‘Poverty’ is not inspiring

LETTER

“Poverty” is a sad ad.

We arrived in Gisborne (Poverty Bay) from Los Angeles (City of Angels) in 1971 to take up teaching positions. We felt shockingly sad advising anyone we lived in Poverty Bay. Our first years here we even experienced a “poverty feeling” mindset, as did many young school students. I was always buoyed by “First City to See the Light”.

Pioneering research and compelling intention stories/experiments abound, proving words/thoughts manifest and resonate with great power and infinite possibilities. Poverty — guilt, shame, despondency, humiliation, aggression — is not inspiring when our Beautiful Bay is filled with numerous inklings of unity, empowerment, understanding, forgiveness, optimism and great endeavours.

Some say “Thoughts are things — choose the good ones”.

I am with Marcus Williams. Why must we live with Cook’s “bad mood day”? Truly a “rare chance to consider possibilities”.

Te Ha 2019 does seem perfect timing for celebrating light and transcendence! Enlightenment can occur. History is usually made/written by “winners”. We live on a first-plus “be proud” coastline. From our neighbour Mahia, Rocket Lab has launched New Zealand’s first satellite into orbit — thoughtfully named Humanity Star!

Maurine Anderson

“Poverty” is a sad ad.

We arrived in Gisborne (Poverty Bay) from Los Angeles (City of Angels) in 1971 to take up teaching positions. We felt shockingly sad advising anyone we lived in Poverty Bay. Our first years here we even experienced a “poverty feeling” mindset, as did many young school students. I was always buoyed by “First City to See the Light”.

Pioneering research and compelling intention stories/experiments abound, proving words/thoughts manifest and resonate with great power and infinite possibilities. Poverty — guilt, shame, despondency, humiliation, aggression — is not inspiring when our Beautiful Bay is filled with numerous inklings of unity, empowerment, understanding, forgiveness, optimism and great endeavours.

Some say “Thoughts are things — choose the good ones”.

I am with Marcus Williams. Why must we live with Cook’s “bad mood day”? Truly a “rare chance to consider possibilities”.

Te Ha 2019 does seem perfect timing for celebrating light and transcendence! Enlightenment can occur. History is usually made/written by “winners”. We live on a first-plus “be proud” coastline. From our neighbour Mahia, Rocket Lab has launched New Zealand’s first satellite into orbit — thoughtfully named Humanity Star!

Maurine Anderson

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lloyd gretton - 7 months ago
WTF does Te Ha 2019 mean to the world? A cough to remove spittle?

Murray Jones - 7 months ago
I do think Cook Strait should also be renamed.
Otherwise it will remind us that he named Poverty Bay and then we'll get sad and be filled with shame and guilt again.
Hicks Bay?
Hick - a derogatory slang term for lower class whites raised in rural areas, usually within trailer parks or hog farms.
Rename it!! Dammit!!

Alan Loye - 7 months ago
The name "Poverty Bay" is just that . . . a name.
It is not - repeat, not - a bank statement nor a health report. It's a name, 248 years old.

Jane Thompson - 7 months ago
Lloyd Gretton once again shows his closed-minded true colours, and even resorts to belittling another culture he does not understand. Go to Europe. Bilingual signs are common. In Ireland, for example, they are everywhere. You might not be able to pronounce Inis Sionnach or Cill Mhant'n but if you're not narrow-minded like Mr Gretton and expecting everything to be in English for you, they add an extra dimension to a visitor's understanding of the country. There is an ancient culture alive in the land and bilingual signs and placenames honour that. Those who think bilingual signs and placenames will put tourists off are wrong. They will add to the experience. We've had 248 years of European placenames that displaced names that were here for 700 years or more. Where's the fairness? Where's the pride in another way of viewing the world?

lloyd gretton - 7 months ago
My comment was facetious. I know it means spirit. Having had months of slandering the noble word, Poverty, here goes. Poverty was the sacred vow taken by Saint Francis. Poverty could actually be a good branding. It denotes a community of people living quiet, honest lives large in spirit, well te ha. Google search engine appears to think, ha is ha ha ha. Poverty Bay is the 250-year old indigenous name of the bay. Lose it and Poverty Bay might truly disappear into the ocean. Te Turanga a Kiwa refers to a story about the standing of the chief Kiwa. I am sure it's a lovely story.

Jane Thompson - 7 months ago
If Google says it we better not use Te Ha - Lloyd Gretton really can't help himself can he. He can't help but be condescending to Maori culture, saying he is 'sure it's a lovely story', indicating again he knows nothing about indigenous history, and giving it a little pat on the head as he goes. Nor does he understand the word 'indigenous', if he calls a name an English visitor gave this place 'indigenous', before hastily picking up stumps and sailing away. Mr Gretton turns himself inside out to defend the word 'poverty', and bathes himself in the light of a European 'story' about Saint Francis. I could equally say, Mr Gretton, I'm sure the St Francis story 'is a lovely story'. But if you've ever lived in poverty you'll know poverty is hardly noble. And you do not address the fact that 'Poverty Bay' had a legitimate name for around 700 years before Captain Cook stopped here and didn't get what he wanted. Face it Mr Gretton, you're a racist.

lloyd gretton - 7 months ago
I feel tempted to say Seig Heil but I won't. So I will say in China where I live, they had the Boxer Rebellion and the Cultural Revolution where mobs tried to rewrite and destroy the past. Both ended in disaster. In China, historic names are respected. But China is turning into a great nation by looking ahead to the future. China is the nation now pioneering A.I. New Zealand is going backwards over really arcane issues.

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