Salmon are in for a treat – four days of ceremonies, a rarely performed dance and an apology

March 22, 2010

Sorry to say, some salmon have finished up on Alf's dinner plate and are past caring about apologies.

Alf regrets he has a full diary and other commitments later this month, because he would dearly love to witness the delivery of an apology to some fish.

He especially would like to see how the fish respond once they have received the apology.

Radio NZ can take the credit for alerting Alf to this exercise in contrition.

It advised him that a group of Native Americans was on a spiritual pilgrimage to New Zealand.

Twenty-eight representatives of the Winnemem Wintu people from California plan to apologise to the Chinook salmon, known in New Zealand as quinnat, which they believe is descended from eggs taken from their rivers.

Alf is anxious to see how the language challenge is overcome. He fears the salmon might have been here for so long, maybe they won’t understand the words of apology.
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Enough to drive an optimist to drink

April 19, 2009

It had seemed the American economy might be coming right, which meant the world economy could look forward to a recovery, which would be great news for the export-dependent New Zealand economy.

Ben Bernanke, at the Fed, was seeing green shoots; President Obama was seeing glimmers of hope; the stock market was exuding confidence – but Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize winner who writes for the New York Times, isn’t ready to sound the all-clear.

Ordinarily, that would be enough for Alf to demand Krugman’s arrest, to be tossed into a tumbrel with other gloom-sayers, hauled through the streets of Wellington and be jeered by the populace, then thrown into the stocks for a couple of days.

In this case, extradition proceedings would be required.

More important, Alf concedes Krugman has given four reasons for caution. Maybe we should consider them.
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