CRYSTAL RACHEL CASTS HER CRUCIAL VOTE – WINNERS ELECTIONS NEW ZEALAND 2011
Watching Simon Dallow last night say on Kiwi TV that only 70% of voters had turned out to vote, made me quite proud of my niece, Crystal Rachel, casting her crucial vote.
She structured her vote around supporting New Zealand’s domestic tourism industry. She’d arranged a hair cut appointment expedition as Shannon, the girl who styles her hair also styles Rachel Hunter‘s sometimes.
As the niece was traveling outside of her own electorate, she cast a special vote. Here she is in this photograph, being ‘all democratic’ grown up in casting her crucial vote, election day 2011. Too cute!
Later in the day we went to Rainbow’s End family theme park (like a small wing of Disneyland California or Universal City), where we rode the Gold Rush ride at Fonterra‘s massive Christmas Party for Fonterra team players. I was hoping that the experience, would squash my niece’s young family’s plans to move to Aussie temporarily-permanently.
Her family’s logic is to be rewarded for her beau’s engineering skills on the Aussie wages market, so a house deposit can be gathered more quickly for their first home.
No millionaires in our Iwi have offered to loan her the money yet, or gifted her first home deposit, neither do we have an Iwi Bank Housing Corp unit yet, to assist either. So, because she’s always been a go-getter and make it happen girl from the day she was born, I can understand why Crystal Rachek has got Aussie floating through her talented and creative brain at this minute on election day, New Zealand 2011.
[Kiwi retro classic music in both New Zealand and Aussie - Th' Dudes with Be Mine Tonight].
Ignoring the fact, I spent five years in the USA and 4 months in Melbourne Australia once too – I instantly get into defensive “Uncle Mode.” Well, “all that glitters, isn’t gold” and other such whanau discussions followed from my waha. The words were like… bounce! It’s fair to say when it comes to persuasive Uncle Samming– that so far, no luck there!
However, at the Christmas Party, Santa was maybe a bit more persuasive. In fact, Santa was not mean at all this year. There’s something to be said about New Zealand farmers. Really, there is. One of the prize winners pulled from the hat’s name was Anna Key. Santa had a real sense of humor, this year! Although, I didn’t get it?! I was just 100% moved by Te Roopu Kotahitanga in full Maori cultural sway. They’re amazing. And a brand new Maori culture group.
Anyway, headlines buzzing about in the New Zealand Herald are:
So blue is the accelerator to assets sales. Red-Green are the ‘brakes’ so the car doesn’t crash too much along the way. That’s sort of how it went down, last night.
Personally, I voted a way I’d never once even planned to. I voted for the party that best represented the poor’s voice.
So, this election – I never got that “winning” feeling you like to feel when you vote a clear winner and stand back and watch the election from this position of being “a winner, following a trend.” I long ago, stopped believing in “trickle down effects for Maori.” So, even though I voted the opposite against ‘the trend’, somehow I still felt that the spirit I voted for, is the winner. It was the right thing to do.
Seeing the election night coverage of smiling faces (and tinges of sadness) for those hard working people who never made it, yet we still respect as New Zealanders – made me feel like a winner too.
I wonder if my niece can do an accounting degree as a part time mother and work for a burgeoning company? That might keep her in New Zealand, although she has her heart set on midwifery, because already she’s mastered special fx make-up artistry in her first lot of studies in a Kiwi hobbit movie making land. Peter Jackson’s people never once did call her. Now she’s a very good mother. She’s so clever!
I wonder what New Zealand could have done, prior to this moment to make her want to stay in her homeland. Should Maori political candidates have been promoted higher up the ranks this year, to make her home feel more like a homeland? I watched her vote for a person 45 years older than her, because she believed that this person was being fair in addressing the growing poverty divide between Maori and nonMaori New Zealanders.
Well, at least she’s not ageist and could see through age to vote the policies she thought best woud keep Maori Kiwis her age in New Zealand. I was proud of her, for that! With a lack of younger Maori-Kiwi MPs this year, many Aussie-bound, younger Maori may have missed that point.
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