My comment is a direct reflection of my views on the situation. I was responding to what I read in the main blog post, there was nothing unethical about what I said or how I conducted myself.
I think you have taken my post completely out of context. I’m not talking about funding. I’m talking about making logical and smart decisions. Why should we be called pathetic for not putting these refugees before the issues that concern our own citizens, particularly those concerning children.
I don’t agree that New Zealand is “mean spirited” and lazy about helping the worlds vulnerable. NZ is a very charitable country. But what about NZ’s own vulnerable? NZ has issues close to home to deal with. 60,000 kiwi children are living in poverty. We are a first world country with alarmingly high poverty rates. You can rant and rave all you like about the refugee problem calling NZ’s quota “pathetic“ but what about the children going to school in winter with no shoes or jackets. The same children wondering where there next meal is coming from. Don’t you think that it is pathetic that we are arguing to put non New Zealand citizens before NZ citizens, and children none the less?
While I do agree that NZ should accept more refugees, the issue is that most don’t have any documentation or identification. How do we know if they are legitimate refugees? Consideration that this could pose a threat is essential. NZ needs to be smart about this issue, the crisis in Syria is awful and they do need help but as a small country struggling with unemployment, domestic abuse and child poverty we need to address these issues. I’m not trying to attack you I just think that NZ needs to be careful and smart about this.