Yes we have our share of economic and social problems, what country doesn't? Yes it pisses down some times. And yes if you look hard enough you will find plenty wrong with it.
But for me I love this country.....
Since I got into biking, my love for this country and its people has grown immensely. Perhaps in my travels I have discovered the soul of this country, something I had not found sitting at home in Auckland.
I have travelled overseas a lot, not extensively, but I have seen enough to know a good thing when I find it. There are some great and beautiful countries in this world, steeped in history, and well established. By comparison New Zealand is a relatively young country.
SO why do I say all this?
New Zealanders are the most friendly and welcoming people in the world. No matter where you are from, kiwis will welcome you into there homes and there hearts. No questions asked. I have met many great people through motorbiking and various web sites I follow. Whenever I have made contact I have always been welcome. Not only that, as I have travelled around the country I have met some interesting and fascinating people, and had great laughs from people I did not even know. There always seems to be a spare spud, and steak , and there is always enough beer!
From a motorcycling point of view we have some of the best roads in the world to ride. New Zealand is a motorcycling paradise. I live in suburban Auckland, NZ"s biggest city, yet just ten minutes ride from my house I am out on the coast, enjoying great twist and turns. Just bliss.
Yes , you know what I am gonna say next. There are not many countries in the world that are as beautiful as NZ. There are a few but not many. No words will describe it, you need to see it for yourself. Pure and simple. Photos at times do not do it justice. That feeling you get as you ride through a forest, over a hill to see a majestic coastline laid out in before of you........it leaves me breathless. No Kiwi lives more than 150kms for the ocean, in fact 80% of the population is within minutes of a beach. Kiwis can't fly, but we do love our water.
New Zealanders are pretty accepting of 'Imports", we are a multi culture society, ( as are most countries) yet we all live in relative harmony. This comment needs to be put in to context with what goes on in other parts of the world. No racial killings or bombing, no fractions waring for control. In general NZ is a safe country, although the media at time will try anything to persuade us other wise.
Nothing can eat you! Unlike our Aussie cousins across the ditch (Don;t worry I love Aussies) No crocodiles, snakes, spiders that than kill you in 2 minutes, Big white shark attacks, ( Very very very rare in our waters).
When you live here it is easier to be a knocker, to critise and complain, yet we live in one of the best country's, some times we just have to remind our selves of this. Of course there is no place like home, and I am the sort of guy that the cup is always half full. But I still think you would be hard pressed to beat this country.