Mishandle a literal Kiwi at Miami Zoo? NZ loses its mind! Mishandle figurative Kiwis? No one cares!


This current furore over the mishandling of a Kiwi at Miami Zoo is like ‘Paddy Gower Has Issues’ in that it manages to sum up all that is wrong in current affairs as serious debate consistently gets sacrificed on the altar of lite weight News infotainment.

Mishandle a literal Kiwi at Miami Zoo? NZ loses its mind!

‘Huge mistake’ – Miami zoo cancels kiwi encounters after outcry over treatment

Kiwi encounters at Zoo Miami have been cancelled after disturbing footage emerged of visitors handling the bird under bright lights.

In the video the zoo posted to social media, visitors surrounded the kiwi as he sat on a table under bright lights, despite being a nocturnal creature.

Mishandle figurative Kiwis like the beneficiaries we have kettled into unsafe motels? No one gives a fuck!

Last year we blew a billion on kettling beneficiaries into these unsafe Motel environments while stifling State House building so the private landlord market can continue extracting a $1.5billion accommodation subsidy directly from the Government to offset the State’s lacklustre State House building program!

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This level of poverty and abdication of social responsibility is a political choice but a Kiwi being petted past its bedtime is what we  chose to focus on.

We are a juvenile low imagination horizon culture with all the maturity of a can of day old coke.



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  1. This is indeed the problem with a colony founded by the middle class.

    Middle class values.

    Maybe we should return to calling them the bougeoisie?

  2. At least it’s not quite so bad as the report that also made international headlines back in the 1990s of concert punters in a certain NZ town I live close to refusing to offer up a gold coin donation to hear some burgeoning band. The Black Crows or Black Sorrows or someone.
    “I’m not giving you %©®s a @&£#ing gold coin. Who the @&£# do you think you are anyway? The @&£#ing Rolling Stones?!” One particular local was quoted as saying.

  3. Maybe the Green Partys Minister of the Homeless Marama ‘I got hit by a trans-motorbike racist terrorist’ Davidson, and her $25m fund to support the Homeless could throw a few bucks at the Americans to house the poor Kiwi in a nice warm sheltered place for a few months?

  4. So the trade off was give $1.5
    billion to private landlords OR build 2500 State Houses. Of course this trade-off is wasting tax revenues this year and next and every year.

    The 2500 state houses would generate some level of rent for the next 100 years and enable reduced taxation.

  5. This is a nasty little anthropocentric blog if I ever saw one. How about having some praise for the awareness of sentience in a non-human creature, albeit one that is an icon of our culture here in Aotearoa. The real hypocrisy is that we can be this motivated over a single bird in a zoo whilst our other animals are trapped, mutilated, run over and slaughtered in their hundreds of thousands every day.

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