The regular look through the honours lists provides few surprises, apart from the absence of my own name, with many from the areas of media, sport and business getting awards. It is worth pondering on who should get awards. There are many on the list that I know of and admire.
Some people, often civil servants, get awards for their lifetime of work, although really their reward should be the salary they get, as most people spend a life working hard. The ability to act well or play a sport at a high level is not a skill that makes you a better person, just better known.
A more difficult area to examine is that of the volunteers, since as a part-time volunteer I know it is done without seeking a reward. The reward is in the knowledge that you are helping others.
Perhaps the honours should focus on those who face danger, including fire, police and medical service people. Always honour those that have risked their lives for us.
“no one has even established that man has anything much to do with climate change”. Right on, Mr Paterson. That’s correct, and much less global warming.
And we note that Mr Forbes moves the subject towards the latest name for the discredited global warming – extreme weather. Three times in the space of his letter, without apparently realising how less than smart this presents him, Mr Forbes tells us that by 2100 the world could experience “as many as six climate-related crises at the same time”. As if that were something new.
Dear oh dear. LEO LEITCH Benneydale
‘We took possession ... Not one escaped ... it was in accordance with our custom’”.
King continues: “It was nothing more nor less than Ngati Mutunga and Ngati Tama would have expected ... had they themselves been defeated in combat. What was DIFFERENT (King’s emphasis), however, was that ... the adversaries were NOT (King’s emphasis again) Maori. The Moriori were subject to a different customary law.” It was an invasion of another country.
Many times since have the Moriori remnant unsuccessfully sought justice, recognition and restoration of their customary rights in their former island home. It would be yet another cruel irony if again they were to be dismissed and the Taranaki tribes confirmed in their possession of those lands they took with such almost unimaginable cruelty.
Those Taranaki tribes, not taxpayers, should pay reparations for their sins. BRUCE MOON
The Simpsons and philosophy, David Beckham studies and bagpiping.
The university experience is meant to expand your mind, although most of the people who thought of these courses may have been using mind-expanding cigarettes.
We really need more courses that help society, and perhaps a few more science or medical students would contribute more than a really good bagpipes player, if there is such a thing. DENNIS FITZGERALD
but no one tells us what that means,
I think it must be hidden in those big, flash limousines.
We can no longer have free speech and ask for common sense,
They say that means I’m racist and being rather dense.
The media won’t report or even investigate,
They are content to leave us to our fate.
Not even Santa can be safe, gone is his glorious red,
To be replaced by jandals, hooks and feather cloaks instead. Why are these racists in my country, I really want to know? But their head honchos just laugh at me, as their bank accounts gather dough.
It’s greed, power and lust, you fool. Nothing ever changes. We’ve read the history books, you see, and learnt how through the ages
The meek and mild can be manipulated, made to hand over all their wages. Elections? Bah! There’ll be no standing on our merit.
We’ll be entrenched, and like scoundrels, all power we’ll inherit.
Like Jews in Nazi Germany we’ll turn you into slaves,
You’ll be blamed for our failures and you’ll be digging your own graves.
So the racists rule our country, we pay for their expertise, In what I’m not too sure, while they have us in a squeeze. We fund their lawyers to walk all over us,
But we’re respectful, we don’t want to make a fuss.
We fought against apartheid, but that was overseas,
Here in New Zealand, we dare not show displease.
So we sit and watch our country, as democracy’s destroyed, At least we haven’t caused upset by being paranoid. THE POET