Our closest neighbour just called us a bunch of ‘d***s’

A Kiwi actor has slammed Aussies for being “d***s”, saying the country is becoming New Zealand’s “dodgy racist neighbour next

A Kiwi actor has slammed Aussies for being “d***s”, saying the country is becoming New Zealand’s “dodgy racist neighbour next door”.

Samoan-born Oscar Kightley, who recently appeared in hit movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople, claims Australia is in close contention for the title of worst human rights abuser of the 21st century.

“Surely it’s time for a quiet word,” he wrote in a searing critique on stuff.co.nz yesterday. “Good mates have to tell each other when they’re being d***s.”

While the actor accepted that New Zealand had not increased its quota of refugees for decades, he said his country still had the “moral high ground” over its old neighbour.

The Aussies he knew were decent and kind, he said, but “to treat people like this is not only un-Australian, but inhuman.”

His scathing criticism follow the leak of thousands of incident reports from Nauru detention centre, which uncovered a shocking pattern of alleged abuse and mistreatment of immigrants, and caused the immigration policy to be questioned.

Mr Kightley is not alone in his views as the chasm between Australia and its cousins across the ditch widens.

Timothy Gassin, chairman of advocacy group Oz Kiwi, told news.com.au that New Zealanders had been growing increasingly disillusioned with the relationship between the two countries for the past 15 years.

“Australians are still treated pretty well in New Zealand, but there’s been a gradual erosion of Kiwis’ rights in Australia,” he said.

“There’s a lot of rhetoric about Australia and New Zealand being family … politicians are always gushing, but people are feeling this isn’t reality. Australians always try to drive a hard bargain.”

His group regularly hears from Kiwis in Australia who are having problems with access to disability services, support for single mothers, basic services for women fleeing domestic violence and university access.

“This has put a bit of a wedge between the two countries,” he said. “Australia being the meaner country.”

Almost 200 Kiwis are locked up in immigration detention centres in Australia, more than any other nationality, with more held offshore.

Mr Gassin says commentary about the Anzac bond is “ringing a bit hollow” and predicts: “We may see more in future years questioning the relationship between the countries.”

Do you think that Kiwis are being treated as nationals of “just another foreign country” or is the mateship between the nations still alive?

  1. Ronin  

    New Zealand is in for a big cultural shift over the coming years. See – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10837589

    This is not, in itself a good or a bad thing, but some Pakeha may not be so happy to see their ‘white western liberal democracy’ culture becoming a thing of the past. Certainly many white Australians wish to preserve that culture in Australia, as the recent success of politicians like Pauline Hanson demonstrates.

  2. Wazza Harrison  

    Interesting..may i suggest you look to your own issues first, get them cleared up and maybe we might take note of what you say..i do not believe any Kiwis have been forced to come to australia, they come to enjoy the country and its culture..however a number are going back to NZ for various reasons.

  3. Peter Neilson  

    Last time I looked PNG, Indonesia and East Timor were closer than NZ. If Mr Knightly feels so strongly about Aussie shortcomings he would be better off urging his several hundred thousand countrymen to return home to escape the horrors of life in Oz. We could then replace them with genuine refugees who would be glad to swap the “Human Rights” of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan etc for the Aussie version.

    • Maureen Mealings  

      Well said Peter Neilson.Also when you rely on media who knows what is really the truth??
      From a Kiwi

  4. Deb Lancaster  

    It is not only Kiwi’s who have difficulty accessing services. Many born and bred Australians are in the same position, if the Kiwi’s feel it is difficult because of their nationality perhaps they would do better in New Zealand.

  5. As demonstrated by the usual reply ‘if you don’t like it leave’. YES Australia is no longer mates to NZ. The Government talks it up then stabs the everyday NZer living in Australia in the back by not allowing pathways to citizenship, not looking after woman from abusive relationships & not looking after those with disabilities by excluding them from access to ndis while still making NZers pay for it. NZ looks after Australians but Australia does not look after NZers.

    • Sue  

      Try being Australian NZ. It’s no rose garden either.
      If it’s so much better in NZ for you. Why are you not living there

  6. Annette Westwood  

    Too many Kiwis are living in Australia. A few years ago I was working on a cruise ship out of England, an English woman said to me “I have been to Australia and New Zealand too, I like New Zealand much better”. I thought to myself how rude telling this to an Australian but due to the nature of my work I have to be nice to everyone. I replied “Yes I have been to New Zealand and it is a beautiful country but there must be something wrong with it because they are all living in Australia” !

    • Tui Hill  

      Wrong they are not ALL living hrer some are.95% came for work. Theres plenty work here thet noo one wants.

  7. barry anderson  

    Its time that Australia accepted that New Zealanders are just as much part of this world as they are. We have common ground, common ancestry and common beliefs. To ostracise the Kiwis and make them second class citizens is a travesty. Nations can not be an island among others in todays world without heading down the path of isolation like Trump wants to turn the USA into at present.

    But to make claims that Australia is the most racist and intolerant country is absolute bollocks. Try living in Saudi Arabia or similar countries to broaden your outlook. We are definitely tolerant and whilst making mistakes at least we can work on them. Who in the world is perfect and makes as many concessions to UN resolutions and directions as Australia. Very few. Get over it people and dont let the doomsday soothsayers portend such gloom.

  8. Dennis Groves  

    Since when is, as you headlined this editorial, Oscar Kightley; your closest neighbour? Last time I looked he was just an average d***s, who acts a bit.

  9. Pamela  

    If Australia is so bad, why are thousands of people trying to get here and why are lefties trying to open our borders so they can get here.

    Surely that is inhumane to take people into this presumably awful country!

  10. Around 50/60 years ago I arrived in Australia as a “Ten Pound Pom”. Back in those days existed an attitude from some…not all…Australians that if you don’t like anything about the country or its inhabitants …then, just go back to where you come from. In other words they were in a perfect utopia. Since then most people have travelled or grown up and accepted that other people’s have a right to an opinion and a good life.
    In all the the other countries I’ve been to and lived in since this smug take it or leave attitude just doesn’t surface. So why then are some Aussies and seemingly the Politicians persisting with outdated modus operandi and attitude and acting in a discriminatory way against good hard working settlers to their country? I can accept that if you act in a criminal manner you don’t deserve any leeway. But to still keep digging their toes in while accepting hard earned taxes and the help in building the country up for the future. Really just goes to show the decision makers are still living in the past and need to reinvent their attitudes for the future.

  11. irene  

    I can’t really comment until I have the stats for New Zealand’s humanitarian efforts but I think that not having increased its refugee intake in the last decade speaks volumes, particularly with all that’s going on in the world.Actually after reading some of the comments I’d like to know how many Kiwis migrate to Australia each year and how many have returned to New Zealand. Maybe the last five years would be enough to base some opinion on.Does anyone know?

  12. irene  

    Last year 25,273 moved to New Zealand from Australia and 24,504 people moved to Australia from New Zealand, which is a break from the historic trend of New Zealand losing numbers of residents to Australia.The majority of people moving in each direction are New Zealand citizens.However, the number of New Zealand citizens moving to New Zealand after living in Australia is still lower than the number of New Zealand citizens leaving for Australia.
    This means that the net increase in immigration from Australia to New Zealand has been mostly due to New Zealand citizens returning, but also Australians and citizens of other countries moving to New Zealand.
    quote taken from
    More people are moving from Australia to New Zealand than vice versa for the first time in 25 years, NZ government statistics reveal.
    By Peter Theodosiou, Jason Thomas
    2 FEB 2016 – 2:22 PM UPDATED 2 FEB 2016

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