Thursday, November 01, 2007

AmeriNZ #49 - HalloweeNZ

Episode 49 is now available, and it's free no matter where you get it from. You can listen to it or download it through the player at the bottom of the post here, or subscribe for free through iTunes here (you must have the free iTunes player installed). You can also listen to it for free through the player on my MySpace page.

A short special extra episode today (so that Friday's is episode 50, to be honest). Do we have Halloween in New Zealand? What about trick-or-treating? Or, is it all just “creeping Americanism”? People still try to promote Halloween in NZ, but, as I wrote last year, I think it's probably already peaked in New Zealand.

After that, I tell you about the cabinet reshuffle and the promotion of a gay cabinet minister. Comments, a couple announcements, and that's it.

Be back tomorrow with episode 50.

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Nik said...

It's been interesting having been through (barely) 2 Halloween here. It's one of my favorite holidays from growing up in the US, and it's a bit sad to me my boy won't quite have the same tradition here, but at the same time, I can see the valid complaints about it (trick or treating has been called "begging for lollies" by several folks I know). I do like that they offer organized carnivals, etc. here, but maybe trick or treating should indeed stay away - actually it's been dying a bit in the U.S. for years due to safety issues. Shoving it down NZer's throats doesn't appeal, obviously, although the stores will try their hardest.

Of course, I noted Christmas decorations on sale here around October 1, so obviously the lure of the almighty dollar (kiwi or US) can't be beaten back for long...

Arthur Schenck said...

I feel much the same way. As a child, I really enjoyed Halloween and trick-or-treating, but maybe the latter has outlived its time. And, to be honest, it never had anything to do with New Zealand.

Still, it is sad that your son won't know anything about what we took for granted. Hopefully his memories will be just as good.