Reflections – The Ninth Floor

The Inquiring Mind

In 2017 Radio NZ had a series of interviews with 5 former Prime Ministers. Hate them or love them, these were revealing. In the article below, producer Tim Watkin sets the scene:-

stack of politician's memoirs

Driving back from our interview with Mike Moore, through the rolling hills around Whitford, Guyon Espiner and I talked about what had been a powerful – even moving – day spent with the former Prime Minister. It was the first of five remarkable days we spent with the five folk who led New Zealand from 1989 to 2008 – Moore, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Jim Bolger, Dame Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark.

Moore had responded well to the memories, the old debates, and the tales of characters from his heydays in and around power. Despite his stroke in 2015, there was no missing both the profound insights and hummingbird-like thinking of a mind that David Lange once said worked like…

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