Waiheke Marketplace : September 12th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 NEWS FREE! WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE PROPERTY LIFESTYLE www.waihekeproperty.co.nz www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz ONLINE, LOCAL AND NEWS, VIEWS, VIDEO + MUCH MUCH MORE Remembering the battle of Passchendaele FROM Page 1 We don t remember because it was too terrible. Mr MacKenzie s father was a 20-year-old British sol- dier at Passchendaele and never spoke about his experi- ence. But from a historical per- spective, I think it s really important New Zealanders know their history. Massey University pro- fessor of war studies Glyn Harper is the author of Massacre at Passchendaele: The New Zealand Story. Passchendaele is a crucial part of our heritage, he says. Military history is family history and it s part of what makes us New Zea- landers. Dr Harper, who is also the general editor of Centenary History of New Zealand in World War I, will give the address at this year s com- memorative service. Any opportunity to pro- mote an awareness of the battle and its importance to New Zealand is an honour. We re generally not good at remembering our military history. The Battle of the Somme in 1916 for instance, which is actually our bloodi- est battle ever, gets very little attention. The battles that strike a chord with New Zealanders in general tend to be what I call heroic failures, where we almost succeed but don t quite make it. The ones that fall into that category are the battles of Gallipoli, Crete and Monte Cassino. With Passchendaele there were no redeeming features at all. It was a disaster from start to finish and never should have gone ahead. Both men believe progress has been made in raising awareness of Passchendaele, particularly the official gov- ernment acknowledgement in 2007. Prime Minister Helen Clark signed the Ypres Agreement with the Flemish Government promoting their shared history in the World Wars of the 20th century. But more work needs to be done, Mr MacKenzie says. The society would like to see October 12 commemor- ated as a significant day in our history. Commemoration isn t just about standing at attention at the cenotaph with rain pouring down your neck, he says. Skewed views score at celebrity debate By GEORGE GARDNER Money honey: Actor Warwick Broadhead makes the subject of money funny at a celebrity debate at Ostend market. His team of three went on to win the debate organised by the Waiheke Budgeting Service to mark the first annual Money Week. Go to waihekemarketplace. co.nz and click on latest edition to see two video clips of the arguments for and against. Dosh debate: Actor and director Michael Hurst argues money can't buy you friends but it can buy you a better class of enemy. Two seasoned thespians on opposing sides stole the show but there could only be one winning team in a celebrity debate about money. The open-air Ostend mar- ket talk fest saw two teams of three discuss the quote by Russian-American philos- opher and novelist Ayn Rand: Money is the barometer of a society s virtue . It was organised by Wai- heke Budgeting Service and hosted by entertainer Bruce Davis-Goff to celebrate the first national Money Week which aims to get New Zea- landers talking about their finances. Actor and director Michael Hurst led the arguments in the affirmative, entertaining the crowd with poetry and tongue-in-cheek rhetoric. Money can t buy you friends but it can buy you a better class of enemy. They say money can t buy you happiness but that s what they tell poor people to stop them looting in the streets. Actor Warwick Broadhead pondered the theme of virtue and delighted the crowd with his theatrics, end- inguponalapintheaudi- ence. After producing a whimsi- cal box and talking about our inner souls, he concluded: I say money is good, humanity is better. Green MP Denise Roche urged everyone to vote against asset sales and posed an argument on barometers. A barometer measures air pressure to predict the weather. We reject the motion that money predicts the weather. Brewer and theatre direc- tor Alan Knight, who declared he had managed to get through three-quarters of Ayn Rand s 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, produced the rebuttal. A barometer will tell you whether the sun will shine or not but it won t follow up with a long, droning, misinformed monologue about how the weather s going to be nice because of global warming and how that s all the fault of rich people who drive four- wheel-drives. Local board deputy chair- woman Jo Holmes backed Mr Hurst and Mr Knight, claim- ing the wealthiest societies are the most virtuous and the island is one of them. Money is the barometer of society which is why Waiheke is the most virtuous society in the world. Shirin Brown disagreed. Money is not the bar- ometer of society but the use of money is the barometer of a society s health. The budgeting service is dealing with people who live on $400 a week and have $350 or $400 a week of rent to pay a week. Team Brown, Roche and Broadhead won the day and everyone went home to check their bank balances.
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