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.