“BRAVO, NEW ZEALAND!”
HEP PART' IN THE WAR VIEWED FROM LONDON. " Imperialist." writing in the ‘Financier' of September 7, says of thiDorninion’s quick work in seizing Samoa fur the Empire’ "Bravo, New Zealand ! Lang regarded as the home of experimental legi-i.,Uuu, much of which, by the way. has been adopted by llm Mutlier Country, the ‘Great Biitaln of tho South' Ims of late years been making history fast. It was the first of th: Oversea Dominions to grant a trade preference to the Cnited Kingdom ; it was the first to ofier a battleship to the Adrniralty in the hour of dmicidty and danger. That battleship, known as JI.M.S. New Zealand, has been tho first of the Dominion's contributions to the Navy to take an active part in Idle war, lot it was one of Bear-Admiral Beattie's flotilla in the North Sea that helped to send to tho bottom three of Germany's cruisers and two toip.-du boats, and last week caur, 1 the gratifying news that New Zealand's Expeditionary Force is the hist of tho-u funned overseas to bring about a blood less victory in the (Southern Pacific. Although when war broke out it v.as distinctly stated by the Prime Minister in the 1 (rui'e of Commons that we entered 11 pi j i th” contlict without any idta of
territorial ag”i aiiiliseiuent. it is of the highest imporlaiic” that tho whole of the German colonics should be prevented from trailing with i-nr enemies, and that tlmo ports should not be used to shelter German cni:-'T-. In point of fact. Die duration of the war will lie largely determined by tin weakening of Germany's power :i broad." HIGH COMMISSIONER’S VIEWS.
"Imperialist" aBo publishes in his column an interview with New Zealand's High t'oinmissioner. The Hon. Thomas Mackenzie said : " \Vc New Zealanders—and I think I may also say the Australians—vabiv and appreciate our German fellow-t olonists, but I feel sure that the causes operating in th” Far East kI-u influence -NT-w Zealand. We see the Japanese at tael-: ing Kiao clinu with a vi- w to taking that teiritory from the Germans anil restoring it to China. Our friend:: in the East want to remove the possible menace of German militarism from that part in the same way as we here in England wish to be free from the German menace of Europe. Those of ns who live in tii- Southern Pacific desire to sec peace and concord obtaining amid the sunny island-; of that favored teg inn. The fewer ports Gentian possesses the greater freedom trout dang”!' will the- traders of the wotld enjoy. Already the route from the western seaboard of America to New Zealand anil Australia is threatened by German eruisers, and we find peaceable trading n s.sols like the Kn.inara sent tothe bottom by these German pirates of the ocean. Regarding Samoa from an aeqid-
sit inn pond of view, it will not be overlooked thru these islands -ire most valuable. Year by year tin- rub lauds of the tropic-’ are being Increasingly appreciated becon-e of their enormous producing capa city. The area of the islands is about 1.100 square miirs, with a native population numbering something like no. 000 Miub. Ami just a- word regarding those uativcs--a liner race never peopled any counliy. 'Tho :-lands produce copra and cocoa bean;. Bobber tree? have been freely planted, and the possibilities for the rubber trade are great. In addition, all kinds ~q the most delicious I’m its are grown.” —i bnniany and Democracy.— ■’What puzzles me great ly in eouncilimi with tho present awlnl war o-oiitimicil Mr Mackenzie) is: Why do the neace -foeing German people stand th” present i-oinlitions under which they live? W ha' can this ruinous war do for them? Germany’s industrial population has, by long years of careful study, the exercise, of enormous ability and self-denial, and by large financial outlays, ibvelnped raaiui-taetm-cs and trade, and pushed their eom-ni-.uie into every corner of the civilised world. The success which, has attended these .great efforts has been unparalleled in the history of the world. Pivo-aud-twenty years agio the external trade of Germany was about £)o00.000.000. I'hat has increased to £1.000,000.000, whilst the British have only doubled their trade during that period, in the matter of trade opportunities and facilities the Germans are almost everywhere placed on an equal footing. They have access to British market? under terms which they du not vecinrocate, and everywhere their trade was gradually extended. The result of tins war must fie. if not entirely to ruin their enterprise, at any rate to cripple it for years. The maintenance of the German military system has involved enormous cost, and it has compelled other peaceloving communities to spend lingo sums annually in training and equipment for their own protection. That applies in a degree to New Zealand. We arc training, and we are also determined to eliminate, ho far as wo can, from the Southern Hemisphere in which we live the danger that threatens us. If one thing more than another has keen demonstrated by this war, it is tho value of democratic institutions he* which tho communities who enjoy them have tho opportunity of controlling the Governments under which they dwell rather than live under a- system of militarism which makes for personal aggrandisement, and requires for the satisfaction of the ambitions of the few the sacrifice, at the cost of great suffering, of the real grit of the community.”
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“BRAVO, NEW ZEALAND!”, Evening Star, Issue 15637, 30 October 1914