Back in 1969 I was fresh off the boat from the other side of the world. As I was just 5, my arrival coincided with the start of schooling and I happily started at the local C of E primary. It was ok, there were 40 kids in my class, which seemed a bit busy, but I was learning to read and it was cool. There was only one cloud...the other children kept calling me "Australian". It used to feel like a punch in the mouth. It hurt. I went home and complained to Mum. She was astonished! How offensive! She told me to point out to them that the two countries were 1000 miles apart. Even this did not convince them to stop. I had it from teachers, pupils, and parents. By the end of my first year of school I had shed my accent and the torment stopped.
Today I read about this and realised I could get justice! I can't remember anyone's name now but if they interviewed everyone who was there in 1969/70 someone may confess?
WTF? Last time I checked Australians and New Zealanders were broadly from the same race as Europeans. When will it be a hate crime to call a Arsenal supporter a Spud?
Update; Perhaps we should clog the courts with such cases? Have a "Call a New Zealander an Australian Day".