Tui Truth

Yesterday’s drive through Southland provided a tale of two countries.

Radio news was telling us that New Zealand is in recession but our eyes were seeing another story. The wee towns we passed through were bustling, growing for the first time since the wool boom of the 1950s; and new houses are springing up everywhere.

A sign on the outskirts of Winton provided the explanation: No-one wants to be a dairy farmer. Yeah right.

2 Responses to Tui Truth

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein says:

    You’re right. We are growing into two separate nations. Wealthy young dairy farmers and the impoverished rest.


  2. homepaddock says:

    Not just the dariy farmers, young or otherwise. The people who work for, contract to, service or supply are doing well too; and those who’ve sold land to them have had a very good capital game. It is the combination of these factors, in spite of rising prices of fuel and other economic troubles, which is helping the wee country towns and larger provincial towns and cities.


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