Millions goes into marketing New Zealand as the ideal place for an international relocation for migrants. And so thousands of people emigrate here every year from abroad.
New Zealand has a lot going for it if you love nature, have a lot of money and can afford to cruise around on a yacht all day. For the majority of people who aren’t particularly outdoorsy, and who don’t have money for a yacht and a place in Queenstown, it’s a completely different story.
So let’s get real here for a moment about things. There is a lot, and by that I mean A LOT about New Zealand that is either breaking down or is completely broken.
However such is the sensitivity of local people here, that if you ever call out any negative feedback on New Zealand, you are met with absolute and unremitting hostility. It’s actually pretty terrifying how people get so protective when you give any bad feedback on New Zealand.
I rarely talk about this publicly, I only think it and only discuss it with my partner and close friends. And yet they all seem to be having the same concerns and annoyances as me. So it seems I’m not imagining this.
Here is why you probably shouldn’t move to New Zealand any time soon. And by New Zealand I mean Auckland, which is where 67% of new migrants end up when they move here, because that’s where the lionshare of jobs are.
4. Public transport that never comes on time
5. Overcrowded and congested, Auckland has terrible traffic
7. A massive gap between the rich living in the north shore and those living on the streets in Auckland and other parts of the country.
9. A comparatively low average wage compared to other OECD countries.
11. The paranoia and hypersensitivity of local people when ever anybody criticises New Zealand.
12. The lack of access to a variety of consumables and every day items here. Shopping malls are tiny here if you compare them to other countries in the world.
13. Poorly made clothing and shoes that is sold for exhorbitant prices, sometimes with a mark up of 200% even though it is clearly low quality and made in China. Also shipping for online shopping is pretty expensive too.
14. The anti-intellectualism of the media – the media only show stupid reality shows or fluffy news, there is no real current affairs program to talk about issues affecting every day people. There is no media outlet that properly holds anybody to account.
15. The holding up of sportspeople as gods. It’s all so boring and pointless, it doesn’t add anything of value to the world (Although to be fair that’s a western culture thing, not a NZ thing).
16. Auckland is over populated and yet the rest of the country is practically empty- a planning or immigration fail.
17. The bi-culturalism of the country: this ignores the fact that Asians are now as numerous as Maori but are yet invisible in the media and in social policy. A more outwardly looking and international country would honour and recognise people from other parts of the world who come here and promote learning not just Te Reo but also all the other languages. Also Auckland has a more culturally diverse population than London and yet the thoughts and opinions of those people are rarely talked about anywhere in the media.
18. The massive amounts of corporate tax evasion in New Zealand. Also not surprising that privately owned media stayed largely quiet about that, given that the media is owned by rich New Zealanders.
19. One in three New Zealand children are living in poverty. It’s just not right for a so-called developed country.
21. The roads are really dangerous here and New Zealand has one of the worst rates for death in cars in the developed world.
And now for some of the good things: people are cool here mostly – in a laidback and fun way. The weather is mostly easy to handle. The nature is nice and pretty. And food is pretty good, just be prepared to pay eye-wateringly expensive prices for it.
What are your thoughts…am I being too harsh or is it a realistic assessment?