Some readers have emailed about this morning’s dawn service in Auckland.
I have gone to the Anzac Day dawn service for years, and in Auckland it is traditional for the Mayor to speak.
Dame Cath, Les Mills Christine Fletcher, John Banks, Dick Hubbard, others and for the last term Len Brown spoke.
This year someone recognised that the mayor was no longer respected enough to take on this serious role.
The gelded mayor was relegated to delivering a wreath to the cenotaph on behalf of the citizens of Auckland.
I felt even that was not appropriate, and comments from those around me supported my views. More emphatic was that everyone was standing in silence until Len’s diminished task was announced.
It was good that someone realised that his participation was not appropriate. To debase a ceremony so important to New Zealanders would be unthinkable.