Memo — take a life­jacket

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

The suc­cess­ful bid­der for one of the lots at a Taitok­erau Rugby League fundrais­ing auc­tion might be well ad­vised to in­vest in a life­jacket. And per­haps a lo­ca­tor bea­con.

They will join Mana founder and for­mer MP Hone Harawira and for­mer Na­tional Party leader Don Brash on a fish­ing trip.

Sev­eral peo­ple are in­volved in or­gan­is­ing the April 7 auc­tion, in­clud­ing for­mer Na­tional Party pres­i­dent Michelle Boag, who con­firmed that a va­ri­ety of fish­ing trips and din­ners with celebri­ties, rang­ing from mu­si­cian Mick Fleet­wood to Sir Gra­ham Henry to Brian Tamaki, would be on of­fer. Mr Harawira, who has pre­vi­ously de­scribed Mr Brash as a red­neck and a racist, said his ini­tial re­ac­tion to a re­quest to go fish­ing with him was “Hell no,” but then he thought about the kids who would ben­e­fit.

“If me go­ing fish­ing helps them, then I’ll do it,” he said.

He’d heard su­pery­achts were among the ves­sels be­ing of­fered for use for the var­i­ous fish­ing trips, but was ex­pect­ing to be push­ing off in a tin­nie.

Mr Brash told the NZ Her­ald he was happy to help the cause. And he wasn’t too wor­ried past ver­bal clashes: “That’s pol­i­tics in New Zealand. I’ve had con­ver­sa­tions with Hone that weren’t an­tag­o­nis­tic too, a while back though,” he said.

Mr Harawira said TRL had been set up to en­cour­age young peo­ple to be, through the ben­e­fits that come from play­ing sport, “any­thing they want to be.”

“If I see a kid play­ing sport then I see a healthy child. I don’t know how that trans­lates [be­yond the field], but hope­fully it can have a pos­i­tive ef­fect, and that can carry over into other parts of their lives.”

PIC­TURE / NZ HER­ALD

Don Brash al­ready has his fish­ing hat.

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