New Zealanders are alarmed that the disorder that afflicts President Trump has infected their own country.
As told in a series of images uploaded to Twitter it looks like Trump’s extreme right wing nationalism has gained a foothold in ‘New Zealand’s dairy industry.
If this becomes widespread we predict it may have a hugely negative effect on the NZ dairy industry across the globe:
New Zealand has recently come in for criticism for quietly giving citizenship to Trump advisor billionaire Peter Thiel, prompting speculation that the country may have become the modern day equivalent of the ratlines used after the second world war. A place from which to watch the world burn, no less.
Today we found out the New Zealand’s Washington embassy has hired Trump’s former campaign field director Stuart Jolly. The aim is to help get NZ business employees easier access to the United States after the TPPA fell apart.
The NZ embassy’s contract with Sonoran Policy Group’s Stuart Jolly runs for two months from 9 January at a cost of $25,000 a month source.
If Trump is so strongly supported in New Zealand that should make it the last place you’d want to live. Wouldn’t it? Ironic, considering that the country’s agrarian economy is largely based on cheap migrant workers, many of whom are paid well below the legal minimum wage. And horrifying when you consider how expensive food is in New Zealand.
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Travel in the Time of Trump: Trump’s New Zealand’s fans (Neverending Everywhere 8 Sept 2017) :
Despite our first run-in with Trump’s visage in Auckland, Trump does have fans here in New Zealand. Yes, New Zealand—that nature-loving, outdoorsy, free-healthcare fairly-socialist country in Oceania. I was confused at first, too.
Who are these people, and why do they support Trump? Like in the U.S., the people that support Trump seemed to be predominantly rural or small-town. They might have had ties to the U.S. And again like in the U.S., they were very, very showy of their support… read on
Farmer fined $73,000 for draining wetland (Stuff.co.nz)
A Piopio farmer has been fined $73,000 and told to help fix an internationally recognised wetland on his property which he drained for more pasture.
William and Pauline Burr were convicted under the Resource Management Act and Mr Burr was this week fined $73,000 for his part in draining the Arapae Wetland – home to a threatened indigenous fish species and significant native vegetation.
An earthworks company involved in the works has also been fined more than $21,000.
The case was brought by Waikato Regional Council which believed the Burrs intentionally drained the wetland to gain further pasture land and increase farm production after they bought the property, on State Highway 3 south of Te Kuiti, in 2008.
The case was heard in the Hamilton District Court before Judge Melanie Harland who described the offending as “energetic”.
She ruled that the Burrs’ actions had caused significant environmental effect and ordered that a remediation plan be placed before the court by March 2, 2012… read on
Mrs Burr pleaded guilty to three charges and was convicted, but received no fine.
Peter Thiel has a back up country: New Zealand (New York Times)