- July 30, 2020
- Posted by: user
- Category: Uncategorized
Over the weekend I was at a Tai Chi seminar (Sing On Tai Chi) in Christchurch. It was held at the Woolston Club in the former Woolston Working Men’s Bowling Club.
Times have changed.
- Woolston Working Men’s Club now called the Woolston Club – for obvious reasons.
- The bowling club closed circa 1996 looking at the Club Honours board. Now it is the base for Chans Martial Arts which I have had a long association with.
- The names on the board were interesting too. All Anglo Saxon, not one name that was not from the UK. No van Beekhuizen, Papalii, Patel, Chans, Latu, Chaudry, Kroll, Ruru & certainly no Crestani. What it would look like if it was still going now? Bet it would be very different. Growing up in the 60’s & 70’s if you had a non Anglo Saxon surname you could cope some abuse.
The event at Deans Ave have changed our view but we were already changing & have been since Maori first came to Aotearoa. Out of this tragedy we now have a chance to make thoughtful, positive change. While we have the momentum & community spirit lets proactively be inclusive, not put up with racist & bullying behaviour.
We are the same but also let’s celebrate & allow for our differences. Tolerance brother!