Clutha Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

It’s been aweek to remember what makes us Ki­wis, from the 60 mi­nis that whizzed through Clutha on the Pork Pie Char­ity Run for Kid­sCan, to the thou­sands of red poppies we wore for Anzac Day on Tues­day.

Yel­low mi­nis have be­come the em­bod­i­ment of re­bel­lious com­ing of age in the both the orig­i­nal and re­make of the Good­bye Pork Pie road movie.

The 1981 film, di­rected by Ge­off Mur­phy, was New Zealand’s first large-scale lo­cal hit. The re­make, di­rected by Mur­phy’s son Matt, was re­leased in Oc­to­ber last year. And in some ways, the young An­zacs who lost their lives in bat­tles 100 years ago, have come of age too. We wear the em­bod­i­ment of their spirit and sac­ri­fice on our lapels ev­ery year.

It’s been great to see the younger gen­er­a­tion, the great­grand­chil­dren of these sol­diers, take up the man­tle, to re­mind us had we not won the war, we would be liv­ing in a vastly dif­fer­ent world, of which yel­low mi­nis would prob­a­bly not be a part.

Mary-Jo Tohill

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