New Zealand is paradise on Earth but some think that it’s hell. By all accounts, New Zealand has done a great job in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. However, after 102 days of being Covid-19 free, the country has had a minor second outbreak.

There are some critics, including US President Donald Trump and some of his supporters, who believe that things are now ‘over’ for New Zealand. Meanwhile, a Twitter account called No Lockdown called the country an authoritarian ‘hellhole’ in a post.

However, the citizens of the Shire--errr, I mean, New Zealand--didn’t let this get them down and responded with a wave of over-the-top sarcasm. Kiwis started posting tweets about how ‘horrible’ life in their country is and got the #NZHellhole hashtag trending. Scroll down, have a read, and upvote your fave comeback posts.

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KimDotcom Report

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Kim Dotcom has posted a lot of, well, "interesting" things, but it is hard not to agree here.

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Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh my goodness. These poor New Zealanders. I had no idea it had gotten so bad for them! They don't even have their own autocratic leader!! Can we hold a GoFundMe for the people of New Zealand?? And the evil main stream media isn't covering their plight. Such a disgrace!! (Obligatory /s)

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Pascal Oudot
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3 months ago

Almost the same in France, and in most of civilized countries... Why are you so far from my Burgundy ? I would be so happy to visit New Zealand... Did the hobbits answer to Trump ?

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Bored Panda reached out to photographer Paul Le Comte, one of the locals who posted under the #NZHellhole hashtag. He had some great sociological insights for us about the current situation. According to Paul, some people are quick to believe posts that New Zealand is supposedly a 'hellhole' because of confirmation bias and are "willing to believe anything they need to believe in."

He also referenced one of his favorite quotes that he read in his Sociology 101 class: "Even very intelligent people, when faced with doubt about their roles in society, will involve themselves even more in the doubted activity rather than withdraw into reflection."

Paul said that New Zealand has been successful in dealing with the pandemic because of its leadership and science. "They worked hand in hand. Also because of clear communication of science a goals, the Prime Minister was able to get NZ believing in a #teamOfFiveMillion."

The Kiwi added that the pandemic didn't much affect his day to day life because he works for himself from home. "Not a lot actually changed."

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Lucychubbie Report

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

You have my deepest sympathie (when can I visit to offer help?).

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Pumblewonk Report

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor lady. See her suffering.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

Will probably be retweeted by Tweety the tangerine toddler as a fact. Just like he retweeted the rantings of the Nigerian witch doctor...

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According to New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, there have been 9 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the country on Monday, August 24. Eight of these cases are confirmed and one of them is probable. There are currently a total of 1,332 cases of coronavirus infections in the country that has over 4.88 million citizens.

Most of New Zealand is under a Level 2 lockdown which means limited restrictions. Meanwhile, Auckland is under a Level 3 lockdown, meaning that masks are recommended, social distancing is a must, and only essential workers are going to work.

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bradphippsnz Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 months ago

Cool. Do they call them southern lights then? I didn't know they happened over there.

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Mme de Poppadom
Community Member
3 months ago

It's a country-sized moat!

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MsMassage1 Report

Leeann Morey
Community Member
3 months ago

Whattt😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😆😆😆

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Trump told his supporters in Pennsylvania that the 11 new cases of Covid-19 (2 of which were from international arrivals) in New Zealand on August 21 were a ‘big surge’ and a ‘massive breakout.’

"New Zealand, New Zealand it's over for New Zealand! Everything's gone. It's all over. They're beautiful,” Trump said.

The Kiwi Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, hit back in a subtle, diplomatic way—by comparing New Zealand’s cases to the American response.

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PetrelStation Report

Viviane
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

The photographer was sent to the notorious Tongariro National Park Gulag for taking pictures of the NZ Air Force.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

I know the feeling... It's awful. Multi billion dollar enterprises have to deal with dwindling profits and the government doesn't care. Instead they support families...

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Claudia
Community Member
3 months ago

a New-Zealand guard, dragging an escapee back to that hell-hole

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“New Zealand is among a small number of countries that still has a low rate of Covid-19 cases and one of the lowest death rates in the world. For example, the United States has 16,563 cases per million people. We have 269 cases per million people,” Ardern said.

“Today in New Zealand we're talking 11 cases whereas the United States is dealing with over 40,000 cases. Our approach has been different to other countries’ but it's an approach I think we can all feel very proud of,” the politician exclaimed.

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Jag_in_NZ Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

[sarcasm = on] Sure, buddy. And we will ignore the 5G antenna your government put in your garden to control your mind.... [sarcasm = off]

ispeak catanese
Community Member
3 months ago

Antenna? That's a clothes dryer. 😏

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Linda HS
Community Member
3 months ago

I hope you have aluminum foil on your head...

Becklass
Community Member
3 months ago

Sound like ‘Hunt for the wilderpeople’!

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait until they start installing windmills to give you cancer... /s

Mumof1
Community Member
3 months ago

OMG - how do you stand it!

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

Don't you miss seeing all the shiny cars whizzing past your doors, the sounds of police helicopters on patrol?

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PolyglotNZ Report

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

The freedom to die breathlessly?

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Susan
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. Yes they are.

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

The border with Australia. :D According to Trump's geographical knowledge probably the border to Austria even.

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Leeann Morey
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol😆

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LockyDoesTweets Report

Mme de Poppadom
Community Member
3 months ago

The NZ infrastructure is clearly in disrepair. Just look at that leak! The corrupt socialist gov't must have spent the taxpayer money.

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Claudia
Community Member
3 months ago

These must be the only 2 remaining New-Zealanders. The rest has perished, bloody Covid

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
3 months ago

I recommend butt scratching and peanut butter treat bribes.

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Mme de Poppadom
Community Member
3 months ago

My god, it's like the Berlin Wall attempts during the Cold War!

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AlisaSmith Report

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Thoughts and prayers to this family.

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Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

The tragedy is mounting. These people can't even get real champagne?? My heart goes out to all those who are suffering needlessly in that #NZhellhole.

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ladyhorrors Report

Mme de Poppadom
Community Member
3 months ago

Proof that Big Leek money runs the local economy! When will simple townsfolk have had enough, and stand up to the Allium Alliance?

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adzebill Report

Mme de Poppadom
Community Member
3 months ago

Those who have survived the Ba'taan Death March shudder in sympathy.

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Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Such courage is rarely seen these days.

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ispeak catanese
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

That is a horrible view. Particularly hate the lavender color in the sky. Disgusting.

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

We will send help! :-)

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Jasonwalls92 Report

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

You are so brave! Keep your chin up, better days are coming! (And, being that they live in New Zealand, better days probably ARE coming.)

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M O'Connell
Community Member
3 months ago

Can you request the RNZAF instead? They seem like a lovely useful bunch.

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