Honouring all New Zealanders this ANZAC Day

CoinHello team, I’m back for 2015, been a busy few months for me and mine as we’ve moved to Dunedin, I am hoping to blog once or twice a week from the Promised Land and I look forward to your input in 2015

I love, love, love the idea of a commemorative coin for the 2015 ANZAC Day celebrations but I have a question for the Reserve Bank…who are the soldiers on the just announced coin? I notice that there is a Maori design behind the soldiers, but it seems to me that the jaw lines and recognisable facial features of the soldiers seem very Caucasian.

Please correct me if I’m wrong (and I’d dearly love to be wrong) but it would appear to me, that in a country with a bi-cultural agreement we are celebrating two Pakeha soldiers and the Queen (on the other side).

If the designer of the coin could let us know who the soldiers are modelled on I’d happily withdraw my speculation, but from here that’s how it reads to me and if I am correct then someone needs to be educated about Maori who fought and spit their blood on the beaches of Gallipoli.

Again if I’m wrong please let me know so I can redress my observation as I certainly don’t want to cast aspersions.

See video of the making of the coins here or the official announcement here

2 thoughts on “Honouring all New Zealanders this ANZAC Day

  1. Roly Scott February 10, 2015 / 13:28

    Hi Pat,

    I used to listen to you often in the Newstalk ZB season of your life and I’ll never forget the 2 hours after the September 4th earthquake – your radio show was riveting. Anyway I’ve lived in the Promised Land (love the expression) for 31 years. I love this city, this region and I couldn’t find anywhere on your blogs as to why you were coming here. I’m intrigued (although I shouldn’t be so defensive). Or is it a family secret. Anyway welcome and I look forward to reading your occasional blogs.

    Roly Scott

    • Pat Brittenden February 10, 2015 / 13:38

      Hey Roly. Many reasons for coming to Dunedin but, being boring, the main one is we wanted to live in a world where we were not so heavily indebted to banks, that’s where the idea started but since we decided maybe 12-14 months ago we have found many more brilliant reasons to be here.

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