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I was absolutely amazed to read on Yahoo! last week at the number of Kiwis looking for jobs. Unemployment is far too high in our country (something like 4%) but 7 out of 10 people looking for a job tells a much bigger and sadder story than unemployment.

This article is totally my opinion, based on my experience, my background and my ingrained beliefs. It is not intended to offend anyone unless such offence makes you get off your butt and be responsible for your own situation.

I come from a country where there were no social benefits - quite simply if you didn't work you starved.

New Zealand is a country that has for years clung on to the social beliefs entrenched in the society. It is a country of opposites and contradictions.

New Zealand is well known for the so-called "tall poppy syndrome". Yet on the other side of the coin New Zealand totally over emphasize and overstate the accomplishment of any succesful New Zealander (or anyone with the remotest connections to the country) to the point of ridicule.

Sir Edmund Hilary - probably the most famous New Zealander - was the first man to conquer Everest with his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay. What I didn't know (and no New Zealander would ever tell you) is that he was part of a British team of 30 climbers. I was always under the impression it was pretty much a two-man team! He wouldn't have made it without Tenzing Norgay who doesn't get much credit in this part of the world!

Forever blaming other countries for stealing their ideas, recipes and horses, New Zealand also harbors on for decades when something has happened to offend them - such as the infamous "under arm" bowling incident with Australia or the "poisoned by Susie" rugby world cup debacle. But any such similar transgressions by their own beloved sporting teams must be a figment of your warped imagination!

You don't want to mess with New Zealand sport - especially not rugby. They have a huge complex about not having won the world cup since 1987 - the inaugural event - despite being the best team in the world each year since. In fact the country's economic performance is closely tied to the All Black's results. Let's hope they win the World Cup this year so that we can get back on track in the unemployment/job field.

It really pains me to read the criticism that the average Kiwi directs at the government, the new immigrants and the rest of the world in general for their own short-comings.

Stop blaming everyone else and start finding something to do that you love. Get off the dole and be responsible for your own actions.

In my opinion there is no such thing as unemployment.

Even disabled people have gone on to be successful in a variety of fields. Just recently I played golf with a one-armed man who wouldn't have a bar of sympathy - thankfully he was New Zealand born and bred.

New Zealanders looking for a job want someone to give them a cushy number for lots of pay, they are a people that want to have their cake and eat it and have not yet worked out that this is not possible.

If we continue along these lines we run the risk of chasing away the very people who provide jobs we so desperately need. It's happening already with some of the biggest manufacturers taking their businesses off-shore where it is more cost efficient to produce goods.

New Zealanders see this as another opportunity to complain instead of looking for the reasons why these companies are moving their operations.

There are hundreds of jobs and business opportunities available in New Zealand and literally thousands of home based businesses available on the Internet but Kiwis consider these as:

  • A scam where someone is trying to do them out of $50.00 or $100.00.
  • Too much like hard work!
  • Pyramid schemes - an evil designed specifially to bring New Zealand to its knees!

But man will they buy lotto tickets and then advise the winners how the money should be distributed among the poor folk!

I moved to New Zealand in 1999 and shortly after my arrival there was an American business woman visiting the country. I cannot remember her name but she specialized in analyzing the economic potential of countries based on a wide range of criteria and her summation of New Zealand went something like this:

"Never have I encountered a country where the population is so well-educated and so able, yet so unwilling, to step up and be accountable to themselves."

I guess that pretty much sums it up.


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