Newspapers And Talkback Shows Always Have A Lot To Say
The current mood of the country is somber. There’s an air of aghastness permeating the coffee shop conversations, the loitering at gas station counters over the front page headlines. There are twin boys, dead and buried now. A nation that is demanding answers, a social support and justice system that can’t extract them, and now in this moment; a chilling window into the underbelly of NZ culture that we’d wished to avoid.
Perhaps there was a moment of relaxation in the years that have passed since Alan Duff’s ‘Once Were Warriors’ confronted us visually with the gritty reality of our day to day. There is a clean-cut intelligence of how we’d like to be; but we’re always subject to our lowest common denominator.