Merger has appeal
As the new year swings into action, many of us are wondering how we are going to manage our finances and survive.
The recession remains with us. The retailers have been stridently pushing their wares, offering huge bargains and discounts (except in such essentials as food, power and petrol) in an effort to get us to open our purses and keep the tills ringing.
The rich remain rich and get richer, the poor remain poor and, sadly, often become poorer. It’s the year of the Rugby World Cup ( are we likely to be allowed to forget it?), and it’s election year.
It might, in fact, be a good year to head for Mars. Any takers?
In the middle of the financial turmoil which persists, despite our best efforts, some of our representatives still hold the illusion that New Zealand has the potential to be a global influence, whether it be in climate change strategies or antinuclear stance or whatever. They seem to forget that we are a tiny country at the bottom of the world surrounded mainly by miles and miles of ocean – with the exception of the relatively short hop to Australia. On our own, we can do precious little. And as for catching up with Australia in terms of wealth or pay packets, forget it.
Perhaps we should become the seventh state of the Federation of Australia. It has been mooted before. I heard on the radio the other night that a major stumbling block in efforts at the beginning of last century to achieve this goal was the fact that New Zealand had already granted the vote to women and, more importantly, Maori. While some Australian states had no objection to this state of affairs, others would not countenance it, particularly where the Aborigine people were concerned. Interesting, isn’t it?
What would be the effects of such a merger, I wonder? Apart from the financial benefits which would undoubtedly accrue as a result of joining with our much wealthier neighbour, maybe our sports people would be able to perform better on the world stage.
Would the Black Caps, for instance, do a better job in the green and gold of Australia? Would the combination of the Silver Ferns and their counterparts across the Tasman result in an invincible netball team? Would Robbie Deans at last get his hands on the World Cup with a united rugby team? Who knows?
Also, the Australian apple growers would surely have no further need to fight to keep our apples out of their territory – they would be Australian apples! And as for the Aussie banks, well . . .
Personally, I don’t think I would like to be Australian, even though my New Zealandborn husband sports an Australian passport. The Aussies are a different breed – apart from the Tasmanians, who are remarkably like New Zealanders, both in temperament and in attitudes.
Nevertheless, if that is the only way to save our country financially, I would have to consider the possibility. But perhaps New Zealand will survive on its own till after I am pushing up daisies. Here’s hoping.
For our first meeting of the year, we are going to be addressed by Porirua’s new mayor, Nick Leggett. I’m sure you will all want to get his view on where our city is going, so do come along – and bring a friend.
Date: next Tuesday, February 8. Time: 1.30pm. Venue: The Porirua Club, Lodge Place. Porirua. Contact: Helen Griffith Phone: 236 0112.