Mercury could not be contacted after hours, so in desperation I phoned Radio New Zealand seeking an after-hours contact for the company, and the story spiralled from there.I am sure this sort of thing happens all the time. People cannot get through to customer services, so they phone Lloyd Scott or Kim Hill to ask for a phone number; before they know it, they have made national news.
Brendan Sheehan, spokesman for the Muliaga family, could not have done his folk any more harm than to write this piece for the Herald in response to Fran O'Sullivan. Not only does he make this feeble excuse, but his opening paragraph shows that reading comprehension was not his top subject at school. He goes on to claim that Ms O'Sullivan is part of some vast neo-liberal conspiracy. The family had obtained ten grand and the nation's sympathy; now would have been a good time for Mr Sheehan to shut up.
Elsewhere Matty B reviews a live gig by Megaphone Joe and his Socialist Workers. "People get ready, 'cos there's a bandwagon a-coming," as the old song goes.