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Kiwis celebrate Waitangi Day in San Francisco with Sir Peter Snell

Celebrated Kiwis from all walks of life, and their American friends will observe Waitangi Day in San Francisco with one of the world’s most respected athletes; Sir Peter Snell.
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New Zealand has a reputation for punching above its weight when it comes to turning out world-class sportspeople, artists and scientists.

There is no one who better exemplifies this trait than Sir Peter Snell; the first man to achieve the 800m and 1500m double at the Olympic Games in 1964.

Sir Peter Snell was recognized by New Zealand as Sportsman of the century in 2000 and was knighted by the Governor General of New Zealand in 2009.
Now a US citizen, he was inducted into the International Association of Athletics Federation, (IAAF),  in 2012.

New Zealand expats and friends from around the Bay area will come together to celebrate Waitangi Day at the Golden Gate Yacht Club on Saturday February 8th.
Expat Association; NZ American Association of San Francisco, (NZAASF), will host world renown Kiwi scientists, entertainers and sportspeople, academicians, artists, & professionals.
Guests will dine on a menu inspired by Kiwi chef Andrew Johnstone after listening to the evening address by Sir Peter Snell.
Highlights include New Zealand Lamb, seafood, Pavlova,wines, beers and a special guest appearance from celebrity chef Kayne Raymond of No Kitchen Required:




Sir Russell Coutts;

Sir Vaughan Jones;

Sir Ken Stevens;

Sir Peter Snell

For photos from last years; Waitangi Day event and ticketing visit www.sfkiwis.com

If it’s too late this year, put it on your calender for next year if you’re passing through The San Francisco Bay Area.
I went last year and it was great fun. Lots of Americans joined Kiwis in having a great old time.

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A few people have commented that I sound quite grumpy about NZ in my blog. Perhaps I do.
New Zealand, I want to shake you out of your divisiveness and complacency.
If you were a child of mine I would probably call you “Griselda”,and I would try and give you some firm re-parenting. As I told my 7 year today: No matter what annoys you, you are never going to win any arguments with tantrums, tears or blackmail.
I say this, because you can be quite stroppy and divisive. If the ‘other side’, wins in election year, the propaganda rolls out. Haters and wreckers from all ends of the political spectrum emerge from the woodwork. New Zealand, you have to learn to debate the issue and not the ideology.
On other occasions you can be quite passive and will gleefully accept a mass of political contradictions that is handed to you on a platter. Start looking for the truth that is right for you; for a more peaceful coexistence and racial harmony into the future.
You have no feeling of nationalistic pride, New Zealand, and it threatens you when you see demonstrations of might by the more powerful.
Always remember: Those nations that you have long standing relations with, and who you wish to trade freely with have a long standing history of tried and tested democracy. There are those who would seek to profiteer by subjugation, and these bodies sometimes co-exist within a free nations’ borders.  The danger is very real.
Be wary of collective action, New Zealand, while always working to protect workers rights. The trouble with collectivity is that it spins off cultish factions that can bend the ear of the media to the same degree as the most relentless corporate. Be wary of glib patter, from whatever quarter it hails.
Stop tugging the forelock, New Zealand. What is more important? Arse kissing on the national stage, or reclaiming a day for some true expression of National identity. Try for some grown up discussion around becoming a republic. Just having a true National Day to hang your hat off may help the very inequality that you bemoan so vocally.

Give up your addiction to serfdom, New Zealand. 
The relations of a rather wise but elderly lady will be visiting later in the year. Apart from the Babyboomers, who cares?
Dedicate a day to the young and the hearty by replacing the defunct Queen’s Birthday with a day of National Pride. Allow Maoridom to reclaim Waitangi Day, and demonstrate to the world your inroads on interracial harmony.
Good luck in your emergence from your young nation status. If you can negotiate favored nation strading status with one of the world’s most closed-border countries, and prove unbiased referee to all, you can really hold your own on the world stage. These are a massive achievements that none of the larger nations have been able to emulate.
New Zealand, I have left for the time, but I wish you all the best.

PS I love you.

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