I'm working on a travel story for Stuff about the things that have surprised returning Kiwis about New Zealand. If you have recently returned from overseas or know someone who has, it would be great to hear about the things that have stood out for you, for better or for worse. Whether it's to do with the weather, the cost of things, the public transport, the food, the housing, the people or something else entirely, we'd be keen to hear about it. Please remember that your comment may be included in the article, unless you say you don't want it to be. Thank you.
One of the most scenic hot air balloon flights in the world - among the mountains in Queenstown - has slashed prices by a third to attract Kiwi travellers. Click the link below to read more.
Just viewed this and thought, yes this is how I feel. Welcome to have you come home but:
If you are a true kiwi, then damn well act like one.
Don't come home from Covid ravaged countries abroad and complain that the red carpet is not rolled out for your privileged arse.
Whilst you were abroad enjoying the sights of the world and/or chasing inflated incomes; the rest of us were at home working hard, paying taxes, and social distancing in lockdown. The same taxes that are now supporting your free hotel isolation, the hospitals that have cared for your loved ones; and the same lockdown that has provided you with a Covid Free and safe country to return to.
What makes you think you can walk straight back in and demand a job (or benefit) and house ahead of the many thousands of loyal Kiwis that have waited in the queue and kept the fires burning during some very tough times in recent years. Why is it you are returning home now I ask? Moaning to media just amplifies your arrogance.
Also note that thousands of resident Kiwis haven't even been able to visit their loved ones in hospital, let alone hold funerals for their departed. Equally, remind yourself that you made conscious decisions to leave family behind for everyone else to care for, but now you are expecting (demanding) special exemptions to pay your last respects.
Thus, if you can not muster the gratitude and guts to isolate correctly for a minimum of 14 days and abide by medical officers requests, then go straight back to where you come from and hand in your Kiwi passport on the way out. We don't need you.