There are many areas in which New Zealand can claim superiority over Australia but I’ll concede defeat in one area of trans-Tasman rivalry and that’s in the celebration of the national Day.
Australians win because they’ve got one and we haven’t and because they really do celebrate.
From the time we arrived on Thursday we were confronted with reminders that Australia Day was coming up: shop windows celebrated Australiana; yesterday lots of cars were festooned with flags; the Strand in Townsville was alive with people in a party mood last night and the news today is celebrating Australia and its people.
The day isn’t without controversy however. The Australian of the Year is Professor Mick Dodson who has called for Australia Day to be moved because most indigenous people regard the date as “invasion day”.