Kapi-Mana News : November 8th 2011
20 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 8, 2011 FEATURE This summer we'll be running on half our usual water storage for Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington, while we upgrade our storage lakes. Get ready by saving water now, because if we all take measures to use a little less water, it should see us through. Now's the best time to set your garden up to save water over summer. 1 Fit your hose with a trigger, so the water only flows when you need it 2 Mulch your garden beds and you'll slow moisture loss byupto70% 3 Use a tap timer for hands-free watering, so your hose isn't left on too long by accident Find more tips at gw.govt.nz/water There's less water to go around this summer Use a bit less, make a big difference GRW 1058 Specialist Medical Centre Anwyl Dr Lissa Judd Dermatologist Psoriasis? We now o er targeted photo- therapy. This ultra high dose UV treatment is suitable for localised psoriasis, eg plaques on elbows or knees, unresponsive to creams, but not extensive enough to justify total body UV or tablets Shop 6, 107A Mana Esplanade, Mana Phone 233-8584 for appointment. web: anwyl.com/medical/ 2 N P B i i g e by P a e P i a M ay F i ay 10.00 a 3.00 P MANA MP | P 4 4 E m n .e ecto te@p i ment.go t.n A t o i e b K i F oi, Le e , e b P ce, Po i MP f Ma a Kr FAAFOI 2 3923814AC Nigel Roberts: ''We could see the wreckage spread over the gentle slope of the mountain.'' Photo: FAIRFAX NZ A political animal Joseph Romanos talks to political scientist Nigel Roberts about growing up in South Africa, our best prime ministers and taking photos of the Mt Erebus disaster. Born in England, grew up in South Africa, studied in Aust- ralia -- where's home? New Zealand, definitely. I ve been here 40-odd years. How did your family come to be in South Africa? My father was an anaesthetist, and had itchy feet. We moved to Holland for three years, and then to Johannesburg when I was four. I lived there till I was 18. Was that a good life? It was a very interesting time. We arrived in 1949, the year after the 1948 election [in which the National Party came to power and enforced apartheid laws]. In 1961 South Africa became a republic and was thrown out of the Com- monwealth. This was all fascinat- ing for a young man who was becoming so interested in politics. What was it like growing up in apartheid South Africa? Incredible, when I look back. WhenIwas16Ireadabook called The Gulf Between about South African politics. It was about the gulf between white and white -- not even a mention of blacks! Our family had black servants. But at the time, we felt no guilt. It was a fact of a privi- leged life. I went to a small pri- vate school in Johannesburg. Our headmaster was unusual -- he referred to black staff as Mr . Knowing what I know now, I would not be able to live in those circumstances. What was your first job? I was a copyholder for the Rand Daily Mail, a very progressive and courageous newspaper. I learnt so much in that time. Then when I was 18 I got a scholarship to a state high school in Ohio. That was eye-opening . . . black and whites together, and males and females. It was liberating. I understand you saw Presi- dent Kennedy while you were there. Yes, he was campaigning in Cleveland for the mid-term elections. I took my first photo of a politician then, of Kennedy over about 10,000 people. It was his last stop on the campaign trail. He rushed back to Washington to deal with the Cuban missile crisis. You've been following poli- tics in New Zealand since the 1960s. Let's talk about some of our leading politicians. Muldoon? He loved politics and worked all hours. He ran his Government in a very dictatorial way. In those early days he used the medium of television very well. David Lange? An amazing orator, with a very quick wit. But he didn t do his homework. He wouldn t wake up in time to hear Morning Report, which set the political agenda for the day, and would be briefed on his way to the House. Jim Bolger? His prime ministership was a game of two halves. In his early years in charge he ll be remembered poorly, but he handled the transfer to MMP superbly and always refused to make race an issue in New Zea- land politics. Helen Clark? Clearly she had faults, but she was a very efficient manager. She and John Key have both been excellent managers in an MMP environment. Who have been our greatest Prime Ministers? I would name three -- Fraser, Seddon and Holyoake. Some say Savage, and he was an important figure, an acceptable face of the first Labour Government. He was assisted, though, by having such able people around him -- Fraser, Nash, Semple. What do you think of MMP? No voting system is per- fect. I was very involved in the 1992 referendum and work for the Electoral Commission now, so I don t publicly favour a particu- lar system. First Past the Post suffered from a per- fect storm of three factors: Muldoon s dictatorial ways; Rogernomics and Ruthanasia, when the two major parties supporters felt betrayed; and the 1978 and 1981 elections, when the party winning the most votes didn t win the most seats in par- liament. How did you come to be at Mt Erebus taking photos after the 1979 plane crash? The DSIR wanted an informa- tion officer/photographer to work in its Antarctic division. I got the job and spent the summer there taking photos and writing stories and sending them back. What are your memories of that fateful day? I was waiting for the plane to arrive to take photos, and it never came. Transmission with the plane was lost, which was not unusual, but after an hour or so, things burst into life -- Land Rovers and jeeps racing off. From about 3pm we knew the plane was missing. In the evening light a group of us went out. Usually it was dead quiet, but that night there was the constant sound of plane engines during the search. At 12.30 that night they found the crash site. When did you go to the site? At about 6pm the next day. It took us about 30 minutes to get there by helicopter. We flew about 100 feet above the ground. We could see the wreckage spread over the gentle slope of the moun- tain, and bodies by the front of the fuselage. I began taking photos. At that moment I wasn t overwhelmed by the enormity of the disaster as much as nervous about my photos coming out. Those photos went around the world. Yes, that s true, especially one of the tail of the DC-10 in the snow, with the koru standing out prominently. That image will be remembered long after any article that was written.
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