We had a most pleasant drive up to Auckland yesterday; until we hit the Motorway, that was; a reminder of why we're glad we don't live here! It's only a brief stay; we'll be on the road home tomorrow.
We listened to talkback most of the journey, and whilst the Budget was discussed, it was very much secondary to the sentencing of Tame Iti. Most of the callers we heard, Maori and Pakeha alike reckon that Justice Hansen got it just about right. There were a couple of callers who reckoned that the police, the military and the state had committed an act of terrorism against the "Tuhoe nation" and a couple at the other end of the extremist nation suggesting that if Tuhoewant to be independent of the rest of New Zealand, they should be in all regards, including financially. Most callers however were far more reasonable!
Then we went out for tea. SWMBO suggested an Asian restaurant near where we were staying, and it was packed; packed with the whole ethnic blend of New Zealanders; Maori, Pakeha, Pasifika, Asian and even an immaculately dressed African gentleman. It really was a melting pot of New Zealand society. Better still, the food was delicious, and healthy!
Are the racial problems in New Zealand as bad as all the prophets of doom would have us believe? Or do we simply get on with it, and with one another? We'd like to think that the latter applies.