Dear Oh Dear ……green green grass of home

  • Green Mt. Veal
    Green Mt. Veal

How can NZ be greener than Samoa? Rubbish!

Whoever did that study and ranked NZ 5th greenest with more people per green space, is colour blind and wearing badly defective contact lenses.

Ride the bus from Auckland to Wellington and all you see of the mountains are white and grey…colour of ice and snow.

The hills are full of white sheep grazing the grass brown.  Cattle farms are full of red, brown, black, white, black and white herds, you hardly see the grass, let alone what colour it is.

Urban dwelling in all the main cities are so spread out, you’d think the white ‘pakehas’ laid grey white cement everywhere while the bewildered brown Maoris looked on.

Green? Hogwash!

Climb the top of Mt. Vaea and turn 360 degrees.  When you’ve gone full circle close your eyes for an hour or more.

You have to do that so the eyes can re-register all the other colours swamped by the strong green surroundings.

“…..what about white churches, we have lots of them, dear.


**** We are being graced with royalty this week.  His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has been taking in the sights of Apia in the few hours of the royal visit.

Google search offered this quick peek into the prince’s home Norway to give us some idea of where he’s from.

‘Norway is arguably one of the most beautiful countries on earth. It's famous for its natural attractions like Fjords, mountains and midnight sun, but it's also well known for a vibrant cultural life. Norwegian cities are cosmopolitan and full of stunning Scandinavian architecture.’

‘…one of the most beautiful countries in the world…’ hmmm! As Minister in attendance, Fiame should ask his Royal Highness about Samoa before he leaves.  Betcha, he’s going to say it’s as beautiful as Norway and a lot greener than NZ.

“….. better to ask if they need any seasonal workers in Norway, dear


**** “About four in every 10 children in the Pacific islands are not enrolled in pre-primary school.

They are included in the more than 175 million children - – around half of pre-primary-age children globally – not enrolled in pre-primary education.”

We learned that this week from UNICEF.  So it’s half and half. If your child attends kindy, that’s one half, if not then it’s the other.

Samoa is not named in the island countries making ‘good progress’ with kindy education. Actually, only Vanuatu, Solomon Is. , Kiribati and FSM are in the UNICEF good books.

No worries. They’ll know soon enough it’s illegal for our kids not to be in school.

“…..that means jail time for you, dear