With his show 3D axed, his colleague Plunket announcing a shock departure, and general unease in the Mediaworks stable, Duncan realises he’s got a long life ahead and family comes first.
Sorry to be morbid, but I’ve been slightly obsessing about death lately. My own, specifically.
What a grim time the end of this year has become – Paris gunmen and terror attacks, then yet another American mass shooting this week.
Then there’s the threat posed by natural causes and illness.
The good news this week was that there’s now a “game-changing” drug to treat melanoma, which kills 300 New Zealanders every year.
But the bad news is that our government’s drug buying agency, Pharmac, has deemed the drug (Keytruda) a low priority.
This is the problem with Pharmac – they’re in a position to play god with people’s lives.
Yes, the agency must make decisions within a budget, but this stance is particularly devastating to families here who need access to that drug. It costs $300,000 for a full treatment. That counts most people out.
In Australia and Britain the drug is publicly funded. I don’t understand why Pharmac think they know better. It’s a matter of life and death, after all.
Then there’s Jonah Lomu’s death aged just 40. The public memorial this week was a superb celebration of his life, cut so short at age 40. His adorable boys are just 5 and 6. They have lost their Dad.
My boys are 5 and 7. My girls are 12 and 14.
I desperately don’t want to depart planet earth just yet and leave them behind. I love seeing them grow. I need them. They need me.
The only thing that terrifies me more than dying is leaving my family in the lurch.
Garner’s future should be just fine. Unless he’s squandered all the salaries he’s been collecting over the years. But yes, Radio New Zealand is a bit full up with media refugees looking for a soft pre-retirement landing, TVNZ aren’t hiring, and Mediaworks and job security are not two terms that go together right now. He’s right to worry. Read more »