Photo Gallery: archive 2009 and 2010

Mike DelaneyJohn at Mike Delaney Benefit

In April 2010, I acted as Auctioneer for the Mike Delaney Benefit Dinner in Whangarei. This young man was a 'sure thing' for the Black Sticks; but he suffered an horrific freak accident diving into the surf at Gisborne and breaking a small bone in the top of his neck (the same one that Christopher Reeve – aka Superman – did). This should have left him in a wheelchair, but his fighting spirit and infectious sense of humour have helped him back on his feet and coaching his beloved sport. Mike's had one trip to Germany for stem cell therapy, with amazing results, and with the help of all present he's going back for another. There’s no stopping this man; he’s an inspiration.

John at Cambridge RacewayJohn at Cambridge Stud
During my visit, I had the pleasure of being hosted at Cambridge Stud by owner Sir Patrick Hogan. Sir Patrick had invited a number of younger local studmasters to attend lunch, and it was great to discuss a wide range of issues with those who are the future of the racing industry. The photo above shows me with the Stud's champions sire Zabeel, a horse which has sired a record 39 individual Group One race winners, and whose progeny earnings are in excess of $100 million dollars.
In October 2009, I spent a day in Cambridge with Louise Upston, MP for Taupo. It was a busy day and a great opportunity to get out and see a wide range of people in the area. A particular highlight was the surprise sulky ride during our visit to the Cambridge Raceway, for which we were dressed in the bright yellow Harness Jewels jackets you can see in the photo. It was a great experience, and topped off a very enjoyable visit.
John,  Ken and MaryanTodd Blackadder

On 27 September 2009 the Parliamentary XV played the Tasman Buccaneers at Trafalgar Park in Nelson. Maryan Street and I joined Ken Laban in the commentary box. The team got up 32-20 against a spirited 'golden oldies' team that included legend Todd Blackadder. The day before the Parliamentary Netball team played a local side (the local side won 35-15); all part of a fundraising weekend for the Nelson Environment Centre. About $1,300 was raised and, with a contribution from the Parliamentary Rugby Trust of another $1,000, made it a very successful weekend all round.

International Day of Older PersonsInternational Day of Older Persons

For the International Day of Older Persons, I celebrated at an event in Christchurch, with my colleague Nicky Wagner; our community support services turned out in force with informative displays on all manner of issues of interest to our older persons.

John & Jo with Phar Lap

Recently I was invited to the upcoming unveiling of a life-sized bronze statute of legendary New Zealand racehorse Phar Lap, to be unveiled in November 2009.

The statue is the initiative of the Phar Lap Charitable Trust. Through their tireless efforts, the Trust has managed to raise $400,000 to properly honour this iconic thoroughbred.

The photo above shows Jo Goodhew (Member for Rangitata) and myself with a smaller version of the statue; it has been loaned to my Office in advance of the official debut of the full size version. If the miniature is anything to go by, the Trust will have a truly remarkable memorial for a truly remarkable horse.

What's the Plan Stan

At the launch of "Whats the Plan Stan?" on 10 August 2009.

John at AUT North ShoreJohn at AUT North Shore
John Carter with AUT Chancellor Sir Paul Reeves and AUT Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. Max Abbott
John Carter with AUT Pro Vice Chancellor (North Shore & Community) Prof. Max Abbott and AUT Vice Chancellor Derek McCormack

Here I am at the opening of AUT University North Shore Campus AF Lecture Theatre building on 11 June 2009, standing in for the Prime Minister.

John with PM John Key

Prime Minister John Key and Associate Local Government Minister John Carter.

John at Taupo Bay

Here I am at the Taupo Bay tsunami warning civil defence exercise on 1 May 2009 with Vern Johnston, Jan Turner, Di Sinclair and Wendy Griffith.

John and Roger de Bray

Powering down: Northland MP John Carter with Top Energy's former CEO Roger de Bray (left) at the opening of stage two of the Ngawha geothermal power station on 31 January 2009. An evening function at Kaikohe's Mid North Motor Inn was held the same evening to farewell Mr de Bray after 18 years during which he steered the company from the former Bay of Islands Electric Power Board to the unique power generation and lines company it is today. Photo courtesy Northern News.



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