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And welcome the cut and paste post – Laughy Kate with some short but pithy letters.
It’s goodbye from me for now – Whowuddarthort made an impact in just two months but work has to come first.
“What we need to do is ensure that government behavior isn’t putting upward pressure on interest or exchange rates,” . . .
Finance Minister BIll English said this in an interview with Bloomberg.
It is a reminder of the pressure high government spending put on interest rates when Labour was in power and reinforcement that this government’s determination to reduce spending is better for us all.
The heat which characterised Waitangi Day for a few years has subsided.
The odd loud noise from the odd malcontent will have confirmed the prejudices of the prejudiced but will hardly be noticed by most.
The outbreak of peace around the day could be a sign that Treaty settlements have helped Maori move from grievance mode and taught non-Maori New Zealanders there is nothing to be feared from fairness.
What happened at Waitangi in 1840 is to be celebrated, even if not everyone understood what it was about and subsequent actions by governments and citizens betrayed the promise of equality.
That doesn’t mean that there is a single view on the day, its meaning and how to mark it.
Some celebrate the signing of the Treaty at Waitangi or in other places; some use the opportunity to celebrate other aspects of our country and culture; some just do what they usually do.
It isn’t a national day of celebration which galvinises people the way many other countries’ national days do. But as long as the day is honoured it doesn’t matter if not everyone honours it.
Celebrating collectively can be good but there’s nothing wrong with celebrating, or not, individually in a nation of individuals.
On February 6:
1664 Mustafa II, Ottoman Sultan, was born (d. 1703).
1840 Around 40 Maori chiefs, led by Hone Heke, signed a treaty with the British Crown at Waitangi.
1842 Mary Rudge, English chess master, was born (d. 1919).
1848 Walter B. Pitkin, American lecturer in philosophy and psychology, was born (d1953).
1894 Eric Partridge, New Zealand lexicographer, was born (d. 1979).
1895 Babe Ruth, American baseball player, was born (d. 1948).
1899 The Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, was ratified by the United States Senate.
1911 Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, was born (d. 2004).
1912 Eva Braun, wife of Adolf Hitler, was born (d. 1945).
1917 Zsa Zsa Gábor, Hungarian-born actress, was born.
1922 Denis Norden, British radio and television personality, was born.
1922 The Washington Naval Treaty was signed, limiting the naval armaments of United States, Britain, Japan, France, and Italy.
1933 The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution went into effect.
1945 Bob Marley, Jamaican musician, was born (d. 1981).
1947 The trans-Tasman liner Wanganella was refloated after 18 days stuck on Barrett Reef.
1950 Natalie Cole, American singer, was born.
1951 The Broker, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train derailed near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, killing 85 people and injuring over 500 more.
1958 Eight Manchester United F.C. players were killed in the Munich air disaster.
1959 – At Cape Canaveral, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile was accomplished.
1962 W. Axl Rose, American singer (Guns N’ Roses), was born.
1976 Princess Marie of Denmark, was born.
1978 The Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst Nor’easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of 4″ an hour.
1987 Justice Mary Gaudron became the first woman appointed to the High Court of Australia.
1989 The Roundtable talks started in Poland marking the beginning of overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe.
1992 The Saami people of the Nordic countries had an official day celebrating their existence.
Mari Boine • Lars Levi Læstadius • Lisa Thomasson • Helga Pedersen • Renée Zellweger • Ole Henrik Magga
Sourced from NZ History Online & WIkipedia.