Peters right on this

December 23rd, 2013 at 3:24 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Winston Peters says we need to use the success of Kiwis like Lorde and Sir Peter Jackson as part of our foreign policy to promote our image abroad.

Speaking at a conference on cultural diplomacy in Berlin, Germany, yesterday, the New Zealand First leader said today’s digital environment meant the biggest contribution to cultural diplomacy would be made outside “official” channels.

“The recent impact of the Gangnam Style – something like riding a horse without the horse – raced across the world from South Korea,” he said, referring to the internet sensation turned international hit by musician Psy.

“Hundreds of millions sharing a harmless craze on YouTube and laughing together may be as helpful for world peace as some meetings at the United Nations.”

I agree. Not just because the UN performance is so limited due to security council vetos, but because the power of individuals to reduce barriers is immense.

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20 Responses to “Peters right on this”

  1. Keeping Stock (9,789 comments) says:

    Is he happy for Lydia Ko to be a sporting ambassador for New Zealand, given the growth of golf throughout Asia? She is, after all, a New Zealand citizen.

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  2. iMP (2,152 comments) says:

    Electronic media is a two-edged sword. Not sure I’d want my national branding coupled with electronic media.

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  3. iMP (2,152 comments) says:

    Bit like giving our Foreign Affairs portfolio to Winston Peters.

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  4. Manolo (12,626 comments) says:

    The venal Peters living the life of a globetrotter and magnate, speaking in Berlin (on our coin, of course).

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  5. adamsmith1922 (879 comments) says:

    Winston Peters on cultural diplomacy FFS!

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  6. Viking2 (10,720 comments) says:

    Interesting as organizations such as Lions, Red Cross, Rotary and many others have been quietly doing this stuff for decades. It was the efforts of I think, BskyB ,with satelites that got the message across the iron curtain despite authorities trying to prevent the smuggling of TV sets into the USSR.

    While Peters is right the problem is that there are plenty who would scupper the worlds ability to spread the word via the internet or interfere with peoples right of access to what is essentially a bunch of private assets that consisit of the internet.

    We have various Govt.’s censoring the information, blocking access and the Ruler of the Free World (the USA.), that is busting it’s arse to spy an everything transmitted on that privately owned system.

    Even worse those same Rulers of the Free world are not adverse to using the power to get their own message across whilst trampling on the rights of others.

    As for the UN, its conceivable that if it ceased to exist then the world would be a better place quicker.

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  7. bringbackdemocracy (350 comments) says:

    Is he coming back?

    Where’s the $158,000?

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  8. MH (558 comments) says:

    Ich bin ein Binliner,or vas he looking for a jelly Tip ice creamer,ja?

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  9. Sam (493 comments) says:

    Viking2 – you don’t make a lot of sense – I don’t think the US’s snooping has any impact on the topic of this post – methinks you can’t see past your own particular barrow.

    There is of course, one issue with Peters’ stance – we’d have to somehow overcome our national Tall Poppy Syndrome, and properly be proud of those who succeed in all fields of endeavour.

    And, why not expect a return on investment – note that we, as taxpayers, already shell out over 15million to Arts and 80million to sport in this country each year – so perhaps we could expect some RoI there anyway?? (that’s not counting lottery board funding, or film industry subsidies either)

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  10. thedavincimode (6,119 comments) says:

    All well and good, but internet exposure can have its drawbacks

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  11. Michael (880 comments) says:

    Winston is full of it. But like a broken clock, occasionally he gets it right.

    Another aspect is how some entrepreneurs can leverage an internet craze for commercial reasons – Angry Birds is made a Finnish company and its executives mega rich.

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  12. Ross Miller (1,624 comments) says:

    errrrrrrrrrr … Peters attending a conference on ‘cultural diplomacy’ must be akin to letting an elephant loose in a glasshouse.

    Just ask any of the racial groups he has managed (deliberately) to insult over the past three decades.

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  13. Tom Jackson (2,235 comments) says:

    Great.

    Someone who can’t really sing and someone who can only direct action sequences.

    Brilliant…

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  14. Sam (493 comments) says:

    My case about Tall Poppy Syndrome, made right there. . .

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  15. Viking2 (10,720 comments) says:

    Sam (493 comments) says:
    December 23rd, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Viking2 – you don’t make a lot of sense – I don’t think the US’s snooping has any impact on the topic of this post – methinks you can’t see past your own particular barrow.

    There is of course, one issue with Peters’ stance – we’d have to somehow overcome our national Tall Poppy Syndrome, and properly be proud of those who succeed in all fields of endeavour.

    And, why not expect a return on investment – note that we, as taxpayers, already shell out over 15million to Arts and 80million to sport in this country each year – so perhaps we could expect some RoI there anyway?? (that’s not counting lottery board funding, or film industry subsidies either)
    ======================

    How many NORTH Koreans were able to see their neighbour behave stupidly?

    Had Lorde not done her own thing would the world have had easy access to her songs, easy enough to take them to No.1 without the “music/film industry titans taking all the money” as they do?

    Next step call the FBI.
    Oh that’s right, Lorde didn’t need the Titans.

    So will the “industry” stop playing her songs because the Titans threaten the players?
    What arrangements will they make to stop the next Lorde from having their songs played?
    Exclusive rights etc.

    Nothiing is ever what it seems in the world of the USA.

    Wait till a song goes viral about removing govt.’s and self regulating. Then the troughers wil;l be in a fix.

    I did say yesterday that had every film/video showing of Avartar had a few minutes preview of NZ and tourism etc then we would have had a good deal. As I understand the deal for Avatar that only applies to DVD’s which no one buys anymore. (oh except for a few oldies from TV1.)

    http://screencast.com/t/1gypMkBg

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  16. Johnboy (13,386 comments) says:

    The non-opposition spokesman for drinking, smoking and looking frightfully wizened (from both the previous) pops off to Berlin on our coin to promote our image!!!!!!

    Fuck me dead. Troughers like Peters have no morals at all! :)

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  17. BeaB (1,948 comments) says:

    Peters is surely just stating the obvious. Has he just woken up?

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  18. Nigel Kearney (747 comments) says:

    The neighbour’s dog crapping on my lawn “may be as helpful for world peace as some meetings at the United Nations”.

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  19. ChardonnayGuy (1,023 comments) says:

    Ah, an example of the infinite number of anthropoids and their Hamlet script scenario at play. Actually, no, I apologise to innocent simians for defaming them through guilt by association with Winston First.

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  20. Harriet (4,010 comments) says:

    “……Hundreds of millions sharing a harmless craze on YouTube and laughing together may be as helpful for world peace as some meetings at the United Nations…..”

    Notice that Winston said ‘some meetings’.

    That is because the world now mostly sees the UN as being an international platform of anti-seminism and the final solution. Not to mention that the UN is an unaccountable and ever expanding level of government that tries to enforce it’s opinions across national boundries – boundries that have never democraticly voted for it. Most meetings are now seen as being negative towards world ‘harmony’.

    ‘Meetings’ at the UN should be more about stabilizing the more ‘distraught countries’ in the world than of being about ‘abortion rights’ ‘prison rates’ ‘female involvement’ ect in civilised countries – as those things only cause disharmony to, and loss, of ‘democratic government’ in the civilised countries – the VERY THING the UN is trying to install into the ‘distraught countries’. It’s counterproductive. And anyway, those issues tend to take care of themselves once democracy has been established and given a chance to flourish inside Nation States. The west is testament to that.

    The UN needs to maintain Western Christian principals as their foundation and pillers. Nothing good can ever come from singing from differing and opposing song sheets. Hence the mistakes the UN has made in the last 2-3 decades and the loss of faith that western voters now have in it.

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