I was stuck down along the (Hagley) Park without any lunch. A Maori guy came along in a crane truck . He was waiting for instructions. I saw he was eating a sausage and I joked “you’re lucky, you brought your lunch!” At that he gave me a piece of fish and then one of his sandwiches saying :”we gotta look after each other”
Forget about pointscoring on racial issues.
That service was outstanding. I thought that it hit the right notes, right from the music to the speeches.
Bob Parker once again produced the words and thoughts for the future. Parker has come through both quakes with an image of positivity and hope .
It was great. Apart from the Dean who blathered a lot of platitudes, everyone spoke from the heart, there were no bum notes, the music, the setting, the rituals all combined to be a uniquely NZ occasion. Friends and relations tell me they found it healing after all they have been through.
My husband alternated between laughter and groans at that old Maori chap and we thought his rellie made rather a hash of the conch.
But it surprises me how much everyone harps on about race. At times like this, we realise there is actually no such thing – as our DNA proves.
The ‘Maoried’ comment was repeated so often it was clearly deliberate, not a slip-up. A bit laboured like much of his speech with trees and apples.
I liked the Bishop and her grave speaking style.
Just shows there was something for everyone.
I think though it’s time Malvina was retired.
John Key can speak on behalf of the nation in a way that Helen Clark never could.
He believed every word he spoke at the memorial service. It was sincere.
Helen Clark with her rictus strained fake smile was the epitome of form over substance.
We endured 9 long years of political correctness.
In 2008 Labour tried to scare people off John Key.
In 2011 I hope they try again.
I take you have not actually read the coastal and marine bill Johnboy. Go on deny it. I’ll go first. neither have I. On election day in November cast your vote for the man who has guaranteed that you can freely walk on the beach and have a picnic. The coastal coalition chicken little scenararios are just fanciful ramblings. Hone Harawira has read it and understands that it is not a bonanza windfall for Maori. Once you have calmed down you may politely have a new and better opinion of the greatest Prime Minister that NZ has ever had as was so ably demonstrated at the memorial service.
I am with Paulus..re the Anglican bishop….she waffled on and at one point even said..”this is not an altar call” and then proceeded to act as if it was…It was inappropriate. Others felt all the other religious representatives were a bit much.
Well that comment just shows what a stupid little dick you are NX and why National will loose the next election.
I have voted right since 1984. I voted for Key last time instead of ACT to help ensure we got shot of Helen.
It will be the last time I vote for a party that is for all intents and purposes indistinguishable from Labour and is in fact more to the left of Labour when it’s pathetic little leader hopes to grease his way back in to power this year by screwing the majority of his supporters and supporting the racist Murris.
John Key is a slimy little toad and he has just shot himself in the foot by backing the reptile Finlaysons Coast and Seabed legislation at the expense of his traditional supporters.
I am glad he stated that if he loses the next election he will resign. He won’t be missed.
I would rather a Labour bunch of utter wankers in power than a devious little prick like John Key who seems to have trouble lying straight in bed.
I shall of course go back to ACT and take around eight votes with me.