Constituional safety in power denied


Sir Anand Satyanand was farewelled with a bang yesterday but the most publicity he got during his tenure as Governor General was that generated by Paul Henry’s faux pas.

Apart from that Sir Anand quietly got on doing what Governors General do – fulfilling the ceremonial role required of the Queen’s representative and attending to a few other constitutional matters the law entrusts the office holder with.

I am a republican in my head but a monarchist in my heart. One of the reasons I like our current constitutional arrangements is the lack of politics and publicity which surround the Governor General.

I also like the security that comes with a role which gives little real power  to the office holder but by its existence denies power to usurpers.

We Remember


The front page of today’s Press is printed in Canterbury’s colours, red and black, and headlined WE REMEMBER.

It goes on to say:

Today New Zealand pauses to remember the lives lost in the Christchurch earthquake on Tuesday, February 22.

We ponder the broken homes, destroyed livelihoods and profoundly changed lives.

The greater anguish is the loss of treasured ones to a force of nature which highlighted the preciousness of human life.

Today we recall ordinary lives, valued people, those close to us. We persevere and in doing so we honour them.

A list follows of those who died in the quake whose names have been released so far.

Inside the paper has a programme of the service:

12:00 Woolston Brass Band.

12:10: Lament by lone piper.

12:15 Arrival of official party.

12:30 Putatara (conch shell) sounded by Ben Brennan to signal the start of the service.

Mihi Whakatau Ceremony.

God Save The Queen.

12:51 The silence led by Very Reverend Peter Beck, Dean of Christchurch.

Tributes: Bob Parker, Prince William.

Reading: Sir Anand Satyanand.

Address: Prime Minister John Key.

Song: Loyal by Dave Dobbyn.

Address: Phil Gff.

Reading: Ralph Moore, Deputy Taskfroce Leader, Christchurch Urban Search and Rescue team.

Psalm 23.

Song: You’ll Never Walk Alone – Dame Malvina Major.

The lighting of the Flame by Sam Johnson and Patsy Te Are.


Gathering prayers.

The Lords Prayer.

Readings by representatives of Christchurch Christian churches.

Prayers of many faiths.

Song Pie Jesu by Dame Malvina Major.

Reflection by Right Reverend Victoria Matthews.

Verses of consolation by various leaders.

Benediction by Christchurch Cathedral choir.

National Anthem led by Timua Brennan and Laurence Munday, Dame Malvina Major and Hayley Westenra.

Placement of floral tributes and Recessional.

Woolston Brass Band.

Ribbon borrowed – again – from Scrubone at Something Should Go Here Maybe Later.

Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae new Gov Gen


Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae will succeed Sir Anand Satyanand as our  Governor General.

Prime Minister John Key made the announcement this morning:

“Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae is a highly regarded leader with a distinguished 38-year military career.  He joined the New Zealand Army in 1972, and rose through the ranks, serving and commanding in a wide variety of roles,” says Mr Key.

 “This culminated in his appointment as Chief of Defence Force in 2006.  He is currently the director of the Government Communications Security Bureau.

 “Jerry will be New Zealand’s 20th Governor-General.  I believe he will bring great mana and a wide range of qualities to this role, including judgement, energy and an enthusiasm for encouraging excellence in others.

 “As Governor-General, he will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of New Zealanders and develop an active programme in the community.

 “Jerry has served New Zealand with dedication and honour throughout his career, and I am delighted that he has agreed to continue that service in a new, broader role,” says Mr Key.

Sir Anand Satyanand’s term finishes on August 23.  Jerry Mateparae will be sworn in on 31 August for his five-year term.

Biographical notes on the Governor General in waiting  cover a distinguished career and community service:

Jerry’s military career has shaped his advocacy of “excellence” and interest in developing leaders, the welfare of veterans and the development of New Zealand’s youth. His current community service includes the Rotary Club of Wellington, the Palmerston North Boys’ High School Board of Trustees and the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. In the past, he has been a patron for various organisations and groups. Currently he is the patron of the New Zealand Special Air Service Association.


 His interests include keeping fit, diving, reading, sport, and health and wellbeing


Tuesday’s answers


Monday’s questions were:

1. What contains 44 grams of carbohydrates, 26.7 grams of protein, 22.9 grams of fat, 5.3 grams of fibre and .9 grams of sodium?

2. From which direction do the mistral and levante blow?

3. Who said: “If we focus too intently on the past, we risk walking into the future backwards without seeing the great possibilities that lie ahead“?

4. What are the main ingredients of a daiquiri?

5. What’s the gestation period of a cow?

Scores for answers:

David got 1 1/2 with a bonus for his scientific approach to the gestation period even though he was a month out.

Greavedodger got three witha  bonus for extra amusing information.

Bearhunter wins the electronic bunch of flowers with  four right and a bonus for humour.

Paul got three – and a question over what he does with his breakfast cereal if his weetbix has all that fat.

Ray got three with a bonus for identifying the impact of shed building on gestation periods of cows. (BTW the cafe is now called Bean on Thames).

PDM got 2 1/2 and a bonus for honesty over his involvement in calving.

Tuesday’s answers follow the break:

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