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.