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Kia ora koutou, Next Tues­day we will mark An­zac Day for the 101st time. But it’s hard not to feel like the lessons of World War I and II are still need­ing to be learnt. The global al­liances and pan-na­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions that have largely kept na­tions from en­ter­ing all-en­com­pass­ing con­flicts are look­ing in­creas­ingly shaky and the lead­ers of the world’s su­per­pow­ers seem to be pos­tur­ing for a face-off far more than we’ve seen in the past. Whether this is just a pass­ing phase or a sign of some­thing more omi­nous, only time will tell. But as we re­flect on the mil­lions who died dur­ing the var­i­ous wars over the last cen­tury, let’s not fool­ishly think bombs and guns can bring about a tidy, clean so­lu­tion to the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional is­sues. The legacy of the An­zacs teach us many things and one les­son is that thou­sands of lives can be lost in bat­tles which may not ren­der a re­sult for years to come. Hope­fully the world’s cur­rent lead­ers heed his­tory be­fore they plunge into any new war. Nga mihi nui, Justin

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