posted on Sep, 7 2008 @ 03:52 AM
Hello all - I'll bite, I'm from Auckland.
You added a link to the The Kaimanawa Wall - which is cool, but there is a much more interesting story lurking in the West Coast of the South
Let me explain; In or around 1982, there was a TV news report on TV One which talked about the discovery of an old bridge, pottery, graves, and some
These were found in the area (I think) between Westport and Karamea. If you know the land you will know its hard yakka to walk through and very
Anyhow, the discovery was made. Filmed. Then broadcast.
Then, mysteriously, a 'slip' occurred at the site of the discovery, and all trace of it was 'washed away'.
A decade later, an effort was made to find the original film footage - and the accompanying news report - from TVNZ Archives.
Incredibly, the footage had disappeared. There was no record of it being signed out either.
Why did this happen?
Because the film revealed artifacts not made from the hands of Maori - the style of the pottery, position of the graves, and the style of the bridge,
were all of Celtic origin.
I was young when I saw this news clip. But my sister and I remember it vividly.
Since then, I've since worked extensively with TVNZ and Iwi organisations up and down NZ. TVNZ never loses footage. Never. Even back as far as 1991,
it was a thorough government department that prided itself on its internal structures.
My experience with iwi organisations (and on a personal level, with those whom represent their tribe at Waitangi Treaty Settlement level) has taught
me that there is too much at stake for this piece of footage to be seen again - let alone the topic in general.
If the Celtic bridge was found again and carbon dated, what would happen to all Treaty Claims?
What would happen if the Crown asked for all the land handed to Maori to be handed back?
Who knows. But it wouldn't be pretty.
NOW SOMETHING FOR THE AMERICAN ATS READERS...
Another NZ conspiracy concerns the gaping hole in our No Nukes policy: The policy states that no nuclear ship is allowed on NZ waters.
But you can go under it. This is allowed. Just don't surface. Then you're in breach.
As of for the state of the country - we will have a common currency with Australia within 5 years. This has been talked about, and even initial
drawings made of what the currency would look like - The Hollow Men details this. The political party the book talks about will be in power come
My opinion on the state of the country?
Well, I think we're lucky. Lucky because our agricultural sector will save our asses. Again.
Lucky, because we're getting to grips with better supporting new businesses, ideas, invention, and being able to leverage them overseas.
Lucky because we have a fertile land that will never suffer from drought - we're a maritime country - never further than 140ks from the sea (in
Lucky, because of our isolation from the rest of the world. It has the effect of making you think harder, try harder, and be smarter - the old punch
above our weight cliche.
What are the downsides?
A fluctuating dollar that makes it hard for export businesses to plan. Look at the Greenback versus the $NZ in recent months.
Our weakened defense force. I had a bit of a rant on the NZHerald website last week on this issue.
Army: Well, once again it's the man on the ground whom will suffer the most.
Navy: We need more ships - our small maritime patrol vessels are a joke.
Air Force: Our Air Force is in a bad way. I have a friend whom has been contracted on the fix up the C-130's. The underside of the aircraft was put
on badly - it's going to fall off. Titanium will be welded on to the bottom of the aircraft. They are not resistant to ground fire.
There was previous talk about NZ's high teen pregnancy rate. This is very problematic. I have an ex-girfriend of mine, a nurse whom volunteered to
work in the Termination Section of a local hospital.
Lack of role models, dependance on welfare, and plain ignorance are the main reason - but that's just the parents.
It's the generational dependance upon government welfare that lets NZ down time and time again.
As for the political scene...
A few months back I helped out a mate whom is running for office at the next election. I worked with him and other party officials (I'm not naming
the party - you know them) on formulation a plan of attack for the next election.
After one week I was dismayed. After two weeks, and being a tad bit bloody minded, I rethought the plan and presented it to the exec. After three
weeks I was relieved of the job. And thank-goodness too.
NZ is a two party state. The left and the right. On paper, they are the same. However, on closer inspection, it has been my observation that if
National get in, then it is my fear the NZ will be worse off. I personally, will be better off, the country will lose.
I Labour get in, then NZ will stagnate. They're exhausted.
Right now, 2008 feels like 1992.