This is part of our “what Kiwis say about NZ” project first hand accounts of life for the locals in New Zealand.
You’ll see many commonalities between articles in this series and those from Migrant Tales.
Today’s article comes from a comment that was made in a thread here at E2NZ.org, written by someone returning to New Zealand after being out of the twilight zone for a decade:
“All of the above experiences are remarkably similar to my own.
Returning to NZ after a decade in Europe, only to be viewed as a “threat” and actively persecuted by the community for it. The very first impression – which was extremely obvious – upon my return to NZ was the inherent sense of false superiority that Pakeha feel towards non-Pakeha. I live rural, remote, and it is especially palpable in the “wop wops”. Most local Pakeha (minority of the population) are business owners who seem intent/entitled to personally profit from exploiting the deprivation, illiteracy and poverty of local non-Pakeha (majority of the population). The whole process of colonisation has created a societal chasm of the “haves” and “have nots”, and this is considered to be socially just and acceptable.
The second evident phenomenon was the blatant misogyny. I’ve lost count of how many times I have had to endure the sight & sound of a female being beaten by a male, whilst her own family members watch and do nothing. If she does get the gumption to “run away”, her own family members will return her to her abuser. Positively medieval indeed.
The rate of child abuse and neglect is horrific. Again, I continue to see/hear scenes of children left to their own devices due to their primary caregivers (parent/grandparents) drinking and drugging elsewhere, day or night. If their own family members see absolutely nothing wrong with the abuse and neglect – how is a community/society supposed to change that fact?
Another obvious aspect of life in NZ is the chronic abuse of “Government Funding”, otherwise known as the NZ Govt offloading their social responsibilities by contracting out essential services such as Health/Education/Social Services/Corrections etc. Indeed, our local police actively participate in criminal activity, be it cannabis cultivation or sexual abuse. Sexual Abuse is HUGE in NZ, it occurs at all levels of society and a search on google will come up with: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11715079, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Nicholas, http://newzealandchildabuse.com/, http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/04/opinion-state-care-abuse-robbed-thousands-of-their-futures.htm – and many more besides.
How did NZ become so f***ed up?? Your guess is as good as mine, but there is a definite inter-generational pattern of abuse & neglect, functionning from the top down. If you wish to keep your family safe, do not move to NZ. You will live to regret it.