Christchurch Memorial Service

March 19th, 2011 at 10:42 am by David Farrar

I couldn’t view the service as it was broadcast, but various parts of it are on You Tube.

Hayley Westenra doing a moving rendition of Amazing Grace.

The PM’s speech

And you can also view the entire memorial service via TVNZ here.

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29 Responses to “Christchurch Memorial Service”

  1. hj (7,059 comments) says:

    I heard the Maori guys speech (once) and I thought it was a gem; the opposite of the negative trash we get from the Maori party , the Greens and (generally) the left.

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  2. hj (7,059 comments) says:

    The theme [the maori guy] was that colonists married (“moaried”?) Maori and Maori have traveled widely and married every race on earth, so Maori represent everybody.

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  3. hj (7,059 comments) says:

    everybody being every race.

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  4. hj (7,059 comments) says:

    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”

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  5. Neil (588 comments) says:

    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 .

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  6. BeaB (2,141 comments) says:

    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.

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  7. hj (7,059 comments) says:

    My husband alternated between laughter and groans at that old Maori chap and we thought his rellie made rather a hash of the conch.
    …..
    I’d like to hear that speech again.

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  8. jims_whare (403 comments) says:

    I listened to the Maori fellas speech on the radio and at first I thought he was waffling on about whakapapa and stuff but he really tied it into being really relevant for the occasion.

    I had to laugh to about the married(moaried) slip up but overall it was a very relevant speech

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  9. Paulus (2,656 comments) says:

    I wondered what planet the lady (Canadian?) bishop was on. Didn’t she waffle and waffler indetermanently and included Ken Ring’s comments ?

    Spoilt what was a lovely ceremony for me.

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  10. BeaB (2,141 comments) says:

    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.

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  11. Johnboy (16,980 comments) says:

    “I think though it’s time Malvina was retired.”

    I wasn’t there but listened on the radio and I thought she sang brilliantly especially the duet with the choirboy Patrick Mathews?

    Still Hayley Westenra stole it. :)

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  12. NX (504 comments) says:

    John Key got the tone just right for his speech. I think the PM has been great thoughout this tragedy, especially when you consider less than a decade ago he was an office bound moneytrader.

    He deserves to be rewarded in November, he’s earn it.

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  13. Johnboy (16,980 comments) says:

    Its just the Murri stuff that will bugger him NX.

    Pity of it all is that when Goofy wins he will endorse the same divisive racial policy so we are rooted whatever way we go.

    I know that I will never vote for Key again.

    Rodney may do better than he is hoping for this time around. :)

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  14. Dazzaman (1,144 comments) says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more BeaB, Dame MM’s voice is well and truly past it. An old persons voice….not good.

    Personally, I thought the Maori woman singing the National Anthem was great, very emotional.

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  15. NX (504 comments) says:

    Its just the Murri stuff that will bugger him NX.

    yeah, agreed. A point Brash articulated at the ACT conference.

    Hopefully he’ll get a majority after Nov so can back off some of that stuff.

    The sad thing is I reckon most Maori don’t subscribe to Tariana’s view of Maoridom, or more to the point, Hone’s view.

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  16. Fisiani (1,047 comments) says:

    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.

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  17. Johnboy (16,980 comments) says:

    I wont vote for the prick again Fisiani. The shuffling through of the racist seabed deal by his little acolyte Finlayson has fucked him for me forever and I suspect I am not the only one.

    We all know that Goofys mob will support it but I would rather see them in power with their natural supporters than watch the slimy little turd Key rubbing noses with Tarianas lot.

    I sincerely hope that his beancounters have worked this out very carefully.

    We won’t vote for you again Johnny Key so enjoy the limelight while you can. :)

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  18. Fisiani (1,047 comments) says:

    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.

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  19. Zapper (1,027 comments) says:

    Johnboy. Who is “we”? You only get one vote, waste it on Labour if you want.

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  20. Johnboy (16,980 comments) says:

    “Johnboy. Who is “we”? ”

    Mr and Mrs. Johnboy and all our flock who have had enough of the duplicitous crap from John Key and his little acolyte Chris Finlayson.

    I will never vote for the sad little prick again. He has tossed his lot in with the Murri’s hoping he will win another chance to pose before the Nation.

    I have news for Johnkey. He has just blown his chances as far as eight national voters last time with his insane attempt to get the Murri vote.

    I love hearing all this shit as to how he is a serious trader/manipulator etc.

    He has just traded off eight votes from my family for the dubious support of the cuzzies/whanau.

    One time Johnny he will go down in history as. :)

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  21. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    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.

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  22. NX (504 comments) says:

    Johnboy – I think you’d be more at home over at The Standard.org.nz.

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  23. Fisiani (1,047 comments) says:

    Johnboy- I think you’d be more at home with Ken Ring

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  24. Johnboy (16,980 comments) says:

    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.

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  25. Johnboy (16,980 comments) says:

    You are obviously an even thicker fuckwit than NX Fisiani. :)

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  26. Fisiani (1,047 comments) says:

    Johnboy the Mormon megalomaniac, has the vocabulary of the sewer.

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  27. Johnboy (16,980 comments) says:

    “Johnboy the Mormon megalomaniac, has the vocabulary of the sewer”.

    Never even sewn a button onto any of my “temple garments” Fisiani. :)

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Garment.jpg

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  28. EverlastingFire (286 comments) says:

    Fisianii – “We endured 9 long years of political correctness.”

    And how has that changed with Labour-lite?

    I didn’t watch the memorial, and honestly I think it was pretty pointless, as it does nothing for the people in the end. It’s just a political proceeding.

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  29. Fentex (1,014 comments) says:

    Speaking as a Christchurch resident; bah and humbug.

    Bunch’a self important people elbowing for room on a stage to demonstrate how pious they are while standing on the hands of people who want to get to their property in the city and get to work.

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