New Zealand: A Look at it's Social Issues
A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
I chose New Zealand for my county for many reasons. I have seen pictures of its beautiful scenery. I also am a rugby player and know that the New Zealand has the best rugby team in the world. In addition to, I have no relative knowledge of New Zealand and it's culture. Finally my parents have been to New Zealand and they said that it was a amazing place.
I already know that New Zealand is a island located near australiais know for it's beautiful wildlife and nature. I have see pictures of their georgous lookout's and presteen wildlife. I know that the "Lord of The Rings" movies were shot in New Zealand.
I predict that I will educate myself on New Zealand's social issues and decide whether or not New Zealand will be a place which I would like to study abroad. I hope that I can learn about their culture and way of life. I also wish to learn about their Government and their social structures. It would be interesting to learn how New Zealand's social issues differ form America's social issues.
New York Times Topics: New Zealand
#1 They Say, I Say
"China to Employ Customs Workers With a Nose for Hard Cash"
The New York Times
February 13, 2015
China employs dogs in New Zealand that can smell the sent of money.
Quote: Bree Feng states, "China limits the amount private citizens can transfer out of the country to $50,000 a year.
But those seeking to leave or enter China with large sums of undeclared currency, whether for tourism or more suspect activities, will soon have new four-legged officers to contend with: cash-sniffing dogs.
This week, the deputy commissioner of the Chinese General Administration of Customs, Sun Yibiao, led a delegation to New Zealand, where he was briefed on a detector-dog training program that the country is helping China develop, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported."
Comment: Aloughough I agree that dogs should be used to sniff drugs, explosives and illegal cash, I disagree with China's law. Where a citizen can not take more then $50,000 dollars out of their country. I disagree because the law forces Chinese citizens to keep all of their hard earned wealth in China. Although I disagree with the law citizens need to listen to their government. Keeping this in mind I think that cash sniffing dogs would help New Zealand's customs and help keep illegal money from entering or leaving the country.
#2 They Say, I Say
"New Zealand Increases Incentives for 'Avatar' Sequels"
The New York Times
February 13, 2015
New Zealand increases for rebate for Century Fox to make the next 'Avatar' in New Zealand.
Quote: Brooks Barnes declares, "LOS ANGELES — Under an agreement between New Zealand and 20th Century Fox unveiled Monday, taxpayers in the island nation will pay for 25 percent of three mega-budget “Avatar" sequels in return for production jobs and other perks.
The financial incentives — a reversal from a government official’s previous stance — clear the way for Fox’s delayed “Avatar” sequels, directed by James Cameron, to arrive in theaters in Christmas 2016, 2017 and 2018.
New Zealand has long offered eye-popping incentives to Hollywood as a way to attract film productions that will create jobs, generate revenue and enhance the country’s image as a tourist destination. The country pumped more than $200 million into the locally made “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” movies and controversially rewrote a labor law to satisfy Warner Bros."
Comment: I believe that it is a great idea to have the next ''Avatar'' filmed in New Zealand. I agree that it will create new jobs and will increase New Zealand's tourism. Although I think that it will create new jobs and more tourism for New Zealand I disagree with Barnes when she states "taxpayers in the island nation will pa for 25 percent of the three mega-budget "Avatar" sequels". I do not think it is fair for the people of New Zealand to pay for 25 percent of the movie even when they are not associated with it in any way.
#3 The Big 5
Title of article: Proposal to Protect Antarctic Waters Is Scaled Back
Title of newspaper: The New York Times
Essay Author: David Jolly
Date of Publication: September 10, 2013
1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) : The audience of this article are people who are concerned for both their jobs and the Antarctic ecosystem.
2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?): The theme of this artical was explaining how much the reserve in the Artic Ocean and showing how the organizations that had the job to secure ocean reserves have given up without a fight.
3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?): The author's mood was generally upset because he was insulting the representatives of "caving in without a fight". Also he was upset because he understands how necessary these reserves are to ecosystem In the artic.
4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.): David Jolly used very few devices in his article, but he used irony when he stated "They point out that many of the nations that are now balking at creating marine reserves had pledged in 2010 at a United Nations conference in Nagoya, Japan, to set aside 10 percent of the world's oceans for conservation by 2020. Currently, less than 1 percent is protected, and the goal is almost certain to go unmet".
5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?): This is a two page factual article. His thesis is how antartic waters will be exploited for is wealth of sealife.
#4 The Big 5
Title of article (in quotation marks):"By Playing It Safe, Rugby Risks Losing Its Appeal"
Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times
Essay Author: EMMA STONEY
Date of Publication: APRIL 8, 2015
1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) This Article was written to all rugby fans.
2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This article discusses how rugby was losing its appeal to fans because of the lack of excitement in the past season. The author's message was that fans are losing interest and how some of the new rules are creating less excitement in the game.
3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The author's tone in this article was disappointed and critiquing. The author makes the reader understand her view and believe that something needs to be done to increase appeal. The author use words like "safer", "major" "issues", "blight" and "boring" to influence the mood of the article.
4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) The author used analogies to describe how the game can improve and why.
5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)
This is a two page critiquing article. Her Thesis explains how rugby is risking support and it loses appeal to the fans.
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