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Disingenuousness and Tuia 250 

As well as distancing herself and other NZ Governments from the past deeds of British (i.e. Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish) Colonialism yet again, perhaps it is also time for Prime Minister Ardern to address Maori grievances that have arisen since New Zealand became independent in 1907.

Or perhaps even since the first NZ Parliament that has supposedly been representing all New Zealanders since 1854.

 

Air New Zealand's Politically Unsafe Video  

As a long-standing Geenpeacer I'm struggling with Air New Zealand's current safety video, shot (almost entirely) in Antarctica. 

Watching what Air NZ refers to as "The world’s coolest safety video" on a recent flight to Bribane, it felt like I was watching a promotion for Air NZ, the Antarctic tourism industry, and New Zealand itself. For me the safety aspects were largely overwhelmed by the beauty of the scenery. 

Mixed messages appeared to undermine the spirit if not the main aim of the 1958 Antarctic…

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The New Zealand Herald and Anglophobic Sports Reporting 

Goalmouth Scramble: Why football fans around the world would relish seeing Colombia eliminate England

The article linked below appeared in The New Zealand Herald Online recently and if you are English, it will give you an insight as to why, in a supposed non-racist 21st century world, Anglophobia is so widespread. 
The author, Damien Venuto ( a NZ Herald Business Reporter) claims to speak for all football fans around the world and uses the football World Cup as a vehicle to peddle an anti-English commentary…

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About Pokarekare Ana 

This love song began life in the north of Auckland at the start of World War One. It then drifted to the East Cape, where it was modified into an action song telling of Paraire Tomoana's 1912 courtship of Kuini Raerena. I decided to return the song to its original 3/4 time, as befits the love song that it originally was. Most often these days only the first verse and the chorus seems to get sung, so I went a little further and included the second verse which has lots of alliteration, and is great to sing.
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