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Take note, Japan

Today I was lucky enough to wake up to a live streaming of the formal opening of NZ’s 53rd parliament. We basically just watched the MPs come up one at a time, swear their allegiance to the queen, and then sit back down. What was interesting though was that some MPs chose to swear their allegiance in Maori, and one MP, Naisi Chen, swore her allegiance in both Maori and Chinese.

It made me feel very proud to watch the ceremony, I almost cried. Yesterday Helen Clark posted a photo of when she was in cabinet in the 80s, and besides her and two other women, the whole cabinet was white men.

It’s the 21st century, and I’m proud the House of Representatives in New Zealand is starting to look like the population, like the people they are supposed to represent. I’m also glad because these people, seemingly, weren’t placed their because of tokenism, but because New Zealand has built a culture that tries to emphasize all of our unique abilities, not just that of the patriarch, the ones that used to rule the roost.

Take note, Japan.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.


I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.


On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.


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