Native Rights Act

September 26, 2009

The Natives Rights Act was passed on this day in 1865.

The Act deemed all Maori to be natural-born subjects of the Crown, confirming in law the Treaty promise that Maori were to be accorded the same rights and privileges as other British subjects.

Under Article Three of the Treaty of Waitangi Maori gained ‘all the Rights and Privileges of British Subjects’. When the position of Maori was challenged because of their ‘non-British’ (communal) form of land tenure, their status as British subjects was confirmed by the Native Rights Act 1865.

The name may seem patronising today and not everything that happened subsequently kept to the letter and the spirit of the Act. But it was enlightened legislation for the times.


September 26, 2009

Since it’s T.S. Eliot’s birthday, and we went to Cats last night:

Spicy Apple Cake

September 26, 2009

The bananas were over ripe – just right for baking but there weren’t quite enough for a Banana Cake

I did have some stewed apple though so used that to top up the banana.

The result tasted as the usual banana cake does but was a bit lighter and moister in texture.

That got me wondering if I could substitue stewed apple for all the banana.

I added cinnmon and mixed spice as well, and it was delicious.

Spicy Apple Cake

125 g butter                     1 Cup sugar

2 large eggs                      1 generous cup stewed apple

2 cups flour                       1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda      1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon


Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 

Add mashed egg and mashed bananas & beat well. (don’t worry if mixture curdles). 

Fold in sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, spice & cinnamon. 

Cook in 20cm greased tin 130 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes. 

When cool ice with cinnamon icing.

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Unexpected art

September 26, 2009

 The Countrytime Hotel at Omarama was built about 30 years ago.

It’s often used as a central place for meetings for people from Southland, various parts of Otago and Canterbury.

The building’s a bit tired but the staff are pleasant and it boasts a wonderful display of murals by Colin Wheeler.

My photography doesn’t do them justice:

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September 26, 2009

Cats had opened not long before I was in London in 1982 and tickets were booked out months in advance.

The only way to get a ticket at short notice was to queue for returns.

I decided to do it once, do it well and turned up at mid day for an 8pm show. there were already three others waiting.

It was an entertaining afternoon as the queue grew. At about 6.30 the first people arrived with returned tickets and I got a front row seat.

It was worth the wait and I’ve enjoyed the show three more times since then – in Christchurch in 1995, Dunedin last year and Oamaru last night.

A friend pointed out that London, Christchurch, Dunedin, Oamaru could be seen as a regression and I admit I wondered if I’d be disappointed by last night’s show.

I wasn’t it.

It was an Oamaru Operatic Society production and I am in awe that a group of amateurs could give such a polished performance. The singing, dancing, costumes, set, music were all of a very high standard and the performers earned the sustained applause they received.

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Brrrr #4

September 26, 2009

We had about 30 mm of rain yesterday which was very welcome.

But the temperature dropped, which wasn’t.

Friends who have a sheep stud nearby are in the middle of lambing. Wet and cold – a high of seven degrees – doesn’t give new born stock a good start.

It’s not the sort of weather that makes starting daylight saving a good idea either.

Mutter, mumble. Have I mentioned it would be a good idea to delay the start by three or four weeks?

Post card from New York

September 26, 2009

TV3 have recevied a video postcard from John Key in New York.

It’s worth a look if you want a giggle.

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