Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Kotahitanga - Unity


I was in Whangarei last week for a job interview and in the parking lot where I parked my car I spotted this mural. Named "Kotahitanga" meaning "unity" in Maori it's been painted by local artist Earnest Bradley and was part of the 2019 Street Prints Manaia Trail - this one is in John Street.

I like it because it symbolizes what NZ needs to become - there is always going to be racism and division no matter where you go but many people are still stuck on the ramifications of the first settlers colonizing the land and to a degree I can understand the frustration but we can't go back in time and change anything, we can only go forward and try to get along with each other. Thoughts?

Linking up with Mural MondayOur World Tuesday and My corner of the world.

18 comments:

  1. New Zealand showed just how united you are after the shootings in the mosques. We can all learn from your example.

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    1. thank you. racism still exists here sadly though.

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  2. I like the message in the wall art - something every nation needs to learn.

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  3. It's a striking mural.

    Here the great issue is the mistreatment of First Nations peoples. Moving forward must include taking steps to rectify the past and make things right. Unfortunately one sees commentary on social media in regards to the First Nations that just makes you shake your head.

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  4. There may be racism in your country, Amy, but at least it's not fueled by the leader of your country like it is here in the states.

    Racism needs to be eradicated, but it must be done through example and from the top down. If our leaders don't believe in equality, how can our citizens?

    This is a stunning mural. I'd love to see one like it where I live.

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  5. I haven't seen that one. Don't often go down John Street. Great message.

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  6. Hope the job interview went well.

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  7. Beautiful mural Amy and great message. Sadly in most countries racism seems to be on the rise which is difficult to understand. Good luck with your job search.

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  8. Going forward does require understanding of where we have been. You can never make progress if you risk repeating the same mistakes. So I don't completely agree with what you said.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I see you don't live in NZ, do you know about colonization of our country? If you did you would know that all minorities here make mistakes, in fact as a white European (partly) I have been the subject of racism many times by other races especially by those who claim they don't do it when they do. I also have learned quite a bit about our country's history over the years so I know quite an extensive amount.

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  9. I love murals! It's such a delight to come across one in an unexpected place. Thank you for sharing this one.

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  10. It is a really hard thing, as I think (and I'm white) that a lot of white people refuse to acknowledge there's a problem, or that something needs to be addressed to change it...all we can do is all we can do.

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  11. I like the mural and the sentiment Amy. Until we accept that we are all equal there will be problems sadly ✨

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  12. Nicely done and so meaningful.

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  13. Lovely message for us all.

    Your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week sure made my day!


    My Corner of the World

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