New Zealand undervalues thinkers

10:54, December 14, 2009      

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The culture of New Zealanders undervalues thinkers and idolizes sports stars, a world-leading scientist said, according to local media on Monday.

Robert Winston said New Zealand celebrated attributes which weren't "really important", the Dominion Post quoted Winston as saying.

Winston, who is in New Zealand to deliver the opening address at the 2nd International Symposium of Performance Science in Auckland on Tuesday, said New Zealand was a society which "tends to be driven by sailing, by the All Blacks and by the Bledisloe Cup".

However, New Zealanders did, however, have some "fantastic" cultural values that they should protect including freedom, the environment, self-reliance, courage and caring for each other, he added.

He cited the country's lionization of Edmund Hillary as an "example of celebrating celebrity which is justified". 
Source: Xinhua

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