The opposition parties did the best thing ever when they declared that we had a crisis of Kiwis leaving NZ for Australia.
Once the crisis was declared it was over quicker than it was started.
But one thing politicians and whingers go on about is how lucky Australia is.
That’s why this list of the Top 10 things New Zealand does better than Australia as published in Australia is so special.
IT’S somewhat foolhardy to ruin an otherwise pleasant new year by getting my head punched in. But sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns or, in this case, the sheep by its ears, and say what you really think.
And what I really think (ducks) is that New Zealand is quietly trouncing us.
Not with its weather, which is reliably miserable, or with the Kiwis’ infuriating habit of replying to every question with “Yeah, nah.”
But when the 4000th person, upon learning that I was born across the Tasman, asks: “Why are the All Blacks so good?” I feel compelled to speculate on the national psyche.
New Zealanders like themselves.
Unlike the Germans who have self-regard, or the Italians who are self-admiring, or the Americans who aren’t quite sure how great they are these days but will enthuse anyway, the kiwis exude quiet confidence and self-determination.
“So why are so many of them coming over here?” I hear you say.
Well, they’re not.
Whereas they used to flock across the ditch, prompting former PM Robert Muldoon to distastefully remark that they “raised the IQ of both countries”, the migration rate has slowed considerably.
Kiwis are staying home where they’re enjoying a strong economy, low unemployment, a stable government and terms of trade at a 40-year high.
And those boys in black just keep winning.
So what are they doing right? Read more »