Tuesday, 6 December 2016


I saw this video today. It is pretty cool. It is a promotional video for the Taranaki region of New Zealand.

I wouldn't call Taranaki the most fashionable area in New Zealand (although in saying that, I'm from Palmerston North. Probably not so fashionable either.) but they have certainly turned it on in this video. They show a lot of pride in their area and it must have taken them a long time to do this. Lots of organisation I bet to get this just right. So well done to the 'Naki.'

The song in the video is a classic 1980's hit from the Patea Maori Club called Poi E. People of my generation and up will instantly recognise this classic Kiwi song.

What I like about this video is the pride that is shown in the region. The people who participated obviously love that they are from Taranaki and they gave up their time to help make the video.

So, what has this got to do with anything?

Basically be proud of who you are or what you are.

If you are an introvert be proud of it. Don't think of it as a millstone around your neck. You are a quiet person, you reenergise by being alone, be proud of that. Maybe you might not have participated in this video but that is ok, there is nothing wrong with that, you know who you are and you are proud of that just like the Taranakians in this video.

Introversion is not a curse, in fact it could be an advantage as long as you know how to harness it. Be proud of who you are and one day you might even make a video like this.

For movie buffs who think that the region in the video looks familiar, this is where the film, The Last Samurai was filmed in 2003. Mount Taranaki deputised for Mount Fuji.

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