Give that Man a D.B.

Bob Jones is one of the few people who really cracks a smile on me every time he utters a word. His brilliant “don’t give a fuck what people think” attitude is needed more in this country.

Family Farming SculptureSir Bob Jones has pilloried a Waikato University academic who criticised a plaque on Hamilton’s Farming Family statue as “racist and offensive”.

The plaque commemorates the “unsung heroes of our first 150 years”.

University community psychologist Neville Robertson said the plaque completely ignored the role Maori played in the region’s history.

Sir Bob said Dr Robertson’s comments “touched on two Waikato traditions, one a source of great pride and the other of great embarrassment.

“The first is the region’s renown pastoral industry, rightly admired throughout New Zealand.

“The second is Waikato University, ridiculed across the land in academic circles for its lightweight standards.

“Robertson upholds that inglorious reputation superbly with his idiotic remarks.

“In commenting that the statue ignores pre-European Maori history he overlooks the fact that it was commissioned to commemorate New Zealand’s 150th anniversary since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

“Nevertheless we could satisfy his doubtless predictable concerns of omission by having the sculptor reshape the father’s face to have Maori features but with one arm foppishly behind his back to cover homosexuals.

“The wife could be recast sitting in a wheelchair to avoid Robertson protesting that we’ve ignored the enormous contribution of the disabled.

“Finally, we could put a mortar board on the sheep’s head with a sign around its neck bearing the message, “psychology graduate of Waikato University”.

Bob Jones is talking about a sculpture he paid for and donated to Hamilton City in 1990 and has been mooted to be moved out of the public gaze. Bob Jones also missed out that Hamilton is the chlamydia capital of New Zealand.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

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