Helen Clark is back in New Zealand and told the Bay of Plenty Times she wouldn’t be giving interviews and was “home on family business”.
She is perfectly entitled to visit her family and not give interviews, but I don’t know why she wouldn’t in this case because it was an opportunity for her to promote a very good cause.
Oamaru nurse Robyn Coupler spent more than 30 years working in Haiti. She was back home when the earthquake which killed more than 230,000 people struck.
She and local supporters set up HHH to help survivors and the trust has sent several teams of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists to Haiti.
Robyn already had local networks and the teams were able to work with local people to give the help they needed most in contrast to the United Nations teams which some thought were doing little good and some harm.
A supporter of HHH contacted Ms Clark who was impressed by the work the charity was doing and offered to help.
That’s it – a good cause, no conspiracy so why the secrecy?
Hat Tip for the BPT link: Whaleoil
UPDATE: The ODT’s report on last night’s funciton is here.