Minister extends her condolences to school community
Minister extends her condolences to school
Education Minister, Hekia Parata, has extended
her condolences to Chair Greg Hollister-Jones and Principal
Eoin Crosbie of Bethlehem College over the deaths of
participants in their mission partnership programme in
Brian and Grace Johnston and Caitlin Dickson
died in a minivan accident while travelling to the small
village of Mahanga.
“I have conveyed my condolences
to Greg and Eoin this morning, extending to the school
community and families during this time,” says Ms
“These are wonderful people who were
passionate about their work in providing care to a community
that really needed their help. My deepest sympathy goes out
to these special families grieving at this time. Ngā mihi
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On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus
If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point.
By ‘some quarters’, I mean (a) RadioLive host Sean Plunket who called Catton a “traitor” and (b) Prime Minister John Key who dismissed her views as being those of a typical Green Party supporter, which is apparently almost as bad.
In context, Catton seemed to be talking about the mixed feelings she felt after what she had created suddenly becoming a kind of public property claimed by the entire country and its leaders. That must feel weird at any time, in any place. Catton evidently finds it particularly alienating when the government of the day has shown little interest in the arts beyond their promotional/economic value. More>>