Kia Kaha

Not Mates – Kia Kaha T-shirts

An Auckland T-shirt company trying to raise money for earthquake-affected Christchurch charities has been ordered to stop using the phrase “Kia Kaha Christchurch” because it breaches a trademark held by another clothing label.

Wellington-based label Kia Kaha issued the cease and desist notice to Mr Vintage today.

Mr Vintage notified potential customers of the situation on its Facebook page, which prompted a storm of condemnation from followers.

Mr Vintage founder Robert Ewan told NZPA it was a disappointing situation but he did not want to make it a big issue.

Well I’ll make it a big issue. Kia Kaha are Not Mates. They are being petty, and pathetic. It isn’t like Mr Vintage is profiteering or even trying to steal any brand, they are simply trying to raise money for the victims of the earthquake.

Kia Kaha are Not Mates.

If people want to help the people of Christchurch and think that buying a t-shirt is them, then please buy ones from Mr. Vintage, they are Mates. They are better shirts too.

UPDATE: I have been sent this link from Kia Kaha Shirts.

The team at Kia Kaha just wanted to clear up a bit of confusion around using the phrase Kia Kaha. Firstly, we applaud Mr Vintage for wanting to raise money for the people of Christchurch – that?s what we?re all trying to do and every dollar helps in Christchurch?s efforts to rebuild. We simply asked that Mr Vintage remove its Kia Kaha branded tee and concentrate on selling their other designs so we could all avoid confusion that was starting to occur. There was no ?cease and desist? document ever issued to Mr Vintage nor was any legal action ever taken in this matter. The negative reaction from people who didn?t understand what was happening was unfortunate and saddening for us. Anyway we?ve talked to Mr Vintage, they?ve talked to us and we?re both now just getting on with raising money for Christchurch.

While we have had the term trademarked for 16 years for our clothing lines, we have always encouraged people to embrace the philosophy behind the meaning, Kia Kaha ? Be Strong! Sports teams, school mottos even the Kia Kaha Police Anti Bullying programme all use the phrase in a positive way. We have never tried to stop this. Kia Kaha Avatars for the quake are cool. Go for it. The more messages and support of Kia Kaha to the residents of Christchurch the better, shout it from the rooftops if you feel inclined!

Kia Kaha is very proud to be contributing to the relief efforts in Christchurch. All proceeds from the sale of our tees are being donated to the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal. We have some wonderful sponsorship to make this happen which we will be able to tell you about soon. The reaction to the design and the number of orders we?ve received has been simply outstanding. We will be updating you all on how much money we have raised for Christchurch shortly.

The most important thing is that we are all working hard for those who need our support most, Christchurch.

Kia Kaha Otautahi!!

I think it is safe to move Kia Kaha Shirts from No Mates to Mates.


Swine Flu – Jewish Conspiracy

Unlike the Split Enz song history actually does repeat.

In times past Jews were blamed for all sorts of things like the Plague, poisoning wells, and all sorts of other perfidy including being sub-human.

Now the Muslim and Arab media are manipulating the swine flu epidemic to demonize Israel and its leaders.

Anti-Semitic Cartoon from QatarThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which monitors global anti-Semitism, accused large-circulation daily newspapers such as Al Watan in Qatar and Al-Quds al-Arabi in the UK of “exploiting” the epidemic to provoke anti-Israel and anti-Semitic attitudes.

An Al Watan cartoon cited by the ADL had a caption saying: “The World Health Organization is warning about a world-wide epidemic – the swine flu,” and showed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with a pig snout.

“One theme of the anti-Israel cartoons related to the swine flu is ironically picturing Israeli leaders with faces of pigs, reflecting the disdain for the pig in Islamic culture,” the ADL said in a press release issued Monday.

“Once again, the Arab press is not just content with reporting the news of a serious and potentially deadly global epidemic,” said ADL National Director Abraham Foxman. “They are exploiting the swine flu epidemic in an effort to rile up anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment in the Arab street. And they are using the most powerful tool in their arsenal – the visual, the cartoon – to incite hatred for the Jewish state and its people.”

This is despicable, but I fully expect some leftist c**t to come on here and explain it is because of some injustice by Israel that causes this sort of disgusting anti-semitic behaviour. You know someone like Bomber or Tim Selwyn.


The jokes have started

from Old Holborn

Swine Flu Department of Health Leaflet