Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cometh the hour, cometh the man



We've watched and we've waited for five days, and now that the deaths of the 29 Pike River miners has been confirmed, a deep sense of sorrow has descended across the country.

In the West Coast's time of trial, one true hero emerged; Peter Whittall, the CEO of Pike River mine. His grace, his openness and honesty and his compassion have been only too evident since Friday night. He has been a rock. We've long known the saying in the title line - cometh the hour, cometh the man. Peter Whittall has been the man for the West Coast's darkest hour.

Peter Whittall is an Australian. That does not stop us from unhestitatingly nominating him as the New Zealander of the Year. He is one of us now; inextricably linked. Grey District mayor Tony Kokshoorn is close behind, but it is Peter Whittall's leadership that will remain an enduring image. Both men are in our thoughts and prayers this morning.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about Garry Knowles? He was also brilliant

PM of NZ said...

Agree with Whitall, but not Kokshoorn.

Whittall would be one those in business should aspire to. He did a fine job under extreme pressure.

Thought Kokshoorn was nothing but a self-opinionated meddling drama queen who wanted to be front and centre on the world stage. A typical local government socialist who tossed his toys out of the cot when sidelined.

And Gary Knowles, he will make a fine Commissioner one day.

Inventory2 said...

@ Anon - an erroneous ommission; thanks for pointing it out.

@PM - that was my inital impression of Kokshoorn. He grew on me, it's fair to say.

alex Masterley said...

Mr Whittall and Mr Knowles were superb.

Their composure and professionalism under immense pressure was remarkable.

I only hope that they are getting appropriate support as well. They need and deserve it.

Behind their professional facades what happened at Pike River will be gnawing away at their souls.

And in the invetiable blame game that will follow this disaster they will need to maintian that professionalism and composure as well.

At the very least they need a day off with their families to reground themselves.

Anonymous said...

and John Key? his professionalism, sincerity and empathy was...

well it was shit to be honest. But then their only workers eh? Fucking workers, lets erode their rights some more...

Inventory2 said...

@ Anon (10.47am) - your comment says far more about you than it does about John Key.

Suz said...

Your offensiveness seems to know no bounds anon.

Anonymous said...

dying from poor work safty standards that have been systematically eroded by governments...

You lot are as guilty for cheerleading this violence on working people. Don't get all fucking sanctimonous when you "Yippee" at every government policy that attacks workers.

Why care now when overall you fucking hate workers?

Fucking hypocrites, back to your lattes.

Suz said...

Mine's a flat white actually you fuckwit

PM of NZ said...

Anon 1310, This thread of IV2's is not the one to express such misguided sentiments.

The 'Yippee' comment was one of mine, not IV2's.

Now 89 days to go...

Anonymous said...

Indeed Suz. Would you believe that you can't get a 'real' coffee in Rununga? Fucking primitive eh? Barely human down there.

As you where, cheerleaders of misery.

Suz said...

"Where" or "were", you're confusing me now? I take it a Soy is out of the question? "Cheerleaders of misery" Look in the mirror.

Anonymous said...

Post-Menopausal, yes I know the comment was yours, but it represents the overall tone of this blog's author and its fanbase. a similar sentiment is contributed every day.

You kick workers, unions and the laws that protect them... but cry when a worker dies...

That's why you're all pieces of shit.

Am I wrong? Prove it. Or fuck up.

Anonymous said...

Where.. were.. soy... cow...

is that as deep as it gets now Suz?

Inventory2 said...

@ Anon; far from kicking workers, I employ close to 30 of them.

You're close to outstaying your welcome today; this is not the day for your vitriol.

Suz said...

You sad, sad guy!...Unlike the vast majority of people who comment on this site, I don't profess to be a decent Christian type, and you pieces of scum, whoever you are, cos we all know you too gutless to put a name to your rantings, sicken me to my already jaded and cynical soul. You know NOTHING about commenters upbringings, and ignorantly make hugely erroneous assumptions about us. You do no favours to your cause. Since we are all such "pieces of shit", why bother with us?

Anonymous said...

So what if you employ 30 workers? You proudly tell us that they're not unionised and celebrate through your posts the dismantling of workers rights...

And your point was what? That you care about workers? Bullshit.

Prove it with your next post.

Anonymous said...

so why are you here Suz? Yes I know you're not a christian... but still happy to support a right-wing blog that enjoys belittling workers...

I know you have morals/ethics from your past posts (and your stance in temp 'leaving') yet you remain a local..

Can you imagine the hatred and scorn if these miners went on strike to make there site safer?

I bet you can Suz.

Inventory2 said...

Moderation is now turned on, for pretty obvious reasons. Today is NOT the day for the kind of vitriol which you are expressing.

Suz said...

"Belittling workers"..no, not at all...My partner and I both grew up in abject poverty, subjected to abuse of all kinds, partner is self-employed as a concrete-cutter, a shitty, dirty job if ever there was one, but at least well-paid, thanks to his superior smarts when dealing with architects, engineers, and quantity surveyors. Right-wing, possibly, support those poor buggers down the mine, definitely. FYI, Inv and I discussed our differences offline, and I have more respect for him than ever, much to your chagrin I'm sure.

Suz said...

And just to add, i'm far too young to be post-menopausal Santa! :)

Inventory2 said...

@ Suz - I think that our anonymous "friend" was trying to make a clever play on words on PM of NZ's name .. with his usual level of success!

PM of NZ said...

IV2 and Suz,

I'd could classed as a grumpy ol' prick, but I'd be extremely surprised if I ever was deemed to be post-menopausal!

I see the bugger has been all over my shop - posts from anon have gone through the roof. Must look up his IP address.

Suz said...

Oh Shit. there's me getting all paranoid,thinking Anon hating me!Didn't occur to me he's hating previous PM Blogger... I personally think me & Anon got morw in common thanb he might think

Anonymous said...

You mean there is only one 'anon' in the blogsphere? Well I'll be! Damn s/he must be busy!!

Nice try pm :) but I've never been to your blog... should I?

Dearest Suz.... I would never make such an assumption :)

Suz said...

Sympathies to you PM..Haha..I'll take the excess of female hormones that Anon Wanker feels compelled to shoot our way...me not having a penis and all...Best wishes to you and Inv, wishing you all awesome New Year.. God knows 2010 not been so shit hot so far.

Suz said...

Quite frankly. I feel a certain maternal allegiance to my anon "Santa" etc who responds to me on Keeping Stock.. I genuinely have soft spot for you, take the piss all you want from that comment,but you make me smile as much as you make me grimace.. guess we can't eva be mates but I genuinely wish you the best even if you hate me xox Suz

Anonymous said...

We know the Whittals a bit through school and church connections, both families have been new to Wellington this year, he is exactly the person we have all seen. And they are that kind of family, his son went through confirmation with mine this year, his chosen saint was St Laurence patron saint of Chefs and Miners! An early Christian Martyr his last worlds while being roasted alive were 'turn me over I'm done on this side!'
I'd nominate Peter for a knighthood for displaying true leadership in the face of real adversity.

Anonymous said...

its the greenies fault for not allowing flexibility in schedule 4 national land, open cast mines are a lot lot safer

RIP those 29 brave men

Anonymous said...

I didn't have an opinion one way or another on Kokshoorn, until after the second explosion where he felt it necessary to share second-(or maybe third-)hand information claiming that a rescue team had been sent into the mine immediately after the second blast. A statement which, once refuted by Peter Whittall, only provided an inflammation of the anger and hurt, rather than anything remotely constructive.