True Trans-Tasman Mateship

September 24th, 2009 at 1:57 pm by David Farrar

AAP report:

Mr Rudd joked that as the US is absorbed with its own policy debate on health reform he had had his own experience of “socialised hygiene”.

“I woke up this morning at the appropriate hour before some further breakfast organised for me by staff and then, only to encounter a queue, a line of people outside my bathroom, led by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Foreign Minister of NZ and most of our diplomatic staff,” Mr Rudd told a lunch in New York on Wednesday (NY time).

“So, if Mayor (Michael) Bloomberg is here, I would say this is an extreme way to treat our Kiwi cousins,” Mr Rudd said.

The story explained:

Prime Minister was forced to go cap in hand to the residence of the Australian Ambassador to the for a wash this morning (Wednesday NY time) after water to his hotel was cut off.

Australian Prime Minister got more than he bargained for when he woke to find a queue of unwashed Kiwis waiting to use his bathroom.

In the true spirit of trans-Tasman cooperation Mr Rudd extended a cousinly hand to Mr Key in his hour of need.

Mr Rudd and his wife Therese Rein are staying at the residence of the Australian Ambassador to the United Nations near the UN building on the east side of Manhattan and were close at hand when the water was cut off at the hotel next door.

Dozens of people, including the New Zealand and other foreign delegations, along with members of the Australian diplomatic party and Mr Rudd’s staff were left without any water for several hours, as they woke up to get ready for another day at the UN.

I can see Rudd dining out on this for for quite a while!

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6 Responses to “True Trans-Tasman Mateship”

  1. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Gaddafi’s tent may have had better facilities than the hotel. After all it was required to meet the local council regulations.

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  2. gravedodger (1,568 comments) says:

    And the Messiah took a bowl of water to wash the feet of his friend- hang on it wasn’t the White House

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  3. lofty (1,317 comments) says:

    I would have thought he could have gone to helens apartment for a scrub up..a loaf of vogels has to be worth something.

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  4. s.russell (1,646 comments) says:

    Good on ya, mate. Kev’s a real cobber.

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  5. Crusader (321 comments) says:

    John Key had the option of having a cold shower, or going cap in hand to the Aussies. I would have taken the cold shower. (No way in hell would I have gone anywhere near Helen’s bathroom!!!)

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  6. Viking2 (11,561 comments) says:

    We once had an electricity crisis where the slogan went something “save power, shower with a friend”.
    But showering with an Aussie??

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