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Me, Myself, and I
KIWI: New Zealander: a native or inhabitant of New Zealand
OVERSEAS: in a place across an ocean

Kia Ora and Hello fellow KIWIS who are OVERSEAS!!
If you comply with the defintions above, you should definately join this group! It is created just for you!!
Maybe you left NZ but returned, it's ok... this group is still for you!!

So, maybe you're feeling a little home sick and want to share some memories with fellow kiwis who are exploring places far from home just like yourself, or maybe you want to tell everyone how badly you miss meat pies with tomato sauce, feijoas and feijoa juice, toffee pops, jet plane lollies, marmite... well we could go on forever here, but leave your comments, and catch up with the thousands of other kiwis who have ventured out...

Or maybe you just need to touch up on your kiwi slang and let everyone know how many times someone's said "Oh I love your accent",etc.

Ka kite ano..

P.S. Sorry AB's, there's always 2011 aye...yeah right!!

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  • Kiwis overseas can vote in 2008 elections.....

    "Every Vote Counts” ' Kea New Zealand' to find missing overseas voters.....

    New Zealanders living overseas have been vastly under-represented as voters in past General Elections – and so Kea New Zealand has launched a global campaign to encourage them to vote in this year's election.

    “Although at least 600,000 Kiwis live overseas, only 28,000 voted in the 2005 General Election,” says Ivan Moss, CEO of Kea New Zealand. “Our Every Vote Counts campaign will help redress that imbalance by reaching tens of thousands of eligible voters overseas and encouraging them to enrol and vote.

    New Zealand citizens can vote from anywhere in the world if they have visited New Zealand within the previous three years.

    Enrolling and voting from overseas is simple. Eligible voters can enrol online and download their voting papers online, and return the paperwork by fax or post. There is no need to visit an Embassy or Consulate to enrol and vote.

    The encouragement for overseas voters comes in statements from 17 party leaders, gathered by Kea New Zealand and published as Parliament rises for the General Election campaign.

    The focus of the campaign is to encourage overseas New Zealanders to check their eligibility and enrol at the official elections site (www.elections.org.nz). The Every Vote Counts website has other election information and links to the political parties. Subscribers will be reminded of key electoral deadlines to help them remember to vote.

    Kea New Zealand (www.keanewzealand.com) is an independent, non-government, non-profit Incorporated Society dedicated to encouraging overseas New Zealanders to maintain and deepen their connections with home.

    The Every Vote Counts campaign is strictly non-partisan, and does not advocate that overseas New Zealanders vote for any particular political party or candidate, nor hold or act on any particular political opinion. No public funds are being used to support Every Vote Counts.

    Copied from www.scoop.co.nz

    For more info:
    www.everyvotecounts.co.nz
    www.keanewzealand.com
    www.elections.org.nz

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  • Labour Day in New Zealand.... where it all began.....

    Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight-hour working day. New Zealand workers were among the first in the world to claim this right when, in 1840, the carpenter Samuel Parnell won an eight-hour day in Wellington. Labour Day was first celebrated in New Zealand on 28 October 1890, when several thousand trade union members and supporters attended parades in the main centres. Government employees were given the day off to attend the parades.


    Report of the first Labour Day
    The date, 28 October, marked the first anniversary of the establishment of the Maritime Council, an organisation of transport and mining unions. The fledgling union movement was decimated by defeat in a trans-Tasman Maritime Strike in late 1890 but, despite this, the first Labour Day was a huge success. In Wellington, the highlight was an appearance by the elderly Parnell, who died just a few weeks later. From the mid-1890s the union movement began to recover slowly under the Liberal government. The Liberals' industrial conciliation and arbitration system, introduced in 1894, earned New Zealand a reputation of being a 'working man's paradise' and a 'country without strikes'.


    Labour Day float, 1916
    Early Labour Day parades drew huge crowds in places such as Palmerston North and Napier as well as in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Unionists and supporters marched behind colourful banners and ornate floats, and the parades were followed by popular picnics and sports events.

    These parades also had a political purpose. Although workers in some industries had long enjoyed an eight-hour day, it was not a legal entitlement. Other workers, including seamen, farm labourers, and hotel, restaurant and shop employees, still worked much longer hours. Many also endured unpleasant and sometimes dangerous working conditions. Unionists wanted the Liberals to pass legislation enforcing an eight-hour day for all workers, but the government was reluctant to antagonise the business community.

    What the Liberals did do was make Labour Day a holiday. The Labour Day Act of 1899 created a statutory public holiday on the second Wednesday in October, first celebrated in 1900. The holiday was 'Mondayised' in 1910, and since then it has been held on the fourth Monday in October.

    In the first decade of the 20th century industrial unrest reappeared. The Liberal government was in decline, prices were rising and the Arbitration Court was seen as reluctant to raise wages. The more militant labour movement that emerged from around 1908 rejected the Liberals' arbitration system and condemned the increasing commercialisation of Labour Day parades. Many floats advertised businesses as well as temperance organisations, theatres, circuses and patriotic causes. Some socialists promoted May Day (1 May) as an alternative celebration of workers' struggles. Although unionists and their supporters continued to hold popular gatherings and sports events, by the 1920s Labour Day had begun to decline as a public spectacle. For most New Zealanders, it was now just another holiday.

    www.nzhistory.net.nz

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  • Anzac Day

    On 25 April 1915, eight months into the First World War, Allied soldiers landed on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula. This was Turkish territory that formed part of Germany's ally, the Ottoman Empire. The troops were there as part of a plan to open the Dardanelles Strait to the Allied fleets, allowing them to threaten the Ottoman capital Constantinople (now Istanbul) and, it was hoped, force a Turkish surrender. The Allied forces encountered unexpectedly strong resistance from the Turks, and both sides suffered enormous loss of life.

    The forces from New Zealand and Australia, fighting as part of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), played an important part in the Gallipoli campaign. At its beginning, people at home greeted with excitement the news that our soldiers were at last fully engaged in the war. New Zealand soldiers distinguished themselves with their courage and skill, establishing an enduring bond with the Australians they fought alongside.

    The Gallipoli campaign was, however, a costly failure for the Allies, who after nine months abandoned it and evacuated their surviving troops. Almost a third of the New Zealanders taking part had been killed; the communities they came from had counted the cost in the lengthy casualty lists that appeared in their newspapers. And the sacrifice seemed to have been in vain, for the under-resourced and poorly-conducted campaign did not have any significant influence on the outcome of the war.

    Although Anzac Day, the anniversary of the first day of conflict, does not mark a military triumph, it does remind us of a very important episode in New Zealand's history. Great suffering was caused to a small country by the loss of so many of its young men. But the Gallipoli campaign showcased attitudes and attributes - bravery, tenacity, practicality, ingenuity, loyalty to King and comrades - that helped New Zealand define itself as a nation, even as it fought unquestioningly on the other side of the world in the name of the British Empire.

    After Gallipoli, New Zealand had a greater confidence in its distinct identity, and a greater pride in the international contribution it could make. And the mutual respect earned during the fighting formed the basis of the close ties with Australia that continue today.

    Anzac Numbers:

    260 - days of the Gallipoli Campaign

    8556 - NZ forces landed:
    4852 - NZ forces wounded
    2721 - NZ forces fatalities

    8709 - Australian forces fatalities

    33,072 - fatalities from all British forces

    10,000* - French fatalities

    87,000* - Turkish fatalities

    20,000* - total number attending 2005 Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli

    *Estimated number

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