Thursday, 10 May 2007

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Anonymous said...

I learned some intersting NZ stastistics the other day. There are actually over 9 million kiwi passport holders,not the 4 million that is publicised by the NZ propaganda machine.5 million kiwis live overseas throughout the world.These figures seem to make more sense and more indicative of the forced and induced diaspora.
The term: diaspora (in Greek, – "a scattering or sowing of seeds") is used to refer to any people or ethnic population forced or induced to leave their traditional ethnic homelands; being dispersed throughout other parts of the world, and the ensuing developments in their dispersal and culture.

Sven Solen said...

The tapping of energy from the past is a virtual industry in New Zealand and in part revolves around slowly reconciling the existence of a nation of migrants with a nation of cultures (with kudos to the people at Culture and Heritage).

Tales of diaspora are becoming central to the imaging of New Zealand, as played out in the recently screened Gibson Group/ TVNZ doco Here to Stay. This was a clever lite packaging of the contributions of Scots, Germans, English, Chinese, Irish, Croation/ Dalmatian to the mix of values and personalities that have tempered the "great Kiwi tribe".

From an NZEDGE perspective the extension is that not everyone stays at home. Wherever the edge takes us there are new landfalls, new places to stand upright. Imagining NZEDGE lifts history into the present, it celebrates the diaspora at both edges. Here to stay and go, to leave and return. I whet my appetite with that thought by reading Paul Ward's essay on the Brain Exchange: