Anger over Australian detention, deportation of New Zealanders


It isn’t a pleasant rivalry — there is a good cause for New Zealander ire in direction of Australia, and most Australians will not even discover.

(Picture: Gorkie/Non-public Media)

I used to be leaning towards our troubled Britz campervan in Rotorua, New Zealand, watching the shadow solid by a BP station stretch throughout the pavement, when my curiosity bought the higher of me.

“Why is it that so many New Zealanders appear to dislike Australians?” I blurted out to the 40-something-year-old native mechanic fixing our van.

Tristan, a person of seemingly few phrases amongst strangers, was nonplussed at first, his spherical face shifting to 1 facet as he seemed away. After pausing, he supplied this analogy: “I believe the entire New Zealand-Australia factor is sort of like Holden and Ford — that’s in all probability it.”

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