Insight from an island far from Donbass

Source: DoniPress


By David Simpson

Ed note: As a part of the DONi Newsteam coverage of the war in Donbass we are reaching out to persons in Donbass and worldwide to share their views on a wider level. If you have a story or would like to be interviewed in person or by email, contact Dave Simpson at:

In today’s interview we visit with a guest from New Zealand, an exotic Island far away in the South Pacific Ocean. Tate Ulsaker and his family live on a farm with sheep, fruit trees and wooded areas. Not all that different from parts of our area. Interestingly, he and his family know a little about Russia and the Donbass situation.

DONi: Tell us a little about your life in your country. Age? What do you do for a living? Size of family? Pets? Hobbies or interests? What do you think about the country you live in? it’s strengths? weak points?

Tate Ulsaker: Hello Dave, thank you for this opportunity to address the situation in Donbass. It is really great to see other Americans who care about the state of our planet. There are many of us growing in awareness but few of us taking effective steps to do anything about it. The human race owes a big thank you to people like you and many others who risking their reputations and in many cases, also risking their lives to stand against warmongers for the sake of the innocent getting killed. I am happy to provide you with an interview but I am not a hero. I am just more informed than average and have strong feelings about the matter. My name is Tate Ulsaker. I am half a century old. Our family is bilingual Russian/English. I have lived and worked in Russia for 14 years from 1993 to 2007 inclusive. One day in Moscow, my wife and I decided to move to a place where we can truly enjoy the rest of our lives with our children also in mind. After 2 years of investigation, our destination was selected in 2005 – New Zealand. We currently reside on a 10 acre lifestyle farm in Nelson, the sunniest city of New Zealand. I live with my wife and two children and quite often grandparents. We have a dog, a cat, 20-something sheep, 100 fruit trees and a small forest for firewood. In many ways, this existence is idealistic. Compared to our previous life, we relatively stress free, happier and healthier. New Zealand has many strengths and quite minimal weak points relative to other countries. The positives are easy to immediately experience if you visit even for just a short time. The first thing you will notice is that New Zealand has beautiful nature. If you google images, you can see amazing and diverse beauty. And imagine that much of that scenery is not even occupied by people. New Zealand sheep have some of the best views on the planet because there are very few people per square kilometer compared to most countries. We have abundant wildlife, a peaceful society, clean cities, healthy food, lots of arable land per person, lots of fish per person, lots of lamb per person, and much good weather for everyone.The society here is generally open-minded. New Zealanders are generally very self-sufficient. They are a “can do” people. It is easy to find a person who knows about building houses, or building boats, or farming, or fishing, or exporting logs. There is resilience here and a diverse economy that would survive a global economic crash. Some weak points of New Zealand include the cost of living. People who immigrate into this society need to be aware that their income will generally drop and their expenses will generally rise. Also, not everything is clean and green in New Zealand. We have a chemically driven agriculture industry like everyone else, subject to poisonous runoffs. The big orchards are always spraying dangerous chemicals to control pests. But pollution is less. The politics of New Zealand are certainly better than in larger western countries, but many of the same features are here, and in the mainstream media. For example, New Zealand mainstream media is promoting everything that the American media promotes regarding the wars and bailouts and trade agreements. However, since New Zealand society is more awake, the media can’t be so outrageously obvious in their warmongering as they are in the US.

DONi: How did you first learn about the situation in Donbass? How do you get your news about Donbass? What opinions do you have about the conflict?

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