Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Why Are We Bothering With The Queen Mum?

THE Republican Movement is amazed at New Zealand's obsession with the Queen Mum.

100th birthday," Republican Movement president Dave Guerin said today. "Her family and friends should celebrate but why are we bothering on the other side of the world?

"Isn't it sad that we don't celebrate in the same way the lives of those who really have affected New Zealand? Other New Zealanders celebrate significant achievements and milestones every day, but they are not covered by the media or lauded in Parliament.

Stalwart New Zealand supporters of the monarchy have been desperately trying to resuscitate interest in the Queen Mother's birthday and the Queen's 50th Jubilee celebrations as they seek to consolidate a defence of the Royals' role in New Zealand.

Former MPs Sir Peter Tapsell and Ian Revell have agreed to be patrons of the Monarchist League of New Zealand in a bid to raise the organisation's profile; the New Zealand Returned Services Association has successfully applied for a Royal Patent to call itself the Royal New Zealand Returned Services Association; and supporters of knighthoods and damehoods are going straight to Buckingham Palace as they seek to retain their chances at titles.

But Mr Guerin said we should be focusing on celebrating our own achievements in our own way: "Let's shift the focus to what really matters for us, and not a family event on the other side of the world," he said.

"The Queen Mum's birthday is a very important event for her family and friends, and for people whom she has affected in her life. The Republican Movement wishes her well, as we would any other person reaching her age and getting their telegram from the Queen.

"But she has had a minimal influence on New Zealand and the huge coverage she has received is out of all proportion. All New Zealand means to her is good trout fishing - and she means even less to us. There is no justification for the coverage, so why bother?"

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election