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Top NZ tweets about Nelson Mandela’s death

This is a selection of some of the more interesting tweets from the NZ twittersphere in reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela. As usual, it’s in (roughly) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. And inclusion does not indicate any endorsement. 
 

Duncan Garner ‏@Garner_Live

Should the PM take John Minto and Trevor Richards in his delegation to Mandela's funeral? I say yes. Your thoughts?

 

Hamish Keith ‏@hamish_keith

John Minto must be part of the New Zealand delegation to Nelson Mandela funeral

 

Jonathan King ‏@MrJonathanKing

@Garner_Live Seriously though - wasn't the Tour a key time in NZ history? And key to NZ's relationship with Mandela? Why can't he remember?

 

wallacechapman ‏@wallacelchapman

As a man who played his part in dismantling apartheid, John Minto has GOT to be part of, perhaps spearhead, the official delegation..

Tamara ‏@amiriteeh

@wallacelchapman The irony is that the guy who can't remember his position on apartheid is going instead, as a representative

 

Raybon Kan ‏@RaybonKan

Can the NZ media ask players on the Cavaliers tour to South Africa in 1986 how they feel about Mandela?

 

Simon Bradwell ‏@simonbradwellnz

Nice gesture by players in #NZvsWI test to observe a moment of silence for Nelson Mandela

 

Clare Curran ‏@clarecurranmp

I remember which side I was on during the 1981 Springbok Tour. And I remember why!#madiba

 

Kim Baker Wilson ‏@kimbakerwilson

The @Auckland_Museum will be lit up blue, green, red and yellow to reflect the South African flag #Mandela

 

Celia Wade-Brown ‏@WellingtonMayor

Haere rā Mandela

 

David Joseph Dobbyn ‏@davidjdobbyn

Madiba is with The Lord. Rejoice brothers & sisters XX 

 

Aunty Haurangi ‏@_surlymermaid

Do you think attending Mandel's tangi will jog John Key's memory about whether he supported the Springbok tour?

 

fuimaono-sapolu ‏@Eliota_Sapolu

My parents protested the 1981 Springbok tour, against Apartheid, with me in the pram. Mandela always been a hero for our Samoan family. #RIP

 

Nadine Chalmers-Ross ‏@BusinessNadine

"When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace". Mandela can certainly do that

 

Metiria Turei ‏@metiria

Who would have thought in the midst of the apartheid evil that Nelson Mandela would die of old age, loved & cared for by friends & family? 

 

Barry Soper ‏@barrysoper

Wonder whether Key now remembers what position he took during the 81 Springbok tour?

 

Peter Dunne ‏@PeterDunneMP

Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela - imagine if they are now together and comparing notes

 

Stella Duffy ‏@stellduffy

NZ/Aotearoa 1981 was a poignant, hard & vital time. I consider myself lucky to have been 18 when our politics was all about #Mandela

 

Joseph Durie ‏@Joe_Ray_Me

#StuffNZ continuing their pursuit of being a real life version of @TheOnion #Mandelapic.twitter.com/cHXxiJvjNz

 

Emma Jolliff ‏@emtvnews

Nelson Mandela's legacy puts a generation obsessed with selfies to shame. We need to listen and learn.

 

Winston Aldworth ‏@WinstonAldworth

Wonder if John Key has remembered which side he was on in the 1981 Springbok Tour debate...

 

Helen Kelly ‏@helenkellyCTU

I hope the Govt delegation to Mandelas funeral includes Sir Ted Thomas, Trevor Richards and other anti apartheid heroes #respect

  

The Ruminator ‏@RuminatorNZ

Do you think on days like this, media facing people are terrified to release anything in case it's deemed "insensitive"?

  

Mihingarangi Forbes ‏@Mihi_Forbes

1981 our house a protest centre, placards in garage, vivid memories black men with burning tyres on necks, Mandela hung on our wall. Moe mai

 

Governor-General NZ ‏@GovGeneralNZ

The Governor-General pays tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela#NelsonMandela https://gg.govt.nz/content/nelson-mandela …

 

Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ

Teary eyes. Mandela arrives in Springbok gear @ 17:40. Celebrations from 2:25:00. Middle bit too painful to watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmQHWex_UFo …

 

Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit

1. How many current NZ politicians supported the 1981 Springbok Tour? Gerry Brownlee was one. I interviewed him in 2009. He said ...

Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit

2. "I supported the tour. I have to say that towards the end of that tour I was of a view that perhaps it wasn't worth the effort ...

Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit

3. ‘‘But you can't give in to the mobsters who went from one end of the country to the other wreaking havoc ...

Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit

4. "There are a lot of people who try to justify what I consider to be totally irrational behaviour by saying this was a seminal moment ...

Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit

5. " ... in New Zealand history and they were part of it. It's absolute garbage." (Brownlee, 2009)

 

Olivier Jutel ‏@OJutel

@RadioOne91FM Playing on the Revolution right now: Nelson Mandela tribute Livestream at http://r1.co.nz 

 

Tim Fookes Mornings ‏@talkbacktim

Political editor @barrysoper met Nelson Mandela numerous times. He shared his stories with me earlier, listen here http://bit.ly/1gIdJTD 

 

Guy Williams ‏@guywilliamsguy

Great work on the Mandela tweets guys... Some lovely tributes... and some people who seem confused but just stoked to be part of the action.

 

Clare Curran ‏@clarecurranmp

Mandela. Amandla Ngawethu

 

Guy Williams ‏@guywilliamsguy

"The passing of Nelson Mandela has really put it all into perspective for me"... 5 minutes... "WHY IS THE INTERNET SO SLOW GOD DAMN MY LIFE"

 

Morgan Godfery ‏@MorganGodfery

When someone's having an emotional moment, don't jump in with a political tweet. Believe it or not, you don't have The Most Important Point.

 

Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga ‏@MaungakiekieSAM

A sad day as Nelson Mandela one of the world's greatest statesmen passes away! RIP Nelson. http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/9485450/Mandela-South-Africas-father-dies-at-home …

 

John Key ‏@johnkeypm

Nelson Mandela was inspirational. On behalf of NZ I’d like to express my sincere condolences to his family and all South Africans.

 

Winston Peters ‏@winstonpeters

The legacy left by Nelson Mandela will have a lasting effect on his country. Our sympathies are with his family & the people of South Africa

 

Giovanni Tiso ‏@gtiso

One of history's great political leaders has died. No better way to honour it than to be political.

 

Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz

Do not feel competant to write a Mandela post.

 

Jessica Williams ‏@mizjwilliams

Nelson Mandela was a politician, of COURSE he was, and lived a life in politics. But to many people he was a lot more than that.

 

paulbrislen ‏@paulbrislen

Waiting to see what trash is thrown out on such a news day...

 

Lew ‏@LewSOS

Bugger all this "no politics today" nonsense. Mandela, as all revolutionaries, was fundamentally a political man, who lived a political life

>Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ

@LewSOS Agree. His book reveals him as a hard-nosed & v sophisticated politician not just a Gandhi-like saint. That was what made him great 

Lew ‏@LewSOS

@MatthewHootonNZ Exactly. Airbrushed legends are nice, but humans can inspire humans. Truth is better, not just stranger, than fiction.

Craig Ranapia ‏@CMRanapia

@MatthewHootonNZ @LewSOS And one who made a lot of mistakes, and whose legacy is far from simple. That's what human beings are like.

Jessica Williams ‏@mizjwilliams

@LewSOS i wasn't saying today. i was saying a few minutes. the speed with which some people leapt on it was pretty awful.

 

Jordan McCluskey ‏@JordanMcCluskey

Out of respect for Madiba, no partisan banter from me today.

 

Morgan Godfery ‏@MorganGodfery

Words are too small for him #Madiba

 

Rebecca Quilliam ‏@bexquilliam

A great man gone. Couldn't be a better inspiration for everyone to aspire to. #Mandela

 

RadioLIVE Newsroom ‏@LIVENewsDesk

Flags at half-mast at parliament, marking Nelson Mandela's passingpic.twitter.com/QHmabv4Sjm

 

Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ

It was such an incredible night. The right result too, all things considered.pic.twitter.com/Lj3c4gzwbD

 

David Clark ‏@DavidClarkNZ

RIP Nelson Mandela. A fine human being pic.twitter.com/F1AKmpuJta

 

David Cunliffe ‏@DavidCunliffeMP

The world is a poorer place for the passing of Nelson Mandela. He has been one of my life-long heroes and he will never be forgotten. RIP.

 

Helen Kelly ‏@helenkellyCTU

Re-reading Mandela's 1990 speech 2 @ILONEWS He honored the ILO by making it one of his 1st visits aftr release.

 

Martyn Bradbury ‏@CitizenBomber

We have lost one of the great Civil Rights leaders of the 20th Century - all good people weep and mourn Nelson Mandela's passing today

 

Craig Ranapia ‏@CMRanapia

Yes, let's pay tribute to #Mandela. But do it without erasing everyone else from the long struggle against apartheid m'kay? #justsaying

 

Beth Houston ‏@WellyBeth

RIP Madiba.Saw him at rally once, almost failed exam to get there.He inspired me 2 act 4 social justice even if my actions are tiny compared

  

Jordan McCluskey ‏@JordanMcCluskey

Today is not a day for ugliness or callous speech.

  

Sacha Dylan ‏@kaupapa

going to be one kickass funeral #madiba

 

Jessica Williams ‏@mizjwilliams

Erm, can we just have a few minutes of not turning this into politics? just a FEW? FFS, i am disappointed in you, world.

  

DJ Saul T. Nutts ‏@Regan_Gibbons

It's a shame that after fighting so hard to destroy racial apartheid, Mandela witnessed it replaced by economic apartheid

 

Dovil ‏@Dovil

Regardless of John Key's amnesia around the Springbok tour he should attend the funeral. Not for him, but to represent us as head of state.

 

NZ On Screen ‏@nzonscreen

A song for Nelson Mandela, from Herbs. Rest In Peace, Madiba. http://nzos.me/facPeR 

 

Helen Clark ‏@HelenClarkUNDP

Nelson #Mandela was the visionary leader of our times; an inspiration 4 his commitment 2 #humanrights. RIP #Madibahttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25249520#TWEET976721 …

  

Nikki Kaye ‏@nikkikaye

Rest in peace Nelson Mandela, a man of many great actions and and many great words. "Let freedom reign. The sun... http://fb.me/2ZSxgvHva 

  

mjfield ‏@mjfield

Wonder what Jim Bolger is saying today - he called him a terrorist

 

Urzila Carlson ‏@UrzilaCarlson

RIP Tata Madiba, it's the end of an era, you've done so much.

 

Finlay Macdonald ‏@MacFinlay

If Key is going to Mandela's funeral he should at least be accompanied by the surviving leaders of the early "No Maori No Tour" movement.

 

Russell Brown ‏@publicaddress

For the alternative view on Mandela’s passing, see @Redbaiternz. Frothing away.

 

Tracey Martin ‏@TraceyMartinMP

Nelson Mandela passes away - the humble man who managed to bring a nation together. A very sad loss to the world and South Africa.

 

Lew ‏@LewSOS

Fair warning: vile right-wing revisionism about Madiba forthcoming.

  

New Zealand Listener ‏@nzlistener

A piece by @BillyRalston recalling his inspirational encounter with Nelson Mandela:http://www.listener.co.nz/current-affairs/a-giant-among-us/ …

 

rebeccawright ‏@rebeccawright

Today we lost a hero of our time. Hamba gahle, Madiba.

  

Rachel Smalley ‏@Rachel_Smalley

Nelson Mandela. 95 extraordinary years. Go well, Madiba. RIP.

  

Lew ‏@LewSOS

Already got a Mandela = Osama comparison in my replies. You've outdone yourselves today, internets.

Jeffrey Simpson ‏@DoctorJeph

@LewSOS I am wondering who will be the first "famous" person to say something horrible. Ann Coulter?

 

Grant Robertson ‏@grantrobertson1

The greatest contribution to human rights, democracy and humanitarianism of the last century. A leader without peer. Rest now. #Mandela

 

jo ‏@jofromgreylynn

The man who can't remember how he felt about the Springbok tour protests is going to Mandela's funeral. He should be paying for Hone to go. 

Russell Brown ‏@publicaddress

@jofromgreylynn @LI_politico Or maybe @KevinHague, who was very much involved in protest in 1981. 

>Jeff Howell ‏@jeffieh

@jofromgreylynn @publicaddress or donna awatere...she was on the frontline.

Keeping Stock ‏@Inventory2

@jofromgreylynn @publicaddress Gee; classy stuff.

Pete George ‏@PeteDGeorge

@jofromgreylynn @publicaddress Playing politics on this is crap, shameful.

Russell Brown ‏@publicaddress

@PeteDGeorge Of course. Don’t mention the Tour. @jofromgreylynn

 

Paula Penfold ‏@paulapenfold

I remember covering a speech by Mandela to CHOGM in 1995. Never before or since have I witnessed such quiet charisma. #RIPMandela

 

Ali Ikram ‏@AliIkram

Farewell Nelson Mandela, a man who showed us all the power of humility and the unstoppable force of truth. You changed the world.

 

Russell Brown ‏@publicaddress

My main memory of Mandela is watching his release live on TV in 1990. As if a mythical figure stepped into reality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmL5CQYEmds …

 

Jordan McCluskey ‏@JordanMcCluskey

The greatest title history can bestow upon someone is that of peacemaker. Madiba was that. Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela.

 

Gareth Hughes ‏@GarethMP

Sad to hear about Nelson Mandela's passing. He has lived a good life and lead real change in South Africa

 

Encyclopedia of NZ ‏@Te_Ara

Rest in peace Nelson Mandela:http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/35925/political-leaders-president-nelson-mandela-at-ngaruawahia …

 

Felix Marwick ‏@felixmarwick

Nobody's going to give a damn about the #TPP stories I'm writing in Washington. Mandela's passing's sure to be the dominant story for ages

Pete George ‏@PeteDGeorge

@felixmarwick I'm more interested in #TPP news but yeah, it will be like a needle in a stack of Heil Mandela.

 

United Future ‏@UnitedNZ

Very sad news about Mr Mandela, our thoughts are with his family and his country.

 

Redbaiter NZ ‏@Redbaiternz

Please media people, spare me the grief over Mandela The man was a terrorist & a communist whose legacy is a SA that is a Marxist hell hole.

 

Simon Bradwell ‏@simonbradwellnz

Nelson Mandela had more presence than anyone else I ever met or saw in the flesh

 

Holly Walker ‏@hollyrwalker

Nelson Mandela, freed once more. Rest in peace.

 

Peter Dunne ‏@PeterDunneMP

Thoughts are with South Africa and South Africans as they enter the post Mandela era. A great man now deservedly at rest.