Proud

Adventure - - Spring Summer // 168 - -- Steve Dickinson

Over the last few months, on the back of the Rugby World Cup, there has been an enor­mous cel­e­brate New Zealand. The streets and houses are lined with signs and posters and all sorts of re­galia show­ing the world how proud we are to be Ki­wis. Even the air­port and ma­jor ho­tels are bub­bling with im­ages of New Zealand’s scenery and any­thing that is icon­i­cally New Zealand. Take a trip out of town and see how the roads have been clogged with camper­vans and tourist, peo­ple who have come to see the World Cup and see New Zealand. In short it seems like New Zealand has been the cen­tre of the world.

It also seems that in these times of in­ter­na­tional fo­cus we as a peo­ple have be­come un­usu­ally na­tion­al­is­tic and for a pop­u­la­tion that has a rep­u­ta­tion for un­der­state­ment, un­like say a Kiwi sticker on my lug­gage and when­ever we travel I leave a trail of lit­tle stuffed Ki­wis in my wake. I love be­ing seen as a Kiwi and the ‘pos­i­tive’ that is at­tached to that; to be hon­est I think all Ki­wis are, and it of­ten only comes to the sur­face when we travel out­side of our board­ers.

But when all the RWC hoopla has died down we need to con­tinue to see what an amaz­ing and the open friend­li­ness of those that live here. Un­like Aus­tralia we don’t cel­e­brate be­ing Kiwi with New Zealand Day, sure we have Wai­tangi Day but that has so much po­lit­i­cal bag­gage at­tached. Dis­cussing re­cently this is­sue with a friend she stated that we don’t need New Zealand Day to cel­e­brate how great New Zealand is but that ev­ery day should be New Zealand Day, I think she has a point.

It is my hope that af­ter the World Cup (re­gard­less of who wins) that we can all em­brace the fer­vour that has over­taken the coun­try, that we can openly be proud of be­ing a Kiwi and all that that en­tails, the peo­ple, the place the cul­ture and the her­itage. To be able to openly and with­out reser­va­tion be happy and proud to ac­knowl­edge who we are and where we live.

In this is­sue of Ad­ven­ture we high­light what some great Ki­wis have been up to around the world and we a look at some of the amaz­ing places in New Zealand. There is a spe­cial look at camp­ing with is the foun­da­tion of the great Kiwi out­door ex­pe­ri­ence. I hope is a small way this is­sue of Ad­ven­ture helps you to be proud of where you live and who lives here with you!

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