The Collapse Of New Zealand Society.

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The Collapse of New Zealand SocietyThe Barney cliché "I love you, you love me" used to describe my homeland New Zealand, but over the past ten years I have witnessed an irrevocable change for the worse. Children no longer share friendship and innocence, they are corrupted by the negative, perpetual grinder New Zealand has become. The days of companionship and neighbourly compassion have crumbled into the dusts of yesterday, and in its place stands a sickening concoction of inequality, poverty, pressure and despise; giving rise to one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Do not be fooled by the "Clean, Green" image that connotates New Zealand; the real truth is one of pollution, crime, hatred, guile and disguist. This essay is looking at how New Zealand's ideology has changed rapidly over the past ten years, due to Government policy and the pressure cooker than is the Antipodes.I remember when I was young, this is only ten years ago, my main concern was not missing "Sesame Street", or whether by brothers' would take me to the park. These days it is not even safe for children to go to the park. You risk being attacked by stray dogs, of which there are many as no one can afford to feed them, being kidnapped or killed by a stranger, or injuring yourself on the delapidated playgrounds. It just seems to be that no one cares anymore. When I was at school everyone had lunch and shoes, these days about a fifth go to school with no shoes, and only about a sixth have lunch. This in turn leads to attention disorders and disruption in the classroom, and the quality of education is much lower than it once was. I was able to read when I was two, and most others when they were three, but these days you would be lucky to find a five or six year old that knows how to read.The Government has such an uncaring philosophy towards people and it is reflective in the attitudes of society. It encourages people to remain unemployed and welfare depedent, living in State housing, paying only $60 a week rent for a three bedroom home, whereas those paying Market rents have to pay $300 a week for a home of the same quality. This creates an ambition towards failure. The people who are reliant on the state for survival are actually better off than those who are working hard for their money. The average New Zealand would be on around $12 an hour, working a 40 hour week, and then ending up with $480 before tax. After tax that would be a measely $384. For a family with only one income it is near impossible to survive. After paying $300 for the rent, they are left with $84 to cover the electricity, phone, food and other expenses, and with two litres of milk costing $3 itself it is not even enough for one person to survive let...

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