Why all the fuss about adopting a ‘new’ flag for New Zealand when there’s already a perfectly acceptable existing flag that serves as a good alternative to the present Union Flag/Southern Cross mash-up?
The Maori flag is there NZ, use it. Don’t fix what ain’t broken with Key’s referendum , just add the S’ Cross and bob’s your uncle.
Or is the Maori culture and heritage of New Zealand something that is trotted out just for World Cup rugby fixtures…
and State visits, and then conveniently forgotten about when the world isn’t looking?
Time for some real commitment, NZ…Silver Fern <cough>. Really? Don’t you think that’s just a tad ‘white’?
That was the advice of the UK’s Daily Mail based on the latest holiday money report from the Post Office.
Looks like Hobbit fatigue and cashing-in on a captive market has finally caught up with the land where fantasy has officially become reality (ed. maybe that should be fantasy prices have become reality?)
If you’re looking for a holiday that won’t break the bank this year, then plan an Eat, Pray, Love escape to Bali, but avoid high prices and Hobbits in New Zealand.
The latest holiday money report from the Post Office reveals that the Indonesian island is the best destination when it comes to value for money, with Portugal’s Algarve taking second place, to be crowned the cheapest holiday spot in Europe…
The PO’s report showed that Auckland, New Zealand was the most expensive holiday destination.
The ‘basket’ of holiday items costs as little as £31.48 in Bali, but soars to a budget-busting £115.06 in Auckland, New Zealand – the most expensive destination surveyed.
After Bali, the Portuguese Algarve (£35 for the items) and Prague in the Czech Republic (£37) were the cheapest locations followed by Gambia (£38), Bulgaria (£38) and Spain’s Costa del Sol (£39)...” more here
Given the high prices that New Zealand is charging it is somewhat surprising that it aligns itself so closely with the budget tourism markets the Hobbit films attract. Even to the point of painting its state-owned airliners to look like Tolkien characters.
Looks like people are paying champagne prices for alcohol-free beer?
Ironically, a few months ago tourism minister and PM John Key had the audacity to complain that New Zealand getting poor, low quality tourists
Maybe if he stopped primping the country to Hollywood movie companies he’d get them.
Within hours of being named Favourite Country at the UK Telegraph readers’ Travel Awards, New Zealand has the audacity to complain that its not getting the right sort of tourists and the ones they do get are being cheapskates.
Although visitor numbers were up last year their spend went down.
John Key, Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, says he wants richer tourists and wants them to spend more (!).
Reading between the lines it looks like New Zealand is attracting more of the budget backpacker and student market, and less of the high rollers with fat wallets.
From the NZ Herald:
New Zealand needs tourists who spend more money, rather than just more people through the airport gates, Prime Minister John Key says.
A new report on the industry shows despite more visitors coming to New Zealand, they’re staying for fewer days and spending less money. That’s partly because a large proportion of the growth in visitor numbers had been an increase in low-spending Australians.
Mr Key said the Government intended to spend half a billion dollars in the next four years on tourism promotion, including an additional $158 million announced in this year’s Budget.
Spending would be focused on key areas, including new markets and high net-worth individuals.
“Essentially see if we can lift the number of people coming and the quality of tourist that comes to New Zealand,” Mr Key said.
“Part of what we’re trying to do is make sure we don’t just get more people coming through the airport and coming to New Zealand for a couple of days …the reality is we want them to come here, spend money, and have a quality experience…”
Mr Key would do well to remember its those low spending, low quality tourists that win New Zealand those first-place-tourism-destination accolades.
Or do they? Surely those votes aren’t purchased (or engineered through social media getting Kiwis abroad to vote) just to improve the country’s profile abroad? Now, that would be ridiculous.
Conde Nast (a travel company that caters for the more upmarket tourist) has a very different list. It places New Zealand 7th – behind Australia, Spain and the USA. Italy tops its favourite country list for a second year in a row.
We think this goes to show how subjective these awards are, we advise people to use common sense when appraising them.
Conde Nast’s 2013 Travel Awards list may be found here: http://www.cntraveller.com/awards/readers-travel-awards/readers-travel-awards-2013/best-holiday-destinations
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Kudos to the government initiative that will ban gang insignia from all state premises.
This means the gang patch ban will extend to all schools and will take some of the stress off staff who fear reprisals. It also removes the pressure from impressionable kids, it begins to marginalise gang membership in a country where it has become the norm.
The announcement was discussed in this article in stuff.co.nz.
Note how some schools already chose house colours with great care so as to prevent gang affiliations from being glamorised any more than they already are.
Naenae College principal John Russell said gang members associated with the school already had enough respect to keep their patches and colours at bay.
Bandanas, house colours and uniforms associated with red and blue were stripped from the school years ago, he said.
“Frankly we’re careful about how we choose colours for houses and uniforms.
“They’re purple, yellow, green and orange for a reason.”
Over the years there have been violent retributions against kids who wore the ‘wrong’ colour off their home turf – usually red, blue or black. Then there was the dog walker who was threatened for having the wrong colour (red) lead.
From an editorial in the Taranaki Daily News:
The colour of stupidity
Some weeks ago, further north, a young boy was assaulted. The reason for his punishment? He was wearing the wrong coloured shirt, its red deemed offensive to gang members who live, die, rape and steal for the blue…
Even places like New Plymouth, it would seem, are not immune from gang violence
It seemed like the kind of disgusting and stupid crime that would occur elsewhere, and certainly not on New Plymouth’s largely gang-free streets. But even here, people are being intimidated and killed simply because they choose to wear the wrong colour.
A man innocently walking his dog is lambasted and accosted by a drunk Black Power associate because the animal’s leash is red, the colour of rival gang the Mongrel Mob. That follows the killing of Peri Niwa, who was not a gang member but had the misfortune to work for a team of scaffolders run by an out-of-town Mongrel Mob member.” read the rest here
New Zealand is a rainbow nation for all of the wrong reasons.
- Maori hardest hit by gang patch laws – Workman (radionz.co.nz)
- Man shot dead in Mongrel Mob stoush (stuff.co.nz)
- Mongrel Mob arrests not a ‘major victory’ (stuff.co.nz)
- Gang patch ban to hit schools (stuff.co.nz)
- Mongrel Mob targeted in police raids (nzherald.co.nz)
- Law change to stamp out gang insignia (nzherald.co.nz)