Thursday 19 May 2016

“…and a man lay dying”


What a very sad story yesterday, about the discovery of an elderly man’s decomposing body in a Dixon St flat, in Wellington, said to have been dead for at least six months. The third time in 14 months a body has been found similarly unloved, not even the neighbours aware of the passing.

A very sad situation. People will say that this is just a reflection of life in the uncaring big city, but it really doesn’t need to be that way, does it.

Here’s a song Eric Bogle wrote about a similar story in Sydney a few years ago.


  • “When government gets out of the way, though… that’s where the real progress takes place. Where communities slowly return, and where people begin banding together to help out one another again.”
    Liberty is Compassion – Chris Campbell, LAISSEZ FAIRE TODAY


Kiwiwit said...

This is a symptom of the welfare state - the more we expect the responsibilities that used to be born by family, friends, neighbours and local communities to be assumed by the state, the more this will happen.

Peter Cresswell said...

I think you are absolutely right.

Anonymous said...

It appears the individuals in his building have lost the understanding of community. They have become indifferent to and isolated from those around them.

How much effort does it take to create a community with your neighbours?
More than the building residents are prepared to make it would seem.

Jim Peters