Upsize my education

A wananga is a type of tertiary education provider that provides education in a Maori cultural context. Yet mainstream New Zealand (and some Pacific people) are up in arms about it, saying it’s racist, it’s segregation etc. Those arguments only attempt to hide the differences between peoples. By trying to say we are all the same, we conceal the inequalities that do exist between people. There are structural inequalities inherent in our society that have many Maori and Pacific peoples starting at a disadvantage.

This isn’t purely politicking, but it’s statistically evidenced. If you go to a high decile school the probability of gaining University Entrance is higher than a low decile school. Where do most Maori and Pacific people’s live? In low decile school areas. How is that fair, that just because you are born in a area that has crap schools, thereby affecting your probability of gaining a tertiary education?

…from NiuZila

Samoan Independence Day 2009

I whispered to Gwen that we had to walk with the S.T.A banner, the government departments had a requirement to walk, so we had to leave our comfortable seats (JUST before the food was coming out! LOL) and walk gwen through the grassy outskirts to meet up with our S.T.A colleagues.

We got there just in time, I took Gwens bag and Tiara holding case and told her I’ll hold it as I rushed her to walk in front of our banner. Gwen ran as fast as she could to the front our line, and I tried to find a place amongst the guys in the back..

As the march progressed, Gwens bag fell out of my hands and all of her stuff fell out, so I had to scramble to pick up everything while the line of our staff was moving (shux, talk about embarrassing) and mind you, Gwen’s bag was a bright PINK fala style thing..

…from Screaming Tree, Adventures in Samoa

Call To Extend Opening Hours for Nightclubs

As far as Falanaipupu is aware, no nightclub has closed down as a result of the recession, however business has been slow during the week, the usually packed out venue is now seeing more floor space during the week and the crowds seem to be packing in only on the weekends.

“Perhaps Government workers are on contract more these days and need to perform the next day at work” he speculated.

Hmm, an intelligent reason, given that its a widely accepted fact that Government workers are spending Government money, time and resources at work being hungover from wild nights at Tropicana or their Nightclub of choice.

…from Screaming Tree, Adventures in Samoa