GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – SBW, Mike King and Nicky Hager should be getting honours

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It’s another Queen’s Birthday Honours list and although I have never been a supporter of this nonsense and hope that one day we throw out this outdated way of honouring Kiwis, I have to admit there are certainly a couple of people who deserve their honours.

It’s another Queen’s Birthday Honours list and although I have never been a supporter of this nonsense and hope that one day we throw out this outdated way of honouring Kiwis, I have to admit there are certainly a couple of people who deserve their honours.

One person who many Maori will be happy about getting a knighthood is Timoti Karetu, he has been a massive contributor in terms of the Maori language. Timoti has probably been the foremost leader in the Maori world in terms of reo Maori development, he has trained hundreds of students over the years and has even set up his own elite school of students.

So congratulations to him, it’s just a shame that he supports the British monarchy and this ridiculous knights and dames system. I look forward to the day when Maori leaders like Timoti turn down these types of honours and find a more Maori or uniquely Kiwi way to be honoured.

Maori leaders like Ranginui Walker, Apirana Mahuika and Witi Ihimaera have said no in the past so there is hope that more might follow their lead. I also think too many rich people unnecessarily get honoured. We need a People’s Honours list that recognises and celebrates those who have given for the people rather than taken from them.

Here is who I would nominate: 

Dr Lance O’Sullivan for services to health: 

Lance has been a tireless champion for under funded health services and is prepared to stand up and use his voice to stamp out nonsense like the anti-vaccination movement. He has made a real difference in the lives of thousands and deserves recognition for his passion, drive and courage.

 

Mike King for services to suicide awareness: 

Mike has done more for suicide awareness than the entire Mental Health service has managed. His criticism towards their failures is matched only by his genuine love and understanding he offers those on the edge of self-harm. Considering that our real suicide rate could be three times higher than officials admit, rewarding him would force more attention on this most hurtful social wound.

 

Helen Kelly for services to workers:

That Helen has still not been acknowledged by any of our national awards is a travesty. Her strength and fight for worker rights deserves to be recognised of the sake of history.

 

Sonny Bill Williams for services to sport and ethics: 

His decision to make ethical stands in sport should be applauded.

 

Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson for services to journalism: 

Forcing a nation to confront their own war crimes is a lonely and punishing job, recognition would show our gratitude for their bravery.

 

Julia Whaipooti for services to prison reform:

Part of a next generation of leaders in New Zealand, her work with Just Speak to force prison reform demands consideration.

 

Russel Norman for services to the environment:

He was arrested this year for jumping in front of an oil survey ship! Some leave Parliament and become irrelevant, Russel leaves Parliament and makes himself even more important to the debate.

 

First published in the Manukau Courier 

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18 Comments

  1. CLEANGREEN says:

    Yes Willie, These folk are hero’s in many of our minds.

    it is time for all brave hearts to come out and show their Human traits as this Ultra right wing Government have long ignored the people and their wishes for regional issues like the loss of rail services, and now suffer from dangerous freight truck gridlocked roads, that are causing regional urban health effects, and many other human issues that affect the people at source.

    Nactional have long ago turned their backs on these communities and will suffer defeat over this as they gleefully show a great lack of care.

    So any new opposition party who comes showing a clear support for these deserted provinces of Northland, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and some others will do well this election.

    Good article Willie.

  2. mary_a says:

    Absolutely agree 100% Willie with your list and comments. Good decent upstanding Kiwis ready and willing to work for the betterment of their country and fellow citizens, for no personal gain to themselves.

    To recognise and honour the good work done by Mike King (mental health system problems) and Nicky Hager (possible state sanctioned war crimes), would be to admit the truth and as we all know, truth is an alien concept to the Natz!

  3. Mike the Lefty says:

    I would be surprised if SBW was offered a knighthood.
    He has offended the establishment by speaking out against human rights abuses, and changing his religion to non-Christian to boot.
    You don’t get knighthoods in NZ by doing that.

    • Marcus says:

      Correct,
      you get knighthoods by selling off New Zealand assets, driving farmers to suicide, sending inflation through the roof and raising your own super payments, like the big Rogernome himself.

  4. countryboy says:

    I think we socially aware and empathetic should be given knighthoods for being patient enough to live cheek by jowl with right wing fuckwits while not falling to the temptation to cut their fucking heads off every time they open their dumb ugly traps to wheeze out their toxic, two dimensional gasses. (You only impress each other so… ya know. Shut up. And fuck off. Two things to do. Shouldn’t stretch your imaginations too far. )
    We, the above, qualify for knightly night-nights not to go hunting jonky down and drowning him in his own jonky juice in that fancy pool the turd floats in.
    We, the above deserve knight hoods and high heels for suffering beside the haunted living in the gutters as they strive to survive the tyranny of the loss of their dignity as they’re all but driven over by Chinese in Lambo’s heading up to the casino that jonky built bigger.
    We, the above, deserve knight Hood-winks for having to listen to the MSM dish out verbal blow jobs to the scum who use the MSM to spread the disease that is Right Wing-isms throughout the waste lands that was once our media.
    We, the above, deserve, under the Geneva Convention and the WHO an actual hood with our Knight- for every time paula bennett rolls her ample buttocks out in public. For when judith collins uncoil her lizard tongue to lick into our ear holes looking for storage space to down load her bile. For when anne tolly

    (Tolly. Scottish slang term for shit don’t you know?
    Means faeces, jobby, poo,shit,crap. Used throughout Scotland.
    I desperately need a tolly.
    I am going to do a tolly in your shoes if you dont shut up!
    #poop#shit#crap#poo#jobby#dung#faeces
    by legendryO516 December 30, 2010
    4831)

    stumps out guffawing like a cocaine addict donkey at a rave with its dick out to shut down, and/or fuck up some poor school, kids, parents and teachers.

    Yes. It is the collective Us who deserve knight hoods. The irony is that if we actually thought we really did deserve knighthoods we’d bloody well fight for them. Just like the losers who get them. But not us? We acquiesce after they convince us that we’re not deserving and get fucked over instead.

    • mary_a says:

      @ COUNTRYBOY … one of your best yet 🙂

      Nothing to argue with there my friend. Done your homework well and truly to be so descriptive of our cesspit dwelling leaders. You deserve a knighthood for literary genius on its own.

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      Ha Ha Country Boy I really had a laugh after reading your “dump” on the absolutely useless Anne Tolley, she is as useless as tits on a bull!!!!

      Keep up the humour mate! – thanks for that.

  5. bert says:

    A how to “gain a knighthood guide…”

    Firstly, resign 6 months out from your employment, therefore meeting qualification.

    Secondly, support the person whom issues knighthoods into the resigned position.

    Thirdly, rally all those to support the new leader of said position. and lastly…

    6 months later the new leader rings you on the golf course( cell phone turned on in case) to ask you to accept knighthood.

    This is commonly known as “i’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine”

    Did Key deserve a knighthood? Just ONE reason would be good. I’ll keep it short, Key bought his, for services to the corrupt.

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      So absolutely correct Bert, Key is a “night crawler” (worm) that;

      I’D LIKE TO PUT ON THE END OF A SHARK TACKLE TRACTER AND CATCH A REAL SHARK.

  6. Sally's Husband says:

    Any one of your nominations would be brilliant, Willie. Instead they gave it to a man who has contributed very little to our society. a failed flag referendum, corporate welfare handouts, and families living in cars. When did that become the criteria for recognition for “services to the country”???

    The whole thing is contemptuous.

  7. Anne says:

    I find the tee shirt interesting “I’m not sorry for being a man” but I’m sorry key is a sort of a man,because if he was a women he would have found it a lot more difficult to reach the lofty heights as front manish of the National party,then prime minister and no way would a women get away with sitting on their hands for eight years.

  8. Andy says:

    52% of British Muslims think that homosexuality should be criminalised

    At least one of SBWs mates agrees

    How does that fit into the social justice narrative of your heros?

  9. Anne says:

    I find the tee shirt interesting “I’m not sorry for being a man” but I’m sorry key is a sort of a man,because if he was a women he would have found it a lot more difficult to reach the lofty heights as front manish of the National party,then prime minister and no way would a women get away with sitting on their hands for eight years.

    • Mike the Lefty says:

      Key’s T-shirt was correct in one sense.
      He couldn’t be sorry for being a man because he isn’t a real man in the first place.
      Real men are men who care about other people, not just themselves.
      That counts Key out for sure.

  10. saveNZ says:

    Yours is a much better selection of Kiwi’s who deserve to be honoured.