Welcome to our What Kiwis Say About NZ series – first hand accounts of life in New Zealand, as told by the locals.
Today’s tale was left as a comment on a discussion thread here at E2NZ.org.
The reader tells why she prefers life in the middle east and why she’s terrified to go back to New Zealand, country that has been called “idyllic-on-the-surface, rotten-at-the-core”.
The village she talks about could be anywhere in New Zealand, its small communities are remarkably similar and share the same problems. Indeed, if you’ve ever watched the TV series Top of the Lake (a blunt commentary on many of New Zealand’s social problems) you’ll recognise many of the things she talks about, and if you’ve ever lived in New Zealand you’ll know how commonplace they are.
Here’s her story:
“I am currently in the Middle East, and I am terrified to go back to New Zealand, with its crime and lawlessness and its bizarre culture of non-culture.
It is anti-environment and anti-community and anti-law and anti-culture and anti-learning, and well, anti -everything. It is darn anti-social and most probably anti anyone who is not a stereotypical Kiwi. I am so sorry for your situation, and I can fully empathize.
A similar thing happened to me in a small remote rural community, within a most beautiful scenic reserve in the South Island, East coast. I purchased the house while overseas, due to the stunning vista, and the natural environment, and thought (imagined) that the community would be manageable, like anywhere in the world. I am well traveled, and I have lived in Asia and the Middle East (where I am now) and basically I am still here because I am too scared to go back to New Zealand, to my home (and believe it or not I am a Kiwi;- and this makes it even worse for me). I have been run out, and I have received several years of criminal harassment, and two major attacks on my property (cutting down my trees). These attacks were because I am a conservationist, and I wanted the existing law and legislation to be followed. Yes – rules and law, heaven forbid.
The village is located within a scenic reserve and when I purchased the house, in 2010, the village was stunning. It has been continuously trashed in the last seven years by a small group of residents who think that trees are rubbish (yes I know that this is bat-shit crazy). I thought at first that maybe it was an education problem, but now I realize that they are a collection ofsick and perverse people with absolutely no values. They are running on empty inside and are filled with crazy ideas and madness. The core group uses alcohol and drugs of course- and its culturally accepted. Some of them are really cruel to animals (I have had to contact the SPCA several times) and they are misogynistic as well. I am really hated apparently because I am international, educated, an environmentalist, and a strong woman. And I have a vagina. This seems to push all their buttons. At first I thought that it was a bizarre time warp harking back to the 1950’s, but it seems more insidious than this. They are people who do not know the word “no” and they simply have no respect for law, and no empathy. They appear almost like zombies with very little intelligence and the nature and inclination of sociopaths. I am scared, freaked and grossed out, and deplore any contact with them now.
The houses are now worth virtually nothing and the body corporate management fled – I am surprised that they stuck with it as long as they did. They too were getting harassed and receiving criminal threats it appears. The men in the village responsible for this atrocity feel no shame and embarrassment in all of this and the destruction of what was once a beautiful stunning village within a scenic reserve. If I announce that I am going to take them to court or to the tribunal, then they will feel the inclination to trash my property again.
The criminal justice system has not served this village well, and that is why today it is a bankrupted disaster zone.
Another shocking aspect was the local police and their stance in all of this over the last few years. Quite a few people have been run out the village, and it is usually people who are more successful, or foreign, or anyone who challenges these retards in any way. Intelligent / cultured people who know anything about law are absolutely detested and reviled.The police unbelievably was in the same camp as this group of retarded lawless people, and I noticed that they were not investigating crime properly and were actually letting the local inbred psychos get away with everything;- probably they would also get away with murder in all likelihood. I know all of this hard to fathom for outsiders to New Zealand. I received testimony from a South African woman who was run out of this village some years ago, and she fled to Australia. She was being directly threatened and criminally harassed and even had the name of the man who has an extensive criminal record to provide to the police. She was also elderly and had just come out of hospital at the time. The police said that they could do nothing, that it was a he said / she said situation. Her property then did get extensively vandalized by this man, just after she signed the contract to sell it, and had sold at a very low price to get out as quickly as possible. She called the police yet again, and once again they said that they could do nothing. This is why now it is mainly just the thugs, criminals, mentally ill, the retarded morons living out there, and some really oddball nature haters, who regard themselves as middle class. Trees are really awful apparently. One should cut them down and leave the weeds. It is all so utterly perverse and hopeless.
The brilliant TV series, by Jane Campion, “Top of the Lake” speaks volumes to me. There is something very wrong in the psyche of the people in New Zealand. It seems so deeply entrenched. That is why you cannot fix and improve anything yourself, the local people are simply too messed up, lost, ill, and chronically evil. They are adverse to positive changes, and will resent you for it. I think that these types are bitter and resentful of their own narrow and boring livse, but who knows and who cares, they are really dangerous. They will hate you for your experience, especially if you are progressive and international, with a fully functioning brain and soul. It is like they are vampires and zombies who want to devour you. They do want to destroy you. as you appear better than them, and you are still alive with a soul. You still have light in your eyes, and they want to remove it. You are not imagining it at all.
The Dark Isles are simply that. Maybe the country has a really bad collective karma or something, harking from its past. Maybe humans are not supposed to inhabit the Dark Isles. Or only the Maori are the ones who can placate and live with the spirits and inherent forces that dwell within the lands and seas surrounding there. Despite me being born a Pakeha I feel that the Pakeha are a lost people;- dislocated, culturally dissonant. They do not know who they really are at all, and have no real and applicable belief systems.
Unfortunately they appear now as flotsam and jetsam, white trash. Yes it is sad, and yes I am embarrassed, to the point whereby I would like to cut all ties…
Pākehā is a Māori language term for non-Maori or for New Zealanders who are “of European descent”. Recently, the word has been used to refer inclusively either to fair-skinned persons or any non-Māori New Zealander. Papa’a has a similar meaning in Cook Islands Māori.
Pākehā – Wikipedia.”
Update 27 June 2017:
Hi there, morning report from the Middle East.
I am enjoying a nice coffee in my safe and affordable apartment, with security perched just outside. This is a good neighbourhood here in Luxor and I get free security as I am next door to a well known hotel for tourists. There are no crazy men to be seen here doing highly anti-social, destructive and criminal things – there simply is no visible crime here, unlike where I was residing in the small village in rural NZ.
There is some hassle in Luxor, but it is not dangerous and if you use the right psychology the whole matter just dissolves into a smile and an acknowledgment. Mostly I am hostage to hospitality. As for the testosterone of the Arab male;- well its just that and it is not toxic. It can be used positively for brute strength and defense. The men are loyal and in most instances are gentlemanly and protect women. It is built into the Arab culture. I feel much much safer aroundthese men than with Kiwi men. I watch how they treat their children, and they are very patient and loyal and loving. I have never witnessed any child abuse here, despite some if the issues of poverty. There may be poverty, but I do not see deprivation. There is also respect and dignity to be found here despite poverty.”