The Dom Post reports:
Roy Southward got more than he bargained for when he bought an office block – he found himself the proud new owner of a taxpayer-funded statue of former prime minister Sir Keith Holyoake.
Mr Southward, whose family trust has bought the State Services Commission building on Wellington’s Molesworth St, said “we were surprised it was part of the package”.
It was all the result of an oversight when the building was sold to its first private owner, AMP Capital Property.
The bastards privatised Sir Keith’s statue – paid for by taxpayers.
Former National MP Rob Talbot, who served under Sir Keith, said the fact that it was in private ownership “is a real historic mess and something should be done about it … Action should be taken to get the statue in public hands and put it where it rightfully should belong – in Parliament Grounds”.
I agree. Sir Keith won a massive four consecutive elections and was one of our great parliamentarians – he should be in the grounds of Parliament.