More pressing questions for out troubled columnists (a reworking of Karl Du Fresne’s column): Should columnists who abuse parents and kids for difference and divergence in names, language and outlook have a complaint laid against them at the Human Rights Commission? Commodore Frank Bainimarama – the logical outcome of NZ’s economic & social colonisation of the Pacific right in our own backyard? We’ve had Dancing… Read More Karl Du Fresne’s The Mysteries of a Modern Life: Reloaded!
3pm, 20 November 1863. General Cameron orders the gunboats Curacoa and Pioneer to begin the two hour bombardment of the Rangiriri Pa lying between Lake Kopuera and the Waikato River. 1,400 colonial troops wait. Five hundred warriors endure. At 5pm, 600 troops storm the pā. The engagement into the evening leaves the British with 110 dead… Read More The First Station of the Cross: Rangiriri
Amidst all the handwringing, anger, disgust and blame that has come with the revelations about the self-proclaimed Roastbusters, I have not been aware of any commentary on how we raised these sexual predators within the bosom of our community. I have no intention of providing a lengthy treatise on the historical foundations of our rape culture; clearly… Read More How NZ men raised their sons up to be Roastbusters
Damien Grant’s latest column Poverty isn’t fault of the rich is one of the most appalling pieces of opinion I have read outside of a Bob Jones’ column. You can read it for yourself, but let me give you a quick breakdown of the key points: there is inequality; some people blame the rich; they blame… Read More Damien Grant’s lazy support for the poverty myth
As I grumble about Halloween and Guy Fawkes, there is a regular flow of comments from friends on my Facebook posts whose theme is to entreat me to enjoy the events and let children have their fun. There were similar comments on a friend’s page when she criticised Columbus Day. I wouldn’t characterise most of… Read More Whose country is this? Halloween, Guy Fawkes & Parihaka