Commission extends sympathies to the South African people
Commission extends sympathies to the South African
Race Relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy today
extended her sympathies to the family and friends of Nelson
Mandela and the South African people.
was a great hero of the human rights movement and a voice
for unity, dignity and respect.
“He was a man of
great forgiveness and immeasurable achievement through truth
“His passing is a time of
great sadness for millions around the world, including here
in New Zealand.
“Our prayers and the sympathies of
everyone at the Commission are with the people of South
Africa,” Dame Susan
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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>>