‘The best laid plans’.........oh yes we know only too well what that’s about and more especially in recent times high on the hill at Parliament House where for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards those plans went horribly ‘awry’ when we all got soaked and the concert was short circuited.
But for the New Zealand High Commission which currently has a major refurbishment underway the choice of the always classy Albert Hall for their Waitangi Day commemoration was perfect on a hot summer’s day because while the terrace was preferred and prepared accordingly, the 5pm start of a major storm had the Commission’s team of organizers scarpering to get the marquee’s down before they were swept up in the storm and dumped somewhere far away; and the guests were arriving in an hour.
This party is all about the signing of a treaty on 6th February 1840. And we should have learnt from that occasion but as much as we ‘take the mickey ‘ out of our neighbours for their accent and sporting prowess we have stood shoulder to shoulder with them in the forging of the inviolable compact that is Anzac. Their food and wine, brilliant skiing and stunning scenery is beyond compare, I just wish we had something to counter the Haka!
This year again the formidable face of Isaac Cotter fronting the Tumanako Maori Cultural Group was a face to be reckoned with for all the Haka posturing and face contorting but juxtaposed with the tiniest of his team maintaining the rhythms up front the performance was not quite as scary as those blokes on the field of play.
With anthems, songs, toasts, plenty of ‘fush and chups’, finger licking good lamb cutlets and a crowd with nearly as much military brass as Duntroon on a grad day, Waitangi Day was honoured well.