Frugal Traveler Blog: Notes From a New Zealand Newbie

There are 8 comments on the FiveThirtyEight story from Mar 22, 2012, titled Frugal Traveler Blog: Notes From a New Zealand Newbie. In it, FiveThirtyEight reports that:

A group of Tongans in New Zealand, where the Frugal Traveler's ethnic compass seems to have gone through a magnetic field.

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Since: May 11

Auckland, New Zealand

#1 Mar 23, 2012
It might be because we are all the same people. Children of Maui ;) it wasn't until the europeans came and put up imaginary border lines between our countries that we have drifted apart.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#2 Mar 23, 2012
Ukamea wrote:
It might be because we are all the same people. Children of Maui ;) it wasn't until the europeans came and put up imaginary border lines between our countries that we have drifted apart.
Here we go again - blaming whitey.

Blaming whitey is the zeitgeist of our times. You could probably wet your bed and you would still figure out a way of blaming whitey for it, before you figured out a way of stopping yourself from doing it again.

We can see the difference between Maori, Polynesian Islanders and Fijians because we live in NZ. We have adapted to see the differences. That is human nature! Just like the person writing this blog mentions people living in New York see the differences in African Americans and those from West Indies, and like how they can see the difference in Jews and Italians.

When it comes down to it, most European New Zealanders probably don't really give a rat's ass if there is a difference between Samoans and Tongans. It is you people that are usually hell bent on making this distinction clear for us!

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#3 Mar 23, 2012
Ukamea wrote:
It might be because we are all the same people. Children of Maui ;) it wasn't until the europeans came and put up imaginary border lines between our countries that we have drifted apart.
And humans by nature are territorial creatures. I really doubt that the concept of established borders was not recognized by Islanders to some extent. It is just that the more we are forced to live together, the more eleberate those borders become.

Is there anything else you would like to blame whitey for!

Since: May 11

Auckland, New Zealand

#4 Mar 23, 2012
Yea...your fake religion! nothing but propaganda and poison.
43pound

Sweden

#5 Mar 23, 2012
Actually, that is a semitic religion. Other than that, i will agree with you on that one!
Hooner

Munich, Germany

#6 Mar 23, 2012
When you Maoris admit your roots, that is Taiwan, you will feel happier inside.
43poundtornado

Sweden

#7 Mar 23, 2012
Hooner wrote:
When you Maoris admit your roots, that is Taiwan, you will feel happier inside.
Yes and Ukamea will also probably learn to appreciate christianity a little more once he gets a wiff of the next monotheistic disaster looming round the corner.

Since: May 11

Auckland, New Zealand

#8 Mar 23, 2012
yea whats that? the holy jihad? Armageddon? i think we are quite safe here on this side of the world....

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