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February 7th, 2010
06:19 pm
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Divisiveness or unity - could still go either way.

The Tino Rangitiratanga (2) flag flying with the New Zealand Government Ensign outside Te Papa on Waitangi day. I'm not going to get into the politics of this, but I think on the whole it's probably a small step forward for race relations. I like the design of it at least.

In other news, I finally, after some four years' of being in the same city, met LJ friend amphigori and her $Collective_Noun* of LARPers, when they chose to eat food and whap each other with closed-cell foam weaponry just down the hill in Central Park. Nice bunch of people.

*Suggestions solicited.


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Date:February 7th, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
A 'Lark' of LARPers perhaps?

Although a 'Horde' would be more accurate at least...

Edited at 2010-02-07 06:22 am (UTC)
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Date:February 7th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)
I just think the flag has so many connotations now though...
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Date:February 7th, 2010 09:58 am (UTC)
They all do, that's the problem. Personally, I would have gone with the flag of the United Tribes, but being Pakeha as, I wasn't invited to that hui.
I have some misgivings about the Tino Rangitiratanga flag's association with the Haraweras (My spellchecker wants to change that to haranguer. How... accurate.), but I like the symbolism of it.
Besides, I was listening to interviews on the radio today about the whole Maori flag issue, and in amongst the learned dignitaries at Waitangi, they asked a child what she thought and she said "I like that one. It looks Maori - the other one looks too Pakeha". She's right, too. It does look Maori, and a child should be able to recognise her culture in the flag that represents her.

Edited at 2010-02-07 09:59 am (UTC)
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