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.

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, that wonderful human being... yeah, that weighs my opinion.

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Louloubelle
Community Member
3 months ago

It sucks being an American right now.

bryguy
Community Member
3 months ago

I have hope for you guys! *fingers crossed*

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Suki Barnes
Community Member
3 months ago

He tries to distract people so that they don't see how inept he truly is.

danielw
Community Member
3 months ago

...yes. Also... it's working.

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SaraFromHell
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3 months ago

I wanna move to new Zealand.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
3 months ago

41% is a stretch.

Seonie
Community Member
3 months ago

Honestly, I thought that was a typo, with the 4 & 1 the wrong way round

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Linda HS
Community Member
3 months ago

Bwahahaha...burn

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
3 months ago

Well sure, if you're going to listen to epidemiologists and medical experts and treat it like it was a serious medical disease, then it's easy to look good. Who needs facts when you've got the gut feelings of an obese idiot who cares more about his getting re-elected than 175,000 deaths?

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
3 months ago

When Trump was elected, my husband and I immediately started researching countries to move to--New Zealand was our first choice (we decided to stay and fight, instead).

Miss Cris
Community Member
3 months ago

US leader aproval: 41% !!!!!!!!!!!! THAT'S A LOT!!!!!

Kit Tuck
Community Member
3 months ago

He's not a failure, he's an idiot. He will never recognize, even to himself, that he might even come close to failure. Therefore failure doesn't exist. Being an idiot does. :)

Joshua Anderson
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3 months ago

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He's done more for our country than almost any president ever especially the Democratic ones. If we're looking for an idiot you don't have to look any further than #sleepyjoe and his Democrats(well I call them his Democrats but we all know he's not really in charge of them. He is just their puppet)

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Debbie Bodeen
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3 weeks ago

For the first time in my life I am embarrassed to be an American. I so wish I could move to New Zealand. Such a beautiful peaceful country

Craymoss
Community Member
3 months ago

This should be number 1.

Santino Marazzo
Community Member
3 months ago

New Zealand did the right thing.

Vlad Nicer
Community Member
3 months ago

Only the Bored Panda Karen-level of intellectual non-attainment could confuse the issue of beautiful landscape with the destruction of the economy + civil and political rights. Wake up.

Leodavinci
Community Member
3 months ago

NZ leader has a 63% approval? One would think it would be much higher.

Paul Jordan
Community Member
3 months ago

...ah, but it would be higher except we are heading into an election and then pollsters go out and people, especially like me, lie like hell to the pollsters. They refer to people like me as cunning stunts.

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Aimee Simmons
Community Member
3 months ago

This is not a fair comparison. If you don't live here, that's fine that you have pride in your country, but don't judge what you do not understand. The virus spreads faster in dense populations, especially where assholes are rioting and looting while screaming about discrimination and racism. For the love of all things good and right, please do not judge the rest of us by those standards. Not all of us are super progressive assholes trying to FORCE socialism on the rest of our country.

RinLo14
Community Member
3 months ago

Except the number of cases isn't skyrocketing only in areas where "rioting and looting" are happening, genius. They're going up in places where right wingers think opening schools and bars is a great idea. And did you just tell New Zealand not to judge us after Trump and his dim witted supporters have publicly judged them on Twitter?

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Todorokie-dokie
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3 months ago

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Even though America is much bigger than New Zealand, our numbers are still gigantic to scale.

Miss Cris
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3 months ago

They are per million of people. It doesn't affect the number of total people or how large is the land.

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TSW
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3 months ago

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Hey Donald Trump definitely is a bit crazy, but if we were all monitored like he is wed say some pretty stupid shit too so let's just try and make his job easier for the few months he will still have it so that America doesn't feel like a political Warzone

Kerry Alderson
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3 months ago

No we wouldn't

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Joshua Anderson
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3 months ago

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Did you get those numbers from CNN(crummy nazi network)? Those numbers are soooo inaccurate.

Tammy Munson
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3 months ago

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You cant compare your population the US population.. 5 million that's just in 1 city alone in New York 18,804,000.. Please get real,,

Kit Tuck
Community Member
3 months ago

I believe if you convert those figures to %, NZ still wins.

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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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LostArcNZ Report

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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DandyHoratio Report

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
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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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fkleitch Report

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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squeakyphromme Report

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]

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PolyglotNZ Report

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

The freedom to die breathlessly?

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VindiBear Report

Susan
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. Yes they are.

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WesternSaharaNZ Report

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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GJSmith2810 Report

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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whaeapower Report

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
3 months ago

I recommend butt scratching and peanut butter treat bribes.

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deanstrakercon1 Report

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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notsailingalone Report

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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surrey75 Report

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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five15design Report

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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JensRagnarok Report

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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