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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Justice Was Done

I was very pleased to see young Paul McIntyre discharged without conviction after the judge directed the jury to find him not guilty of firearms charges.

You remember young Paul. He’s the farmer who shot a thief caught stealing a quad bike from his farm machinery shed, a few miles North of Kawakawa. I hope the local burglary fraternity take good note. Thievery from farms and stock rustling on a significant scale have been problems in the North for decades and the modern day politically correct habit of caring more about the welfare of the burglars and not at all about the stress, suffering and losses of the burglees has not helped.

The last time I saw Paul I think he was about eight years old. I knew his father quite well and his father’s foreman, Haki (Jack) Apiata. George McIntyre was a larger than life fellow, a big man physically and in the farming world of the time. He started off as a tally slaughterman who saved enough to buy his first 100 acres and kept on building untilb when I met him he was 65 and operating a magnificent 3,000 acre sheep and cattle property running 2,500 ewes and 500 breeding cattle, if my memory is correct. He was the only man I ever met who could sit on a horse amongst a mob of works cattle and write in his notebook his estimate of each animal’s carcase or hook weight and be correct to within ten pounds when the killing sheets turned up. Some years after George died the farm was split up and Paul and his family farm a portion of it today.

Haki Apiata was an extraordinary character. If he is still alive today he will be aged 96. He was a short but strong chap with an infectious laugh and when I knew him he had no hair on his head, and only one eye and one tooth in working order. He was a crack shot with a rifle and a superb horseman. Jack was a man of wonderful wisdom and a terrible sense of mischief. His horse was a part quarter horse which he had trained to buck and pig jump like hell if any one else tried to get on its back. When I asked him why he did that he said. “Adolf, that’s so when I go to a party I can drink as much as I like and when I come outside to go home I know my bloody horse will still be there.”

One day there was a 100th Jubilee celebration for the first ever school built in New Zealand or some such other important occasion and Jack was asked to oversee the hangi. We sat under a tree at morning smoko and I asked him “Did you get your photo taken by those fellas from the Weekly News?” (How many readers remember The Weekly News? They didn’t know the meaning of media bias back then.) “Oh no” said Haki “You never let those buggers take your picture.” Why not? I asked. “Don’t you know what happens to the Weekly News when people have read it? “ Well no, “Hey they cut it up into squares and stick it on a nail in the whare tiko (that’s the shit house) and I’m not going to have those ……….. bastards down the road wiping their arses on my face!!

Before George died he gave Haki a life interest in the farm house in which he had lived for decades. I last saw Haki in 1983 and I regret not getting back to see George before he died. Two mighty fine New Zealanders.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 4/13/2005 03:41:00 pm

11 Comments:

Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

What does tally slaughterman mean? Counts them as they enter? Adds up their weights?

4/13/2005 04:01:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Unlike modern leftie union members they were paid for the number of stock slaughtered. Piece work just like shearers. But of course the do gooders came along and buggered it up. I never figured out how the sheep cockies kept them away.

4/13/2005 04:05:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Lemur, the fact is the advent of the killing chain put them out of work so I am unkind blaming the unions. In fact it was the greedy grasping bloody meat companies.

4/13/2005 04:06:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see that some parts of the Judiciary have not been over-run be PC lefty liberals.

4/13/2005 09:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, anonon but the poor bloody farmer now has to sell off part of the farm to pay his legal bills.
Keith

4/14/2005 08:36:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I note in the UK Blairs lot have changed their views and now support victims defending themselves As the Billious Bitch thinks Tony wonderful maybe we might see a change here Then again probably not they love the crims more than us

4/14/2005 10:31:00 am  
Anonymous TheProphet said...

Guys and girls - in my offical capacity as TheProphet I predict that you lot will be the leading NZ blog within 6 months if you keep up the high quality product you are producing. Keep it up.
Thanks for the entertainment
Allah protect us

4/14/2005 10:39:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I think its partially because we have odd hours between us, so theres normally new content on Sir Humphreys regardless of what time-cycle a reader works to.

4/14/2005 11:04:00 am  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Doh. Posted my Alien Bunnies post before reading TheProphet's comments.

Sorry...

4/14/2005 05:37:00 pm  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Awww, shucks! Thanks, Prophet! (Secretley worried I'm not up to scratch)

4/14/2005 09:16:00 pm  
Anonymous TheProphet said...

Zen - Just the sort of highbrow stuff a low life like me likes.
Good to have the issues addressed but entertainment in the mix is good too.Sorry Lucyna didn't mean to make you blush.Only one way to find out about a scratch - ITCH.

Allah protect us

4/14/2005 10:50:00 pm  

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