The New Year Honours have been announced. (Sir) Bob Harvey has his faults, but he was the best option, and so I voted for him as mayor of Waitakere. I look back on those days, of a democratic and community minded city council as the golden years, before the rise of Rodney’s undemocratic Auckland Council CCOs. Sir Mark Solomon, has contributed much in service to the communities he represents. Sir Julian Smith of Allied Press. The Otago Daily Times continues to be one of the best dailies in NZ. Some very good sportspeople are in there with honours: Sir Mark Todd, always a likable sportsman.
For services to the corporate-dominated media, and the white guy establishment: Sir Paul Holmes. Sir Owen Glenn? In a way they suits that old, outdated British empirical title.
Then there’s several people with other honours, who I’m sure have contributed worthy and valuable services to their communities. Dr Alan Bollard – CNZM. And a guy called Slater.
Top sportspeople do what they are dedicated to, well, and provide some good entertainment and inspiration for many people.
Many of the people who do most service to the community, go unnoticed and unnamed to the wider public. To all the nurses, community workers, poverty activists, family carers, friend supporters, party members, left wing political activists, and those who work paid or unpaid for the benefit of the community and society: I honour you. This year, as special thank-you to Labour Party Members.
And a special honour to Lynn Prentice for keeping this blog running so well. Thanks also to Antony, Redlogix, Bill, Lynn, IrishBill, Mike Smith and all the authors here, and to all the commenters who help make this blog what it is, and especially those who I learn much from.
And a Happy New Year to Colonial Viper, where you may be.
May the New Year be a great one for all in these times of adversity.