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.