Few sur­prises

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

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.

DEN­NIS FITZGER­ALD

Mel­bourne

“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

Nel­son

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

Mel­bourne

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

Auck­land

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