Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)’s annual Australia Day advertisement promoting lamb, suggests sharing the lamb to bridge the ditch – or should that be breedge the deetch?
Full credit to the Aussies for another Australia Day lamb promotion with lambassador Sam Kekovich and Lee Lin Chin:
Although it has offended some vegans.
While our friends on the other side of the Tasman are celebrating their national day, we can reflect on 10 things New Zealand does better than Australia:
It’s written by a New Zealand-born Australian resident Angela Mollard who says:
. . . New Zealanders like themselves.
Unlike the Germans who have self-regard, or the Italians who are self-admiring, or the Americans who aren’t quite sure how great they are these days but will enthuse anyway, the kiwis exude quiet confidence and self-determination.
“So why are so many of them coming over here?” I hear you say.
Well, they’re not. . .
And goes on to list 10 things we do better than them:
1. They don’t have Attention Deficit Disorder when it comes to Prime Ministers.
In recent years they’ve played a long game politically. . .
2. They believe in firm consequences.
When All Black Aaron Cruden missed a flight to Argentina following a drinking session he was dropped from three tests and told to stay home.
Upon returning to the squad he was benched for a match because his replacement was playing so well. . .
3. They sell themselves.
As Australia has flailed with Lara Bingle, dated expletives and a string of “best jobs in the world” for freeloaders, New Zealand has sold itself on “100 per cent Pure New Zealand” since 1999.
No visitor is in any doubt of the splendour offered. . .
4. When they boast “homemade” they mean it.
Sure, the wine is excellent, the craft beer, well, beery, and coffee is the national religion after rugby — although the growing health trend for “quarter shots” is bonkers.
But it’s at morning and afternoon tea they truly excel. . .
5. Women play sport.
Of course they play it here too but you’d never know from watching television.
In NZ, netball is not only broadcast live but its stars, along with golfer Lydia Ko and shot putter Valerie Adams, also appear in the glossies. . .
6. They’re thrillseekers.
Whereas you can’t visit a beach or a pool in Australia without a sign warning you against every possible activity short of breathing, New Zealanders view any body of water as the means to adrenalin. . .
7. Race relations matter.
Grievances are redressed through the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori culture is upheld in schools where the national anthem is sung in both languages, and to have “mana” (honour and respect) is to have it all. . .
8. They don’t see gay marriage as a threat.
And so they legalised it. Full stop.
9.There’s no special favours.
Whereas we continued to endorse MPs who misused their cab charge allowance, compared women’s genitalia to molluscs and used union money to pay for prostitutes, a NZ cabinet minister was fined $2000 in November after he bypassed airport security to board a flight. . .
10. Their coins make sense.
The $2 is larger than the $1 and the 5 cent was withdrawn.
It’s not enough to make you move there — the mango prices are exorbitant and the accent sucks, sorry, sux — but credit where it’s due. . .
SAM Kekovich is about to hit our TV screens again with his annual Australia Day Address to the Nation, his 10th year in a row as “Lambassador”.
In the past he has launched a music video, set out on “dip-lamb-attic” missions to encourage the rest of the world “to be more Australian” and sparked a trans-Tasman furore over his remarks about New Zealand’s former prime minister.
This year he breaks with entertainment convention and is working with both animals and children when he is seen thrusting a lamb chop into the hands of a child or “Generation Lamb” in an irreverent ad which also features a swipe at the remaining original Wiggle and a giant baby crushing a vegan barbecue. . .
A decade down the track Kekovich still takes the campaign with a grain of salt – and maybe a touch of pepper and some tomato sauce.
“I’ve always been fighting the good fight for lamb, there is no doubt about that,” said the former Australian Rules footballer on Thursday. . .
It’s Australia Day and Meat and Livestock Australia is continuing the campaign to encourage Aussies to eat more lamb.
Sadly Lambassador Sam Kekovich has been hit on the head.
He’s now suffering from Lambnesia:
If you’re concerned that you might be suffering from Lambnesia, you can take this test.
It determines whether or not you’re unAustralian – might it be a test we Kiwis prefer to fail?
It’s Australia Day.
Our cobbers and mates (is there a difference between the two?) across the Tasman are celebrating and don’t they do it well?
They have an Australia Day address – this year’s by Associate Professor Charles Teo Am, a first generation Australian.
You can listen to him delivering it and read a transcript at the link above. If you don’t have time for that, at least ponder this which applies just as much to New Zealanders:
. . . I would like to see this Australia Day as a turning point. I want my fellow Australians, those who were born here and those who have immigrated here, to pause and think of the lives that have been sacrificed for what we take for granted today. I want everyone who finds themselves angry and intolerant to think first about the misfortunes of those who are less fortunate…such as those with cancer. I want anyone who has come from another country to embrace the Australian way of life, it has served us well. I want all Australians to see how immigrants have contributed to our nation and to appreciate that a rich and prosperous country such as ours has a moral and global responsibility to share our resources. . .
They have the Australian of the Year :
The Australian of the Year 2012, Geoffrey Rush, has now celebrated 40 years as an Australian actor, achieving the rare international distinction of the ‘Triple Crown’ – an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy. . .
The Senior Australian of the Year 2012, Laurie Baymarrwangga, is an extraordinary elder from the island of Murrungga in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. . .
The Young Australian of the Year 2012 is 22 year old engineering advocate Marita Cheng of Brunswick East whose leadership is changing the occupational landscape for women by encouraging girls to pursue engineering studies and careers. . .
Australia’s Local Hero 2012 is foster mother and carer Lynne Sawyers of Darbys Falls. Lynne has shared her home, her family and her love with more than 200 children. For 15 years, she has been on call to care for lost, abused and bewildered children in heartbreaking circumstances. . .
They have family and community celebrations and they have lamb with lambassador Sam Kekovich:
They seem to have a unity we have yet to achieve over celebrating a national day. But they also have a contrary view: see Australia Day/Invasion Day: Unity/Disunity at Larvatus Prodeo.
Sometimes I wish we were a bit more like the Aussies.
They could teach us how to celebrate our national day (that’s if we had one we could agree on) and how to promote our lamb at the same time:
You’ll find more in a similar vein from Sam Kekovich here.
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”.