A good goodbye


A funeral should be about the person who has died and for the people who mourn her/him.

I’ve been to funerals so bad, so irrelevant to the dead and lacking in comfort for the living, that I’ve wondered who’s in the coffin.

I’ve also been to funerals so good that had I not known the one who had died before the service I’d have known them well by the end of it.

Today’s service for Sir Paul Reeves was a very good one, helping those who knew only  the public figure learn about the husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He was a good man and was given a good goodbye.

Thanks to RadioNZ National and Maori Television people who couldn’t be there in person were able to hear and see it.

Three questions


1. Is this a rogue poll:

Maori TV poll (500 eligible voters; 80 fell under “don’t know”)

Hone Harawira (Mana): 41%
Kelvin Davis (Labour): 40%
Solomon Tipene (Maori): 15%

2. Is the Maori Party deliberately not trying very hard on the theory that defeating Hone Harawira is more important than winning Te Tai Tokerau this time?

3. Will Harawira be having the odd moment when he wonders about the wisdom of forcing a by-election?

Paying a fair share


Jamie Mackay in praising Maori Television makes an interesting observation:

It is also to be congratulated for being brave enough to go where the major networks feared to tread by running a telethon for the Canterbury Earthquake, raising $2.5 million in the process. Of that, Fonterra contributed $1 million, or roughly $90 per dairy farmer. The remainder of New Zealand contributed $1.5 million, or roughly 35 cents per man, woman and child. And the Dom Post says dairy farmers are not paying their fair share?

Fonterra also gave another $500,000 towards production costs so all money raised went to earthquake recovery. And who knows how much of the other $1.5 raised came from dairy farmers?

Labour’s line on dairy farmers not paying tax was classic wedge politics based on a selective use of numbers. As Jamie says:

It’s now abundantly clear the dodgy Dom Post beat-up was a softening-up process ahead of Labour’s attack on farming at its annual conference. The politics of envy is alive and kicking (farmers in the groin). It’s a shame some in the Beehive don’t take a moment to reflect on agriculture’s contribution to society and the economy, rather than being hell-bent on making it a divisive election issue, pitting town against country. Rich farmers are not the problem. Rich farmers are the solution.

Dairy farmers do pay a fair share of tax – most of us  would say we pay more than enough. At the moment we’re also doing more than our fair share for the economy and like most other New Zealanders, businesses and individuals, also contribute to worthy causes.

Thanks Fonterra


The Rise Up Christchurch- Te Kotahitanga  Telethon broadcast on Maori Television yesterday raised $2,561,015.30 for earthquake relief.

Fonterra gave a last minute donation of $1 million.

It had already given  $500, 000 to cover  production costs so that all money raised goes to the government’s earthquake appeal.

Fonterra’s backing of Rise Up Christchurch – Te Kotahitanga continues our long-term commitment to Christchurch. We were able to provide immediate practical support to Christchurch with our tankers, water supply, milk products and a skilled team of 24 Search and Rescue volunteers. The Co-operative has previously donated $2 million cash from consolidated funds to the Red Cross Christchurch appeal, while its staff and shareholders raised another $1.9 million which has also been sent to Red Cross.

If my addition is correct that’s $5,400,000 from the co-operative, its staff and suppliers. Not a bad effort from the company and industry which cops more than its fair share of criticism.

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