G’day & Kia ora!




… To my blog.  I’m a social democrat, with centre-left tendencies in some areas; centrist in others; and centre-right in bugger-all (if any).

If you look over to the right (excuse the implications), you’ll see a brief list of my beliefs for a better New Zealand. Funny thing – we used to have so many of those things in this country, once upon a time…

And below that, a list of my Recent Posts. Feel free to have a read and, if you’re inclined, leave a comment. I welcome your ideas and responses to my comments. (Please note that most of my blogposts first appear on The Daily Blog, and are then re-published here five to seven days later. So check out both blogs – there are heaps of excellent writers on TDB!)

I leave you with the poem of the late Pastor Martin Niemoller (1892–1984), which is a creed I very much believe in…

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Yes, we’re all in this together.

– Frank Macskasy
– Blogger





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(Comments welcome under each blogpost)


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  1. 27 August 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Peter,

    I guess if Maori want to use the name “Niu Tirani”, I’d be comfortable with that as well. At present, the name collectively agreed-on seems to be “Aotearoa”, and I’m ok with following their preference.

    As an aside… When the Russians were occupying my parents’ homeland, in Eastern Europe, they made learning Russian compulsory in our schools. As the Occupier with the biggest guns, they were able to do whatever they wanted in terms of promoting their culture.

    It gave me a peculiar insight into how Maori might feel when we make changes to their names; mis-pronounce their words; relegate their language; etc.

    Personally, I like the fact that, like Canada and other nations, we are bi-lingual (or tri-lingual, if you include ‘Sign’) and can make that a point of difference from the rest of the world… 🙂

    • B
      12 October 2011 at 11:47 pm

      Definately include NZ Sign Language, Maori and NZSL are actually the only official languages of New Zealand! 🙂

  2. 9 August 2012 at 10:42 pm

    It’s not laziness that prevents the poor from preying on others but an actual moral standing which the rich don’t seem to have.

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