web analytics

Andrew Little entrusted with delivering a Gallipoli medal

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 23rd, 2015 - 16 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, identity, war - Tags: , ,

As reported at Stuff:

It was touch and go at Wellington Airport as the great-niece of a Gallipoli soldier raced to meet Labour leader Andrew Little to get him to deliver a medal to Turkey on her behalf.

Natasha Narayan is the great-niece of Private Kurei Papuni who died at Gallipoli on August 6, 1915, while fighting with the first Maori contingent.

Caitlin and her parents and sister had already departed for Turkey before the medal arrived and with no options left Narayan decided to drop Little an email.

His office staff picked up the request and got hold of Little and his wife and instructed them to hold tight until Narayan’s mother, Georgina, arrived with the medal.

“It is humbling to be entrusted with something so important to Caitlin, her whanau and iwi.”

“The family has only just received his Gallipoli medallion and it would be totally fitting for her to have that medal when she speaks on Anzac Day.”

16 comments on “Andrew Little entrusted with delivering a Gallipoli medal ”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Not really sure why someone thought this was worth re-posting here. Are we going to re-post every stuff article about Andrew Little?

    • The last article about Andrew Little on TS was published 31 March.

      Leadership and loyalty

      If you click on the Andrew Little category, he was mentioned in posts on 4 and 7 April on other issues.

      So I’m not sure what this dig about “every Stuff article” is based on. More reasonable to assume that it’s a topical issue given ANZAC Day is just around the corner and we need a refreshing break from John Key’s gross lack of boundaries.

      • Lanthanide 1.1.1

        Reposting a straight news story, with no additional comment, should only be done for significant / important stories.

        This is neither significant nor important.

        • Well what a pity you don’t control what gets posted at The Standard, then. 🙄

          • Lanthanide

            Yes, all I can do is ask questions, like “Are we going to re-post every stuff article about Andrew Little?”

            So you’ll note I did everything in my power. So far I haven’t had a yes or no answer to that question.

            Is there anything wrong with posting articles like this? Not really, but as you can see, it hasn’t really generated any particular kind of comments by the readers here. Basically this is just “news”, in the type of “events that have happened”, but not something that is particularly comment or opinion-worthy. It ends up taking space on the main page that might be better used by other more opinion-worthy topics.

            • Stephanie Rodgers

              You’d first need to prove that “we re-post every Stuff article about Andrew Little.”

              Given that, as I noted, there hasn’t been a post about Little since 31 March, and the last link to Stuff related to Little was on 1 March, I should think the answer is obvious (and was obvious from my first comment, which you ignored in favour of all-but breaking the rule about telling us what to post)

              But please, keep trying to read dark hidden agendas into a simple news post.

              • Lanthanide

                It’s a question about what is going to happen in the future, Stephanie, it doesn’t mean I have to prove what has happened in the past.

                Imagine the Greens win 100% of the vote in 2017, and I ask the question “Are the Greens going to win all future elections with 100% of the vote?”, that doesn’t require that the Greens had won all previously elections with 100%, or even that the Greens had won *any* elections with 100% of the vote.

                It’s simply a question. No “dark hidden agendas” implied, except those you’ve imagined up yourself, for some reason. Next you’ll accuse me of attacking you because you’re a woman.

                • Murray Rawshark

                  That’s not fair, Lanth. Someone else will accuse you of that.

                  I don’t mind seeing this article because normally it would be FJK dealing with medals. It could be that he declined, or that Caitlin wanted to maintain the sanctity of her ponytail, but Little did help out. It’s not shockingly good news, but it’s not bad either.

    • David H 1.2

      Well we do repost a lot of articles abut Key, so maybe we’re just attempting some balance here.


    • Colonial Rawshark 1.3

      Another nice WWI puff piece.

  2. felix 2

    How come there’s no mention of him pulling her hair when he met her at the airport?

    Oh that’s right, because that would be completely bizarre, unacceptable behaviour for any politician interacting with a member of the public.

  3. shorts 3

    lets hope he doesn’t lose the medal on his travels

    And what Colonial Rawshark said

  4. Hateatea 4

    What a pleasure to read a positive and meaningful ANZAC Day story and that Andrew Little will have a role in helping one whanau stand tall at the ceremony.

    Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou – We will and do remember them.

  5. Reddelusion 5

    Newsflash Andrew little sitting in row 6, seat b

  6. Reddelusion 6

    Andrew little is far to short to stand tall

  7. alwyn 7

    It’s probably Stage 1 of Andrew’s campaign to get a Government provided job after Labour loses the next election and he gets the push.
    There is an old tradition, well twice anyway, of a former senior MP being appointed Chairman of the NZ Post Board by a Government headed by the alternative party. Look at Bolger, appointed by Labour and Cullen by National. The National Government after the 2017 election will be looking for a replacement for Cullen won’t they?
    On second thoughts it won’t really show he is capable of that big a job is it? Perhaps he is auditioning for a job as a postman.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • How we’re preparing for Omicron
    As countries around the world experience Omicron outbreaks, we’re taking steps now to ensure we’re as prepared as possible and our communities are protected. ...
    1 day ago
  • What’s Labour achieved so far?
    Quite a bit! This Government was elected to take on the toughest issues facing Aotearoa – and that’s what we’re doing. Since the start of the pandemic, protecting lives and livelihoods has been a priority, but we’ve also made progress on long-term challenges, to deliver a future the next generation ...
    1 week ago
  • Tackling the big issues in 2022
    This year, keeping Kiwis safe from COVID will remain a key priority of the Government – but we’re also pushing ahead on some of New Zealand’s biggest long-term challenges. In 2022, we’re working to get more Kiwis into homes, reduce emissions, lift children out of poverty, and ensure people get ...
    1 week ago

  • New Zealand to provide further help for Tonga
    Aotearoa New Zealand is giving an additional $2 million in humanitarian funding for Tonga as the country recovers from a volcanic eruption and tsunami last weekend, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. This brings Aotearoa New Zealand’s contribution to $3 million. “This support will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Quarterly benefit numbers show highest number of exits into work
    The Government’s strong focus on supporting more people into work is reflected in benefit figures released today which show a year-on-year fall of around 21,300 people receiving a main benefit in the December 2021 quarter, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni said. “Our response to COVID has helped ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Northland to move to Orange, NZ prepared for Omicron 
    Northland to move to Orange Rest of New Zealand stays at Orange in preparedness for Omicron All of New Zealand to move into Red in the event of Omicron community outbreak – no use of lockdowns Govt planning well advanced – new case management, close contact definition and testing rules ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • RNZAF C-130 Hercules flight departs for Tonga as Navy vessels draw nearer to Tongatapu
    A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules has departed Base Auckland Whenuapai for Tonga carrying aid supplies, as the New Zealand aid effort ramps up, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. “The aircraft is carrying humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies, including water ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand prepared to send support to Tonga
    New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. “Following the successful surveillance and reconnaissance flight of a New Zealand P-3K2 Orion on Monday, imagery and details have been sent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand stands ready to assist people of Tonga
    The thoughts of New Zealanders are with the people of Tonga following yesterday’s undersea volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami waves, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta says. “Damage assessments are under way and New Zealand has formally offered to provide assistance to Tonga,” said Nanaia Mahuta. New Zealand has made an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Record high of new homes consented continues
    In the year ended November 2021, 48,522 new homes were consented, up 26 per cent from the November 2020 year. In November 2021, 4,688 new dwellings were consented. Auckland’s new homes consented numbers rose 25 per cent in the last year. Annual figures for the last nine months show more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Report trumpets scope for ice cream exports
    Latest research into our premium ice cream industry suggests exporters could find new buyers in valuable overseas markets as consumers increasingly look for tip top quality in food. Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash has released a new report for the Food and Beverage Information Project. The project is run by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Honouring the legacy of legendary kaumātua Muriwai Ihakara
    Associate Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage Kiri Allan expressed her great sadness and deepest condolences at the passing of esteemed kaumātua, Muriwai Ihakara. “Muriwai’s passing is not only a loss for the wider creative sector but for all of Aotearoa New Zealand. The country has lost a much beloved ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Have your say on proposed changes to make drinking water safer
    Associate Minister for the Environment Kiri Allan is urging all New Zealanders to give feedback on proposed changes aimed at making drinking water safer. “The current regulations are not fit for purpose and don’t offer enough protection, particularly for those whose water comes from smaller supplies,” Kiri Allan said. “This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Planting the seeds for rewarding careers
    A boost in funding for a number of Jobs for Nature initiatives across Canterbury will provide sustainable employment opportunities for more than 70 people, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The six projects are diverse, ranging from establishing coastline trapping in Kaikōura, to setting up a native plant nursery, restoration planting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand congratulates Tonga's new Prime Minister on appointment
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta today congratulated Hon Hu'akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni on being appointed Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Tonga have an enduring bond and the Kingdom is one of our closest neighbours in the Pacific. We look forward to working with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • High-tech investment extends drought forecasting for farmers and growers
    The Government is investing in the development of a new forecasting tool that makes full use of innovative climate modelling to help farmers and growers prepare for dry conditions, Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor said.  The new approach, which will cost $200,000 and is being jointly funded through the Ministry for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Support for fire-hit Waiharara community
    The government will contribute $20,000 towards a Mayoral Relief Fund to support those most affected by the fires in Waiharara in the Far North, Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan says. “I have spoken to Far North Mayor John Carter about the effect the fires continue to have, on residents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Manawatū’s ‘oases of nature’ receive conservation boost
    The Government is throwing its support behind projects aimed at restoring a cluster of eco-islands and habitats in the Manawatū which were once home to kiwi and whio. “The projects, which stretch from the Ruahine Ranges to the Horowhenua coastline, will build on conservation efforts already underway and contribute ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to continue Solomon Islands support
    A New Zealand Defence Force and Police deployment to help restore peace and stability to Solomon Islands is being scaled down and extended. The initial deployment followed a request for support from Solomon Islands Government after riots and looting in capital Honiara late last month. They joined personnel from Australia, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago