Monday, July 14, 2008

Thoughts of New Zealand

I've just recently had spent 5 weeks in New Zealand and here are my initial thoughts of NZ. So much have changed since I left here just over a year ago. You walk down Queen Street (the main strip in Auckland) and the first thing you noticed is an LV and Gucci shop bang right at the beginning of the street. They look brand spanking new. All glittery and very posh like and the only types of people that go in are the types that have big bucks to spend. Fair enough on that.

The next thing is the ever skyrocketing fuel prices. No thanks to US for causing all the oil barrel price hikes. When I got to Auckland, the fuel for unleaded 91 was roughly NZD$1.80. Just after 5 weeks it was at NZD$2.18. Probably not going to affect the people who drive luxury cars as they could probably afford it but for an average user it was almost $100 for a tank full. Ouch! I remember the days when it was only 77c per litre. Those were the days...

Crime rates have risen to the point where everyone was taking the law into their own hands. What has gone wrong in NZ? Are the government not taking action or is it just coming to their election year and they rather spend more time worrying about their seats in the parliament than about the people? I've heard alot of stories where if you're not hurt, the police will not do anything about it. As in taking reports as well. So if you've had any of your property stolen, the police will not take any action and leave you to be. Does that mean it's a shopping spree for the thieves out there? OMG… that is pathetic!

As for taking action into your own hands?! Now come on… Even as a citizen of that country you do have to respect the law. It is up to the government to take action. We can voice our concerns to them but in the end if they are not going to, either leave or as in the coming election, vote them out! At the end of the day you do have choices.

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