We reckon that's an outstanding result, with a good sum of money raised for a very deserving cause. If we hear who the new owner is, we'll let you know.
As regular readers will realise, we are not fans of Winston Peters. But there was one constant with the man, right from the time he entered Parliament after the 1978 election where he beat Malcolm Douglas after an electoral petition and court hearing; he always had (in public) a glint in his eye, a cheeky smile, and an impish sense of humour.
This morning, we're wondering where Winston Peters' sense of humour has vanished to; the Herald reports:
NZ First leader Winston Peters says the auction of his 'NO' sign trivialises the plight of Christchurch and he does not intend to indulge in it.
Mr Peters said he was "astonished" that the Prime Minister and others were choosing to take part in the auction to raise money for Canterbury Television and Christchurch Press victims of the earthquake.
This week, Mr Key put in a starting bid of $5000 for the sign, saying it was the closest he would come to dealing with Mr Peters.
Mr Peters said he did not believe in any "politicising" of Christchurch and was "astonished" others were.
"I regret others do. I'm not going to trivialise the crisis in Christchurch by engaging in this conversation.
"If the Prime Minister and others want to behave that way and think that bespeaks the right reaction to the people of Christchurch, and attempt to cloak it in the veil of a good cause, that's their approach to politics and life, but it's not mine."
The sign will be auctioned at the Backbencher Pub in Wellington tonight.
We reckon that Winston Peters needs to lighten up a little. He, more than anyone, should have realised that he would be lampooned for his little stunt with the infamous "No" placard in 2008. That Parliament subsequently found that he had knowingly mislead the House over the Owen Glenn donation is now written in Hansard and in history.
Guyon Espiner acquired the placard after the infamous media conference. We reckon that it is great that he has donated it for tonight's Press Gallery auction to raise funds for the families of media people affected by the Christchurch earthquake. We also reckon that Winston Peters' reported remarks are churlish. His placard is going to be a sought-after item at tonight's auction, and funds raised from it will directly benefit people in Christchurch. There is already a bidding war underway, with David Farrar fronting a campaign with Kiwiblog readers to outbid John Key's opening $5000 bid. We have been only too happy to pledge towards DPF's fund, and we will make our donation regardless of whether or not his bid succeeds.
There's another reason why we feel strongly about this. We knew one of the CTV staffers killed in the earthquake personally. Jo Giles was a larger-than-life personality, with a heart of gold. She leaves behind a partner and four children, whose lives have been turned upside down. It is people like them who will be supported by funds raised in tonight's auction and charity debate.
If anyone is politicising this issue, it is Winston Peters. He needs to lighten up; after all, he started this whole story.