Wednesday, April 25, 2007

ANZAC Day

I did not manage to make any ANZAC service today, but I did watch some of the history coverage and then the National Wreath Laying ceremony on TVOne.

As a history student to see all the different footage was neat, and I also think it is fantastic that ANZAC is still held in such high regard by New Zealanders. I think it is important to honour veterans for what they did, but also the effects war has had on their families, the country and the world.

The Governor General gave a good speech, and I particularly liked his "hello's" where not only did he uses all language associated to NZ ie Niuean, Cook Island Maori but he also used NZ Sign Language.

The Australian representative laid their wreath with Trevor Mallard, as he was representing the Government, followed by John Key, then Kerry Prendergast(ly).

The absence of Helen was noted, and I have had people ring and text me asking what she was doing today and how come she did not attend the National Ceremony, especially as Mr Key did.

So as I now continue to write my essay on Aboriginal Genocide, I will be remebering those who served in the Wars and truly hope that we will never see such World War again, and no doubt we will all be thinking of the war that is currently existing in our world and of our troops who are in such countries.

6 comments:

Heine said...

What did you think about the protests, the disrespect shown top our veterens and the burning of the flag? Why wasn't Helen there?

Isn't genocide a little too harsh a word for what happened to the Aboriginal people of Australia?

And since I'm asking questions here, what do you think Helen should do now considering she fibbed about meeting the bretheren?

welly_girl said...

I believe in being allowed to protest, however I think that it was extremely disrespectful to burn the flag and show disrespect to our veterans. I am anti-flag burning at all times.

Interesting you say is genocide to harsh to use for the Aboriginals, this is what I am looking at in my essay. But what happened to the Aboriginals certainly fits with Article Two of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, but would ethnocide be a better term etc?

I have not actually read enough about what meetings she has and had not had with them, however I think we know that all politicians lie, it just quite often comes back to bite them.

Lewis said...

I think flag burning is a stupid form of protest, given that the flag represents (or should) all New Zealanders.

But then, of course, the right to protest is exactly the sort of freedom those we remember were fighting for. At the Auckland ceremony there were a number of protesters, but they kept pretty silent, and just held up a couple of placards.

Span said...

Clint, in Tasmania at the very least there were attempts to simply wipe out all aboriginals, so I think genocide is not too harsh a word at all. I'm sure w_g would know more about this than me though.

Heine said...

Indeed Span, I was comparing it to the genocide of Hitler/Stalin/Mao/Pol Pot etc... quite probably I wasn't thinking of it in that perspective.

I did Australian politics in particular the plight of the Aborigine movement as part of my IP degree and felt they had a better case to bring than the NZ Maori case that they were subjugated in a genocide campaign. I'm just a little bit more cautious to start using words that big.

Welly Girl, good answer, politicians usually get whats coming to them - and this seems to be the motherload of all denials. Why didn't she go to the war memorial? She seems to be putting her foot in all the wrong places at the moment which is unusual for her.

Anonymous said...

If posisble, I would encourage you to pick up some of Keith Windschuttle's books for a compelling and refresing look at Aboriginal history. While I don't agree with all of his conclusions I think having a thumb through at least one of his books should get some critical thinking going on.