The success of Filipino-Kiwi youth in New Zealand is striking. In my first year here, I had the privilege of addressing the outstanding graduates of Marcellin College in Auckland. We hit the “Grand Slam” so to speak – the Dux, Head Boy and Head Girl were all Kiwipinos. So, I awarded them trophies in recognition of their wonderful achievements. Then, both to my delight and horror, I learned that there were many such Kiwipinos all over New Zealand winning top honours. The Embassy would soon become bankrupt if we were to award all of them with trophies!
The environment of New Zealand clearly allows us to maximize our inherent potential as individuals and families. This is a view shared by practically all the migrant communities I’ve had the chance to meet with.
What are the reasons for the welcoming environment of New Zealand?
A key factor is the fundamental principle of fairness.