I keep seeing items in the news and elsewhere that suggest we must be living in some kind of special deprivation dimension. Apparently everything that exists costs 10 times more here than anywhere else. Our kids can’t read and their teeth are the worst in the universe. We are underpaid compared to everyone this side of Burkino Faso and our collapsing health services are killing us and driving us to the depths of depressive despair. Our fizzy drinks have more sugar than anywhere else and no-one will ever be able to afford to live in a house again. Our emissions are higher, our ambitions are lower, educational standards are falling and no-one born in this country can spell or speak English correctly.
So what is the deal with New Zealand? Are we really that much worse at everything or are we being misinformed or do we just have a really big need to fail? Why do we always seem to be the worst compared to just about anyone else? For what it’s worth, I don’t actually believe we are. I think NZ is a pretty awesome country. But you sure don’t get that impression from our media, be they social or commercial. What is the deal with that?