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  Reply # 568458 13-Jan-2012 15:21 Send private message

gzt: The rugby stuff is generally good natured on both sides. But, on the other side of the Tasman they also have the the "Kiwis are stealing our jobs" thing, with everything that kind of thinking implies.


I lived in Australia for 12 years, and never got hassled for that. I was, however, hassled daily about being a "sheep shagger". I always found the logic used to come to that conclusion to be a bit suspect. Australians see New Zealand as a country with 4 million people and 70 million sheep, and think "With that sort of sheep to people ratio, I bet there's a bit of shagging going on". Says a lot more about them than us, if you ask me. :-)

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  Reply # 568465 13-Jan-2012 15:25 Send private message

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gzt: The rugby stuff is generally good natured on both sides. But, on the other side of the Tasman they also have the the "Kiwis are stealing our jobs" thing, with everything that kind of thinking implies.


I lived in Australia for 12 years, and never got hassled for that. I was, however, hassled daily about being a "sheep shagger". I always found the logic used to come to that conclusion to be a bit suspect. Australians see New Zealand as a country with 4 million people and 70 million sheep, and think "With that sort of sheep to people ratio, I bet there's a bit of shagging going on". Says a lot more about them than us, if you ask me. :-)


I think there are more cows than sheep these days aren't there? The number of sheep in NZ has dropped a lot due to there not being much money in them, there is possibly as big a ratio in Oz now.

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  Reply # 568466 13-Jan-2012 15:25 Send private message

meesham: 
There's probably a few people on both sides that have a genuine dislike to the other country but I see it as a sibling relationship, we give each other a hard time but in the end we'll be there for one another (Chch quakes, QLD floods etc etc).


Thats exactly how I see it too, and actually love the relationship both countries have. I've always seen it as a big brother/little brother thing. I think any staunch Anti-Aussie Kiwis should go spend a decent amount of time over there, and then they'll realise just how similar our two cultures are.



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  Reply # 568478 13-Jan-2012 15:41 Send private message

mattwnz:
dclegg:
gzt: The rugby stuff is generally good natured on both sides. But, on the other side of the Tasman they also have the the "Kiwis are stealing our jobs" thing, with everything that kind of thinking implies.


I lived in Australia for 12 years, and never got hassled for that. I was, however, hassled daily about being a "sheep shagger". I always found the logic used to come to that conclusion to be a bit suspect. Australians see New Zealand as a country with 4 million people and 70 million sheep, and think "With that sort of sheep to people ratio, I bet there's a bit of shagging going on". Says a lot more about them than us, if you ask me. :-)


I think there are more cows than sheep these days aren't there? The number of sheep in NZ has dropped a lot due to there not being much money in them, there is possibly as big a ratio in Oz now.


There are more cows than people. And the growth of the numbers of cows is greater than that of people.

But I would still expect there to be more sheep than cows, due to the stocking amounts being highly different.  

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  Reply # 568495 13-Jan-2012 16:13 Send private message

scuwp: I thought it was quite funny. The sooner we become another island in the Australia colony the better I reckon ;-)


Certainly sounds like natural stupidity to me!

But seriously, I wouldn't want some of the ozzy problems they have created over there, our own problems are quite enough thanks. And why not take ourselves seriously (and sometimes sarcastically)? Gets the job done and pisses off a few ozzy's in one shot. No need for their definition of humour, we have a more low key version of our own.




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  Reply # 568501 13-Jan-2012 16:25 Send private message

Hes Australian who cares.




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  Reply # 568507 13-Jan-2012 16:31 Send private message

meesham:

I've been living in NZ for 4 years and don't get it that much, although when I do I just tell them I'm from Western Australia and couldn't give a damn about Rugby - I sometimes then get comments about a certain underarm bowling incident that happened 30 years ago that most Australians are just as annoyed about.

There's probably a few people on both sides that have a genuine dislike to the other country but I see it as a sibling relationship, we give each other a hard time but in the end we'll be there for one another (Chch quakes, QLD floods etc etc). I also think that Australians have a slightly rougher sense of humour than Kiwis which can lead to offence being taken, and some Kiwis can find be overly sensitive about Australians saying anything bad about New Zealand.


Well said!


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  Reply # 568518 13-Jan-2012 16:55 Send private message

Very obviously written with tongue firmly in cheek. I found it generally amusing, and parts of it hilarious. I've no doubt the people at Stuff thought pretty much the same and decided to lighten their readerships day with it.




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  Reply # 568527 13-Jan-2012 17:27 Send private message

It does make sense for Auz to take over NZ - but only as a refuge for the day when a highly populated country that has the 8th largest navy in the world decides to go shopping for resources close to home.

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  Reply # 568622 13-Jan-2012 21:22 Send private message

Brilliant piss-take, usual stuff drival though.

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  Reply # 568636 13-Jan-2012 22:09 Send private message

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mattwnz:
dclegg:
gzt: The rugby stuff is generally good natured on both sides. But, on the other side of the Tasman they also have the the "Kiwis are stealing our jobs" thing, with everything that kind of thinking implies.


I lived in Australia for 12 years, and never got hassled for that. I was, however, hassled daily about being a "sheep shagger". I always found the logic used to come to that conclusion to be a bit suspect. Australians see New Zealand as a country with 4 million people and 70 million sheep, and think "With that sort of sheep to people ratio, I bet there's a bit of shagging going on". Says a lot more about them than us, if you ask me. :-)


I think there are more cows than sheep these days aren't there? The number of sheep in NZ has dropped a lot due to there not being much money in them, there is possibly as big a ratio in Oz now.


There are more cows than people. And the growth of the numbers of cows is greater than that of people.

But I would still expect there to be more sheep than cows, due to the stocking amounts being highly different. ?


I do know there are 70 million possums, which are pests from Ozzie. They can have them back. Don't know where they all are, but probably doing out native bush and birds/insects no good.

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  Reply # 569376 16-Jan-2012 11:06 Send private message

It's not a good article, true.

Thing is, it's an opinion piece written at stuff.co.nz and obviously a bit of tongue in cheek.

I personally don't allow my blood to boil over such pieces.

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  Reply # 570048 17-Jan-2012 17:14 Send private message

Have read that insidious article, it's just petty propaganda that's all. The writer is obviously consumed by money & greed. NZ & Australia's rivalry is no different to that of Canada & The United States.

"Our Constitution that lets us call dibs on them any time we want"

By the way, this constitution still exists today.

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  Reply # 570090 17-Jan-2012 19:05 Send private message

cgrew: Have read that insidious article, it's just petty propaganda that's all. The writer is obviously consumed by money & greed. NZ & Australia's rivalry is no different to that of Canada & The United States.

"Our Constitution that lets us call dibs on them any time we want"


Firstly, lighten up. It's satire. Not very good satire, granted, but nevertheless the man is not serious and that's obvious.


By the way, this constitution still exists today.


Secondly, the most interesting thing about that is Jervis Bay. Jervis Bay is a naval base, and a national park. The car park of the Jervis Bay national park area is where the Australian nuclear weapons program was to have been based. True story.




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  Reply # 570128 17-Jan-2012 20:28 Send private message

SaltyNZ: Firstly, lighten up. It's satire. Not very good satire, granted, but nevertheless the man is not serious and that's obvious.


Yeah sure there's being sarcastic, which I'm fine with, and then there's also being insipid. He may not have been serious as you said but he knows that his readers will have a much more serious tone on the matter. That one's not so obvious.   

SaltyNZ: Secondly, the most interesting thing about that is Jervis Bay. Jervis Bay is a naval base, and a national park. The car park of the Jervis Bay national park area is where the Australian nuclear weapons program was to have been based. True story.


Certainly an interesting proposal...   


  

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