Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little accountability by the government for these problems.
The Child Poverty Action Group has said that the current actions taken by the Key led government is simply not substantial enough. Key also came out and basically said that first homebuyers should consider buying an apartment rather than a house, as if the solution to this issue is as simple as that.
Yet when I check the news what are the first two things I see? We have a serious chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa might be a no show this Christmas.
I may have just had one of those weeks where every little thing pissed me off because I don’t understand how these are New Zealand’s most pressing issues right now.
I mean, I’ve tried the liquid gold and its pretty amazing but we’ve shown the true colours of our demanding, mass consumption culture when we expect something as obscure as flavoured milk right at this very second and get shitty when we can’t have it. This is a small company that is already doing everything they can to keep up with demand. Cut them some slack, guys.
And about this Queen Street Santa, or whatever he’s called. I’ve lived in Auckland my entire life and feel zero connection to that installation. At first I thought it was because I don’t celebrate Christmas, but then I found out it costs $150,000 to put that thing up every year, and then I thought no, this is ridiculous. Think of how much food you can give to schools so they can feed hungry students with that money. Food for thought.
The elections may be over but the same issues still persist. I’m not saying not to have these things in the news. If this is what kiwis are truly worried about, by all means, go for it. However I’m sick of reading the news as if New Zealand is some type of utopia where ours biggest problems include chocolate milk and a giant Santa, because it definitely isn’t and we know it.