Here’s something you won’t see mentioned in any international lifestyle survey used to promote New Zealand as an excellent place to live and work in.
We’ve all seen those surveys. You know the ones, used by immigration/migrant services organisations, keen to attract you and your dollars to New Zealand. The surveys that Kiwis with easily-managed egos hold up as evidence of how great (and therefore by association so are they) their country is.
You’ve also probably hear the phrase “100% pure NZ” without realising that it applies to the quality of its crystal meth. Kiwis pride themselves on their innovation and home cooking skills. Sadly, this enthusiasm rarely makes it into to the workplace (or into schools – see the further down this page to see why).
Prime Minister of New Zealand says the government is still hearing from employers struggling to find workers because too many New Zealanders are failing drug tests, and this is the reason why inward migration is needed in real middle earth
Last year the prime minister at the time, John Key, said he continually heard from employers frustrated with New Zealanders’ work ethic and drug problems.
Mr English said he heard the same thing about two to three times a week. “One of the hurdles these days is just passing the drug test … Under workplace safety, you can’t have people on your premises under the influence of drugs and a lot of our younger people can’t pass that test.”
“People telling me they open for applications, they get people turning up and it’s hard to get someone to be able to pass the test – it’s just one example.
“So look if you get around the stories, you’ll hear lots of stories – some good, some not so good – about Kiwis’ willingness and ability to do the jobs that are available.”
Mr English said the government could not do much to address this particular problem.
“Particularly if these are younger people who are in every other respect capable of finding a job.” read the full report here at RadioNZ
Last September John Key said immigrant workers were needed due to New Zealanders’ poor work ethic and drug use:
Speaking on Morning Report today, Mr Key admitted high immigration was putting a strain on the country’s infrastructure, but the government would continue to bring in large numbers to fill jobs.
He said this was partly because many employers could not get New Zealanders to work due to problems with drugs or work ethic.
“We bring in people to pick fruit under the RSE (Recognised Seasonal Employer) scheme, and they come from the islands, and they do a fabulous job. And the government has been saying ‘well, OK, there are some unemployed people who live in the Hawke’s Bay, and so why can’t we get them to pick fruit’, and we have been trialling a domestic RSE scheme.
“But go and ask the employers, and they will say some of these people won’t pass a drug test, some of these people won’t turn up for work, some of these people will claim they have health issues later on. So it’s not to say there aren’t great people who transition from Work and Income to work, they do, but it’s equally true that they’re also living in the wrong place, or they just can’t muster what is required to actually work.” source
Sound like a great place to raise a family, what sort of future would you be exposing your children to in New Zealand where the drug use is so high?
What pressure will you be under to perform, when so many of your workmates can’t (or won’t) work productively, yet somehow manage to get promoted over you?
What risks are you taking as a tourist when so many adventure tourism fatalities involve drug use among the operators?
“Making meth: how New Zealand’s knack for ‘P’ turned into a homebaked disaster“
“Geographic isolation helped shield New Zealand from hard drug trafficking for years – but a strong DIY culture and the advent of easily hidden, highly mobile methamphetamine labs are having serious consequences” says a report in The Guardian.
A record hall of methampetamine in the village of Ahipara (worth half a billion dollars on the street) seized in June 2016,
“made headlines and focused the country’s attention on its insidious problem with a drug that is easy to make at home and cheaper than marijuana to buy. Methamphetamine – often referred to as “the poor man’s cocaine” – has become the class A drug of choice for Kiwis.
Local Peter Furze told reporters
“P is a huge problem here. There are so many desolate places you can cook it, so many places to hide away.”
The ‘Kiwi ingenuity’ and work ethic that is missing from the workplace seems to have been directed in a more profitable, and destructive, direction:
New Zealand’s DIY drug culture
New Zealand is 10,000km (6,000 miles) from Bangkok, 18,000km from Amsterdam and surrounded by sea. Hard drugs rarely make it into the country – and when they do prices are high and quality is low.
But the advent of pop-up, easily transportable labs (some that fit inside a suitcase) have made P a booming nationwide business. From holiday homes in Wanaka, to milking sheds in the Waikato, many Kiwis have turned their hand to DIY meth manufacture.
“I think because Kiwis are so innovative in so many good ways, that can lead to us being innovative in bad ways as well,” says Anita Meyer, a former P cook from Auckland.
“We definitely punch above our weight in what we manage to do in a fairly restricted drug scene.”
Ross Bell, executive director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation, believes New Zealanders have proven themselves to be skilled drug manufacturers over many decades – a talent born out of distance and necessity, and honed through years of trial and error.
“We are very good at covertly growing cannabis, we are very good at cooking P … this all links back to New Zealand’s do-it-yourself drug culture,” says Bell.
“Labs blow up, labs get busted, but they always re-emerge. The rise of recreational drug use in New Zealand is quite unique and deeply founded in our geographic isolation.” read on
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