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105 Silenced Journalists Of Gaza Honoured Outside Voyager Media Awards – Palestinian Youth Aotearoa

On 24th May, 6pm, Palestinian journalists covering Gaza will be honoured in a silent and visually impactful vigil outside Shed 10, 89 Quay Street, Auckland, where the Voyager Media Awards are being held.

The vigil, organised by Palestinian Youth Aotearoa (PYA) and People for Palestine (P4P), will include Palestinian supporters holding up 105 “PRESS” vests in recognition of the brave journalists of Gaza, laureates of the 2024 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, who have been systematically targeted and silenced by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) throughout this conflict, their families often being martyred alongside them.

PYA and P4P call on all journalists in Aotearoa to stand in solidarity with the courageous journalists of the Gaza Strip who continue to report on what the International Court of Justice has called a plausible genocide under threat of death at any moment by the Israeli Defence Force.

PYA and P4P commends Kawea Te Rongo (the Māori Journalist Association) for their declaration of support for their Palestinian colleagues back in November 2023 with co-chair Mani Dunlop publicly stating, “Journalists and the media are integral to ensuring the world and its leaders are accurately informed during this conflict … Daily we are seeing stories of journalists who face extreme brutality … including the unconscionable worry of their families’ safety while they themselves risk their lives. It is a deadly trade-off, every day they put on their press vest and helmet to do their job selflessly for their people and the rest of the world.”

PYA spokesperson and musician, Rose Freeborn, wants journalists reporting from Aotearoa to critically examine Israel’s treatment of their peers in Gaza and encourages storytellers of all mediums to engage with Palestinian voices.

“We unequivocally condemn the mass murder of 105 journalists in Gaza by the IDF since October 7th, as well as Israel’s longstanding history of targeting journalists across the region, from Shireen Abu Akleh to Issam Abdallah, in an attempt to smother the truth and dictate history.

“As that number continues to climb, we continue to grow weary with the substandard conduct of some of our own journalists here in Aotearoa. At times, the media industry in this country has failed not only the Palestinian community but New Zealand society at large by reporting factual inaccuracies and displaying a clear bias for the Israeli narrative. This has led to people no longer trusting mainstream media outlets to give them the full story, so they have turned to each other and the journalists on the ground in Gaza via social media.

“The storytellers of Gaza, with their resilience and extraordinary courage, have provided a blueprint for journalists across the globe to stand in defense of truth, accuracy and objectivity. This action is designed to remind some of our media professionals here that the indispensable values of journalism will not die in the absence of their commitment to them – we, the people, bear witness, with or without them.”

Palestinian New Zealander and P4P spokesperson, Yasmine Serhan, states, “While it is my people being subjected to mass murder and ethnic cleansing in the Gaza Strip, it is the peers of New Zealand journalists who are being systematically targeted and murdered by Israel in an attempt to stop the truth being reported. Every day the journalists of Gaza report on and provide footage of the international war crimes being committed by Israel. Just by doing their job and fulfilling this vital role, 105 journalists have paid with their lives in Gaza.

“The murdered journalists of Gaza are no different to the journalists of Aotearoa in their pursuit of telling the truth. I ask that all New Zealand journalists honor those who have lost their lives and stand in solidarity with their peers still reporting from Gaza by calling on Israel to uphold international law and stop the systematic targeting and murder of any more Gazan journalists and their families.”

Journalists murdered in Gaza since October 7, 2023

Mohammad Jarghoun, Smart Media, killed on 7 October

Ibrahim Lafi, Ain Media news agency, killed on 7 October

Mohammad Al-Salhi, photojournalist for news agency Fourth Authority, killed on 7 October Asaad Shamlakh, freelance journalist, killed on 8 October

Said Al-Tawil, director of Al-Khamisa news agency, killed on 10 October

Mohammed Sobboh, photojournalist for Khabar news agency in Gaza, killed on 10 October Hisham Al-Nawajha, photographer for Khabar news agency in Gaza, killed on 10 October Salam Meimah (W), journalist for Al Quds Radio, killed on 10 October

Mohammed Fayez Yousef Abu Matar, freelance photographer, killed on 11 October Ahmed Shehab, producer of Voice of Prisoners Radio, killed on 12 October Hossam Mubarak, Al Aqsa TV, killed on 13 October

Yousef Dawwas, freelance journalist, killed on 14 October

Abdul Hadi Habib, Al Aqsa TV, killed on 16 October

Isam Bahar, Al Aqsa TV, killed on 17 October

Mohammed Balousha, Palestine TV, killed on 17 October

Samih Al-Nadi, director and producer of Al Aqsa TV, killed on 18 October

Khalil Abu Athra, cameraman for Al Aqsa TV, killed on 19 October

Muhammad Abu Ali, Al-Shabab radio, killed on 20 October

Hani Madhoun, administrative staff for Al Aqsa TV, killed on 21 October

Roshdi Sarraj, co-founder of Ain Media, photojournalist, filmmaker and fixer for several international media such as Radio France, killed on 22 October

Mohammed Imad Labad, journalist for Al Resalah news website, killed on 23 October Saed al-Halabi, Al-Aqsa TV, killed on 25 October

Ahmed Abu Mahadi, Al-Aqsa TV, killed on 25 October

Salma Mukhaimar (W), journalist, killed on 25 October

Jamal Al-Faqawi, journalist for Mithaq Media Network, killed on 25 October Zaher Al-Afghani, journalist for Mithaq Media Network, killed on 25 October Duaa Sharaf (W), journalist for Al Aqsa Radio, killed on 26 October

Mohammad Fayez Al Hassan, director general of Rawasi, killed on 26 October Yasser Abu Namous, journalist for Al Sahel media, killed on 27 October

Nazmi Al-Nadim, deputy director of finance and administration for Palestine TV, killed on 30 October

Majd Kashkou, media worker for Palestine TV, killed on 31 October

Imad Wahidi, media worker for Palestine TV, killed on 31 October

Majd Fadl Arandas, journalist for news website Al-Jamahir, killed on 1 November Mohammed Abu Hatab, correspondent for Palestine TV, killed on 2 November Mohammed Bayyari, journalist for Al Aqsa TV, killed on 2 November

Iyad Matar, administrative staff at Al Aqsa TV, killed on 2 November

Mohammed Al Jajeh, Press House, killed on 6 November

Mohammad Abu Hasira, correspondent for WAFA news agency, body found under the rubble on 7 November

Yahya Abu Munie, journalist for Al Aqsa radio, killed on 7 November

Ahmed Al-Qara, photojournalist, killed on 10 November

Mousa Al Barsh, executive director of Namaa Radio, killed on 12 November Ahmed Fatmah, photographer for Al Qahera News, killed on 13 November Yacoub Bursh, director general of Namaa Radio, killed on 14 November

Mahmoud Matar, freelance journalist, killed on 15 November

Moseab Ashour, photographer, killed on 18 November

Mustafa Al-Sawaf, journalist and writer, killed on 18 November

Amr Abu Haya, media worker in Al Aqsa TV, killed on 18 November

Saary Mansour, director of Quds News Network, killed on 18 November

Hassouneh Isleem, freelance photographer for Quds News, killed on 18 November Bilal Jadallah, director general of media development organisation Press House, killed on 19 November

Abdelhalim Awad, driver for Al Aqsa TV, killed on 18 November

Ayat Al-Khaddura (W), digital and broadcaster journalist, killed on 20 November Khamis Salem Deab, editor at Al Quds Radio, killed on 20 November

Jamal Hanieh, editor at Amwaj Sports Media Network, killed on 21 November Mohamad Nabil Al-Zaq, journalist for Quds TV, killed on 22 November

Assem Al-Barsh, journalist for Palestinian Al-Ray radio, killed on 22 November

Muhammad Moin Ayyash, photojournalist, killed on 23 November

Amal Zahed (W), journalist, killed on 24 November

Mustafa Bakir, journalist and cameraman for Al Aqsa TV, killed on 24 November Nader Al-Nazli, technician for Palestine TV, killed on 25 November

Abdallah Darwish, photojournalist for Al Aqsa TV, killed on 1 December Muntaser Al-Sawaf, photographer for Anadolu Agency, killed on 1 December Marwan Al-Sawaf, photographer for Alef Media, killed on 1 December

Adham Hassouna, freelance journalist, killed on 1 December

Hassan Farajallah, executive at Al Quds TV, killed on 3 December

Shaima Jazzar (W), freelance journalist, killed on 4 December

Ala Atallah (W), journalist, killed on 9 December

Mohamed Abu Samra, photojournalist, killed on 9 December

Duaa Jabbour (W), freelance journalist for Eyes Media Network, killed on 9 December Narmeen Qawwas (W), intern at Russia Today, killed on 11 December

Abdul Karim Odeh, journalist and former Al-Mayadeen correspondent, killed on 13 December Samer Abu Daqqa, cameraman for Al Jazeera Arabic, killed on 15 December Assem Kamal Moussa, journalist for Palestine Now, killed on 16 December Haneen Ali Al-Qashtan (W), journalist for Sawt Al Watan Radio, killed on 17 December Abdallah Alwan, media worker for Al Jazeera owned platform Midan, killed on 18 December Mohammad Nasser Abu Hweidy, photojournalist for Al Istiqlal newspaper, killed on 22 December

Ahmad Jamal Madhoun, deputy director at Al Rai news agency, killed on 23 December Mohammad Saidi (Khalifa), director at Al Aqsa TV, killed on 24 December Mohammad Abdul Khaleq Al Ghuf, photojournalist for Al Rai news agency, killed on 24 December

Huthaifa Lulu, broadcast engineer at Prisoners Radio, who previously worked for Al Quds TV, killed on 24 December

Mohammad Khair Al Din, archiving officer at Al Aqsa TV, killed on 28 December Ahmad Khair Al Din, photojournalist for Al Aqsa TV, killed on 28 December Jaber Abu Hedrous, correspondent for Al-Quds TV, killed on 29 December Akram Al Shafei, correspondent for Safa News Agency, killed on 5 January Hamza Al-Dahdouh, journalist for Al Jazeera, killed on 7 January

Mustafa Thuraya, freelance videographer for Agence France Presse, killed on 7 January Heba Al-Abdallah (W), journalist, killed on 9 January

Ahmad Bdeir, journalist for local magazine Hadaf News, killed on 10 January Mohammed Jamal Sabahi Al Thalathin, journalist for Al Quds TV, killed on 11 January Yazan Al-Zuweidi, photographer for Al Ghad TV, killed on 15 January

Iyad Ahmed Al-Ruwahi, correspondent and presenter for Voice of Al Aqsa Radio, killed on 26 January

Mohamed Abdel El Fatah Atta Allah, editor for Al-Risala newspaper, killed on 29 January Nafez Abdel Jawad, director of Palestine TV, killed on 8 February

Alaa al-Hams (W), journalist for local media, killed on 12 February

Angham Ahmed Adwan (W), journalist for Libyan channel February, killed on 12 February

Mohammad Yaghi, photojournalist for a number of international media, including Al Jazeera, killed on 23 February

Ibrahim Mahamid, journalist, presenter and cameraman for Al-Salam TV, Al-Shaab TV and other local media, killed on 1 March

Mohammed Khader Ahmad Salama, journalist and presenter for Al-Aqsa TV, killed on 5 March Abdel Rahman Saima, photohrapher and producer for Raqmi TV, killed on 15 March Mohammed Al-Rifi, photojournalist, killed on 15 March

Saher Akram Rayyan, media worker for WAFA news agency, killed on 25 March Mohammed Abu Sakhil, editor and graphic designer for Shams News Agency, killed on 28 March

Amna Mahmoud Hamid, presenter and newspaper editor, killed on 6 May

Moataz Mustafa Al-Ghafrit, photojournalist for the Ard Canaan website and the Palestinian Media Corporation, killed on 6 May

Mahmoud Jahjouh, photojournalist for the Palestine Post website, killed on 6 May Hael Al-Najjar, editor at Al-Aqsa Media Network, killed on 6 May 2024

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People for Palestine is an organisation committed to advocating for the human rights of Palestinians. For 76 years, Palestinians have been subjected to oppression, ethnic cleansing and apartheid. In light of the current genocide happening in Gaza, People for Palestine urges the New Zealand government to impose immediate economic, diplomatic and military sanctions on Israel, grant humanitarian visas to family members of New Zealand Palestinians and publicly reinstate our funding for the United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA).

Conference Win Will Showcase Auckland’s AI Capability

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) research will be on global display when the city hosts the 31st International Conference of Neural Information Processing 2024 (ICONIP) this December.

ICONIP is a premium platform for showcasing cutting-edge research, technology, and innovations in artificial intelligence, data analytics and computational modelling, which is the use of computers to simulate and study complex systems using mathematics, physics and computer science.

The conference, taking place at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) from 2-6 December, is expected to attract more than 300 researchers, scientists, and industry professionals specialising in neuroscience, neural networks, deep learning, and related fields to share their new ideas, progresses and achievements.

Last held in New Zealand in 2008, the conference is expected to deliver nearly $600k to Auckland’s economy.

Head of Tech and Innovation at Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, Marissa Brindley, says hosting this conference in Auckland is an invaluable opportunity to showcase the region’s technology sector to the world.

“As New Zealand’s economic centre and tech powerhouse, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland stands at the forefront of innovation and growth. Our thriving tech and innovation sector drives productivity and prosperity, delivering an impressive $13.6 billion to the region’s GDP. Hosting ICONIP is a testament to our region’s prowess in this sector and contributes to Auckland being recognised as a globally competitive tech hub.”

The conference bid was led by Maryam Doborjeh, Senior Lecturer at AUT, with Professor Michael Witbrock from the University of Auckland. Both will act as General Chair for ICONIP 2024, alongside Associate Professor Mufti Mahmud from Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

Doborjeh says: “New Zealand has been leveraging AI technologies to enhance data analysis, predictive modelling, and decision-making processes across industries such as healthcare, finance, agriculture, transportation and many more.

“For example, AI-driven data modelling techniques have been utilised to analyse agricultural data for optimising crop yields and resource allocation, as well as in financial institutions for risk assessment and fraud detection. AI-driven health data modelling has also been developed for diagnosis and prognosis of health conditions.

“Hosting this prestigious conference in New Zealand can stimulate innovation and research collaboration within the country and worldwide. It can inspire and engage international and local researchers, students, and industry stakeholders, encouraging them to showcase their technology, explore new ideas, pursue research opportunities, and contribute to advancements in computational modelling.”

The five-day programme will include technical sessions, tutorials, workshops, plenary/keynote and panel discussion sessions by the world’s leading researchers and professionals from both academia and industry, as well as awards to honour outstanding papers presented at this conference.

The event was secured with bid and marketing support from Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), a division of Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, and Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme.

More information on ACB can be found here.

Startup Ecosystem in India in 2024

India’s Startup 2024 ecosystem has undergone a tremendous transformation over the past few years, becoming one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic tech landscapes globally. In 2024, the Indian startup scene continues to thrive, driven by a surge of innovation, increased funding, and a supportive regulatory environment. This post will delve into various aspects of this thriving ecosystem, offering insights and analyses that will be valuable to entrepreneurs, investors, and tech enthusiasts alike.

Overview of Major Trends and Innovations in 2024

In 2024, several key trends are defining Startups in India. Firstly there has been an increased focus on sustainability with many green technology companies popping up all over the country. At the same time though, we’ve also seen artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) become more widely adopted than ever before – they’re being used in everything from healthcare systems through agricultural processes right down to finance houses themselves!

Another major innovation this year comes by way of blockchains; these decentralized ledgers have taken the industry by storm not only do they provide security for data but also enable transparent supply chains among other things. Furthermore, fintech start-ups continue disrupting traditional banking models making it easier for people at the grassroots level to access financial services than ever before.

Analysis of How the Ecosystem Has Evolved Since 2020

India’s start-up environment has changed immeasurably since 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic acted as a catalyst for digital transformation in businesses around the nation, with many companies having to adopt remote working at a scale never seen before. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) start-ups boomed during this period while there was also increased interest shown towards health tech enterprises focused on telemedicine platforms and AI-powered diagnostic tools.

Additionally, the initiatives of the government such as “Startup India” or “Digital India” have been particularly instrumental in nurturing this ecosystem. They provided a stage for young businessmen where they could get all the required resources and support to grow their startups.

Key players analysis including new startups and established companies

In 2024, India’s startup environment will be composed of emerging businesses alongside ones that have been around for some time. There are unicorns like Flipkart, Byju’s and Paytm which represent success stories in their rights while on the other hand, we have newcomers with disruptive models such as CRED Zomato or Ola Electric.

It’s worth noting that there has been significant activity from sectors like tech-based agriculture and healthcare technology among other things which has led to the emergence of notable players like Unacademy Ninjacart or Practo who not only solve critical issues but also attract huge sums of money hence indicating strong confidence from investors towards prospects.

Funding and investment trends insights

As of 2024, funding and investment trends show that investors are becoming more willing to take risks. Indian startups are attracting a lot of attention from venture capitalists – both local and international – who see them as potentially high-growth enterprises serving one the largest markets in the world Crowdfunding has become popular among angels too thus making it easier for early-stage businesses to access funds.

Fintech edtech healthtech these types of fields have seen an increase in funding activity this year. Not only are they profitable but also fulfill needs such as financial inclusivity, better healthcare and improved education Besides that there has been growing interest in companies using blockchain technology across different sectors due to its ability to provide secure transactions transparency and supply chain management among others.

Highly Successful Startups Case Studies

To show how lively India’s startup ecosystem is, here are some success stories:

  • Zerodha: This fintech company was founded in 2010 and has changed how stocks are traded in Startup India. Zerodha achieved this by charging zero brokerage on equity investments coupled with cheap trades thus becoming the largest retail stockbroker in India.
  • Swiggy: A food delivery startup which extended its services to include grocery deliveries making it one of the most versatile players in the market. Swiggy’s success is attributed to a robust logistics network and a customer-centric approach.
  • Razorpay: Razorpay simplified online payments for businesses through their payment solutions; founded on this belief they have significantly grown over the years. Many startups as well as established companies choose Razorpay due to their variety of products that suit different needs within any business setting.

Entrepreneurial and Investorial Challenges and Opportunities

Despite the immense opportunities available within India’s startup environment; there are still some hurdles which need to be overcome. These include but are not limited to regulatory bottlenecks, and heightened competition levels among others such as factors that demand continuous innovation from these entities. Moreover; sourcing for top-tier talent remains an uphill task for most organizations operating in this space given the limited resources at their disposal vis-à-vis remuneration expectations thereof. However; challenges notwithstanding, it should be noted that opportunities far outnumber impediments by a great measure. This owes to the fact that startups have a chance of scaling up quickly within India’s wide range market characterized by its many distinctive features. In light of this ever-changing digital world, VPN servers can go a long way in ensuring online security for startups holding sensitive data and communication channels. One of the best VPN solutions  is VeePN since it offers reliable connections through fast servers thereby guaranteeing safety for company information. Additionally; tech-driven answers have a fertile land to prosper with the current establishment of more and increasing penetration levels of the internet in India. Furthermore, government interventions as well as interests shown by various bodies towards investing further act as catalysts which propel these firms to greater heights.

Conclusion

To sum up, by 2024 India has experienced tremendous growth and innovation within its start-up community; Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain technology alongside the latest 5G advancements have acted as catalysts towards these changes thereby creating room for disruption of old norms as well as introduction of new business models that were previously unheard of. Entrepreneurs must be able to read between these technological lines if they intend on making it big seeing how volatile such trends can get within an environment which is in constant flux and largely dependent on them.



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University’s Historic Plant Library A Record Of Biodiversity – University of Canterbury

Over 40,000 dried and pressed plants neatly filed in the University of Canterbury Herbarium make up a vital botanical library that dates back over 150 years.

Associate Professor Pieter Pelser from Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) School of Biological Sciences has been the herbarium’s curator for 15 years.

He says most of the preserved specimens, which have been mounted on paper and stored inside manila folders, have been collected by UC staff and students. One of the oldest specimens, a bidibid (piripiri in te reo), was collected in 1876.

There is also a seed collection with several hundred specimens that are currently being updated and put into a database.

Associate Professor Pelser says herbaria are a valuable resource documenting biodiversity through time and place.

“Here you can see the rich botanical biodiversity of Aotearoa New Zealand conveniently in one place. You can even study plants from populations that are now extinct and determine the genetic make-up of plants that lived decades ago.

“The herbarium is used to study how plant species have evolved, discover new plant species, and develop plant identification tools. The collection also allows us to determine which species and populations are rare and endangered so that we can study their genetic diversity and develop conservation management plans.”

He says UC students play an important part in such research and work together with researchers at the herbarium of Manaaki Whenua | Landcare Research to study extremely threatened plant species that only live in increasingly rare limestone habitats.

“A herbarium collection can also be used to find out when an invasive species first arrived in New Zealand, where it came from, and how it became distributed around the country. That makes it an essential resource for protecting both our environment and economy.”

The UC Herbarium is also culturally important to UC and tangata whenua because some of the plants were collected by historically significant botanists or are taonga species, he says.

Many of the specimens have come from a UC-owned field station in the Cass Mountain Research Area in North Canterbury. Associate Professor Pelser takes botany students there on summer field trips as part of a field botany course to see rare plants on scree slopes and in other unique ecosystems. “I love going up there and studying sub-alpine and alpine plant species,” he says.

The course is popular with undergraduate students and members of the workforce, including some employed by the Department of Conservation.

Associate Professor Pelser carries out botanical research projects in the Philippines with his wife, Dr Julie Barcelona, a research fellow at UC. Because of this connection, the UC Herbarium also has a small collection of Philippine plants.

Earlier this year, two new orchid species discovered in a remote part of the Philippines were named after Barcelona and Pelser to honour their contributions to citizen science. “Studying plants in the wild as well as in herbaria are great ways for people of all walks of life to connect with and le

FULL SPEECH: Willie Jackson Oxford Debate

Hon Willie Jackson

Debate motion: This House believes British Museums are not very

British.

Side of debate: Opposition

For the proposition:

Bell Ribeiro-Abby MP

Rt Hon The Lord Vaizey of Didcot PC

In opposition:

Hon Willie Jackson

Mr Gary Vikan

Date: 23 May 2024, Oxford Union, UK.Mihi:

 

Tuatahi e tika

ki te mihi

ki to tatau matua i te rangi

nana nei nga mea katoa.

I tenei wa e tika ana

kia maumahara te wahine toa, rangatira Makereti Papakura

te Wahine Maori tuatahi i tae mai ki Oxford.

ka mihi matou ki a ia mo ana mahi whakamiharo

kia okioki i runga i te Rangimarie

Kia Koutou

tena koutoa mo tenei

whai wahi

ki te uru ki enei tautohtohe nui

ka nui te mihi kia koutou katoaKia Ora Mr President, I started in our Maori language, to

honour not just our people but the first Maori woman and in

fact, indigenous woman Makareti Papakura to attend Oxford.

She opened the door for indigenous people and I dedicate my

speech to her legacy the great Makareti Papakura.

Kia ora

I am Māori, and I cut my teeth politically as a union official on

the shop floor with the blood, sweat and tears of working

people.

My tribes are Ngati Porou and Ngati Maniapoto but I have

been brought up in the city where I have proudly been part

of a Movement that has represented Urban Māori.

I was honoured to serve as a Minister in both Jacinda Ardern

and Chris Hipkins Labour government.

I have advocated and fought for workers rights, indigenous

rights, equal rights and human rights all my life and Im here

to do that again.

You might be slightly surprised that I am on the opposite side

of the moot to my parliamentary friends but I feel confident

that by the end of my speech they to will have no choice but

to agree with me that British Museums are without any

doubt very British.

As I speak to you now, I sense the presence of my ancestors

who are trapped in your Museum prison. Therefore, I

support what Former NZ National PM Jenny Shipley said inher 2021 Oxford debate speech where she asserted The

British Empire Is A National Disgrace.

She said that relics for Maori are human they are people they

are their whanau and family and they live in the basements

of museums neglected and listed as if they were an item of

irrelevance and that the right thing to do would be to return

them. She was right.

As you enter the British Museum you are greeted by a dome

of architectural conceit designed by a Knighted Smirke as the

Empire hides its theft deep in the bowels of institution.

I stand before the brilliance and magnificent history of these

most revered Oxford Debates to tell the house that British

Museums ARE VERY British because it is very, very, very

British to take from indigenous people and never hand it

back!

To paraphrase our great former Prime Minister David Lange’s

famous quip during the Nuclear weapons Oxford debate 39

years ago, “I can smell the Colonialism on your breath from

here”.

The British Museum is without question a bastion and symbol

of Imperial privilege and cultural condescension, and what I

ask ladies and gentlemen of this great debating tradition is

what is more British than Imperial privilege, and cultural

condescension?

That’s very British!

These are difficult times for the British at the moment, Prime

Minister Sunak knows this very well, and dominant white cultures in general. They are constantly criticised by activists

online for cultural appropriation.

I say it’s difficult because that’s what British and dominant

white cultures do, take other peoples culture and proclaim it

as their own!

The British steal indigenous culture – because they care. I get

it. I think?

The entire cultural history of the British is stealing good ideas

and culture from everyone they encountered!

Isaac Newton’s work on Gravity was based on a Muslim text

556 years before his apple fell!

The British stole from the Greeks, Indigenous peoples and

Muslim scientists and when they don’t like something – they

try to pack it off to Rwanda.

Who else has the audacity to arrive on distant shores, and

declare that they now own everything in the name of their

God, their King and their country no matter who was

originally living there!

The British, that’s who.

The mindset that Britain must hold on to 2000 year old relics

because the silly people they stole these treasures from

won’t be able to look after them properly, is so British it may

as well be having a cup of tea, draped in the Union Jack doing

the Monty Python Ministry of Silly Walks skit routine.

Where on earth do you get off telling us we can’t have our

treasures back? That’s very British.

Last year it was revealed the British Museum lost 2000 items

from its priceless collection and couldn’t remember where

they had misplaced them.

Imagine having so many treasures plundered from around

the planet that you lose 2000 of them and can’t find the

paper work?

That’s very British.

The British Museum holds the largest Māori collections

outside New Zealand, including items of major artistic and

cultural significance.

Māori view these artefacts as our ancestors.

The British Museum has collected our ancestors together as

curiosities, divorced from the culture that produced them – a

little bit like a Chicken tikka masala is to the British.

That’s very British.

Lord Elgin insisted he had permission to remove the Elgin

Marbles from the Ottoman Empire, but conveniently the

original letter giving him permission has been lost and the

wording of what remains is disputed.

That’s very British.

In 2022, the Greek culture minister accused Lord Elgin of “a

blatant act of serial theft”.

A Greek accusing a Brit of stealing?Wait until they hear what Locke and Hobbes stole from Plato

and Socrates.

At least Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor,

the British Museum stole from the indigenous and gave to

scores of bored touring school students.

That’s very British!

To defend themselves from revisionist accusations of global

theft, the British Museum has done that most British of

things, claim a voice that speaks for the entire species!

They now claim to not just be the British Museum, they are in

fact the WORLD Museum.

How convenient!

That’s Donald Trump level narcissism, only the British could

have the presumptuousness to speak on behalf of the entire

civilization to justify retaining ownership of everyone else’s

plundered cultural treasures!

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, misbehaves

Britons never, never, never will pay for robbing graves?

That’s not the defence of global culture, that’s the argument

of a deflated quartermaster from a broken empire that hasn’t

realized it’s just a Kingdom with a Scotland wanting to leave.

At this stage I need to confess I have English ancestry on both

my mother and fathers side. My great grandfather Fred

Jackson came from Leicester and was a great rugby player. In

1908 he came to NZ with a team that was seen as the firstBritish Lions side to tour NZ the Anglo Welsh team who

played our mighty All Blacks.

I’m declaring this because I want to be clear that while I am

proudly indigenous, I also have the same DNA as most

students here at Oxford which surely makes me completely

unbiased, fair and uniquely qualified to comment on this

issue given the history that the English have in terms of

colonising indigenous peoples.

I am your prodigal son returning Britain, even if you didn’t

know I existed!

For us, the most important treasure that are sitting in foreign

museums are the mokomokai – the preserved heads of

Māori, adorned with moko.

From Cook’s first visit, Europeans were fascinated by the

heads, which had traditionally been preserved to remember

honoured ancestors (and enemies). Such was the level of

European demand to take mokomokai back home as curios,

and such was the need of iwi to barter for muskets to defend

themselves during the musket wars, that an awful trade in

the mokomokai of slaves grew up until it was banned by

Māori and British leaders.

For 200 years, the remains of our ancestors have lain in

distant lands, in the archives of museums and other

collections. Many have been returned but the British

Museum still holds seven mokomokai

Many of our people believe those seven mokomokai speak to

us and call out to us to come home.I implore you, on behalf of my people, to honour the

partnership agreement between Maori and the British

Crown, that is the Treaty of Waitangi, and let our ancestors

come home.

What is also very British, is the burning desire by each

passing generation to do better than their previous

generations attempts.

The British traditions of debate, democracy, will of the

people and the entrenchment of human rights that respect

the dignity of the individual makes the British people open to

progress the visions of their Churchill’s and Queen Elizabeth’s

and their heros with the language of Shakespeare.

They are a people willing to engage with reason and passion

in equal measure and some would say they have been

worthy guardians of our treasures.

I thank this historic space and powerful debating chamber for

the privilege of allowing a working class son from the bottom

of the planet to stand amongst you and remind you all of

how awful you’ve been to us first nation peoples.

As you pass through those doors to vote, I implore you to

acknowledge who you are as Britons and more importantly

who you want to be as Britons.

Vote against this motion and accept British Museums ARE

VERY British and we hope your British tradition of justice

brings my ancestors home.

I thank the House.

WILLIE JACKSON WINS OXFORD DEBATE: “I can smell the colonialism on your breath”

Sorry, what Winston?

Labour MP Willie Jackson at Oxford Union debate: ‘I can smell the colonialism on your breath’

Labour MP Willie Jackson has channelled the famous words of former Prime Minister David Lange in his historic – and victorious – appearance at the Oxford Union debate in Britain this morning (Friday NZT).

In an impassioned introductory speech for the debate, Jackson implored the British Museum to return seven mokomokai – preserved heads of Māori ancestors – to New Zealand.

Jackson was arguing against the moot, “This house believes British museums are not very British” – he and his debating partner, American author Gary Vikan, were later adjudged the winners of the debate.

“As I speak to you now, I sense the presence of my ancestors who are trapped in your museum prison,” said Jackson.

“I stand before the brilliance and magnificent history of these most revered Oxford debates to tell the house that British museums are very British because it is very, very, very British to take from indigenous people and never hand it back!

“To paraphrase our great former Prime Minister David Lange’s famous quip during the nuclear weapons Oxford debate 39 years ago, “I can smell the colonialism on your breath from here”.

Jackson is the first Māori to speak at an Oxford Union debate, following in the footsteps of Lange.

In March 1985, Lange was arguing in the affirmative in the debate that “nuclear weapons are morally indefensible”. In one part of the debate, in response to a comment, he spoke the immortal line: “I’m going to give it [the answer] to you if you hold your breath just for a moment … I can smell the uranium on it as you lean towards me.”

Well done Willie. If this speech can move the British Museum to return Māori artefacts it will have been worth it!

He has done us proud in one of the greatest debate chambers in Western Democracy – we should all feel an immense pride in this moment as Kiwis.

 

 

FULL SPEECH:

Hon Willie Jackson

Debate motion: This House believes British Museums are not very

British.

Side of debate: Opposition

For the proposition:

Bell Ribeiro-Abby MP

Rt Hon The Lord Vaizey of Didcot PC

In opposition:

Hon Willie Jackson

Mr Gary Vikan

Date: 23 May 2024, Oxford Union, UK.Mihi:

Tuatahi e tika

ki te mihi

ki to tatau matua i te rangi

nana nei nga mea katoa.

I tenei wa e tika ana

kia maumahara te wahine toa, rangatira Makereti Papakura

te Wahine Maori tuatahi i tae mai ki Oxford.

ka mihi matou ki a ia mo ana mahi whakamiharo

kia okioki i runga i te Rangimarie

Kia Koutou

tena koutoa mo tenei

whai wahi

ki te uru ki enei tautohtohe nui

ka nui te mihi kia koutou katoaKia Ora Mr President, I started in our Maori language, to

honour not just our people but the first Maori woman and in

fact, indigenous woman Makareti Papakura to attend Oxford.

She opened the door for indigenous people and I dedicate my

speech to her legacy the great Makareti Papakura.

Kia ora

I am Māori, and I cut my teeth politically as a union official on

the shop floor with the blood, sweat and tears of working

people.

My tribes are Ngati Porou and Ngati Maniapoto but I have

been brought up in the city where I have proudly been part

of a Movement that has represented Urban Māori.

I was honoured to serve as a Minister in both Jacinda Ardern

and Chris Hipkins Labour government.

I have advocated and fought for workers rights, indigenous

rights, equal rights and human rights all my life and Im here

to do that again.

You might be slightly surprised that I am on the opposite side

of the moot to my parliamentary friends but I feel confident

that by the end of my speech they to will have no choice but

to agree with me that British Museums are without any

doubt very British.

As I speak to you now, I sense the presence of my ancestors

who are trapped in your Museum prison. Therefore, I

support what Former NZ National PM Jenny Shipley said inher 2021 Oxford debate speech where she asserted The

British Empire Is A National Disgrace.

She said that relics for Maori are human they are people they

are their whanau and family and they live in the basements

of museums neglected and listed as if they were an item of

irrelevance and that the right thing to do would be to return

them. She was right.

As you enter the British Museum you are greeted by a dome

of architectural conceit designed by a Knighted Smirke as the

Empire hides its theft deep in the bowels of institution.

I stand before the brilliance and magnificent history of these

most revered Oxford Debates to tell the house that British

Museums ARE VERY British because it is very, very, very

British to take from indigenous people and never hand it

back!

To paraphrase our great former Prime Minister David Lange’s

famous quip during the Nuclear weapons Oxford debate 39

years ago, “I can smell the Colonialism on your breath from

here”.

The British Museum is without question a bastion and symbol

of Imperial privilege and cultural condescension, and what I

ask ladies and gentlemen of this great debating tradition is

what is more British than Imperial privilege, and cultural

condescension?

That’s very British!

These are difficult times for the British at the moment, Prime

Minister Sunak knows this very well, and dominant whitecultures in general. They are constantly criticised by activists

online for cultural appropriation.

I say it’s difficult because that’s what British and dominant

white cultures do, take other peoples culture and proclaim it

as their own!

The British steal indigenous culture – because they care. I get

it. I think?

The entire cultural history of the British is stealing good ideas

and culture from everyone they encountered!

Isaac Newton’s work on Gravity was based on a Muslim text

556 years before his apple fell!

The British stole from the Greeks, Indigenous peoples and

Muslim scientists and when they don’t like something – they

try to pack it off to Rwanda.

Who else has the audacity to arrive on distant shores, and

declare that they now own everything in the name of their

God, their King and their country no matter who was

originally living there!

The British, that’s who.

The mindset that Britain must hold on to 2000 year old relics

because the silly people they stole these treasures from

won’t be able to look after them properly, is so British it may

as well be having a cup of tea, draped in the Union Jack doing

the Monty Python Ministry of Silly Walks skit routine.

Where on earth do you get off telling us we can’t have our

treasures back?That’s very British.

Last year it was revealed the British Museum lost 2000 items

from its priceless collection and couldn’t remember where

they had misplaced them.

Imagine having so many treasures plundered from around

the planet that you lose 2000 of them and can’t find the

paper work?

That’s very British.

The British Museum holds the largest Māori collections

outside New Zealand, including items of major artistic and

cultural significance.

Māori view these artefacts as our ancestors.

The British Museum has collected our ancestors together as

curiosities, divorced from the culture that produced them – a

little bit like a Chicken tikka masala is to the British.

That’s very British.

Lord Elgin insisted he had permission to remove the Elgin

Marbles from the Ottoman Empire, but conveniently the

original letter giving him permission has been lost and the

wording of what remains is disputed.

That’s very British.

In 2022, the Greek culture minister accused Lord Elgin of “a

blatant act of serial theft”.

A Greek accusing a Brit of stealing?Wait until they hear what Locke and Hobbes stole from Plato

and Socrates.

At least Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor,

the British Museum stole from the indigenous and gave to

scores of bored touring school students.

That’s very British!

To defend themselves from revisionist accusations of global

theft, the British Museum has done that most British of

things, claim a voice that speaks for the entire species!

They now claim to not just be the British Museum, they are in

fact the WORLD Museum.

How convenient!

That’s Donald Trump level narcissism, only the British could

have the presumptuousness to speak on behalf of the entire

civilization to justify retaining ownership of everyone else’s

plundered cultural treasures!

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, misbehaves

Britons never, never, never will pay for robbing graves?

That’s not the defence of global culture, that’s the argument

of a deflated quartermaster from a broken empire that hasn’t

realized it’s just a Kingdom with a Scotland wanting to leave.

At this stage I need to confess I have English ancestry on both

my mother and fathers side. My great grandfather Fred

Jackson came from Leicester and was a great rugby player. In

1908 he came to NZ with a team that was seen as the firstBritish Lions side to tour NZ the Anglo Welsh team who

played our mighty All Blacks.

I’m declaring this because I want to be clear that while I am

proudly indigenous, I also have the same DNA as most

students here at Oxford which surely makes me completely

unbiased, fair and uniquely qualified to comment on this

issue given the history that the English have in terms of

colonising indigenous peoples.

I am your prodigal son returning Britain, even if you didn’t

know I existed!

For us, the most important treasure that are sitting in foreign

museums are the mokomokai – the preserved heads of

Māori, adorned with moko.

From Cook’s first visit, Europeans were fascinated by the

heads, which had traditionally been preserved to remember

honoured ancestors (and enemies). Such was the level of

European demand to take mokomokai back home as curios,

and such was the need of iwi to barter for muskets to defend

themselves during the musket wars, that an awful trade in

the mokomokai of slaves grew up until it was banned by

Māori and British leaders.

For 200 years, the remains of our ancestors have lain in

distant lands, in the archives of museums and other

collections. Many have been returned but the British

Museum still holds seven mokomokai

Many of our people believe those seven mokomokai speak to

us and call out to us to come home.I implore you, on behalf of my people, to honour the

partnership agreement between Maori and the British

Crown, that is the Treaty of Waitangi, and let our ancestors

come home.

What is also very British, is the burning desire by each

passing generation to do better than their previous

generations attempts.

The British traditions of debate, democracy, will of the

people and the entrenchment of human rights that respect

the dignity of the individual makes the British people open to

progress the visions of their Churchill’s and Queen Elizabeth’s

and their heros with the language of Shakespeare.

They are a people willing to engage with reason and passion

in equal measure and some would say they have been

worthy guardians of our treasures.

I thank this historic space and powerful debating chamber for

the privilege of allowing a working class son from the bottom

of the planet to stand amongst you and remind you all of

how awful you’ve been to us first nation peoples.

As you pass through those doors to vote, I implore you to

acknowledge who you are as Britons and more importantly

who you want to be as Britons.

Vote against this motion and accept British Museums ARE

VERY British and we hope your British tradition of justice

brings my ancestors home.

I thank the House.

 

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Bill English takes $500 000 from front line housing services to write report that empowers his company???

National screw over first time home buyers by scrapping the $60million so they can afford the $2.9billion for rich landlords and they took from front line housing services to pay for Bill English to do his hit job on Kaianga Ora

the Government is unapologetic about its tough choices on housing, including paying Sir Bill English to review Kāinga Ora using $500,000 from the fund that pays for transitional housing – urgent accommodation for those who don’t have anywhere else to go. 

“I think it was done exceptionally well, exceptionally quickly by three experts at a very reasonable cost,” Luxon said of the review. 

But McAnulty said about 80 transitional houses “were sacrificed to pay for the review. It’s… poor”.  

…this report has been overseen by fanatcal Catholic fundamentalist and former National Party leader Bill English, who has championed social investment which is a right wing ideological experiment using big data to undermine universalism to fund just the cases that cost the State the most.

ImpactLab is a social investment company that Bill English has founded, is run by his daughter and just had New National MP Emma Chatterton leave them to join the Government.

How the living Christ Bill English can get away with reviewing Kaianga Ora using money for transitional housing, pronounce a massive debt problem and offer his company up as the solution is all a tad beyond me.

You voted for this crony capitalism NZ, don;t you dare pretend you didn’t know what these rich pricks were planning because TDB was very vocal in pointing all of this out before the election!

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Oh look at that – OCR to go higher

The take away from this weeks OCR is that they were looking to INCREASE and that they are now predicting a top OCR of 5.7!

I keep arguing  that there are now structural changes in the global economy altho will only continue to feed inflation.

One of these structural change is the increasing geopolitical instability and free trade supply chains changing from just-in-time to just-in-case models as Western companies disengage from China.

The other major structural change is the shut down of the climate from catastrophic climate change which will only force insurance premiums up and up and up.

Add on top of this the local Government rates going up to cover the infrastructure costs of mass immigration and we have a perfect storm of info;ation that we can’t control.

The Reserve Bank will be forced to lift the OCR before the end of this year causing even more pain amongst home owners.

 

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TDB warned you Todd Stephenson was a pimp for the Pharmaceutical industry

Investigation: David Seymour’s special medicines envoy has investments in Big Pharma

Former pharmaceutical company executive turned Act MP Todd Stephenson has been appointed to a special role representing Pharmac’s new government minister, his party leader and Associate Minister of Health David Seymour. Stephenson’s experience with drug companies is seen as a boon by some – but others are concerned about his links to Big Pharma. Journalist David Fisher investigates.

Apart from train wreck interviews with Steve Braunias, TDB warned you that Todd Stephenson was a pimp for the Pharmaceutical industry…

A chilling view comes from ACT candidate Todd Stephenson who has called for Pharmac to take a “productivity focus” to decisions on who gets funded medicine. Stephenson is No 4 on the Act Party list and has recently returned to New Zealand after more than a decade working in the pharmaceutical industry in Australia.

“A lot of the treatments and the innovations being brought forward can actually deliver economic benefits because you’re treating people who can work longer or go back to work when that wasn’t possible.”

“It would be good to be able to take a more holistic approach to what these treatments are bringing.”

When asked if that meant more economically productive people should be prioritised for treatment, Stephenson said: “Not necessarily, but when you’re looking at the value of these treatments, that should be taken into consideration.”

How Orwellian is that? Reading between the lines here means prioritising “productive” people for drug treatments ahead of the retired, beneficiaries and low-wage workers.

It’s not hard to see where this policy leads…

…TDB warned you time and time and time again that this Government was corrupt but you wanted to vote in donor pimps!

This entire Government is horrifically compromised and are passing legislation for their donor mates.

At some stage you have to acknowledge that you voted in a. Government out of anger with Labour with no real comprehension what they would implement.

Remember when The Democracy Project was claiming this was moderate Government?

Right.

So we’ve all dumped the pretence that this hard right racist climate denying beneficiary bashing Government is ‘moderate’ now eh?

No one is playing that bullshit game from the mainstream media now right?

Good. Just wanted to check.

This Government is here to decimate this country for the benefit of their donor class and the sooner you all wake the fuck up to how your post Covid anger was manipulated by these right wing arseholes, the sooner we can start the resistance.

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Why would anyone trust anything Chris Bishop has to say? National are manufacturing housing crisis for Landlords

Bishop announces no mass sell off of state house, next day Luxon refuses to define what ‘mass’ is.

Bishop has a track record of saying one thing and then being unable to back it up.

He claimed a renters rights group loved his plan to allow Landlords to throw you out onto the street but then refused to give anyone the name of that organisation.

He claimed he understood the pain of renters because he was a renter, when asked if he was renting from family, he said no, only for it to turn out he was renting it from his in-laws and he didn’t consider them technically ‘family’.

He has this habit of lying to deflect criticism even when the lies can be easily discovered.

By attacking Kianga Ora, he is manufacturing a housing crisis for the benefit of landlords!

National don’t have $60m for first time home buyers but they do have $2.9b for landlords!

This is what we are now, this is who we is.

We are witnessing a class war but don’t have the political vocabulary to describe it in a country blinded by its egalitarian pretensions.

 

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Breaking Bad: Government won’t cut back on tobacco because it will lead to more ram raids but will allow meth precursor to be sold and that won’t create more ram raids???

Mungo no understand.

National dumped the Smoke Free amendments because they argued reducing tobacco outlets would lead to a massive spike in crime at the remaining shops, yet they are allowing the meth precursor back into shops DESPITE being specifically told ACTs policy would see a jump in ram raids on pharmacies…

Officials back planned return of pseudoephedrine sales but suggest meth production increase

Officials have advised Associate Health Minister David Seymour, who leads the Misuse of Drugs (Pseudoephedrine) Amendment Bill, that the move comes with risks including a potential increase in domestic meth production, a higher likelihood pharmacies would be ram-raided and the potential for improper use.

…we must not have ram raids for tobacco, but we must encourage ram raids for meth?

I’m confused and feel I’ve woken up at a KKK rally wearing a trans rights T-shirt – how on earth can both arguments for tobacco and meth be so wrong?

What allowing Pseudoephedrine to be sold back over the counter will generate is a new homebake industry as smaller players locked out of global supply chains move into the market.

ACT are the Party that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing!

Just to be crystal meth clear here, ACT’s solutions are MORE machine guns and MORE meth precursor ingredients?

The market will work out the rest will it?

LET’S COOK!

ACT always claim they support small business, but supporting the local meth trade? I did not have that on my bingo card.

This isn’t social policy, it’s the plot to Breaking Bad.

I honestly don’t know what the fuck is going anymore.

David Seymour

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – The Wind In What Wallows

Friday Satire 24/5/24

Mining is “back in business” under the new coalition Government, Resources Minister Shane Jones says.”  TV One News 23rd May 2024

Toad sighed. He was looking out of the window of number 4 Beehive Row at the big shiny digger he had been given by Ratty, Mole and Badger last Christmas, but he hadn’t been allowed to use yet.

“It’s not fair!” he grumbled as he picked up the phone to call his best friend in the Cabinet.

There was a buzz and a click and then a pompous voice said.

“Mole speaking!”

“Is that you Boss?” asked Toad.

“Toady old chap. How’s tricks? Sorry if it’s a bit noisy my end but I’m at the races. How can I help?”

“Boss I just want to know when I can start playing with my new digger. It’s been six months now and I really, really, want to go digging for coal on the Westcoast and gold, gold gold!!! in the Coromandel!” Toad whined.

( At this point The Writer would like you to imagine the sound of horses galloping towards the finish line and a crowd cheering them home.)

“Sorry Toady, but as I explained, you’ll just have to wait ‘til we get the

the Resource Management Act changed…GO! GO! YOU BEAUTY!!!

…Oh sorry Toady …”Muldoon’s Boy” just came in at 30 to 1! …

Look mate don’t worry, Badger and Ratty are on to it! They’re pushing through the Fast-track legislation even as we speak! You’ll soon be in charge of Resources and be able to do whatever you want in the Wild Wood.”

“But…”

“Just be patient, there’s a good chap. Watch some of your porn videos or something to pass the time. Got to go now and pick up my winnings.. ‘bye!”

Click!

Toad felt peeved.

He looked out the window again at the big shiny digger and thought.

“What harm can it do if I just start it up?”

So he did.

And no sooner had he turned the shiny ignition key on the even shinier dashboard, than the gigantic machine roared and hissed into life.

“Poop! Poop!”  shouted Toad (in that manic way he always does whenever he gets excited) and began pulling at levers and pushing buttons to see what they would do.

Suddenly the digger spun around on its axis and lurched towards the Beehive with its huge shovel snapping up and down like the jaws of some giant prehistoric creature gnashing its enormous teeth.

“Poop! Poop! Poop! Poop!!” yelled the delirious Toad as the security guards scattered before him, frantically waving and shouting for him to stop.

Just then Ratty, who had been working late on a yet another devious scheme to make rich people even richer, looked out his 11th floor window to see what all the fuss was about.

When he saw the chaos that was unfolding below him, he screamed out at the writer.

“Stop! Stop! I don’t like this Friday Satire at all! It’s terrible l! Stop imagining it at once!!”

But The Writer, who was an elderly gentleman, pretended he was deaf and allowed the Toad, puffed up with the power of his new digger, to demolish not just the Beehive but the whole of parliament buildings!

(But don’t worry children, no one got hurt because this is just a story and there was no one in the building that afternoon except Ratty who, when he jumped out of his 11th Floor window, saved himself by using inflation to cushion his fall. )

Next day, when Badger returned from his cuddle up trip to China and saw all the damage Toad had done (especially the remains of his newly decorated office scattered all over the parliamentary lawn) he looked scornfully at the amphibian offender and shook his head.

“Toad…Toad…to think we trusted you to act responsibly with the powerful machinery we gave you. Whatever were you thinking?”

To which the Toad pleaded:

“It wasn’t me…The Writer made me do it!”

At which the Badger spun around, shook an angry fist at the writer (who had been watching  all the mayhem unfold from the other side of the page) and yelled:

“What is the meaning of this outrage!!??”

To which the writer (and I have to say given the circumstances), very politely replied,

“Well Badger, your buddy Toad here has been threatening to dig up the home of my good friend Archey’s Frog on the Coromandel where he’s lived for the last 200 million years and I just wanted you to feel what that might be like.”

At which Badger huffed a huge huff and shouted:

“And YOU call that Public Interest Journalism!! I’m glad we cut off your funding! You hear me??… Glad!!”

“Really?” said the writer.

And with a quiet smile pressed “publish” on his laptop.

 

 

Bryan Bruce is one of New Zealand’s most important and respected documentary makers. His work is available on bryanbruce.substack.com

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