Watch and listen to this magical poem, relevant in many ways to all nations.
Thursday, 21 January 2021
Trump and Trump-like supporters in NZ: a history of their support and likely success: Chris Trotter (pn671)
I don't find it that astounding. Indeed, if you look beyond and behind the largely lumpen-proletariat who comprise the face of Trump supporters you'll find a much more surprising number of highly educated New Zealanders who support much of what Trump represents. But first, read what Chris has to say; I'll have my say in a day or two.
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
This personal and easy-going autobiography, with an anthropological and linguistic touch, is an attempt to answer the questions: What is everyday life like? How do the different cultures meet? How can a foreigner feel at home here? With warmth and a low-voiced humour, the author portrays episodes from her daily living, both in the capital city of Honiara and in her husband’s village. She brings up essential cultural aspects and background facts about the country.
Excepts from reviews
‘I read this book before starting to work in Honiara and it was a great introduction to life in “The Hapi Isles” [...] essential reading for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of contemporary life in Solomon Islands.’
‘...the most fascinating, honest and accurate insight into Solomon Islands culture that I have ever come across [...] should be read by everyone intending to get there [...] I will be recommending that the Australian Volunteer programme make the book essential reading for future volunteers going on assignment to Solomon Islands.’
Monday, 18 January 2021
This is a copy of a letter Jone Dakuvula wrote to the pro-government Fiji Sun on January 6th but was not published. It raises the important question of why, so many years after Bainimarama's 2006 takeover, local urban governments are still managed by those appointed by government, and not by those elected by ratepayers as was formerly the case. It would be sign of government's good intent if they were returned to the people, and no longer managed by appointed administrators. See also pn639. -- ACW
Saturday, 16 January 2021
UN Human Rights Council Elects Nazhat Shameem Khan of Fiji to serve as its President for 2021 (pn668)
Ambassador Khan was elected through a secret ballot process through which all 47 members of the Geneva-based human rights body cast their vote to appoint its president for 2021 – the Council’s 15th annual cycle.
Friday, 15 January 2021
Thursday, 14 January 2021
Former Labour Cabinet Minister Hon. Dr Michael Bassett writing in David Farrar's right-wing Kiwiblog seems to question whether we should make NZ history compulsory in schools. He thinks there's a danger it will idealise Māori society, and make Pākehā feel guilty—a "bleeding heart version of our history."
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Monday, 11 January 2021
I wrote earlier about the small town of Maxwell in South Taranaki (pn662) and am delighted the NZ Listener now (2.1.21) has a editorial on the topic, more circumspect than mine but with more detail, and the very practical suggestion that it's time for a name change. Neither of us mentioned the statue of Sergeant George Maxwell that stands in Wanganui. Perhaps it is also time for its removal. Click on the editorial to enlarge. -- ACW See also
Sunday, 10 January 2021
Saturday, 9 January 2021
Friday, 8 January 2021
Reasons as to why the Maori had abandoned the site and then tried to re-enter it have been debated over the years. People have suggested they were at church as many of them had converted to Christianity. Knowing that the British were also Christians they had not expected an attack on a Sunday.
Friday, 8 January 2021, 8:40 am. Press Release: New Zealand Government
The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. Copy and paste link to continue.