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Caro



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sully's story was made into a film just last year, Joe. It is just called "Sully" (though I had to look that up, feeling it was called something different).  People were amazed that I had never heard of the story of his bringing the plane down in the Hudson River, but I hadn't.

Meanwhile, I am reading The Good Doctor, an autobiography by Lance O'Sullivan, a NZ Maori doctor practicing in the deprived far north, who was named NZer of the Year a couple of years ago, and who has dedicated his life to the mainly Maori population up there, often providing free services and other help.  I have only got to his troubled youth, being the product of a Maori alcoholic father and a young mother, who found the strength to bring up four children on her own before state help for such parents (the DPB - Domestic Purposes Benefit).  He was not brought up to know much of his Maori whakapapa (literally genealogy but encompassing a lot more than that) and suffered from the woes of his mixed blood, feeling neither wholly Maori nor wholly Pakeha.  He was saved by a Maori secondary boarding school and his European grandparents, very accepting of their mother and her growing family, and his background.  And later he found his father's family, and understood his Maori background too.

The style is very easy to read - I think it is aimed at troubled youth like him, as inspiration for what can be achieved by people like him.  It is our bookclub book.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed your comments about your acquaintance in the waiting room, Caro.  I'm pleased you still have a sense of humour.


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your Maori doctor story sounds interesting, Caro. A less Maori-sounding name than Lance O'Sullivan is hard to imagine, but he certainly sounds like the real deal.
Everything I have ever heard about the difficulties faced by indigenous New Zealanders has a familiar ring to it. Although the cultures are different and we are half a world away from each other, the challenges here are the same. Just this morning I was talking to somebody organizing a Cree language immersion course for teachers. Efforts to revive and reinforce the aboriginal cultures are growing, but sometimes I wonder if it's futile. Worthwhile, certainly, but a steep uphill battle.


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