Nuvur Furgut New Zealund ANZACs
Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-04-26
Why were there so few New Zealand flags around Australian Anzac Day commemorations? And we talk of "mateship" as a value! Lest we forget, indeed!
I certainly expected a large organization with slick promotional staff and lots of money like the AFL to be able to afford one when I watched the Cats play the Painters and Dockers last night. I’ve certainly noticed Australian flags in coverage of some Anzac services in past years held in NZ.
And what about KRudd? Did he mention New Zealand in his Anzac Day address? (See below the fold for my suggested edits.)
How different from NZ MP’s! Phil Goff (Defence Minister) gave the main address at the Aukland War Memorial, which included the following:
It was at Gallipoli too that New Zealanders first stood shoulder to shoulder with their Australian cousins, beginning a strong Anzac tradition which continues today in Timor Leste, the Soloman Islands and Afghanistan.
Kiwis talk of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us. We turn our back on them.
Scoop.co.nz reports the media release of the NZ National Library:
The first Anzac Day was on 25 April 1916, a year after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.
On Anzac Day this week, we commemorate all New Zealanders and Australians who have served in a military campaign.
Images, articles and multimedia recordings of New Zealand and Australian war experiences are easily accessible on the Matapihi, Te Ao Hou, Publications New Zealand and Timeframes websites.
Am I right about this absence? If I’m correct, and no other Australians are annoyed, then this suggests we are up ourselves as a nation.
There has been a lot of self-congratulation about "Never forget Australia" in French schools. It’s a pity we so rarely show even minimal courtesy to our friends across the ditch.
My suggested edits to Rudd’s speech
These are the values which summoned forth the sons and daughters of ANZAC over the last 100 years from our smallest towns, our greatest cities and our most remote outback as well as across the Tasman.
A people also alert to the needs of our friends and allies especially our New Zealand cousins who share the intimacy of the ANZAC experience..
- "An ANZAC address I’d like to hear" (2007-04-24) – hopefully not quite as relevant now that Howard has gone.
- To those surprised by my mention of sport: quite a few Cats players were close friends of the family, which is how I was able to snare a part-time job with the club during my uni days.
- And no, I have no NZ relatives, although a lot of my relatives over here ran sheep and dairy.
- UPDATE: YourDemocracy.Net.au has just posted a few minutes ago (2008-04-27 18:48 AEST) something unbelievably crass: Kiwis (including a granddaughter of a kiwi who died at Gallipoli) barred from attending the unveiling of the statue of a kiwi soldier in Sydney.