Date: 2015-10-15 05:56 pm (UTC)
zeborah: Map of New Zealand with a zebra salient (New Zealand zebra)
From: [personal profile] zeborah
It wouldn't work in New Zealand where by and large the history of Guy Fawkes is irrelevant to the holiday, which is merely an excuse to make things explode prettily. We don't do bonfires (oh my god the fire risk) or effigies, only fireworks, and it's all about the spectacle. So in effect it's a celebration of "Look, I make boom!" which wouldn't go with Parihaka at all.

Also I suspect (though speaking as a Pākehā so on the wrong side to be making any pronouncements) that burning John Bryce would miss the point that this was very much a government-sanctioned genocide: yes, Bryce in many respects went further than anyone else, but the government/Pākehā have spent a good two centuries attempting to dispossess Māori of their land and culture and language in all sorts of ways that have been, while on the surface less blatant, in effect little less evil.
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