High Commissioner cements place

Talk of a High Commissioner cementing his place is not usually to be taken literally.

But Richard Prebble writes in the Listener* that it can be for our man in the Cook Islands:

John Carter told me he had spent the day repairing the residency’s pathway. The tenders for the job were outrageous, he said. So he purchased $250 worth of cement and did it himself. He was so pleased with himself I could not bring myself to ask what his hourly rate was . . .

Tim Shadbolt added to his notoriety as mayor of Waitemata by hauling a concrete mixer behind the mayoral car.

John Carter has now cemented his place in the Concreting Hall of Fame for doing DIY at the official residence.

* Not on-line yet, will be here next week.

6 Responses to High Commissioner cements place

  1. What a marked difference to the attitude of another certain Pasifika MP… 😛

    Well done Hone Carter!

  2. JC says:

    Ex MP and then Mayor Warren Cooper was caught at midnight repairing some footpath potholes in his town. Apparently there was argument that the repairs would damage some nearby trees (or something like that), so Cooper snuck out and fixed the problem.

    JC

  3. homepaddock says:

    Was he repairing the pot holes or trimming the roots that had caused the holes? I think it was the latter.

  4. JC says:

    Ah, yes.. that was it.

    JC

  5. ihstewart says:

    Is this a coded message to Lockwood Smith ?

  6. pdm says:

    Hard, no impossible, to imagine Jonathon Hunt doing that – but Mike Moore might.

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