Archive for August, 2009

By extraordinary coincidence, given the current financial constraints, most members of the New Zealand Cabinet managed to be in Australia just the day before last night’s crucial Bledisloe Cup rugby game, to take part in a serendipitous joint Cabinet meeting with their Australian colleagues.


If the skeleton is bowed Te Papa is completely unbowed. The museum’s Chris Paulin says Phar Lap was mounted in the style of taxidermy in the 1930s. In other words, go and get stuffed. Perhaps the horse’s poor skeletal posture reflects the cultural cringe of other New Zealanders in 1930s-heads bowed, forelocks tugged, shrinking themselves in the full glare of the imperial sun that never set.