Labour spits on Anzac Day


I agree with Amy.  Anzac Day should never have been included into the Mondayisation Bill.

The mere idea that people think it’s just a holiday is already bad enough.  But to legislate for an additional day of to “celebrate” Anzac Day is just absurd.

We don’t “celebrate” Anzac Day.

Anzac Day is about honouring those that made the ultimate sacrifice.  To stop, just for a few hours in our busy lives and reflect on what it took for us to have the freedoms we take for granted today.

Anzac Day isn’t just about World War I and World War II.  It isn’t history.  Anzac Day is a current, living breathing occasion with veterans from Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and other theatres.

To turn it into a holiday by means of legislation shows a complete lack of understanding at best, and a nasty undermining of a most solemn tradition at worst.


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  • Gazzaw

    I am equally disgusted with retailers who run Anzac Day Sales. I don’t really think that the memories of our servicemen and women are particularly enhanced by screaming TV ads promoting cut price tellies. That most of those chains and shopping malls are owned by Aussie and Kiwi concerns who should know better is beyond belief.

  • im most disgusted with the socialists that pretend they care.

  • Colin Cloudesley

    My Grandfather got shoot in the first world war.
    As all who have gone to fight for freedom for our country NEW ZEALAND, they thought it was the right thing too do.
    I ask that we honour these people on the 25th April every year.
    Please leave it as it should be, don’t play with this day, it is a day for all of us to remember, to have freedom, and yes freedom of speech.
    The hardships these people went through for us, is one day in a year to much to ask for?

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    Anzac day is just one special day for us to take time and just honour those who fought for us and for those who laid down their lives for us. Don’t think this day should be mondayised. This extra days holiday should be treated like Easter and shops should remain closed, or what has been achieved. People don’t get too many days off now.

  • toby_toby

    I agree completely with Mr Oil.

  • flashman

    The UK has only ever had the closest Sunday to Remembrance Day (11 November), and the day has never lacked anything. If we’re going to have a national holiday, let’s just have one.

  • Kim Arnold

    totally agree – like most kiwis, had grandfathers and fathers fight – it is not to much to set aside a special day to remember them. ANZAC day is not a holiday and it is sad to see it being treated that way. It is a national day of remembrance…more meaningful that Waitangi Day

  • williamabong

    Labour couldn’t giva fat rats arse about ANZAC day or any other day, the whole game is about populist and cynical attempts to buy votes from the great unwashed.
    If the criteria for voting included paying taxes, and an IQ test we may be able to negate some of the corrosive effects of MMP, it would certainly remove idiots like Hone and the Greens from the equation, might even remove half Labours support as well.
    Then all we need is Judith Collins as PM then the country may move ahead.

  • Travis Poulson

    If people want the long weekend out of it, use your bloody annual leave! Or is it too much hassle to apply for the leave, too scared to ask the boss……or is it the entitlement mentality, you have to be handed the long weekend off by law…

    I remember when annual leave was only what, 2 weeks? now it’s doubled that, and socialist cunts are still moaning about MORE. Must be bloody hard to run a business in this country these days, productivity is going down the shitter faster than a curry on its way out of the body.

    • AnonWgtn

      How many sickies were their on the Friday after Anzac day – the roads were very crowded, and cars going to the sales.

      • Ronnie Chow

        Now that would be a good leak . How many Govt. employees took a sickie on Friday ?

        • Steve (North Shore)

          All of them. Those who were at work would be doing even less than normal, which is sweet fuck all

      • Travis Poulson

        Tell me about it, ANZAC afternoon was shocking too, I had to go to New Lynn mid afternoon, could have sworn it was rush hour.

  • seems to me

    Shock horror!!! On this subject I heartedly agree with Whale….
    Its about memory of those who fought to “defend” their country against the worldwide blight of the World wars and the police actions(they were never declared wars) against the spread of communism in Korea and Vietnam. The mantra then was to stop the spread of communism via the domino theory,to the rest of the world.

    Am a little bit ambivalent about Afganistan as it is a US based war fought on their ideology. LIke Iraq.

    Ok so I served in the military for 12 years, didnt do it to defend my country tho. Just thought it would be a cool life. Served with many who had been in WW2 and had total respect for each and every one of them. Lest we forget.

  • GregM

    It really pisses me off. It’s not a holiday and should not be treated as such.
    Also, if people can get up early to watch the rugby, why can’t they get up early and go to a dawn service? It’s only once a year we get the chance to thank our servicemen and women. It is the most meaningful day on the calendar in my opinion.

  • Nechtan

    I totally agree, ANZAC day should not just become another
    holiday. Is it asking too much that on one day a year the country put aside all
    its differences and come together to remember and honour all those men and
    women who served their country?
    They may volunteered or been conscripted but they answered New Zealand’s call, and a great many never came back.
    The two world wars especially (not in anyway forgetting the other conflicts) changed
    the country and the people. We should give thanks for all those who “did their bit”.
    On the following Monday the retail shops etc… should be shut, as they are
    on Easter Sunday, as for many ANZAC day will have more significance than

  • steve and monique

    Agree,it should not be lumped into the holiday bin.It is a day to remember those who have fought for what we have today,and at a huge cost in human life.. Labour have used it to buy votes. I am sure the employers of this green land will love having to fork out more money in leave,and time and a half.

  • Michael

    ANZAC Day is a day which we are given off work to commemorate those who fought and died to ensure our freedom from tyranny and oppression.

    Think it’s not that important? Ask the East Germans who routinely risked their lives to jump over the Berlin Wall. Even the ones who went on ‘holiday’ in Hungary and then walked into Austria in the last months of Communism walked away from all their possessions – imagine walking out the front door of your home, leaving everything and never coming back! But they would rather be poor and free, than oppressed.

  • manuka416

    I’m just going to take the best of both worlds. I’ll commemorate ANZAC day on April 25th as usual, with dawn service attendance, etc. And I’ll enjoy the Monday off work :) Easy for me, I don’t work weekends. The only trouble I have with the legislation is I presume it opens the opportunity for regular commerce on ANZAC day.

    I guess we’ll follow the Australian standard and keep all ANZAC commemorative events on April 25th, even when the day falls on the weekend? (After all, we’re just catching up to Australia in this regard)

  • Blair Mulholland

    Oh what a load of nonsense. A day off makes it easier to commemorate a holiday, not harder. By this logic, maybe we should get rid of the public holidays for Christmas and Easter so people would take them more seriously?

    People need to stop being so fucking precious about this crap. ANZAC day is not a pissing contest to see how much we can outdo each other in our respect of the Fallen.

    • Kim Arnold

      what a pile of crap you just wrote….For 37 years my family have put poppies on the graves, ever since my dad passed away, ex NZRAF…the kids and grandchildren even know its a special day for remembering all those who died or came back not quite right….you probably didn’t even raised your lazy arse out of the bed….dickhead

      • Blair Mulholland

        Clearly your Dad was a better person than you if all you can do is call me names and speculate on my sleeping habits. Congratulations, your ANZAC penis is bigger than mine. Yawn.