17 Feb 2013
We recently had this post brought to our attention, it was published on the forum at TradeMe.co.nz where the author said this about E2NZ.org
It is also full of incorrect and misleading information that has been re worked by the owner. To be honest a lot of his writing is rumour and opinion not fact…also given that they like to take snippets from peoples posts on here as “evidence” to back up their opinions or views really says it all.
Our writing is always based on facts, mostly from official statistics, published academic papers and reports – national and international, news items and first hand testimonies. Opinions borrowed from sites like Trademe are used to demonstrate the ‘Clapham omnibus‘ POV, not to be regarded as factual.
Our aim is to raise awareness of the issues present in New Zealand as a counterbalance to the hype put out about the country. We also exist to provide a support network for migrants, and as a safe place where they can speak their minds and let off some steam: a safe place with zero tolerance for trolls.
We’ve seen comments that say this site is ‘bordering on sedition‘ we say ‘You need to look up the history of that word in New Zealand.
Are you sure you have a right to free speech in New Zealand?’ Has the Dirty Politics scandal, and the treatment of Bradley Ambrose, Nicky Hager, Glen Greenwald, Eleanor Catton, Jacinda Ardern, and Metiria Turei changed your perception of that at all? Do the repeated name suppression scandals to cover up the shame of “prominent New Zealanders” make you wonder why you need to be kept in the dark about some things?
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If you looked at many countries criminal and violence all assembled in one place it would make ours look pitiful.
Violence and crime in other countries is the reason why so many people express a desire to move to New Zealand. This desire features very highly in the aspirational marketing put out by the country, both for tourism and emigration.
Our aim is to show that New Zealand has exactly the same problems as other developed nations, plus a few that are unique to New Zealand – for instance its low wage v. high cost of living, geographical and cultural isolation, a strongly bi-cultural society that by default excludes multiculturalism (something that affects migrants deeply), an ingrained gang culture that goes back generations, and a high proportion of its citizens living overseas.
There are more but we’d like to hear from you our readers what you think they are, this is your site after all. You guide it and take it where it needs to go.
I suspect the person running this website has never travelled beyond their town…
Everyone involved in this website is, without exception, someone who has travelled thousands of miles to emigrate or study in New Zealand.
We have all travelled “well beyond” our towns, skilled migrants and students who’ve experience of other many countries against which to measure New Zealand from an international perspective.
But let’s not make the site about us – it’s about the issues that affect migrants in New Zealand.
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