Thought for the day…”The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary”
“It’s not that I am smart, just that I stay with problems longer” (Albert Einstein).
It is sad and also annoying to see how in New Zealand, that a MINORITY is now trying to take control of more and more. Many people believe that the Maori people were the original people of New Zealand (not to be confused with Australian aborigines) but in fact they are not. It was the Moriori who were the original people in New Zealand, later to be followed by the Maori, who arrived from Polynesia around 1250 or 1300. The census in NZ shows that about 600 000 people claim to be Maori, or about 15% of the total population of NZ. So it is extra annoying to see that a MINORITY is trying to claim more and more rights for a land that was not theirs to begin with. Currently in NZ, they are trying to get many place names changed to their names, despite the fact that they were not the original settlers. Names such as Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain) are being replace by Maori equivalents, and even the names of the two main islands in NZ are now appearing under their Maori names. They even are even trying to replace the words ‘New Zealand’ with their own names for the country. But many NZ people are forgetting that the Maori are a MINORITY and that most of them do not use Maori language as their first language. Politicians are giving in to the minority, and even government departments are being given Maori names to keep the minority happy. Look on the internet for a telephone number for Picton Department of Conservation (DoC) and you will see that the DoC offices are now listed under their Maori names. Gradually this MINORITY is trying to claim more and more land for themselves, despite the fact that they were not the original owners of the land. And the NZ government is giving in to them, costing the taxpayers millions of dollars. All wrong.
On a happier note, today’s photo comes from the Pacific Island of Niue, where a local is deep in thought…..
and another photo from the archives…..beautiful Picton in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
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Thought for the day…..” When dreaming of the future, don’t let the present slip by. ”
Far out into the Pacific Ocean for the photo today and 2400km north east of New Zealand, to the Pacific nation of Nuie. Interestingly, over 90% of the population of Nuie live in New Zealand, which has the only regular air link to the island once a week. It was the first country in the world to provide free wifi to the country. Foreign aid from New Zealand, and money sent back by locals working abroad are the main sources of income. Sadly, the island has few good sandy beaches, so is not on the tourist radar.
Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell.