Continuing in our Migrant Tales series – first hand accounts of the migrant life in New Zealand.
Today’s tale was written by someone who is leaving New Zealand for a better life and a higher quality of living in Poland. The reasons why New
Zealand doesn’t make the grade a many. Here’s here tale…
“I really wish I could talk about these things frankly on my own blog but I run the risk that someone from my own work seeing it or someone I am friends with seeing it and them getting upset or offended. Such is the sensitivity of people here to negative comments about New Zealand. So much so that I feel I can only be understood by other people who have emigrated to Auckland and are living here too. The gripes from my friends who have come here to live / make a living are all the same as my own concerns about this place. It seems I’m not imagining all of this.
Instead I feel comfortable to write about it here instead. Here are the things I have found to be frustrating about living here for these past two years. It’s for all of these reasons that I will be moving somewhere else.
After going with my Polish partner to Poland in Lower Silesia, I can see that you can have a better life there than in New Zealand and we are making preparations to move to Poland. Yes believe it or not, Poland is on the up and up since joining the EU and the culture and lifestyle you can have there is just incredible. Here are the main reasons we are going to move.
Expensive to buy a house
Shitty public transport that never comes on time
Overcrowded and congested
Problems with violent crime
Problems with drug and alcohol-related violent crime
A massive gap between the rich living in the north shore and those living on the streets or in parts of south auckland.
A chaotic and disorganised healthcare system with overstretched GPs and expensive medicines.
A comparatively low average wage compared to other western countries
Apathy to world events and global turmoils going on in other parts of the world
The paranoia and hypersensitivity of local people when ever anybody criticises New Zealand.
The lack of access to a variety of consumables and every day items here. Often there will be only 1 shop (in a main city) which can provide what you need for something specific like say a particular type of glue. That one shop will sell the item at a premium because its the only place that sells it.
Poorly made clothing and shoes that is sold for exhorbitant prices, sometimes with a mark up of 200% even though it is clearly low quality and made in China.
The anti-intellectualism of the media – the media only show stupid reality shows or fluffy news, there is no real current affairs program to talk about issues affecting every day people. There is no media outlet that properly holds anybody to account.
The lack of diverse music culture here: On any given night in Melbourne or Berlin or London (where I’ve lived before) you can find every kind of music being played in pubs or venues all over the place. Not so in New Zealand – Ive found that every band is either reggae, rap or soul influenced – none of which interests me.
The holding up of sportspeople as gods. (Although to be fair that’s a western culture thing, not a NZ thing).
How Auckland is over populated and yet the rest of the country is practically empty- a planning or immigration fail…wtf?
The bi-culturalism of the country: this ignores the fact that Asians are now as numerous as Maori but are yet invisible in the media and in social policy. A more outwardly looking and international country would honour people from other parts of the world who come here, but its like foreigners are invisible and ignored here (ostracised from kiwi social circles) and also in social policy.
The now confirmed massive amounts of tax evasion here – and not surprisingly, the New Zealand media kept quiet about it and nobody in New Zealand really talks about it.
How 1 in 3 children are living in poverty here. Just not right for a so-called developed country.
The real irony is, now we have discovered that it’s possible to have a much higher quality of living in Poland – a former part of the Soviet Union compared to a so-called developed nation like New Zealand.”
About Lower Silesia
Lower Silesia’s cultural landscape includes approximately 200 regional and national cultural institutions, 700 libraries, 42 museums, 19 theaters and musical institutions, 23 art galleries, and 36 art colleges and universities. Regularly held musical and drama performances attract visitors from all over the world. As one of the most significant Polish cultural centers, Lower Silesia is famous for its festivals. Every year in the region there are about thirty regional, national and international music, theater and film festivals.