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Dusky started as an homage to the naughty old boy Charlie McPhee, and his romanticisation and sexualisation of the Pacific female. But somehow I wandered off and found a bigger story. She is a characterisation of the spirit of New Zealand, the power of women, the struggles of Maori women and the need for Aotearoa to be cautious of the large nations who would have us be their Pacific lapdog. The desire China and America to divvy up the Pacific into a quasi military chess game is evident. “Kia Tupato” suggests it is important to be aware and cautious. I think it is important for N.Z. to put a stake in the ground and remain neutral. Dusky Maiden is my prayer that we as a community retain what was so hard for us to establish via our nuclear legislation - separation from a giant military bondage. We have been an extraordinary nation, attempting to live in a world with integrity. We hold a special place, because of this in the minds of many, but do we have the balls to fend off the cash of China and the mendacity of right wing America who could take that reputation away from us? We need to be cautious of political alliances for short term gain and photo opportunities. Kia Tupato indeed. Be cautious Aotearoa.