Go well Helen Kelly

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, October 8th, 2015 - 60 comments
Categories: activism, Unions, workers' rights - Tags: , , ,

Helen Kelly was made the first life member of the new E tū union yesterday.

Helen is standing down from her role as President of the CTU due to health reasons (lung cancer), but will remain active supporting union causes.

Thank you Helen. If the rest of us were 1/10 of the activist you are, NZ would be a workers’ paradise.

60 comments on “Go well Helen Kelly”

  1. Tracey 1

    Glad she was able to witness the merger yesterday.

    Whether one agrees with her or not, she has been a tireless worker. The “job” that was done on her by Brownlee and Jackson over the Hobbit stuff was mind boggling for its duplicity. Those who bothered to read the documents will know that both those parties perpetuated a lie and denigrated Kelly (wrongly) in the process.

    It’s like those on the right who say with a straight face that their side doesn’t play the man, just the ball, didn’t bother to read the truth on this one.

    • Chris 1.1

      When the right feel the need to attack someone personally you know they’re being got to. It’s badge of honour when the right do that.

  2. maui 2

    Nice post. She is an inspiration.

  3. ianmac 3

    Best wishes to Helen. Wish she could be cloned.

  4. Tiger Mountain 4

    the term “role model” has been devalued by everyone from real estate agents to rugby players, but Helen is an example of what a good one is

    she has taken on whatever local and international capital has thrown at NZ workers and supported union members and their communities in person, Pike River, Lord Jackson and the US studios, NZ’s dirty little secret–farm conditions, slaughter by contractor and Nat anti unionism

  5. infused 5

    Did she actually smoke? Just curious about her lung cancer.

    • Tracey 5.1

      Did you try doing an online search instead of posting that here?

    • northshoredoc 5.2

      @infused you don’t have to smoke to get lung cancer, sometimes cancers are just downright bad luck as in Helen’s case.

      • infused 5.2.1

        Yes, which is what I wanted to know.

        [r0b: Helen has never smoked, as 10 seconds with Google would have told you. You are no longer welcome to comment on this post.]

        • Tracey 5.2.1.1

          This thread is clearly a tribute thread to Helen Kelly, not a thread to discuss your need to know more about what causes lung cancer. Take your discussion to Open Mike. Consider this a warning.

          • Anne 5.2.1.1.1

            Further evidence righties have no empathy and compassion.

            • Heather Grimwood 5.2.1.1.1.1

              I know not ‘Infused’ your political preference, but your question is in disgustingly bad taste, and it beggars belief that anyone could be so lacking in decency.
              Helen deserves caring compassion from all.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Infused’s contribution, unless I’m very much mistaken, was designed to be as hurtful as possible within comment boundaries.

                Perhaps it’s appropriate that right wing malice be represented here, in some small way. Who would be a moderator?

          • esoteric pineapples 5.2.1.1.2

            I think this discussion was an interesting thread. But being respectful of the subject of this particular opinion piece, I’ve popped a comment on the issues surrounding people with lung cancer and other types of cancer being blamed for their illness on Open Mike. It sits at number 15.

        • DoublePlusGood 5.2.1.2

          Is that so you could feel extra self-satisfied and smug if she was a smoker?

        • Chris 5.2.1.3

          How about a ban from the site? There was nothing innocent in that remark.

        • the pigman 5.2.1.4

          As Chris BishopChris Bishop’s staffer is used to running these lines in defence of Big Tobacco, you can’t blame him for the instinctive reaction kicking in. He knows full well Helen never smoked.

          Back to stuffing your face at the Bellamy’s trough, mate.

  6. Chooky 6

    I have the greatest of admiration for Helen Kelly as do many other New Zealanders …she is a ray of light and warmth for justice and equity for all New Zealanders!

    She is a reminder of old New Zealand cherished values in the now Dark Ages under jonkey nactional

  7. Nigel Gregory 7

    I have been following Helen Kelley on twitter and look forward to her tweets daily.
    She is such a motivational person and as was said in the post makes me feel embarrassed for how little I do.

    • Rosemary McDonald 7.1

      “She is such a motivational person and as was said in the post makes me feel embarrassed for how little I do.”

      Ditto.

      Honourable. Staunch. She has the courage of her convictions.

  8. red-blooded 8

    A great woman – determined, empathetic, a good heart and a good mind. All the best to her.

  9. mary_a 9

    Despite personal health issues, Helen’s dedication to the rights of the Kiwi workforce, is an inspiration.

    All the best Helen and thank you for your continued unwavering support of the workers of NZ. Take good care.

    Kia Kaha.

    • Tricledrown 9.1

      Their is no one in recent history who have had the guts to stand up for worker rights.
      Especially in addressing the horrific numbers Dying and being permanently maimed while working especially alot of those who are being killed by negligent employers are on low wages with little or no representation.
      Work place mansluaghter which this govt continues to support a broken system which allows this to happen.
      So this govt is an accessory to the crime by its deliberate neglect to fund prevention and prosecute those who have unsafe work places.
      Helen is a Hero!

      • Atiawa 9.1.1

        Etu. How about a campaign for the return of compulsory unionism?

        Where’s the harm?

  10. Best wishes Helen from all the members of the Cambridge Labour Party.
    Once you are well again .as you will be, you can have a visit to our small but active branch.

  11. Hami Shearlie 11

    THIS Helen truly is a champion of workers. A wonderful and caring woman. One of the few who will inspire others to go down the same path. I pay tribute to you, Helen Kelly, you are a true friend to all the workers of NZ.

    • miravox 11.1

      Well said Hami.

      In particular, the campaign for safety in the workplace has been truly magnificent.

  12. Anne 12

    Helen Kelly is the Kate Shepherd of today. The generations to come will be taught about her at school and there will be films/documentaries celebrating her achievements.

    • Jenny Kirk 12.1

      And she has shown extraordinary courage in facing her illness, publicly as well as privately. A grand person.

    • Saarbo 12.2

      +1.

      Helen Kelly is truly courageous, fearless with spades of empathy for people who need it. Absolutely inspirational. Good luck Helen.

  13. One Anonymous Bloke 13

    You have done well Helen Kelly. An inspiration, in fact.

  14. tracey 14

    National is putting a rush on presenting her with a Dame-hood, right?

    • vto 14.1

      Oh yeah right… Key is racing for the photo-op with a hero of the poor working people…. because that’s where he came from yep ….

      Key would rather sycophantise with that sycophant professional recreationalist Richie McCaw …. (he should avoid Key for his own good before it bites him more)

    • maui 14.2

      When she fights for the rights of the All Blacks and Red Peak then she will probably be on their radar.

      • tracey 14.2.1

        paul holmes gong was rushed through. 😆

        • Bill 14.2.1.1

          Can I ask…(?)… assuming these comments aren’t meant to be dripping in cynical irony? Wouldn’t it (just possibly – and yes, I’m coming from my own perspective) be a ground thudding screaming fucking insult to be offered such ‘dripping in establishment meaning and righteousness’ tokens of recognition?

          • Anne 14.2.1.1.1

            Mine wasn’t Bill. I think she has earned a high place in the history books of the future.

            • Bill 14.2.1.1.1.1

              Totally different. Your comment didn’t dance around the idea of an official honour being bestowed

          • vto 14.2.1.1.2

            Yes it would.

            The establishment has always fought against the interests of workers.

            Always.

            I think the comments above are dripping in Key-dribbling over all blacks

  15. vto 15

    Helen Kelly is a true New Zealand hero..

    She stands up for those struggling at the bottom..

    Go well Helen – inspirational

  16. Tautoko Mangō Mata 16

    Helen has the qualities that I respect in a leader: integrity, sincerity, a sense of fairness and compassion. courage and determination. She is a fantastic role model.

    • Karen 16.1

      +1
      Helen Kelly would make the best possible Prime Minister of New Zealand if she was given the power to choose who else got to govern. She is a tremendous person who has spent her whole life trying to make this country a fairer place to live.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1.1

        I disagree: she’d make a great PM because, far from excluding opposing voices, she’d take steps to let all arguments be heard at the top table.

    • McFlock 16.2

      100% agree

  17. Chooky 17

    re lung cancer this is of interest from a small socialist state

    ‘Cuba’s Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It’s Coming To The U.S.’

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/14/cuba-lung-cancer-vaccine_n_7267518.html

    ‘Bringing Cuba’s lung cancer vaccine to the States’

    http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-08-cuba-lung-cancer-vaccine-states.html

    …To date, CimaVax has been administered to 5,000 patients across the world, including 1,000 Cubans. Expansive clinical trials have been underway for some time now, with published data showing prolonged life…

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-to-study-cubas-lung-cancer-vaccine-what-the-world-can-learn-from-castros-health-service-10249474.html

  18. calltoaccount 18

    Don’t usually post here, but this sadness makes me ask… I guess any possible options with the new immunotherapy trials for late stage lung cancer – Keytruda – have been tried? Overseas and work only for some at this stage but maybe some hope?

  19. Thinker 19

    “Deeds, not stones, are the true monuments of the Great” (John Motley)

    “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” (Indira Gandhi)

  20. A leader and carer of people, a true hero. Kia kaha Helen.

  21. ankerawshark 21

    Thank you Helen for all you have done. You are a remarkable and inspirational woman.

  22. Gavin 22

    Helen Kelly is such a clever, well-spoken, and strong advocate for worker’s rights. She continues to do a fantastic job.

    Just look at this interview on Q&A around the middle of this year. She really knows her stuff. All the best to her and her family.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/helen-kelly-video-6333099

  23. millsy 23

    Kia Kaha Helen.

    Being a union leader in 2015 NZ is pretty much the same as being a Jewish rabbi in 1935 Germany, so she deserves credit for putting up with all the shit she put up with. Especially all those knuckle dragging cockies in Twitter when she drew attention to the condition of farm workers.

  24. Chooky 24

    Message from CLEANGREEN on the Daily Blog to Helen Kelly

    CLEANGREEN says:

    OCTOBER 10, 2015 AT 11:46 PM

    Bless this very courageous woman for her enduring care for workers safety & rights when she is battling Lung Cancer, as announced on “The Nation” today.
    If anyone can reach Helen Kelly give her my recommendation to try H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) Cancer treatment with IV administration with Vitamin C IV administration after. The IV Monographs can be found on Dr Majid Ali’s website for all cancer therapies.

    http://aliacademy.org/dr_ali_course_on_cancer.htm

    http://educate-yourself.org/cancer/ozonebymajidli17jul03.shtml

    Hydrogen Peroxide kills cancer cells.
    We need to save this marvellous lady.
    I would be dead now if I didnt’ take IV treatment to support the immune system.
    Helen Kelly is another Florence Nightingale, (lady with the lamp)..

    – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/10/10/helen-kelly-continues-to-be-a-human-rights-crusader-cannabis-reform-now/#comment-307476

    • northshoredoc 24.1

      FFS Chooky…. words fail me.

    • miravox 24.2

      Really Chooky? I can’t believe how crass your comment is.

      Moderators deleted other comments on this tribute post for questioning the cause of Helen’s lung cancer- it rankles to see this here – questioning whether, in the most polite term I can think of, Helen is on the most appropriate treatment plan.

      • Chooky 24.2.1

        @ miravox and northshoredoc (sic) depends on how open minded you are…you obviously are NOT! ….and quite paternalistic, authoritarian and chauvinist to boot ( I seriously hope you are NOT doctors…because your EQ or EI is fu.ked and you could do serious damage to people)

        http://psychology.about.com/library/quiz/bl_eq_quiz.htm

        (I did not question the cause of the cancer….cancer is cancer… no matter how you get it…I simply passed a message on from another well meaning commenter on another blog wishing … with great warmth and regard and care… Helen well and giving what he hopes is help, from his OWN experience…good on him! )

        However I am told by a friend whose husband recently died of cancer ….that the worst thing is people and friends NOT talking about cancer and NOT talking to the person concerned about how they are and wishing them well!

        … it made her very very angry that MALE work colleagues who had worked professionally with him for years ( people of very high IQ) could NOT talk to him at a personal level …he was quite isolated with his condition….she said it seems to be a particularly MALE syndrome!!!…

        …of course Helen Kelly is a very open minded and strong minded woman …she will make up her own mind …as she has done about cannabis…

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/72923212/Helen-Kelly-says-Government-needs-to-get-real-about-medicinal-cannabis

        no doubt you also disapprove of her freedom of choice!

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  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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