There are several aspects of the Hawkesby chronicles in the ‘Waiheke Weekender that I find nauseous. And in case you’re wondering, I continue to read them fascinated by their fatuousness.
Firstly this man appears to use an old photograph of himself in his fortnightly spiel that makes him look about ten years younger than he really is. Then his articles follow a familiar pattern - coverage of a visit to some exotic or expensive part of the world – London, New York, Melbourne, Aspen. And, oh yes, we’ll just drop in on Fiji for a few days (as one does) to reduce the stress factor.
He name drops a well known or famous person with whom he had contact – however fleeting. He advises on the chic little restaurant he dined at in the plural as one may assume he’s ‘a regular’. He advises on a fancy wine of vintage, again as a regular consumer. He name drops shows or events in such a manner that one may easily assume he’s a VIP invite.
I think you call this ‘ego’ or vanity. His main background was as a newsreader/broadcaster. Fame came with a redundancy payment from TVNZ of between $5.4-$6.5m due to a right royal stuff up in contract arrangements. His newsreader role resulting in this payout, lasted just a matter of days.From the press coverage, it’s easy to suspect he and his family regard themselves as media royalty.
Initially Mr Hawkesby passed his days commenting on vino. This has extended to the three ‘f’s, food, fund raising and the future for this island, the last, one assumes, under his tutelage. As ‘squire’ of the village he seems to believe he has an entitlement to pass on musings of what’s good for us.
On Waiheke, the truth would be that for many under the yoke of a mortgage or on the restriction of benefits, a trip over the Bombay Hills or beyond Orewa is a significant event. Do the island hoi polloi really want to read of the meanderings around the world of a self appointed toff and feel obligated to tug their forelock as he passes?
It makes one want to get the sick bag out again. Oh well I’m off to see Carmen at the Sydney Opera house in a couple of weeks. I haven’t told anyone because who gives a toss.
Showing off is passé, Johnny. Grow up!
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