Posted Thu 20 Oct 2011 19:30
For a nation that has its sport spread so widely and no longer cares about the world cup, you seem like a sad little man Paul Sheenan. NZ does not have the same money or scope with our sport but everything that we do is with passion, which cannot be brought.
As for the haka, as Tangata Whenua, (which is kiwi of any nationality althought I am of Maori descent) your ignorance is offensive. You then dare to quote from Captain Cook's view.
Why do you think Maori do the haka and make a stand? To show anyone considering to come in and take over from the savages (another term captain Cook and others called us) that if you come at us we will come straight back. It was this very attitude that kept Maori with some identity as the Colonialists arrived.
Unlike the Australia's indigenous (Aborigines) who were completely disregarded, disrespected and treated in appauling ways. No matter NZs history we at least as a country recognise both our cultures, Maori and European, in anthem, custom and yes our haka.
What do you as Australians do to show respect to the Aborigines and how are they represented with Australia Fair??
Shame on you Mr Sheenan!