OPINION: Amidst all the finger-pointing, posturing and buck-passing that has followed the Pike River mine explosion there has been one constant. The families of the 29 men killed on November 19, 2010, have been let down.
For the first time since Mark Reason began contributing to your newspaper, I agree with his comments (Sport, Dec 11). He rightly criticises Black Caps coach Mike Hesson and captain Brendon McCullum for failing to take any responsibility for their management decisions during the drawn test in Dunedin.
In front of the Wellington Railway Station is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which is an effective memorial and a reminder to us of the influence one human being had on the world we live in. On the other side of the walkway is a space where I think it would be most appropriate to erect a statue of Nelson Mandela. It would be a constant reminder to the thousands who pass by each day of another remarkable human being who shared this world with us.
New Zealand's delegation for Nelson Mandela's funeral is sorely lacking a protester from the 1981 Springbok tour.
This time next year we will have a new government.
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