RIP David Allanson

July 3rd, 2012 at 6:01 pm by David Farrar

died unexpectedly this morning. David had worked at Parliament for 23 years as a security guard. As with many of the security team, he was a first class person who was always friendly and interesting to talk to.

Despite me having left the place eight years ago, Dave always greeted me warmly when I visited and made me feel like I had never left. He was a lovely guy.

My condolences go out to his family, and to his colleagues and friends.  He will be missed by many.

2 Responses to “RIP David Allanson”

  1. KR (1 comment) says:

    David, thank you for posting this. It gives many of us who knew and worked alongside David Allanson an opportunity to express our sadness on hearing of his unexpected death. He was a wonderful man and such an asset to the Parliamentary team. I always appreciated that he took the time to chat and enquire about my kids and how they were doing. He was never without a smile and a welcome. My thoughts are with his family, his colleagues in the Security team and the rest of the Parliamentary precinct. I agree that he will be missed by all those who knew him. Katherine Rich

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  2. Rex Widerstrom (5,113 comments) says:

    I agree. In fact all the security staff at Parliament seem uniformly to be good people. That wouldn’t be noteworthy except it’s a profession that attracts more than its fair share of misanthropists.

    I’d always take a moment to chat with them as they were about the only people in the building who had anything approaching a normal life, so the talk would always be of families and kids and hobbies and not the seemingly more important, but actually ethereal, topics on the minds of everyone else who worked there (other than the Bellamy’s staff).

    David Allanson exemplified the way the job should be done – always alert, but unceasingly friendly. At times when things became too much in “Paranoia Palace” (as the late Terry Heffernan dubbed the NZF office post Laws) I’d deliberately stroll the corridors till one of the security staff struck up a conversation, just to be able to discuss something normal with someone sane. David was often the (un)lucky target and I have him and a few other people to thank for my sanity. And I mean that sincerely.

    While I’m sure most MPs and staff share a similar view, it’s worth noting that when I once ran into a Parliamentary security guard off duty when I popped into the Johnsonville RSA for a beer, he revealed not everyone does. Some treat security and Bellamys and similar people as though they’re invisible, he said, and proceeded to list a few of the worst shits (though he was far too polite to call them that). It was fairly early in my time at Parliament and I found it very instructive – those same people subsequently proved to have no connection to, or understanding of, the people they represented / worked for.

    Made me think the non-political Parliamentary staff ought to have published a “form guide” before each election, as they had the ideal post from which to observe the people who rule the rest of us in their unguarded moments.

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