Governor-General welcomes Royal announcement
Governor-General welcomes Royal
It was with much joy and happiness
that we learnt this morning that Their Royal Highnesses, The
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting a baby.
of the pregnancy is a wonderful gift to the child’s
parents, and both of their families, and especially Her
Majesty The Queen, who celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this
On behalf of my wife Janine and all New
Zealanders, I send our best wishes to the Prince and Duchess
at this happy time. I will be writing to Their Royal
Highnesses to offer my personal congratulations.
Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry
Governor-General of New
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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>>