In a brave story today, sexual harassment was what the NZ Police were discussing on the news.
So what does “sexual harassment mean?” It means “unwelcome sexual advances made by an employer or superior, especially when compliance is made a condition of continued employment or advancement.
Let me talk of that from life in another nation.
Rewind: Month eighth living in Los Angeles, I got mugged while waiting at a taxi rank right outside a nightclub in a cue. The muggers were both dressed in matching uniforms (black) with the words security embroidered on their “uniforms” and “beanies.” They looked legit. One accused me of sexual assualting them, then held my hands behind my back, the other punched me in the mouth. My pockets were emptied. Thankfully, they didn’t take my phone. No one in the taxi rank cue, cared. It was weird. They did not.
After calling the police I observed that it took 1 hour and twenty minutes for the police to turn up. I had been mugged 1k away from the nearest police station. Looking like my throat had been slit by that stage, (blood was all down my neck from the punch and my white shirt drench in blood from a swollen mug), I realized that there wasn’t much gained in calling the LAPD. It was a harsh lesson, in the real pressures on police in the USA.
They also informed me that, they couldn’t look for the mugger as they had to fill out paperwork first, so they could start the search the next day. Again, I realized that the police had far more important issues to deal with in LA like murders, domestic violence, rapes and stuff like that.
Maturity is maintaining the humane balance of saying thank you and sorry, lots.
We raise children in New Zealand to say “thank you” and “sorry.”
For example “thank you for all of the farm land, so we can now make the best ice cream in the world.” And “sorry for terrorizing your kids and old ladies to run a police training exercise in a remote farming valley” are still words some members of our police team, are learning to say.
Especially to civilians of the Tuhoe tribe of Maori in New Zealand. The smuggery of government and some public servants, continues – on the scale of South Africa 1970′s breaches of human and civil rights.
[Photo - Lunches at Kung Pao Bistro, Los Angeles with the LAPD. Photo: Author's own].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.5.12~
I’m sorry, Peter Marshall’s flippant attitude towards the children of the police raids in the Ureweras, on tonight’s Close Up program in NZ…. wow!
It’s South Africa in the 70′s. [especially after today's budget announcements].
And… his smug meds are up… like… way too high. It feels a bit like “lets all dump on powerless Maori children day today.”
Since the budget annoucement news (if you read between the line of fire, I mean… the lines of the budget allocations), it’s like the racists’ lawnmower is in overdrive right now… kinda full throttle for the next three years ahead.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.5.12~
BOBBY, JOSEPH, PATU HAWKE AND AWA HUDSON AND MOM – TUKUTUKU PANEL LIVES OF LOVE – ORAKEI MARAE – TAMAKI MAKAURAU – 11.10.11
We had gathered at Orakei to celebrate Alice Ringa-Poto Rakena Pihama‘s colorful life, as an artist who wove tukutuku panels, that sold out at this year’s Atamira: Maori in The City festival in West Auckland.
Hundreds gathered for Pihama’s funeral. It was a very special time. In celebrating Alice’s beautiful and gracious family and her life of love and serving her marae and people with fifty years living at Orakei and contributing to the arts and tribal cultural life, Papa Joseph Hawke stood to speak and remind the younger generations of how Ngati Whatua o Orakei has always been a bastion in overcoming greed, racism and State corruption. At times, this tribe has been greatly used to speak out against State brutality, when the State has forgotten that it should serve all New Zealand’s healthy interests, not just a mere fews, by being over-forceful and unjust, using the arm of State Services as if a small milieu’s own assets.
I shed a few tears when Joseph talked about how, one day a visiting princess was visiting New Zealand. She was to drive past Orakei. Police took flamethrowers and razed the houses of Ngati Whatua o Orakei people. They burned them to the ground, as they were embarrassed for this future queen to see Maori people and how we lived. We were an embarrassment, we’d spoil the view of our own tribal lands. So we had to be disposed of, displaced, hidden away, like naughty children – or afterthoughts of The State.
These were dark days for the tribe. Watching the “oldies” recall these awful times they had survived and endured, would make any younger Kiwi cry. Throughout the day, celebrations occurred with the music and sounds of tribal Kapa haka. A beautiful cultural occassion. My favorite, was the old folks, “Sunday School Medly of hit songs.” Namely, “Down by the River Side” etc. Too cute.
This is a true story, blog post. Thanks Joe Hawke.
[All photos of - A Day in The life of A Wharenui - Orakei Marae, taken on this hori's phone. Image of Robert Muldoon, a racist pig PM, from history's dark past, via Wikipedia. Triumph of the Will, Tukutuku panel blog post - going up as contemporary cyberspace tribute, to the tukutuku weaving prowess of Aunty Alice's lifeswork.
Peace! Let’s go New Zealand in remaining a strongly democratic society that remains proud of Maori peoples rich legacy of love in this fine nation in overcoming greedy dictator piggies – who resemble communist dictators with each passing day. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.10.11~
[A demonstrator wearing a mask depicting News Corporation Chief Rupert Murdoch poses for pictures with puppets of Prime Minister David Cameron and Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt outside Murdoch's London home -AFP & Getty Images].
Over the past week, the world has been rather shocked by the news that Rupert Murdoch‘s News of The World newspaper was folding due to all of those hacking allegations.
Many Brits were peaved.
I guess the aspect of this whole saga that has everyone intrigued so far, is the fact that the police of the UK were so easily bribed and paid off, to leak info, hand over private phone numbers and taped recordings of leading peoples private phone conversations.
Every nation of the world is left asking, “to what degree does our police force do the same thing… and WHO are they doing it to?”
Anyway… The Saga in the UK unfolds. More can be found HERE. It’s a story as big as Wikileaks.