It’s deep winter. Another cold front is rolling across the South Pacific and nothing escapes. Flooding is widespread. Landslips close roads. Aircraft have been grounded.
But not the Air Nelson flight that bumps down between rainsqualls at Napier airport after 55 minutes churning from Wellington.
The plane is a Bombardier; today it’s a flying washing machine.
Indonesian Ambassador Antonius Agus Sriyono is hustled into a car by an effervescent Ken Aldred, chair of the local NZ Institute of International Affairs. He’s a former British arms control negotiator determined that distance from Westminster is no bar to staying close to global affairs.
Today his members want to hear about democracy in Indonesia. Host and guest snatch a café sandwich. There are no staff to carry bags, drive or advise.
Despite the weather by 2 p.m. the basic Havelock North C...