Thursday, 29 September 2011

Radio New Zealand Interview

I had a very interesting time back in New Zealand in July this year where I spoke to the  Insurance Brokers Association of New Zealand (IBANZ), and met with staff and volunteers of the New Zealand Red Cross in Wellington and Christchurch, especially those working on the NZ Red Cross Christchurch earthquake recovery operation. I was deeply inspired by the work they were doing then.

Then I was interviewed by Deborah Nation, a superb radio interviewer. Her mother Fran Nation played a huge role in the New Zealand Red Cross for decades and was on the national executive for many years in the 70s to the 90s and inspired me as a young Red Cross delegate for the work she did at grass roots level in the Hawkes Bay, and further afield. So Deborah was brought up in a Red Cross family so had the knowledge and understanding to ask pertinent, if not difficult questions.

Here is the interview if you want to listen to it.

From Spectrum on Sunday 25 September 2011
International Red Cross Manager Bob McKerrow talks with Deborah Nation about his long career spent helping others. Bob is no stranger to disaster but it's a new experience to see the sufferings of his earthquake-hit home-town of Christchurch.


Ruahines said...

Kia ora Bob,
Farkin' amazing! I love it, and I love the thought of you returning to live here in New Zealand, Aotearoa. We need you, things are getting out of hand. I love the sound of your voice, and the calmness years of chaos have bestowed upon your countenance. I was with you in a tough time, for you personally, as both your knees had been replaced a few days prior. Yet you carried on with zest and vigour, hosted an amazing barbeque, and allowed me to be part of your wonderful family for a few days. Rave On Bob, you are one of my inspirations, a chance meeting online that became real. Kia ora e hoa.

Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Kia Ora Robb

I thank my Mum for exposing me unwittingly to the injustices and discrimination that is choking our world and how can we sleep soundly, when over a billion people go to bed very hungry every night? Yet there is more than enough food for everyone in the world. I am just about to leave to give a presentation on resource mobilization/fundraising for many conflict and flood affected people in Sri Lanka. Kia Kaha Robb, Ka kite ano ehore.

Jamie said...

Hey Bob

Just having a good catch up with your blog. The world neeeds more people like you giving their life to making it a more just and humane place.

Take care aye.

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