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      • I have wondered about New Zealand. It sounds so exotic from what little I’ve read or see about its culture. Sadly, that has mostly been superficial knowledge related to Maori warriors and Lord of the Rings related filming. I suspect this does not provide an in depth appreciation!

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        • Like most people, I think I have a love-hate relationship with my homeland. On one hand, it is a very safe, friendly, open and quite welcoming culture, but on the other it has become much less of those things since my family arrived here when I was a child. We have horrendous rates of poverty, homelessness and domestic violence and incredible myopia towards the damage that our principal economic activities are doing to our landscape and waterways — the very thing we not only rely on, but which are essential to those industries. I guess most places are some sort of crazy mixture of good and bad and we just muddle though somehow.
          On a positive note though, we have a 37 year old female prime minister who has just had a baby — making her only the second national leader to give birth in office. She’s not married to the baby’s father, who was a TV fishing show host until last week when he gave up his job to be a stay-at-home dad. If that’s not quite positive role-modelling for kids, especially girls, I don’t know what is. πŸ™‚

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  1. Just read an article yesterday about the housing and homeless issues in NZ and thought of you. Auckland is one of the top ten least affordable cities in the world. Wow.

    Bits the bill? Is that NZ for Fits the Bill? Two people divided by a common language? (Or maybe just a typo??)

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    • In this case typo — or using iPad too late at night.
      Sadly we do have an enormous problem with homelessness and housing affordability (and not just in Auckland). We have become a low-wage economy with limited workers’ rights and a tax regime that favours property investment over other forms so that landlords and speculators can become incredibly rich at the expense of others’ ability to have a roof over their head.

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      • We see it here as well—not so much where I live where housing is still quite affordable (and the economy isn’t booming), but in Boston, New York, Seattle, San Francisco and probably many other major cities. Young people want to be in a city these days, not the suburbs, and so gentrification is everywhere.

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