We have an abundance of resources going unutilised because we want a certain way of life, a life that gives us the ability to choose rather than rely on existing cultural practices, writes Ruta Mave.
I’m sitting at my computer it is raining and my cup of tea fails to stimulate my brain cells into putting words on paper. I have the means, the topics and the platform to say what I want for a small and captured audience upon the rock we call paradise. To be fair everyone who lives on a tropical rock in the Pacific calls their home island Paradise. Despite the abundance I have and can say, words fail me.
It is raining and the tourists will be
complaining, no one pays the price to travel to a warm tropical paradise to
have it be cold and raining like the weather they just left in New Zealand even
if it is several degrees warmer. The locals are semi rejoicing because the
plants need rain, the water tanks need rain, but now the hedges and grass will
grow and will need to be cut. Aue.
I wonder do we suffer from first world
problems? We have completed an election quietly and without war, destruction,
fire-bombing of electoral offices and no riots on the streets as has been seen
in some of our neighbouring Pacific islands. It’s as if the referendum for
medicinal marijuana has already been passed and everyone is just “chillaxed ‘cruisin
Our headlines rejoice with the return of
frozen fries to our shores, a promise of more flights when in New Zealand flights
are being cancelled. Why was the lack of potatoes a problem when we have taro,
koru, maniota and kumara – the staple of the ‘island fries’ option – growing in
our soils? Should we be providing options we can’t adequately fulfil ourselves?
I would have thought this would be a great
agriculture initiative to increase local production and demand that can give
farmers financial outlets. Do we have to wait for the next headline of no
frozen chickens to blaze across the papers while we watch and complain about
the roosters and wild chickens messing up our lawns and waking us in the middle
of the night? We have an abundance of resources going unutilised because we
want a certain way of life, a life that gives us the ability to choose rather
than rely on existing cultural practices. We have reached the developed world
status, does this mean we should ignore the value of our seemingly ‘under
developed’ growing capabilities?
It reminds me of my mother telling me at
the dinner table, I must eat my ‘greens’ because there are starving children in
Ethiopia who would love to have this food. Well pick a place, there are a lot
of starving children in all corners of the round earth who live in modern
societies and go hungry every day. We have starving children too. The difference
for us is food is available but our priorities have changed and climbing a
coconut tree is no longer the go to when you can buy a packet of dried instant
noodles and a bottle of sugar and bright coloured chemical fizzy drink for a
gold coin. We will spend money on treating the consequences of our world winning
position of obesity, rather than live healthy off the land.
The electoral results amongst people have
a sense of complacency and the devil you know resigned apathy. The results mean
we will see the construction of a $70 million dollar shrine to house all the
scattered departments of the government under one roof, 400 jobs will be
created to build this ‘priority’. If it is akin to other large projects the
government have lavished on us, the budget is sure to blow out to another $100
million disaster. After the government’s call about looking at corruption
practices will someone reliable view the contract submissions? In the past
government assignments, they all have similar family names, all charging retail
price plus 1000 per cent type of quotes. Same old, same old.
We will probably see a Human Rights
commission created, to investigate what we already know. We have government
departments and paid factions who deal with family welfare and identify
domestic violence, but it appears nothing has been done to use the government
coffers to change the dynamics to date. Can another investigation really bring
change? Public response is impassive inertness.
At Papa Mike Tavioni’s film launch he
commented on life and what does it mean after you have fed and clothed yourself
day after day. You feed and clothe your kids until they can do it for
themselves. But who are you, what have you accomplished? What difference can
you make in the world while you’re alive? It is the age-old question of the
meaning of life. Mike believes one must enrich one’s soul and emotions by
living an active and involved life of worth and meaning, don’t passively accept
– Be Bold.