New Zealand is a beautiful country with dark spots that make us human…

Pete's Kiwi Korner

New Zealand is a beautiful country made up of lots of honest, genuine, down to earth people that punch above their weight on the world stage, but like every country, it has its dark sides.

Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand

Perhaps precisely because it’s a highly developed country that’s also an island paradise – a unique combination – life can be relatively boring and ‘low stakes.’ (The TV news is frequently hilariously trivial and parochial.) This is probably a significant factor behind New Zealand’s high rates of youth suicide, teen pregnancy, and alcoholism. I will not presume to speculate as to what fuels New Zealand’s rates of domestic violence.

There’s a raging methamphetamine epidemic, fuelled by the Asian gangs who import it, the local gangs who distribute it, and the economic hopelessness of increasing numbers of people who have been left behind thanks to the neoliberal reforms of…

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