Bad ge­og­ra­phy

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I re­fer to the ar­ti­cle ‘‘Polyfest to taste a lit­tle Me­lane­sia" (Au­gust 20) in which the writer re­ferred to the Kiri­bati per­for­mance group as Me­lane­sian. The peo­ple of Kiri­bati (pro­nounced Kiribas) are, in fact, Mi­crone­sians, the third main Pa­cific Is­land eth­nic group­ing.

They wish to pro­mote peace with un­der­stand­ing be­tween our two very dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

Over the decades Porirua par­tic­i­pants have been able to make unique con­tri­bu­tions that have eluded the pro­fes­sional diplo­mats and ne­go­tia­tors.

On Au­gust 16, re­tired Porirua po­lice­man, moun­taineer, pho­tog­ra­pher and writer Roger Shep­herd was with the sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Korea-New Zealand So­ci­ety, Mr Hwang, at the north­ern bor­der be­tween Rus­sia and North Korea, Tu­man­gang.

There he met the Rus­sian train car­ry­ing the group of New Zealand mo­tor­cy­clists headed by Jo and Gareth Mor­gan, who are fol­low­ing the moun­tain route from north to south in North Korea, tra­versed pre­vi­ously by Roger.

Roger had with him copies of the first pub­li­ca­tion of his book com­pleted af­ter his three years of climb­ing the moun­tain chain, which is the back­bone of North and South Korea.

His book launch will be in Py­ongyang, the North Korean cap­i­tal, this week.

At the end of the North Korea part of the ride, Gareth and Jo Mor­gan hope to ride into South Korea and travel on to the south­ern tip be­fore en­ter­ing China.

The one un­cer­tainty is the ef­fect of Amer­i­can mil­i­tary ex­er­cises planned to be car­ried out in South Korea at the time they will be rid­ing into the south.

In th­ese two projects New Zealan­ders, in­clud­ing Porirua peo­ple, are show­ing that prac­ti­cal steps to­wards peace and unity in Korea and with New Zealand are achiev­able.

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