Quit your whingeing Kiwi cuzzies, life here is sweet as
So NZ Prime Minister John Key is upset about the way Australia treats Kiwi immigrants. He can’t be serious. New Zealanders who make the quick jump across the ditch are treated better than immigrants from any other nation.
Kiwis should not be entitled to permanent residency the moment they set up shop on Bondi Beach. I say that as someone who came here from New Zealand as a child, back when permanent residency was essentially automatic, and benefitted from the easier system.
Australia loves New Zealanders, but there’s only so much special treatment they can expect to receive. Kiwi immigrants have absolutely nothing to complain about.
No other foreign nationals have the type of freedom to move in and out of Australia that New Zealanders so casually enjoy. There are hardly any restrictions on movement between the two countries. Kiwis even have a special line to get their passports stamped at the airport, just to speed things along.
And once they’ve entered Australia, Kiwi immigrants find it easier to integrate than any other nationality.
Let’s face it - New Zealand and Australia are virtually the same country. The only obstacles to a perfect peace between us are a bit of friendly sporting rivalry and a long-running disagreement over how to pronounce the letter “i”.
We even share the same slang. If I flew off to Canada and started yakking to some Canuk about cooking a barbie, having a cuppa or getting blotto, the silly bugger would be absolutely clueless. Kiwis and Aussies just intuitively understand each other.
Sure, speaking as someone who was born in New Zealand, I acknowledge that it would be nice to get some official recognition of our fundamental right to clog your beaches in our togs and jandals. And there’s even a chance that the government’s proposed anti-discrimination laws could ban the term “sheepshagger” permanently.
But even if none of that happens, this is still a bloody great place to live. So don’t go overboard Mr Key. We really have nothing to complain about.
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