Take the good with the bad, but look for the good because it’s not all bad, writes Ruta Mave.
knock” Who’s there?” “Non de plume” “Non de plume, who?” “Exactly!” Guess who’s
back? It’s the freedom to write without being persecuted by others, the freedom
to express your thoughts that may be in contradiction with your family or
friend’s political views, desires or preferences.
a safe haven for people who will face pressure from others to conform or to be
quiet and not let the cat out of the bag. I wonder if we will see the return of
the Unionist, tea totaler, definitely Concerned citizen, and probably
Disappointed, Disgruntled, and Disgusted although I believe they are adjectives
rather than nouns. No doubt the Government spin doctors will be back in earnest
and with the smoke signals making an anonymous return, some tongue in cheek observations
will grace the pages.
is good news as it gives a more rounded, deeper insight into the belly of the
community and the gut feelings which is the heart of the matter concerning its
citizens. Maybe now more views on the state of the To Tatou Vai project and the
adding of chemicals, the appointment of heads of departments and the use of
public funding will be shared and help support the brave few who have been
battling under their own identities and being hammered by the larger arms of
Government ministry management.
there lies the risk that some will take it too far and use the anonymous
platform to preach their agenda’s or fight unfairly, however, the editor
assures all Journalism Charter principles will be upheld and there will be no name
calling. It’s subjective and for some offence will be taken where there is no
I was misquoted and said to have been offensive to a certain community, which,
if re-read correctly will see I was responding to a racist rant from a single
papa’a businessowner. The lack of protest for the locals is an example of the
systemic racism in our community and around the world that we are blind to the
daily digs, and put downs that demean and destabilise local and indigenous
cultures and societies around the world.
I first received the racist rant, it was agreed not to publish it in full as we
thought it would offend those who don’t agree with the writer. We also didn’t
want to offend the local. It’s because racism favouring the patriarchal English
culture is endemic and unfortunately accepted in our community.
writer knows, I know, who they are, what they don’t know, is others know who
they are, because they speak constantly like this, it defines them. Likewise,
everyone who knows an Australian would know if on January 26 they celebrated
the arrival of the first shipment of convicts and the start of an English penal
colony, that would effectively bring Barbies, thongs and Four X beer, or
if they acknowledged or protested the
land stolen from 750,000 people of 400 distinct nations, who had lived there
for 60,000 years and were labelled not as people but flora and fauna.
can say you support the Indigenous, First Nations in print or principal, but if
you speak of those people in derogatory tones as all of the same ilk, then we
have a problem. Here the English smothering of native culture exists, subtly,
in our daily flippant words, and the taking of non-Maori paternal names, which
slowly diminishes local pride and existence.
we agree to live the English way and yes, my racist friend, stop “eating each
other” accept the one God, albeit in 16 different churches, and believe our
culture needs refining, we allow the loss of language, arts, identity and land
to take a firm hold. The racist also said ‘you are lucky to have the rights to
speak your thoughts and voice we don’t’. Well, slim shady, please stand up, the
floor is yours, go ahead show your true colours but remember you have chosen to
live here on this Covid free, tropical island so take the good with the bad,
but look for the good because it’s not all bad.