We need to reject our ‘man alone’ culture
Inspired by his time in the Army Reserve, Pete McKenzie says we must push back on Aotearoa's brittle 'man alone' model of masculinity
The sentry bustled round each morning to wake the bodies sleeping in pairs of shallow pits. Each pair took it in turns to throw on a dirty uniform while the other boiled water for breakfast, a shave, and a hot brew. It all had to be done in time for stand-to when we would slip from our shallow sleeping bays into our chest-high trenches with our rifles ready. My mate and I would sneak sips of ration-pack coffee and ‘chocolate drink’ as we watched the sun crest the Kaimanawa Range.