This is the latest in the Migrant Tales series, a collection of first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand.
In this story the British author tells of 13 years of struggle in New Zealand. This is probably one of the migrants left for New Zealand around the time of the post-9/11 exodus, spurred on by LoTR marketing.
All credit to them for sticking it out for so long. This is why they’re leaving:
“Farewell New Zealand
Time to move on from the struggle, 13 years of adopting and changing to the Kiwi life. It ain’t that bad, alas it ain’t so good.
Why is New Zealand so boring. It has a climate, land mass that is pleasant. Different classes of people.
The most sad fact of living here has been the racist view from people. My son goes to a school, were the role is made up off 55% Asian children. And sadly i have seen white NZ become more opposed to these children. If you invite immigration, you have to accept the people who arrive.
What is sad in all this, is that i have twice taken NZ companies to court and won both times for discrimination at work. I an British, white and speak 4 languages. Have lived in numerous countries and have my faults.
Learning to adopt and deal with a country that struggles to change has not been easy. What happened to my work life i put down to bad eggs and the kiwi Tall Poppy syndrome.
Yet in the last 3 years, i have seen and heard comments that have made me realize that New Zealand has a core fault of, ‘you ain’t one of us and never will be. That brings all sorts of problems, listened in this forum.
A lot of people move to New Zealand because they are running away from something. I have friends here, expats that moved here to escape the life of their home land. South Africans, who hope that their kids have level playing field.
British/ Irish running from the rat race.
Europe mainland, lack of work, taking the chance.
What i have seen are those that come from small places adopt better, they want a private life and have little interaction with others.
I see New Zealand is the Elephant grave yard, if you just want to exist and wait for death it is ideal.
The big problem for New Zealand now, is immigration being Asian, as white Europeans don’t see New Zealand as a better opportunity anymore.
This will bring even more racism and in the not too distant future, most school children will be Asian.
So if i can return in 100 years and see New Zealand a happy place because the existing poor attitude is removed by the new immigrants, i would stay.
As for now its farewell, to all the lies, the make believe No 8 wire folklore. Who cares, she be right, f…k off to your own country. list is endless
New Zealand has little respect for any other human experience if it is not trapped in their own mind set.
ENJOY THE LIES”
For more in the series click here: Migrant Tales