Events over the past week here in New Zealand began last Friday with celebrations around the country for the 50th anniversary of Samoan Independence. We have a large Samoan population in New Zealand and there were many colourful celebrations last week.
Then we have watched and enjoyed coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s 60th Jubilee celebrations. When I was growing up as a young child, Britain was called the “Mother Country” and the Queen remains head of the Commonwealth of Nations and New Zealand belongs to that.
The Transit of Venus, which occurred on Tuesday this week, links up with the European discovery of New Zealand and I posted about that here.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of New Zealand becoming a Nuclear Free nation. We are intensely proud of that status and it would be foolish of any government which suggested altering that legislation.
Tomorrow our World cup champion rugby players, the All Blacks, play their first test of the year against Ireland, in Auckland. Many, many eyes will be watching that game at the end of a significant week in our history.