When going to an antique shop you never know what you’ll find.
I went to one in Napier and stumbled across an artefact that caught my attention. To others, it may just look like a piece of cardboard in a laminated sleeve with pins on it. But I see a story to uncover. I was intrigued to find out the history of this guy whose badge I discovered.
I bought it and then started Googling his name. Gordon Christie. Who was he and why was he invited to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference?
Gordon Christie MBE JP. Wow, he must have some legacy. Turns out he was the representative of Napier in parliament. He sat the 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th and 39th term for Labour between 1966 to 1981.
His Member of the Order of the British Empire was appointed to him in 1985 for public and community service. He did plenty around the community including as vice-chairman of the Napier Port Safety Committee and also a member of the Napier Port Conciliation Committee.
In Warren Freer’s book, A Life In Politics: The Memoirs of Warren Freer, he had this to say about Christie: “Gordon Christie was a solid, dependable member. His loyalty was beyond doubt, and he was a consistent and practical fighter for those in the community needing help. Completely trustworthy, he was popular within the team and a most conscientious select committee member.”
Unfortunately, Gordon Christie died on June 13, 2001. I am so honoured to have a little treasure from the history of a great Kiwi man.