MP to have plastic surgery

August 28th, 2011 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

But this surgery is in a good cause. Sunday News reports:

MP will have plastic surgery to repair a badly broken nose, busted while playing for the Parliamentary XV.

Hughes, the only Green Party MP in the side, suffered the injury on Monday in a game against a Diplomatic Corps XV in Wellington. The match was a warm-up for the Parliamentary World Cup, starting next Sunday.

The broken nose forced him out of yesterday’s game against a West Coast invitational team in Greymouth – won by the Coasters 12-0.

“I got the ball out of a ruck and started charging it up,” Hughes said. “But then I got knocked with some guy’s forearm.

“I went down and an awesome amount of blood came out. I went off to hospital and they said, `Wow, that [nose] is really bent’.” …

Hughes will return to Wellington next week for surgery to straighten his nose.

“I’m out of the World Cup unfortunately,” he said.

“But I will offer to be their water boy.

Hughes suffered cracked ribs in his debut for the Parliamentary World Cup side at Murupara in July.

“But it hasn’t put me off rugby. I will definitely play again when I am fit,” he said.

Good on Gareth for showing some Kiwi guts, and sticking with the game.

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27 Responses to “MP to have plastic surgery”

  1. tvb (3,945 comments) says:

    I would like to know whether this is being done privately or in the public health system. I wager a bet it is on the private health care system as elective surgery such as this is practically impossible to be done in the public system. Maybe this is being done on ACC in which case it may well be private. Something the left of centre parties oppose in NZ.

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  2. adze (1,695 comments) says:

    tvb, he’ll probably go to Ronald McDonald House. :)

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  3. big bruv (12,380 comments) says:

    I want to know how Hughes is going to deal with the inevitable fall out from fellow Greens given he was playing the disgustingly macho game of Rugby Union?

    I can just see the likes of Mad Delahunty and co tearing strips off Hughes come the next Green caucus meeting for playing a game that represents violence and the oppression of wimin.

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  4. TimG_Oz (883 comments) says:

    I hope the plastic used in the surgery has been recycled, and is bio-degradable.

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  5. big bruv (12,380 comments) says:

    Can anybody confirm that the tax payer funds the Parliamentary rugby team, and if so why?

    Just seems like another waste of my money.

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  6. Graeme Edgeler (3,222 comments) says:

    Can anybody confirm that the tax payer funds the Parliamentary rugby team, and if so why?

    I can confirm they don’t. It’s sponsered (or at least it was).

    That said, I can’t rule out the possibility of MP’s personal use of various perks on occasion.

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  7. Michael (880 comments) says:

    Big bruv – the answer is no in that no direct funds go to the team. However, there is no restriction on MPs using parliamentary budgets to pay for airfares/accomodation to go to matches on the basis of being on “parliamentary business” if they combine it with MP duties. Nor is there restriction on using discounts from perks on airfares if attending an overseas match, although this perk would be almost gone as only pre-1999 MPs can claim this.

    Otherwise the team is sponsored by corporates keen to suck up to MPs.

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  8. RF (1,132 comments) says:

    Poor little glove puppet. Hard to believe that such a lightweight plays rugby. Double meaning !!!

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  9. Pharmachick (210 comments) says:

    I think the commenters above me (excepting Graeme Edgeler) are missing the point.

    Sorry guys, and truly I am sorry, most of you usually make good contributions – whether I agree with them or not – to discussions. BUT: I’d rather have a politician that is willing to go hard on the paddock, risking (and receiving) broken bones/noses. I believe that we can parallel Gareth Hughes’ commitment on the Rugby field (and indeed anyone that plays sports and their relative commitment to that sport) to his (their) personal outlook on life. We can then parallel it to their potential to “go hard” and perform in parliament and defend the principals of democracy, fairness and the (mostly indefinable) kiwiness.

    Whether I agree with Gareth Hughes’ politics, or not….. I reckon NZ would be one hell of a lot better off if all of our MPs were as committed to what they did as Gareth Hughes was to that rugby match. I see his sheer commitment as a massive positive.

    Simply put: Gareth Hughes played rugby to his fullest and most committed ability, breaking bones in the process… one presumes that’s how he also treats politics. I am also forced to admit that Trevor Mallard recently showed a similar sense of 100% commitment (that ended up costing my wallet $100) in training and beating W/O in a bike race. FWIW, I had no particular opinion of Hughes until this article, now I feel he is a man of his convictions. Moreover, I still find Mr. Mallard to be a hotheaded man with little to offer NZs political leadership. However, I would be 1st to admit that Mr. Mallards commitment is top notch, and while I disagree with his policies and strategies, I admire his passion and follow-through.

    I reckon we as a country would be better off if we stopped our petty bitching about, for example; health care $$ going to a politician from “not their party” with a broken nose. Instead, we ought to encourage all parties and candidates to approach governing our country as the vitally important function that it is!

    [DPF: Well said]

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  10. pdm (842 comments) says:

    Bloody hell – I have something in common with a greenie. Two broken noses in my rugbyplaying days. On both occasions I went into hospital and had my nose straightened but never any plastic surgery.

    I wonder what Rob Penney, Canterbury ITM coach, thinks. Have a look at his snozz when next he is on TV – it has more bends in it than the road over the Rimutakas – lol.

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  11. annie (533 comments) says:

    This is routine for broken noses, and it’s neither surgery in the usual sense nor plastic surgery.

    You wait for the swelling to settle – typically 10 days, go back as an outpatient to see the current ENT learner who may or may not inject a bit of lignocaine before taking hold of the nose, talking quietly to you and then straightening it while you don’t expect it. Takes almost no time at all. Country GPs tend to do it themselves.

    Almost no cost to the taxpayer, and prevents functional problems with the nose further down the line.

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  12. Shunda barunda (2,964 comments) says:

    I wonder what the chances are that Hughes was targeted by one of our delightful local red necks.

    One thing I can’t stand (even more than the extreme left) is red neck ACTard West Coasters, and the new candidate is a colossal prize f@ckwit.

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  13. annie (533 comments) says:

    Ah dear Shunda, what is life like as a conspiracy theorist? Really? Broken noses are common in rugby played normally, it’s part of the deal.

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  14. Trevor Mallard (245 comments) says:

    Girls blouse. Play a bit more and it will get sorted.

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  15. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Looking at your melon Trevor , you’ve obviously played a bit,
    at least I hope that was a result of footy, apologies to your mum if it wasn’t

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  16. RandySavage (195 comments) says:

    typically sexist Trevor

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  17. Shunda barunda (2,964 comments) says:

    Ah dear Shunda, what is life like as a conspiracy theorist? Really? Broken noses are common in rugby played normally, it’s part of the deal.

    Ah dearest Annie, red neck apologist and supporter of our local f@ckwit ACT candidate are we?

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  18. annie (533 comments) says:

    Nope. Lifelong Labour voter turned National by the corruption of the last Labour govt. I’d die before I voted ACT.

    I still don’t like conspiracy theorists though, left, centre or right.

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  19. Shunda barunda (2,964 comments) says:

    Well Annie, I guess you don’t know much about West Coast rugby union either.

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  20. jaba (2,069 comments) says:

    “I got the ball out of a ruck and started charging it up,” Hughes said .. I assume he is taking the piss with this comment?

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  21. jaba (2,069 comments) says:

    in fact I can’t believe a Greenie would play any sport let alone rugby

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  22. Viking2 (10,734 comments) says:

    Pharmachick (79) Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    However, I would be 1st to admit that Mr. Mallards commitment is top notch, and while I disagree with his policies and strategies, I admire his passion and follow-through.

    I reckon we as a country would be better off if we stopped our petty bitching about, for example; health care $$ going to a politician from “not their party” with a broken nose. Instead, we ought to encourage all parties and candidates to approach governing our country as the vitally important function that it is!

    [DPF: Well said]

    Ist Point.
    Trevor is a well paid position and seems to have spent his time riding a bike rather than doing anything like his proper job.
    So his commitment has been to cycling not to his electorate as it should be. I doubt he cycles to and from work engagements like Celia does.

    2.Adults with jobs that require full time work attendance should not place that attendance in danger by engaging in rugby, unless they can guarantee to fulfill the obligations that they made to the taxpayer. Whats Parliament all about. Playing games where you can be given time off because you stub your toe or attending to the business of being an MP?

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  23. Pharmachick (210 comments) says:

    Viking 2,
    per your first point: I have no idea if that is true or merely supposition – but you may have a point there.

    Per your second point: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    “Adults with jobs that require full time work attendance should not place that attendance in danger by engaging in rugby, unless they can guarantee to fulfill the obligations that they made to the taxpayer.”

    first of all you thoroughly mix subjects by starting with “Adults with jobs” and then moving to “unless they can guarantee to fulfill the obligations that they made to the taxpayer” thereby implying starting with all employed adults then moving to specific adults with a specific job (i.e;. politicians).

    Since point 1 is moot (unless you are [or have employed] a private investigator)…

    Lets address point 2.

    a) No employer (that’s right kiddo, not even the NZ taxpayer as an employer) has a right to mandate out-of-work conditions of the employee. In fact there are **grave mitigating circumstances*** where an employer may mandate such conditions but they are few and far between, so good on you for trying to prevent any MP from playing sport outside of parliament time “just in case they can’t represent us”. But thats cool Viking2, I hope you did not have even ONE drink last week, did you know that statistically speaking, even one drink is associated with increased levels of snow-related injuries. OMG!!! What if you could not have gone to work the next day????? hmmm?? THATS THE ANSWER, ban drinking in NZ! In case of snow-related injuries.

    b) Plenty of “games” are held while work is in session, from business house sport through to “team confidence” exercises for those engaged in “corporate team building”. All are covered by ACC for a reason.

    I get that you don’t like Mr. Mallard, but try really hard to use well reasoned arguments, hmmm?

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  24. gump (1,231 comments) says:

    I can’t imagine there are many tears being shed on the Coast over this.

    Well – not counting tears of laughter…

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  25. david (2,482 comments) says:

    I rise to a point of information (for the edification of Pharmachick in particular) the concept of breaking bones in this context is false. The nose is comprised of cartilage. Over and out

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  26. lofty (1,295 comments) says:

    Yup, good on him for getting in there and giving it a go.

    I cannot stand his politics, but I know that he must be a fairly OK guy cause he can take a hit with a bit of humour.

    Like Mallard, he gets in and gives it a go, I admire that, cant stand the guy or more recently his politics, but it does show that he is almost human.

    Like annie says “Lifelong Labour voter turned National by the corruption of the last Labour govt. I’d die before I voted ACT.” I would add Greens, Mana, Progressive, NZ First, United future, Democrats for social credit,Aotearoa legalise cannabis party,

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  27. grumpyoldhori (2,410 comments) says:

    Heh, funny how all the ranting right wing ACT types rant on about what a bunch of hard men their MPs are, but none of them I’m told turn turn out for the politicians rugby team, too wimpy ? or green :-)

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