Today’s is sort of a special episode, with about two-thirds being the valedictory speech of Chris Carter, New Zealand’s first openly gay Member of Parliament and, later, Cabinet Minister. His speech is included in its entirety (about 22 minutes). I think it’s important to document history, but it’s also something that a lot of people would never hear.

Before that, I talk about three things in the NZ news: Earthquake and Pike River updates and, in brighter news, the Rugby World Cup begins on Friday. People are getting festive over that.

Next time, I’ll have comments and voicemails and such.

I’ll be joining Nigel for his The Third Colony show on Saturday, September 10 at 9pm EDT (Americas; 1pm Sunday, September 11 in NZ).

Link for this episode
Chris Carter’s Valedictory Statement – I posted the video of his speech to my blog

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