The Land Wars on Film

There is no doubt true that the movies possess an enormous power to shape historical images, and memories. We see this of course in the USA, where popular perceptions of the West – and how it was won from Native Americans – continue to influence how ordinary American folk see their founding years. We don’t have anything like this in New Zealand, given that our movie industry isn’t as all-encompassing… Read more »

Flying the Fern

In 2015 and 2016, we had the chance to change our flag. It’s a great shame that we didn’t. Perhaps someone will write a book about the process we went through, because defenders of the current flag said some mighty strange things, in defence of our existing flag. Worse, many groups, like the Labour Party, New Zealand First and the RSA (Returned Services Association) attacked the then PM John Key, making him the issue, which was tiresome… Read more »