I wish I lived in a country where an artist as extraordinay as Ralph Hotere and his breath taking work that challenged NZs racial divide would be paid as much media attention in death as a broadcaster like Paul Holmes whose work did everything to reinforce that racial divide.
Hotere challenged and slaughtered our cultural sacred cows where as Holmes fed, watered and baited those cultural sacred cows.
The manner in which both mens passings have been covered by the media almost says more about NZ than either mans body of work.
RIP Ralph - you were one of our greatest. Your vision and righteous anger at the many injustices perpetrated in the land of the wrong uptight crowd will echo down the corridors of NZ history.