PM’s dilemma: Photo op vs urgent business
Bill English had the classic politician's dilemma - stick with the photo op or move on to urgent formal business?
And he took the politician's option - compromise.
Called to sit with a primary school ukulele orchestra in the Niuean 'capital' of Alofi, he stuck with it as the kids launched into a merry tune.
A wee one beside him looked up at him for a bit and he had a quiet word before looking out towards his staff who had the Niue Premier and dignitaries waiting for a tourism briefing inside.
English positioned himself to get up from the front row of kids, thought better of spoiling the moment and sat back. A few more bars, but then, the call of the statesman got to him, he stood gingerly and gave a half wave to the playing children before disappearing to the serious business of Pacific touring.
The little girl shuffled over a bit, unmoved, and the band played on.
We value fearless, independent journalism. We hope you do too.
Newsroom has repeatedly broken big, important national news stories and established a platform for quality journalism on issues ranging from climate change, sexual harassment and bullying through to science, foreign affairs, women’s sports and politics.
But we need your support to continue, whether it is great, small, ongoing or a one-off donation. If you believe in high quality journalism being available for all please click to become a Newsroom supporter.
Most popular on newsroom
Atwood, Swarbrick and an expensive waste of time
Chlöe Swarbrick was more interested in herself at the Civic last night than engaging with her guest Margaret Atwood, writes Paula Morris.
Immigration landmine looms
Labour and New Zealand First are considering whether to abandon a 20-year-old practice of limiting total residency approvals at between 37,000 and 47,000 a year. Dileepa Fonseka reports this much-delayed and politically explosive decision is due before the election.