealand likes to portray. In it’s defence there are still some small parts of country where that’s true like Fiordland’s, mostly it’s a lie and a pretence they like to put on in front of people because it makes them feel superior and we all know how much they like to do that. The dairy industry which has now become New Zealand primary source of income has already destroy countryside with it’s poorly policed practices. Almost all the useable farmland in New Zealand has reached or is close to reaching dangerous toxic levels in their soil and the affects that could have on animals and milk they produced is anybody guess. Over ninety percent of New Zealand native animals are extinct and the small percentage left that are said to be protected almost all of them are struggling in one sense or other to survive because environment here. Again New Zealand is too arrogant to admit that there is problem or doing anything about it. It is a national disgrace.
5.) New Zealand is boring – New Zealand is a boring country not just because there is little to do here that isn’t sport oriented but because the country is so sport oriented and I am say this as a sports fan. The problem with New Zealand having such arrogant culture like it does it creates this sense of anti -intellectualism among people to where it’s almost like you can’t tell people anything because they like to think they know everything or if they don’t know it they don’t need to because if they don’t know it, it must be because it unimportant. So in New Zealand you just can’t seem to have discussion with anybody about anything without it turning into argument. I’ve never known a country where people just argues with everyone all time. I can’t explain it. It’s exhausting. That and because people in New Zealand like to think they know everything because of the arrogant culture they’ve got, they don’t seem to want to learn anything so it’s common here find people with degree who really don’t know anything ! People with Geography degree who can only name ten American States and can’t find Canada on map. People with History degree who have never heard of Oliver Cromwell or English Civil War or think that Queen Victoria was just made up person just like Jack The Ripper or Archduke Franz Ferinand. People with BA’s in Literature and Film who have never seen American Hustle or Mean Streets, The Good, Bad And The Ugly, Dirty Dozen or Battleship Potemkin let alone read or heard of Albert Camus, Gothe, Shakespeare, Pushkin or Poe.It is really staggeringly appalling how uneducated New Zealanders allow themselves to be but then like they always says ignorance is bliss so maybe that’s why I’m not happy here and after thirty two years of living here for my family I’m planing to leave. I hate it here and for me that’s all anybody needs to learn about New Zealand.”
1,New Zealand has developed from a farming community, outside Auckland don’t expect restaurant or bars (in fact anything) to be open past 8:30pm
2,Just because the national language is English, don’t expect this to be a little England or US, it’s not.
3,The remoteness of this Island has created a different sort of person, they have struggled in the past to get parts (for anything) and that together with a low population means this Island is one of the last on the list when it comes to good quality items at a decent price.
4,The location and the isolation, coupled with the history of the indigenous people has lead to the culture being quite reserved, people don’t confront you in the workplace or in service industries, but in the street there can be some who are very in your face, alternatively retribution for your perceived misdemeanors, can be a little devious (he coward punch or slashing your tyres).
5,The Kiwi can be very surreptitiously jealous, they are also this of themselves. They keep there wealth well hidden, then it makes it easier for them to do well out of every deal. Sell everyone else at the very highest price while bartering you all the way down, it’s a way of life. Keep you money in your pocket and your mouth shut.
Some people find the place just awesome, I on the other hand have taken 16 years to come to terms with the country, I love living here….Now. Even so if I wasn’t married to a Kiwi and have two children to her, I’d be off this Island in a flash.”
“The nation is happy to trade on Maori Culture for the Tourism Dollars, just don’t expect many out side of Maoridom to know anything or have any interest in it. Indeed fully expect to hear racist commentary about them.
If you are working here for a local business, with local management do not expect to find professionalism Instead you’ll find petty small minded and frequently nepotism the order of the day. Typical management style is to stamp the feet and steam out the ears until they feel they have done their job for the day, and that good idea you had on Monday , which was dismissed and you got ridiculed for on Tuesday, will be the Manager brilliant idea by Friday.
Oh and zero hour contracts are common as muck here.
If buying a house, expect poor quality and hidden defects. If renting expect a health hazard . There is no Building warrant of fitness standards. Houses are built on all to often wood piles with all wooden construction in damp dank conditions. So rising damp and an ability to be able to identify mould and fungus spores and name the type will be a new skill you learn
If you enjoy cycling, be prepared to be treated like some road kill. Many motorists see anyone on a bike as a moving target. Prepare for abuse masked as “humor mate”, expect to have missiles lobbed at you by passing vehicles and expect the police to take no action even when you produce video footage showing cars rego and the drivers face clearly.
When you move here and you bring what seems like a small fortune with you, be prepared to have it turned into a very small fortune very rapidly. High cost of living , housing & food. Land of milk and honey but only at a high price.”
1) It’s very expensive to live here, although some things are cheaper. Most things are much more expensive than what you will be used to, especially rent.
2) Car insurance is much cheaper here, as is household insurance and business insurance.
3) The stars are crystal clear at night. I think the wind blows the pollution out to sea.
4) ACC is insurance here that covers anyone and you don’t have to pay into it. It covers everyone, but only for accidental injuries, such as: hurting your back by lifting heavy luggage, tripping and hurting yourself, cutting yourself, injuring yourself while swimming or hiking.
5) It’s quite difficult to be friends with the Kiwis, although I find the Pacific Islanders and Maori’s to be approachable. Also, every immigrant I’ve met here has been VERY welcoming.So if you want to be friends with the Kiwis (outside of Pacific Islanders and Maori’s or other immigrants), that may never happen.”
1/ it’s cold most of the year and the sun is intensely hot for 4 months causing skin cancer.
2/ It is corrupt from the top down,the govt is dishonest and so are most industries
3/ Very boring ,very few free events or family friendly events which don’t cost.
4/ everything is overpriced by about 200% above what outsiders are used to paying.
5/ most N.Zers are completely passive aggressive,jealous,ignorant arrogant bastards .
“Unfortunately, I read the comments on this site and they disturb me. I have experienced corruption after the Christchurch earthquake. I lost a considerable portion of my life savings dealing with the inept EQC insurer. The EQC coffers have been pilfered by the NZ Government, leaving an IOU to be repaid. As a consequence the folks in Christchurch have never been paid their true entitlements, what I have observed on the ground in Christchurch is absolutely disgusting and criminal. If any migrants are considering moving to NZ, do not sell up in your country of origin and give serious thought before moving here.. I have never encountered so much arrogance, ignorance and bullying here in NZ There are very few opportunities for skilled migrants and if you are prepared to do menial work for little remuneration then this is the place for you.
The only redeeming feature living in NZ is the picturesque countryside. The education standards are very poor and I sent my daughter to an OS university to receive a quality education.
There is to much internal focus on rugby and it is the topic of conversation 24/7. The abuse of alcohol is of concern and it saddens to see many young people intoxicated.
I am married to a New Zealander and my wife agrees with me that her country has not matured. We are leaving NZ to take up residence in Australia and I will not return to NZ again.
Generally the standards right across the board are lacking. It is a very sloppy place to do business and the she will be right attitude with poor attention to detail is annoying.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY TAKING UP PERMANENT RESIDENCE HERE. YOU WILL BE VERY DISAPPOINTED.
If I can prevent intending migrants making the same mistakes as I have and regretted will give some comfort to me.”
“There are 2 distinct New Zealands. A class system “doesn’t exist here” but it feels very much like one does. Please forgive the generalisations as there are also many good people in this country.
A middle class society very much focused on materialism with the architect designed house, the boat, the bach, very competitive. They very much believe that NZ is the best place on earth, filed with special people like themselves. They have a very utopian view of the country. There are many people in this version who seem unaware that the other version exists.
A lot of poverty, gang infested, violent, endemic drug use, high crime rate, broken family structures, young children roaming the streets at 2 in the morning, poorly educated. I could go on.
This is no different to anywhere else except people in other places are not in complete denial about the massive social problems in their country.
I also had the following points for would be immigrants.
1) Study the sporting opinion pieces on the Stuff website by British expat journalist Mark Reason. That man is hated in NZ and you will get an insight from the comments underneath his articles what people think of anyone who offers their honest opinion.
2) You will need to grow a thick skin pretty quickly. In particular if you are from England there are plenty of people who will be sharing with you their dislike of your Country. Particularly during the Rugby World Cup.
3) You will be leaving behind friends, family and favourite places etc. No one here is going to give a shit about what you have sacrificed to be here. If you come here with that in mind your chances of coping are greatly enhanced.”
Just a simple girl:
1) dangerous, on the road, on the street, inside your home, a lot of crimes, all sort of crimes
2) drinking culture plus drugs, but to the point that it is pathology
3) very low level of empathy, this is connected with kids being abused and look point 2 it is a circle
4) no intellectual activities only rough sport, boring
5) unhealthy style of life, unhealthy homes, plus the sun is unhealthy in NZ and the land is very much closed, if you love our mother nature you will be very much disappointed, as everywhere are farms and fences”