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There’s been a huge furore over those photos published of Corporal Willie Apiata, VC, in Afghanistan. I just want to say one thing. He looks so freaking awesome, even my dear old Mum said, “He looks really tough and cool”.
Joe is considering enlisting after seeing the picture, on the flip side, I feel like way less of a man having seen that picture. It’s a similar feeling I get after watching Man vs. Wild. Bear Grylls is the man, and a far better man than I.
I also see that Millie Holmes/Elder has been arrested again.
That's a piece of poo with decorations on it Millie. from a distance it may look like chocolate or something good and nice, but I assure you it's not. it adds a little bit more to society than you do.
Being from New Zealand is cool. But it’s cool being from other countries too. And seeing as though it’s errr, International ‘International Week’ (we've invented this event), we thought it’d be a whiz-bang idea to do some internationally inspired t-shirts.
You should have seen Joes face when we told him to design some non-Kiwiana t-shirts – confusion clouded his squinty little eyes and he seemed utterly bemused but decided to have a crack – the first draft he eventually came back with was a NZ map. “no no Joe, non NZ themed t-shirts” we said. So we gave him a few ideas, and we’re pretty happy with what we’ve come up with.
Oh, and a big thanks to Robs mates, who call themselves the 'All Drunks' - they actually came up with the concept and a few of the ideas for International Week. No doubt they were chopping back a few beers, as they do, while inspiration struck. Cheers boys.
We're starting today, so drink it in.
On Friday the majority of us went to the big day out. Good things too, cos apparently we angered the Maori Language Commission people over the 'Whakapapa – you Mum did' t-shirt. Joe designed it, and he’s Maori.
But seriously, it’s just a cheeky little pun and everyone loves a good pun. Before we released it we asked everyone on facebook about the design, and the feedback was well positive – and to be fair we’ve only received two complaints since the story was covered. It's Cool To Kōrero. Oh yeah, and we asked our fans on facebook if they found the t-shirt offensive and this one lady hit us with this. I found it funny. what a crazy chick - I reckon she'd be no fun to hang out with.
Q: Hey guys. Do you think our Whakapapa tee is culturally insensitive?
A: No. I believe your gross commitment to Colonizing bastardization of Indigenous Language and Cultural heritage is though. As a Kuia and a Mother of Kohanga reo and Kura Kaupapa Maori tamariki I find your embicilic self serving racist ignorance enhancing passive aggressive Ostrich with butt in the air theft, rape, pillage and plunder approach ...all too sad and predictable for European exiles. You are a credit to Colonial Schooling ...it not only failed the Indigenous peoples it succeeded in transmitting massified ignorance of which YOU are a classic example Mr V. Your willingness to slam anyone who challenges your right to steal, pillage and plunder Indigenous Intellectual and Cultural property while you trivialize, hypersexualize and shaft it's Sacred lineage perfectly sums you up. YOU do not own this language. YOU do not walk in respect with this culture. YOU are an outsider making insider claims for which YOU do not have any Tribalz permission. YOU are a classic Colonizing racist ignoramus ...do not pull the ...oh I'm just kidding and its only a bit a fun rubbish here ...I have to raise children in the aftermath of your stupidity for the cheap and nasty thrill of your cash register ego arrogance. YOU do not simply impact a language ...YOU impact a whole Web of Existence for which YOU take no responsibility. I also have European Ancestors. So don't pull that bull on me that this is acceptable to all Europeans either. It is irresponsible, blatantly commercial gangsta prostitution of Indigenous Peoples heritage ...for a buck. Well done to your Christopher Columbus curse.
Anyway, check out some of the articles if you want to. YouTube video TVNZ story newstalkZB even got amongst it.
So we’re all back from holiday, some of us last week – but we’re almost back
Rob: Was in Matakana with his mates. At 28 I think his Dance Party days are dying down; his focus instead shifting to other areas like marriage and kids.
Andy: Partied in Hahei with a whole bunch of his friends over New Years, the remainder was spent playing playstation, at the gym, eating, and sleeping.
Jay: I spent a large amount of time tanning my thighs. They’re pretty black now – though they could be blacker. Also became a vegetarian.
Joe: Went to Gisborne and tried to impress his old school mates by doing some extreme Water Sports. Broke his arm skim boarding in a move that failed to earn him any additional ‘street-cred’.
Andrea: Went to Matakana and managed to avoid her brother Rob the entire time. Mean.
Hayden: Went to Australia where I’m presuming he got really drunk and did stupid things. Highlight: being given the ‘rubber-glove’ treatment by a cop, on account of the person next to him tripping balls.
Melanie: Played some drinking games at ‘Coro Gold’ involving a hammer, a sock, flames, a buffalo (stuffed for safety reasons), a 9-iron, and some ice cubes.
Phil: Just hung out, had a few curries and rode his scooter about the place. Printed a few t-shirts too.
Francesca: Went to New York and returned with a whole bunch of goodies for everyone – which was awesome. Jalapeno & Ranch Pringles. The best crisp you’ve ever eaten. Easily.
Mat: He’s not really here anymore, and I don’t really know what he did.
Sarah: Travelled around the globe missing Hayden.
And we’ve pretty much all seen/are going to see 3D Avatar.
Oh, and have a look at this. The kid is good.