Helen Clark returns to Parliament
Mon, 05 Mar 2012 6:27p.m.
By Tova O’Brien
Every Monday the Prime Minister walks into the Beehive theatrette for a weekly press conference.
For nine years Helen Clark did the same, making it an interesting choice of venue for her presentation this evening. She says she chose it because she wanted to hold an event at Parliament.
Ms Clark is back in New Zealand with to her role at United Nations Development Programme and is holding a series of presentation on AIDS and HIV.
She says she does not miss the job which had her on the podium, saying being Leader of the Opposition is one of the toughest roles there is and you have to be willing to suffer.
As for new Labour leader David Shearer, Ms Clark says he would have had to look deep in to his heart.
“Is this what you really want to do? Are you going to walk over burning coals to get there?”
Ms Clark is three years into a four-year term with the United Nations, holding the third most powerful job in the organisation.
“I love what I'm doing, I find it extremely rewarding,’ she says.
So much so, she plans to renew her bid for the job next year.
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6/03/2012 2:52:18 p.m.
She fought to change the social conventions of society and know she gets a job mopping up the effects of those changes.
5/03/2012 11:31:51 p.m.
I find it ironic that Clark is in New Zealand speaking on aids. For many years people in Africa have been dosed with chloramphenicol a deadly bacterial genotoxin used as a cheap all purpose antibiotic. Chloramphenicol destroys the bodies anti viral defences leaving the Africans susceptible to AIDS.While in dictatorship, Clark ordered the use of the insecticide Foray 48b over West Auckland. The manufacturer of Foray 48b had four patents for adding chloramphenicol to its insecticdes to genetically modify the active ingredient.The Ombudsman estimated 3-4000 people were harmed by Foray 48b. The horrific effects of chloramphenicol can be inherited by the children of those affected. Clark committed genocide that will last for generations.I would welcome her being indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
5/03/2012 10:36:14 p.m.
National is doing a pretty fine job as well at ruining this country as well not that Labour in its current state has anything better to offer us.
5/03/2012 8:47:09 p.m.
Come to gloat at the destruction she has caused. Thirteen years of sitting on her ar*e when it was all good has led to the current mess we live in.
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