New Zealand is a small country of some 4.4 million, nestled in the south-western Pacific. On the world stage, we cast a reasonably small shadow most of the time. However, from time-to-time, our contributions belie our scale—like when women gained suffrage (first in the world), Rutherford split the atom, Hillary scaled Everest, and Jackson made the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Today, a group of New Zealanders joined a group of Flemish people at Messines Ridge Cemetery, to rebury the remains of a soldier that fell in World War 1, and remember New Zealand's contribution to defending the Western Front. We don't know who the soldier was, but do know that he was fighting for freedom. Commander of the Defence Force, Lt. Gen Rhys Jones, Ambassador Paula Wilson and many other New Zealand and Flemish dignitaries were present. Also, two young New Zealand AFS exchange students currently in Belgium, including our daughter Megan, laid a wreath and read a poem. The ceremony was reported in the Dominion Post and the NZ Herald.
The weather was cold, but the moment moving. It's at times like these, when we remember the contributions of our forebears, that I'm proud to be a Kiwi.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and effective board practice; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.