Blessed are those who give

09/05/2009

Three acts of generosity in the last couple of days:

Julian and Josie Robertson from the USA have donated 15 major art works to the Auckland Art Gallery.

The appreciation shown by people when the Robertsons allowed 12 works from their art collection to be shown in an exhibition in Auckland and Wellington, motivated them to make this donation.

From the arts to sport – Eion Edgar donated $1 million to the New Zealand Committee when he retired as president this week.

Mr Edgar and his wife, Jan, have made several substantial philanthropic donations, notably to the New Zealand Olympic Committee, the Edgar Centre in Dunedin, the Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research and Dunedin’s new stadium, which will be known as Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza.

And from sport to farming –  Ravensdown is offering  shareholders in drought affected areas interest free, deferred payment terms on fertiliser purchases plust free technical advice.

When drought hits, fertiliser often comes out of budgets which means when it rains again pastures don’t get grow as well as they should.

This offer will enable farmers to keep up their fertiliser programmes without increasing their overdraughts.


Will they, won’t they join the Dames & Sirs?

09/03/2009

The ODT asked some of the Otago recipients of honours who could now become Dames and Knights if they’ll accept the title and found that for some it’s not an easy decision.

These include people who Emeritus Professor Lloyd Geering who already has an honorific and Sukhi Turner and Penny Jamieson who would have been addressed as Your Worship and Bishop respectively when in the jobs which earned them their honours.

Other Otago people who could accept a title are Lois Muir, Russell Coutts, Eion Edgar, Prof Alan Mark, Nigel (Sam) Neill, Prof David Skegg, Pat Harrison and Prof Linda Holloway.

Among those from the rest of the country is Jenny Shipley and I hope she does. She was our first female Prime Minister (and didn’t the second one resent that?); she has gone on from politics to success in business and true to her Presbyterian upbringing she also works for and supports a variety of voluntary and charitable projects. Among the latter is, I think,  an international organisation which encourages women’s participation in politics.


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