PM’s ad­dress

Otago Daily Times - - EDITORIAL -

HAV­ING at­tended the pub­lic ad­dress by our ef­fer­ves­cent and ever­smil­ing prime min­is­ter, Jacinda Ardern, I nev­er­the­less felt dis­ap­point­ment that all avail­able seat­ing for the pub­lic was a con­sid­er­able dis­tance from the stage area. We were un­able to ac­cess down­stairs due to pri­ori­tised seat­ing for party del­e­gates.

Worse, though, was the deaf­en­ing noise from the band, which per­formed songs at such vol­ume the walls and floor were vi­brat­ing. Sev­eral at­tend­ing were clearly dis­tressed, and left the au­di­to­rium quickly.

Why do oth­er­wise tal­ented mu­si­cians deem it nec­es­sary to de­liver such deaf­en­ing ma­te­rial just to prove their mer­its? On this oc­ca­sion it be­came en­durance in­stead of pure en­joy­ment.

But a huge bou­quet to Venues Man­age­ment staff for their su­perb han­dling of crowd con­trol, and to see our lovely prime min­is­ter, Ms Ardern, was a breath of fresh air. Clive McNeill North­east Val­ley

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