I talk to my partner about this quite a bit (he is Maori)
I have travelled pretty much the whole world and have to say, New Zealand has to be the place with the least amount of rasists or people reacting funny etc
Kiwis generally welcome tourists and migrants warmly and would go out of their way to help. But they do expect migrants to settle in and become part of the society and lifestyle.. Asians for some reason seem to get together and form their own communities, with alot of them not even speaking english.
It s not a personal thing, just a fear I guess because there are so many of them :)
My boss has been fighting for a chinese guy to get his work permit and he is putting so much into it even though the guy has not got a chance it s quite impressing, I dont think you would get to see something like that in too many countries!
Re Maori, I am Pakeha and am wearing a huge Ta Moko (Maori design Tattoo).. I am proud of it and so is my family (who are maori) but I do also understand the difference between Pakeha and Maori now more than ever!
Last edited by kiaora!!; 19-09-2008 at 11:09 AM.
WHV submitted 20/11/07 approved 15/01/08
arrived in Auckland 23/03/08
Work permit under partnership submitted 21/05/08 APPROVED 29/05/08
Work permit extension under partnership submitted 06/03/09 APPROVED 23/03/09 Expires 23/03/10
Residence permit under partnership submitted 06/03/09
Immigration Officer assigned 30/04/09
Residence Permit APPROVED 29/06/09
Our Baby Boy is due 01/04/10 "whoopwhoop"