The Treaty House is not so much a tourist place for New Zealander - but more like a sacred land because of its significance in New Zealand’s history. For Maori and Europeans living in New Zealand, that is a significant place which is protected by antiquity act. Guess you really have to be a “New Zealander” to really appreciate the house.
Hee hee, “pai-hia” (坏兄, if I’ve gotten it right) in Chinese Hokkien is not just “bad brother”, it’s “bad _elder_ brother”!
Tsk, tsk, pai-hia, you negative role model, you. X-D
But on the flip, positive side, Paihia sounds like “pioneer” too, which seems to describe well the rugged nature of this northern corner of New Zealand.
And if the following website to is to be believed, if money is not an issue, paradise still awaits out there … http://www.paihiabeach.co.nz/pages/home.htm
So, let’s continue to tread with due respect, as guests in another land, oh dear Ah-Beng brothers.
Especially in the light of what -Bevan Chuang- (August 24th, 2007 at 8:50 pm) has just pointed out.
After all, we don’t want to become the crass “American cowboy” tourists detested worldwide … or do we?
Why you people make fun of another country/culture’s place like that? What is of significance to another people and how they choose to present or preserve it - you should treat with respect mah. Everything also must “in Singapore hor, we …” aiyoh… spoilt our name overseas like that leh.
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