Clark helps celebrate birth of a nation
NZ Herald Wednesday May 22, 2002
18.05.2002 By AUDREY YOUNG [Abridged]

The Prime Minister will leave the Labour Party conference early today to lead a New Zealand delegation, including the parents of slain NZ soldier Private Leonard Manning, to East Timor's independence ceremony tomorrow. 
At midnight tomorrow, watched by thousands of locals and visitors, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will relinquish administration to a democratically elected Government headed by former guerrilla leader and President-elect Xanana Gusmao. 
Helen Clark paid tribute to Mr Gusmao, describing him as "Timor's Mandela in terms of the ability to forgive and move on". 
Also attending will be Foreign Minister Phil Goff and his associate Matt Robson. 
New Zealand has pledged $10 million in aid over four years, on top of $9 million in the past three years and $39 million spent on defence force deployment since 1999. 
Former diplomat and foreign affairs commentator Terence O'Brien said New Zealand and Australia should take a bow for their role in the "nation-building" process.

COMMENT:  Interesting irony.
The same Pakeha governments have also deliberately prevented indigenous peoples in New Zealand and Australia from achieving the status that East Timor has now acquired.
In a region (Asia-Pacific) that is overwhelmingly non-White, political discrimination against Aborigine and Maori by an alien Pakeha enclave (Australia-NZ) is anomalous and unjust. Other Indigenous neighbours have their homelands, enjoy political and economic independence and are able to participate in the life of Aotearoa NZ as well. Meanwhile, Aborigine and Maori languish in a twilight zone of non-recognition of their right to self determination and restitution of their traditional lands, waters and other resources.
The process of resolving that situation is long overdue. Time is running out
For further revelations about the colonial games that Pakeha governments in Australia-NZ play with Indigenous Pacific nations, read this article.