Helen and Peter: A fine romance, without kisses

, Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, November 05, 2008. Credit:NZPA / Wayne Drought

They’ve lived on different continents for seven years but Peter Davis says he’s ready to move to New York if his wife, Helen Clark, gets the UN’s top job.

The couple’s lived apart for the tenure of her role as head of the UNDP, with Dr Davis opting to stay in New Zealand where he’s a sociology professor at Auckland University.

However if she gets the secretary-general’s job she’ll be New York-based for another five years at least.

Dr Davis said frankly it’s getting to the stage where they should be spending a bit more time together.


This isn’t a marriage as I understand it.  It’s not even as if Helen takes the opportunity to come see Peter regularly.

Helen Clark often returns to New Zealand, partly to visit her elderly father.

Their marriage is none of our business really.  And nobody is talking about it, in spite of the years of observations leading people to conclude that, at best, we can’t relate to what Helen and Peter see as a marriage.

And all of that would have been left unsaid if it wasn’t for Dr Davis talking to the media saying he “should” consider going to live in New York.

I don’t see the point.  Helen will be busier than ever, and even more all over the world.

My advice is to just stop talking about it, because every time the public get reminded of that relationship, such as it is, it is left completely befuddled as to why either Helen or Peter still insist there is a relationship at all.


– Alexia Russell, Newstalk ZB


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