Well, dear reader: here I am ensconced in Christchurch, New Zealand having safely made the move over the Ditch from Australia. It’s Day 4 here and I already feel quite at home in my new country. Everyone is very friendly and the weather isn’t that cold. I’m told though that mid-June I’ll be starting to shiver.
Quite a lot to do, like getting an NZ driver’s license, an Inland Revenue Department ID (aka tax file number) and so on. But of course I have been quick to check out the issues that seem to be occupying the Kiwi mind. There’s a big kerfuffle going on about water in the Canterbury region (which is where I’ll be living). Not sure what’s the issue just yet but rest assured I’ll be onto it and will let you know.
The day we arrived the papers were full of one deplorable incident and one pretty bizarre thing that happened in Wellington. First up, five idiot Norwegians shot and killed a kereru, which is a a protected species under the NZ Wildlife Act and the maximum penalty for shooting the birds is a $100,000 fine and up to six months’ imprisonment. Here’s what the kereru looks like:
It’s also known as the New Zealand native wood pigeon and mainly inhabits forested areas. So the dumb ass Norwegians were on a hunting trip to NZ and decided to film themselves killing kereru and other animals and birds, including a paradise duck. They posted the bloody footage on YouTube (ah, really dumb ass dudes) and boasted about their exploits.
Naturally, NZ authorities are pretty keen to arrest the Norwegians and charge them for offences under the Wildlife Act. I’m not yet familiar with NZ law so not sure whether there is an international treaty between NZ and Norway that would enable authorities here to force extradition or allow the Norwegian authorities to prosecute. But the dumb ass hunters will be charged should they ever set foot in New Zealand again. What is causing a kerfuffle here is that apparently the hunters were very well-informed before they came to NZ that shooting the kereru (and other species) is illegal.
The Maori people also kill the kereru following customary practices and for food (which NZ authorities are battling it seems) but this is quite different. This is a case of visitors to NZ, who were fully aware that their hunting actions were illegal but nevertheless went ahead and killed kereru, then blatantly boasted about it on YouTube. An outrage if you ask me.
Meanwhile, up on the North Island in Wellington, bizarre things seem to be happening. A teenager was allegedly attacked and bitten by three people in a “vampire attack” that took place at night. The poor dude’s blood was drunk and he passed out whilst the attack was occurring. He then spent days in hospital fighting off infection and fever (did you know that there are more germs in the human mouth than in a dog or cat’s?). One of the alleged attackers said: “Do I look like a vampire? I’m out during the day time”. Here’s his photo – you can make up your own mind.