E2NZ.org is a collective and welcomes comments and information about life in New Zealand from migrants, visitors, students and people who are interested in the country.
We aim to provide a site tailored to supporting the specific interests of our loyal readership and we welcome their feedback. Please read the Welcome page to find out what we’re about.
Some of our threads have been going for years and have hundreds of comments, so if you’ve got something to say please make sure it’s on topic and within the guidelines, otherwise it may not get published. If you’re you’re just dropping by for a chat please visit The Agora, an open discussion place to talk about whatever interests you, or contact us on Twitter. NB. We don’t use email to talk to people so please don’t be offended if we don’t reply to you using this method..
We are currently researching a series of articles about social media in New Zealand – starting with the ‘Wellington Twitterati’. If you have information that may be useful please leave it here.
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Send us a Migrant Tale you’d like to share. Leave it below any Migrant Tale article or in the Contribute section. You’ll be in good company, we have hundreds of migrant tales from all nationalities (including New Zealanders).
Volunteer help to E2NZ.org by sending us articles for publication, links, stories or anything which may be suitable. The best links will be added to the blogrolls. All articles are published under the site’s admin account to protect sources.
If you have an image for us upload it to a site like Imgur and send us the link. We’ll take it from there.
Say if you have information that’s NOT for publication.
Write in your own language and we’ll get it translated if necessary.
Keep it relevant and about New Zealand.
Keep within the boundaries of good taste and common decency, treat others as you would like to be treated. Show courtesy and respect for others.
Think of this as a safe place. We like to provide an empowering place where people can express themselves without censorship, fear of ridicule or personal attack for having an opinion. This concept is not alien to New Zealanders who sometimes call it Tūrangawaewae (‘A place to stand’). However, it is a concept that is rarely practiced in New Zealand, we’re delighted to be able to offer it here.
Troll. No don’t, really. Its that simple. We now have a zero tolerance trolling policy. To keep E2NZ.org as ‘a place to stand,’ threats, harassment (including of the site’s admin), multiple IDs, using fake IP addresses and other forms of trolling will earn offenders an immediate lifetime ban with no exceptions. Persistent offenders on a mission may be named and shamed in our troll zoo http://trollsnzandkoolaid.wordpress.com. (This site is usually set to private and only opens up when this happens).
Make ad hom attacks. Address the issue, do not attack the person. Please do not make ‘don’t like it then leave‘ types of comments, they will be deleted and earn you a ban. Some people would dearly love to leave New Zealand, others still want to stay and help make the country better. With a million Kiwis already living overseas, New Zealand needs all the help it can get. Respect the people who want to stay to make it work.
Make Straw Men; or rant on about other countries’ issues and use them as a justification for poor standards in New Zealand. Being told ‘it’s so much worse in xyz’ doesn’t make it any easier to accept the same type of crap in NZ, just on a smaller scale. Remember, NZ is often falsely marketed to migrants on the basis that it doesn’t suffer from those problems. Very often those issues are worse in New Zealand than elsewhere in the world because of its poverty gap, social disconnectedness and isolation.
Try to serve up Kool-Aid on a site whose objective is to take a long hard look at New Zealand. Don’t suggest that those who don’t like the taste of Kool-Aid are defective and you’re ok. Before you begin to recite the gospel of New Zealand ask yourself “who am I really trying to convince?”
Like what we have to say? Our stock response to you is “either learn to live with it or don’t read it. Close the page or move away from the screen. It’s your problem if you can’t deal with what people think.”
Occasionally genuine comments get caught in the spam filter and are deleted without being read. If you think this may’ve happened to you please accept our apologies, try again or contact us on Twitter.
We also use the filter to ban trolls and proxy/VPN IP addresses, if you’re not getting published its more likely to be because you’re being naughty. Your earnest missives are ending up with Nigerian love potions and Vitamin C serums, and meeting the same fate. They don’t get read.
Can’t handle that? Maybe it’s time for you to ease off on the Kool-Aid.