Most people who know me, know that I have a particular love for New Zealand. I once lived and studied there, and completely fell in love with it’s beautiful landscape, people and culture. I realise that banging on about it all the time can be a bit annoying, but today I feel that I am justified in mentioning it. Today the NZ parliament passed a bill for marriage equality – which is excellent in itself – but it was the reaction from the gallery upon hearing the news that had me crying.
The woman in the striped shirt is Louisa Wall, the openly gay MP who sponsored the bill. Louisa, well done you!
They are singing Pokarekare Ana, a Maori love song.
P.S. If someone wants to buy me a one-way plane ticket back to Wellington, I’d be mightily pleased.