Memo — take a lifejacket
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.”
Don Brash already has his fishing hat.