Eastern Courier : June 29th 2011
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That there s been a misunderstand- ing, a deliberate nasty -- or even mischievous -- rumour to upset the likes of me and a few hundred thousand others. Maybe it s a planned political leak by the man himself. He has, after all, to his mis-credit, a very recent record of anony- mous and disastrous letters on top political topics like his former party s leadership. Perhaps someone con- fused names and places, what with Cabinet min- ister John Carter off after the election to that well-known job-for-boys and girls, our man in the Cook Islands. Every party makes flagrant misuse of this system. But Chris Carter, taking all his political and personal baggage off to the UN, after his recent history is some- thing again. Particularly with his good friend Helen Clark as his reported mentor there during yet another jetsetter Carter inter- national travel event -- three weeks in New York. Can t believe it. So knowing how busy those UN appointment people in New York must be, I felt the urge to draft a letter for them which might help assess his nomination. It s normal for any potential new boss to ask for a CV. I thought this could be a basis for the UNtodropalinetoTe Atatu: Dear Mr Carter, It has come our notice that you are eager to join the staff of the UN in New York -- following the earlier appointment of a former political colleague to the United Nations staff here. I felt in those circum- stances it might be use- ful and desirous for both of us if you spelt out sig- nificant aspects of your earlier and more recent career. As you would know, UN appointments involve deep degrees of honesty, loyalty and pro- priety. With this in mind, it would be some help if you detailed explicit reasons for your leaving the New Zealand Labour Party, ideally with equivalent background from its present leader- ship. There have been, I understand, public references to extensive travel you have undertaken both as a minister and a member of your Parliament, the last of these a journey to China. A private mission, I understand. So private, I gather, that even your former leader knew nothing of it until you arrived back. General and specific comment from opposition leader Mr Goff might also be helpful to us. Others of your associ- ates might care to com- ment too which would give relevant executives here a clear indication of how you might cope with those elements of honesty, loyalty and pro- priety which would apply if you joined the UN staff and which I referred to earlier. A prompt and full reply -- with file attachments -- would be appreciated. Yours, etc. About the other Carter and the Cooks: New Zea- land gives the Cook group more than $3 million a year for this and that. And we deposit various discarded politicians there as high commissioner. In this case John Carter. Maybe there is a case for some breed of watch- dog up there seeing just how our money is being spent or misspent. But must it always be a beyond-their-use-by-date politician? Remember Sandra Lee s tenure there as New Zealand High Com- missioner among the palm trees and New Zea- land grants? And the late Brian Donnelly, a New Zealand First MP (remember NZ First?) appointed to the Cooks after nine years as an MP and terms in Cabinet when National was playing footsie with New Zealand First in a 1996-98 coalition to hold power. Sounds familiar. The Donnelly placement illustrates all the trap- pings and usual criticisms of this ques- tionable perks system. For instance, his contro- versial thank you, Brian appointment -- by Foreign Affairs Minister and NZ First leader Win- ston Peters (remember him?) -- was defended shakily on the grounds of Donnelly s inspecific ties to the Cooks . Murray McCully, in announcing the latest Cooks appointment, said John Carter had been preparing for years for the job. That means pre- sumably even during that long National term in opposition? Maybe so. He s ranked 21 in the Key team, as minister for Civil Defence, racing, some involvement as well in local government, and he has worked diligently hard in this government for the oldies as minister for senior citizens. No question though that hundreds of thou- sands of out-of-pocket New Zealanders -- with little in the bank, no prospect of a cushy retirement, only the risk of worse to come -- will now envy him this inter- esting sun, sand and super form of political redundancy. The terrible countdown is on -- we re regaled, it seems like all day, every day -- with the latest tally of days and hours to the world rugby cup. Two worst features: As the time to go shrinks the terrible costs seem to expand. With the price of giant public screens the latest ad-on. Then there s one more instant replay which seems to haunt us as a nation -- the sight of Eng- lish referee Wayne Barnes missing what some saw as a forward pass allowing the French to score the winning try which made the All Blacks also-rans at the last cup tournament. You can hardly hear the cheers of the French above the gnashing of New Zealand teeth which has continued at every mention or sight of it ever since. So Barnes dropped the refereeing ball. They scored. We lost! Simple as that. Question: Where were the world-ranked New Zealand loose forwards and captain whose role it is to smother those breakthroughs well before such a match- winning and losing stage? It reminds me how my old dad was still mutter- ing in his last years about the referee disal- lowing an obvious All Black try in their bitterly historic 3-0 loss to Wales -- 60 years before in 1905. By the time a lagging referee got there -- wear- ing ordinary street shoes, one part of the legend claims -- Welsh players had dragged Deans back over the line. Can we now kick the Barnes decision into touch too? And instead look hard for that absent All Black defence last time. Or even remember that suspect double tackle by two highly respected All Blacks which took Ireland s brilliant captain Brian O Driscoll out of an Eden Park Lions test and a whole tour in 2005. Without penalty. One later reaction to tedious media questions on that tackle to Irish British coach Eddie O Sullivan could well be a lesson to New Zealand- ers still moaning over referee Barnes and the faulty French try he awarded. O Sullivan s answer: It s all done and dusted. It s ancient history. I think there s not much point talking about it. Let s try that to tackle and silence our French nightmare. Same robber? A robbery on Edgewater Drive earlier this month is thought to be linked to an attempted robbery of an East Tamaki Dairy. A bag and cellphone were taken from two Asian 16-year-olds while walking at 7.45am on June 17. Police believe the inci- dent could be linked to the robbery in East Tamaki on June 13. It was foiled when a dairy owner threw a chair at the gun-wielding intruder. The intruder has been described as fair- skinned, about 1.6 metres tall with a thin build. He was wearing a brown-hooded sweatshirt, cap, black tinted sunglasses, dark trousers and a backpack and light cotton gloves. Anyone with infor- mation can contact the police on 259-0600.
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