When the rich become preppers, it's time to worry

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Re: When the rich become preppers, it's time to worry

Post by absinthe beginner » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:09 am

Looks like New Zealand, a favored bolt hole for hedge fund types who will be fleeing the pitchforks and torches, pulled in the welcome mat.

Foreigners face ban on buying homes in New Zealand after apocalypse bolthole fad hikes prices

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/0 ... -bolthole/

Foreigners are to be banned from buying homes in New Zealand after a spate of millionaires seeking luxury doomsday boltholes has apparently crowded out local buyers and pushed up property prices.

Following purchases by rich expats, including tech billionaire Peter Thiel - PayPal founder and early Facebook investor - and disgraced former NBC host Matt Lauer, who lost his job after allegations of sexual misconduct - the New Zealand government is preparing to crack down on the trend.

New Zealand's allure for the mega-rich planning a safe space to ride out the apocalypse has become almost a cliche in recent years. LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman told The New Yorker last year: "Saying you're buying a house in New Zealand is kind of a wink, wink, say no more."

But the country's centre-left government, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, is blaming the apocalypse preppers for a major housing crisis in the country, with rates of homelessness among the highest in the developed world.

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Re: When the rich become preppers, it's time to worry

Post by teotwaki » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:59 am

absinthe beginner wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:09 am
Looks like New Zealand, a favored bolt hole for hedge fund types who will be fleeing the pitchforks and torches, pulled in the welcome mat.
New movie title: "Hedge Lords Of The Bling"

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Re: When the rich become preppers, it's time to worry

Post by Evan the Diplomat » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:59 am

I spent four months in New Zealand last year, looking to emigrate from the US. I can say for a fact the James Cameron bought a huge spread in the Wairapa region north of Wellington.

It's a great country, interesting gun and hunting culture, no MSSA (Military Style Semi-Automatics) but even kids go out looking like SEAL Team 6 snipers with scopes, sound suppressors and bipods to hunt the invasive Australian Bush Possum. This vicious criminal:Image


http://www.wildernessquestnz.com/photos ... zOtcYj8V/6 shared from Cincopa http://www.cincopa.com

This is the Cabella's of NZ: https://www.huntingandfishing.co.nz

Basically, every mammal in New Zealand is a foreign invasive species, it is open seasons on rats, rabbits, possums, stoats, goats deer and wild boar on private land. There are seasons on public lands so as not to shoot hikers, but NZ wants to be predator free by 2025 and pest free by 2030. They are even thinking about banning cats (predation on the unique bird species.)

I've been meaning to make a details post, so I'll stop it about here but leave you with two things:

If you're under 30 NZ has a work-holiday visa for a year, agencies will book you for a month on a vineyard two weeks off, a month or two as a ski lift operator two weeks off and so on.

If you are over 30 and under 55 NZ has a points based immigration system and they need lots of skilled labor, programmers, iron workers, welders, masons, university lecturers, even guys with military skills.
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Re: When the rich become preppers, it's time to worry

Post by teotwaki » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:18 pm

Evan the Diplomat wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:59 am
I spent four months in New Zealand last year, looking to emigrate from the US. I can say for a fact the James Cameron bought a huge spread in the Wairapa region north of Wellington.

It's a great country, interesting gun and hunting culture, no MSSA (Military Style Semi-Automatics) but even kids go out looking like SEAL Team 6 snipers with scopes, sound suppressors and bipods to hunt the invasive Australian Bush Possum.----snip----
Awesome information! Thanks!
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Re: When the rich become preppers, it's time to worry

Post by Evan the Diplomat » Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:25 pm

I was in New Zealand when this story broke.


Deadly fire exposes wealthy man's secret underground tunnels. ABC News

BETHESDA, Md. — The wealthy stock trader took elaborate steps to conceal the network of tunnels beneath his house in this Washington, D.C., suburb. Even the young man helping him dig them didn't know where they were.

A year ago, a deadly fire exposed Daniel Beckwitt's curious campaign to build an underground bunker for protection from a nuclear attack. Neighbors knew nothing about the tunnels before they heard Beckwitt's screams and saw smoke pouring from the house where 21-year-old Askia Khafra (ASK-ee-uh KA-fruh) died that afternoon.

Maryland prosecutors portray Beckwitt, a 27-year-old millionaire, as a paranoid computer hacker who recklessly endangered Khafra's life. In May, they secured Beckwitt's indictment on charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Read the full story here: https://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/wireStory ... s-57705907
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Re: When the rich become preppers, it's time to worry

Post by teotwaki » Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:55 pm

Fascinating story!

It seems 21 year old Askia Kafra had no free will, unable to walk away from the project. The crazy millionaire must have dragged him underground and forced him to work....... :shock:

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Maybe this is a warning story for Elon Musk and his tunnel boring dreams? :awesome:
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