i had to share this because it's awesome:
Vodafone Warriors chairman Bill Wavish has today welcomed the
appointment of Rotorua academic and community leader Donna Mariana Grant
as the first woman on the club’s board.
i congratulate her on her achievement. although it could be said that recognising her continues to give prominence to men's sport over women's, something that is already a huge problem in our society, it's still a breaking of a major barrier & i'm sure she'll have a lot to contribute. i wonder if we'll ever see a woman on the baord of the NZRU?
in other happy news, the press council has ruled against paul holmes' racist waitangi day rant:
14. When the statements are considered in context, a reasonable reader
would assume they are referring to Maori as a race rather than to just
the protestors at Waitangi. While there may be truth in the “hopeless
failure” of some Maori to educate their children and stop bashing their
babies, it is inaccurate to make the allegation against Maori as a race.
15. The inaccuracies upon which some of the opinions are based also
make the opinions so extreme that in the Council’s view they go beyond
what is acceptable and become a gratuitous offence to Maori as a race.
16. It is because the allegations against Maori as a race are
inaccurate, and the opinions are extreme to the extent of being a
gratuitous offence to Maori, that the complaints are upheld.
while i'd like to have seen them make the point that some non-maori are equally "hopeless failures", it's still great to have the ruling out. i'm not sure that this means anything in terms of penalties for mr holmes or for the paper. it would be nice if there was some. regardless, there is still the moral victory of knowing that there are at least some standards to which the press are being held, and that mr holmes' nastiness clearly breached them.