Wednesday 6 February 2013

Completely and utterly off-topic: Waitangi Day

Kia ora:
Today is Waitangi Day, which is NZ’s national day.  It’s usually marked by Maori sovereignty protests and flag burnings. Oh, and it’s a nice day off in the middle of summer for the non-political types.

Anyway, here are some significant New Zealanders, by way of a reading diversion.

Ernest Rutherford - atomic science pioneer

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - opera singer

Edmund Hillary - first honky to climb Mt Everest

Arthur Lydiard - “inventor” of running, as a pastime

Charles Upham - one of three people to win the VC with bar

Richard Pearse - aviation pioneer

Peter Jackson - movie director / producer

A sheep

I might go have a Speight’s after work, now that I think about it.

Ka kite anō au i a kōrua.


NB: I tried to get public domain photos, but not all of them are. If you are the copyright holder of any of the above and want me to get rid, let me know.