Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WHY RATANA?

The sight of politicians of all stripes and colours prostrating themselves at the alter of Ratana is one of the enduring mysteries of the Zealand body politik.    Ratana is by any measure a minor religion (even among Maori) with just 40,353 adherents according to the 2011 census.    It's theology is interesting while their bands are renowned more for their enthusiasm than their musical ability.   I digress.

Ok, I guess you can argue for Labour to front there acknowledging their historic ties with the Ratana religion albeit somewhat loosened in recent years.    But why the others.    Makes no sense to me at all.

Now, if political leaders fronted up to the AGM of the NZRFU that would be understandable.


11 comments:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Or the AGM of Federated Farmers.

The Veteran said...

Nah Adolf ... Labour doesn't 'do' farming but Rugby is bi-partisan.

pdm said...

Vet - rugby league is Labours go.

Anonymous said...

Ratana have a belief that they will, at some future date, be freed from income tax (I like that idea very much) so why they would perceive they have anything in common with socialists escapes me. Its an interesting place to visit (although it looks a bit tired) - there was a serious and fatal derailment nearby before the railway was relocated.

3:16

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:16.....Russian troll using VPN out of Sydney2 server.

Lord Egbut

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... 3:16 a Russian Troll. I think not.

Anonymous said...

Veteran....why not let anon 3;16 answer.. unless you know different.

Lord Egbut

pdm said...

It seems to me that the troll on this thread is YOU Egbut.

Anonymous said...

I don't self identify as a troll Egbut (although first wife still paints me as one) and expression of an opinion you disagree with doesn't necessarily make someone a troll in my world. I visited Ratana a few times while I lived in Wanganui (a Christian & train buff you see) and have read a bit about them and their part in the Christian history of NZ. My impression is that, as a supposed Christian body, they are a bit weird and something to be wary of, which I suspect, is how Egbut sees me with his crystal balls.

The old railway alignment is now fenced off but you used to be able to drive the bit north of Ratana to where the derailment was and through to SH3. Fascinating if you are boring and arkward like me I guess.

3:16

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:16....To much information. If you studied Christianity you would not use a disrespectful word like "weird" and "supposed" nor would you need to wonder about the long standing relationship between labour and Ratana. Using the word socialist tells me exactly what you are.......want to disagree? email Veteran with your particulars and we will talk again.

Lord Egbut Nobacon

Anonymous said...

Nope. Life is short and I spend to much time on this already to add another layer of waste with a leftie.

3:16