An American father-of-two is pleading Kiwis to help him and his family move here, fearing the consequences the US Presidential election might have on their futures.
In an email to the Herald with the subject line "Help Us!", Steven Schellhamer, of Kansas City, said living in the US, the country he had once been proud to call his homeland, had become a "nightmare".
"It is like a 3D horror film movie that has no ending and as much as you just want to get up and leave the theater, you can't (sic)."
Schellhamer said he and his wife Gina were desperate to leave the US and hoped moving to New Zealand would protect their daughters Molly, 6, and Sophie, 12, from the culture of "hate and divisiveness" the election had stirred up there.
"You see your hopes and dreams start to falter ... I worry that my young girls will grow up in a country where women are treated without respect and looked down upon by men who follow or gravitate towards a Donald Trump idealism of what a man is.
"Even if Trump does not win the Election, the divisive hate and mistrust that he has cultivated will be the doom of our country."
He said he had a Master's degree in Business Administration and "extensive" experience in project management, real estate and management, but was willing to accept any job offers.
"As I type this letter with tears streaming down my face I humbly ask for help and assistance in relocating my family to New Zealand.
Even if Trump does not win the Election, the divisive hate and mistrust that he has cultivated will be the doom of our country.
"We are hard-working, empathetic, individuals and have many positive characteristics and qualities that we would hope that the people of New Zealand would embrace."
He had grown up on a ranch "building houses and helping out with the cattle and horses" and his wife Gina was a teacher, Schellhamer said.
"I could go on for pages on what it has been like to see our country unravel right before our eyes but I think those outside the United States can see it just as plainly as we see it.
"I know this sounds extreme and maybe hard to believe but we are asking for help. We need very little but we give a lot."