Friday, May 30, 2008

Pusi pusi miau

Pusi pusi miau,
o fea lau fanau?
o la e i tua o le pola
sa alu e fagota
a maua mai se ia
fafao i totonu o le ola
Tina, tina, nofo ia i luga ua tu le mata o le la
Tama, tama, aua le paie ae toaga e alu i uta
Sau Patele ma le pusa masi tele
Ua uma na masaa i le auala tele
O a na mea e i totonu o le ato?
Tasi tamato, 2 fuapato, 3 ????

Now that there is a 2 year old character hanging onto my skirt, my memories of primer one in fusi safotulafai is blinking back on. I remember a little about my first year (pre school) at Saint Theresa, in a tiny fale o'o near the large gatae trees.
Our teacher was Miss Silia, who I always thought would be what Humpty Dumpty's wife looked like.
She was tiny at the bottom and very round in the middle.
She used to play the guitar and make us stand up and sing "oma rapiti X 10".
We all had inspection on Monday mornings- our nails had to be clean and nail- polish free (yes maam, 5 years old do that sometimes:-) and our hair had to be combed back (usually slicked shiny with mama's faguu samoa) and we had to have a hankerchief pinned to the left breast pocket of our blue poplin uniforms.
Failure to comply means a sasa with the salu lima.
Needless to say, I learnt to bite my nails early in life.
So, to transliterate the above nursery rhyme:

Pussy cat meow
Where are your churens?
They are behind the pola
They have been fishing
Whenever they catch a fish
stick it in the basket
Mother, mother, wake up now the sun is already up
Father father, dont be lazy and go to the plantation
The Priest came with a big box of biscuit
That has spilled out on the street
what are those in the basket?
one tamato, 2 duck eggs and.....??

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Clydesdale's Polynesians

Clydesdale, a wanker of an academic presents a study basically summing that "Polynesians are a downfall to the NZ economy".

He reckons that "these people" should not be brought into the country anymore because they do not contribute to the economy.

Firstly, Clydesdale. I am hoping an uneconomical Polynesian will bitch smack your redneck face with a jandal.

He goes on to say that the whole NZ/Polynesian relationship is a "mismatch" and we (NZ) should not bring in any more (coconuts).

I, as a taxpaying hard working Polynesian am dissapointed because this man -the nerve of the bastard! has basically made a sad generalisation about a people who have "also" contributed to this very floundering economy.

What Clydesdale chooses to overlook, is that Polynesians are here because NZ needed them in the first place - Polynesians have been running the factories, harvesting your crops, cleaning your streets and making up your sports teams while skinny pakehas where skipping ropes under pohutukawa trees.

If you are calling this NZ/Polynesian relationship a mismatch, then what of the relationship bewteen the maoris and the white NZ? (and frankly, Maoris have been telling you for aeons for fark off to no avail!)

I thought people like Clydesdale died off back in the Hitler era - but nope-they still exist.

What about the fact that Polynesians also represent those born in New Zealand -who have contributed from the start? Born to immigrant parents but neverthless KIWI!
This is why I reckon these arrogant academics should get out of their enclosed lecture theatres and see the reality that is New Zealand.

To blame Polynesians for their own demise is sad.

We are not asking for extra resources, nor a hand out - hell no, in fact, it is the white man who is labelling me and telling me what is best for me.

Telling me from birth that I am 'at risk' that I am from a "low socio-economic background, that I am most likely to NOT succeed.

It is attitudes like this man that sends us backwards.
It gives everyone dead ends, not solutions.

How can someone say "Lets not bring any more in?" as if they are an unwanted bag of lausului?

So bringing in Brits will be a better option?

Hello Houston! The better qualified Brits won't even move to NZ only to earn a fraction of their current income!, The ones itching to migrate are also economy drainers, (to borrow Clydesdale's notions), factory workers and unskilled people

The criminals and the drop outs that this researcher considers the voice of Polynesians are first and foremost, a product of the system.
The white man's system.

They failed because most are born into a society where they do not belong, they are Pacific Islanders in low docile schools with limited resources. But hey, they are also New Zealanders, born right here in Middlemore and Poirirua.

Thus, it is NOT a Polhynesian problem. It is a New Zealand problem. Irrespective of colour, race or geographical origins. Oka, do some research on Martin Lurther King next time polo!
How sad is that? They are only NZers if they succeed? But Polynesian if they are hopeless and kalepe fale all over? I gant biliv it

Finally, yes - there is a finally - this putrido does raise some valid points, yes-there are actually valid points in all this - that is, many Polynesians are underachieving, many are breaking into houses right now, many are not contributing to economic growth.
But for fark's sake, we can't all be Jonah Lomus and Winnie Labans and Goddesses like me!!!

Remember, for one Tana Umuga, there is a several hundred toilet cleaners.

For one David Tua, there are five hundred strawberry growers,

For one Albert Wendt, there are two hundred people at the freezing works.

And for a generation of All Black players, there a Mongrel Mob hopefully headed Clydesdale's way.
What a stink ass man
g.m.clydesdale@massey.ac.nz

Monday, May 12, 2008

Remember, you are unique, just like everybody else

hmmm, love fury logic right now.

I'm just writing out of the need to write, because l"o"ife is too short.

.....................well, i would be more inclined to write but my two sisters are in the same room and they tend to disrupt my peace of mind. Clatter here, clatter there, yada yada make me a cuppa rarara.

next thing ya know, it's 11:59pm and nothing has been accomplished.

A lot has happened that needs mentioning. For my own sanity.

Pride and deceit.

One thing that is prevalent with our own people"s" is this, unreasonable "pride".

So many people have setbacks, real issues but its pride that stops them for admitting it.

I understand this because I am a product of this culture. All the ipu maka'eka'e come out of the sefe when the faifeau comes to visit.

I see my elders giving her last $100 tala to the faletua and says "something for your pasese"....and she lives 3 houses down the dirt path.

.....lets digress a lil' bit here, becuase again, my train of thought has been derailed yet again.

Older sister is showing me a video clip of my mother riding a camel in Oman last year. What a sight. She flew over in November and older sister asked, "What do you wants to do mother?"

"Eh, ka fia ki'eki'e i se kamela"