This is a selection of some of the more interesting tweets from the NZ twittersphere in reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela. As usual, it’s in (roughly) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. And inclusion does not indicate any endorsement. More will be added. [Read more below]
John Key’s 1981 memory loss makes the HuffPo: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/yasmine-ryan/apartheid-new-zealand_b_4411734.html …
Can someone explain to me like I'm a five year old, why it matters whether @johnkeypm clarifies his 1981 Tour position or not?
You guys are still talking about 1981? I'll come back later then.
NZ Herald editorial right on NZ delegation to Mandela funeral. Someone who led opposition to apartheid should go.
Bolger even sounded like Mandela
Re sending a 1981 protest leader to Mandela's funeral: why a Pakeha male like Minto? Why not a Maori woman? Donna Awatere wd be ideal.
If you could bottle political hypocrisy then Mandela's funeral would be the place to set up your distillery.
It is hypocrisy of the highest order that National today portrays itself as a friend of Mandela - and must be called out for doing so
I'm upset that Ross Meurant hasn't been invited to Mandela's funeral yet. #RedSquadRepresent
It's easy with hindsight to say, oh, I would have definitely been against the tour, but 33 years ago was a very different country.
The Rock boofheads are on the phone to John Minto trying to get him to Mandela's funeral
It been years but I vaguely recall women in NZ anti apartheid movement and even women PMs & GGs and judges. Guess they all turned Key down.
Mike Williams agrees with me on @johnkeypm's Mandela delegation but favours #trevorrichards while I say #johnminto http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2579222/politics-with-matthew-hooton-and-mike-williams …
Dear people my age and younger: it is moral complacency, not moral sensitivity, to assume you would have been anti-tour had you been alive.
Those opposed to protesters at Mandela's funeral celebrate the end of apartheid but seem to find how it was brought about distasteful.
I'm just glad we didn't decide to send Lorde to represent NZ at Mandela funeral.
I heard John Key was going to Mandela's funeral because he "really loved that album he did with Paul Simon".
NZ priorities: who's going to Mandela's funeral, while our poorest children are suffering from preventable diseases.
@GraemeEdgeler I think the people saying Key shouldn't go should just say "I hate Key" and leave Mandela out of it.
Does the opp to JK traveling for Mandela's funeral ignore that his views have likely changed since 1981?
Shockingly, Judith Collins wins worst Mandela funeral tweet from a serving politician in NZ (so far). Maggie would be proud.
So Cunners says if he was PM he'd take John Minto with him to South Africa. Would that be a return ticket? #whatawally
Are people seriously suggesting Key shouldn't go to Mandela's funeral because of blahblah something historic? He's the bloody Prime Minister
Hate watching dipshits trying to turn Mandela's death to their own political advantage. Pathetic.
All those ppl formerly supporting apartheid regime shld attend #Mandela funeral - way to face up to being on the wrong side of history.
If symbolism is the thing, and it pretty much is, then Ross Meurant and Minto going to SA together would be a hell of a thing.
Breaking news: John Key to wear ANC uniform and Kalishnakov to 'Madiba's' funeral.
They should go. And so should Palmer and Moore and Shipley even.... its not about who was on right side. But so should Minto & @AeMarika
I'd take Graham Mourie to South Africa for Mandela's funeral. As a 15 year old his decision not to play influenced me more than anything.
The people calling on John Key not to go to Mandela's funeral: imagine what you'd be saying if he'd announced he wasn't going.
Really? We want John Minto as part of the NZ delegation to Mandela's funeral? Yeah, that'll end well.
Moments like these you need Minto #Mandela
Minto knew then & knows now it was never about apartheid it was about the global strategic advantage of communists controlling tip of Africa
McKinnon and Bolger have no moral authority to go to Mandela's funeral. #shameboys
Assume Ross Meurant wasn't asked to join the delegation of current and former MPs attending Mandela's funeral
Seriously. John Minto should go. But he's not a [former] MP, so including him in a Parliamentary delegation doesn't make sense.
I'm no John Minto expert, but what little I do know suggests he would not want to spend 15 hours sitting next to John Key on an aeroplane.
The real Mandela allies won't be going with the PM but we know who they are, the fight they led, and Mandela knew them too
No Minto but Bolger and McKinnon go to Mandela's funeral. Jim was a Minister in 81 the other - junior whip. More @RadioLIVENZ breakfast tmrw
Why don't we just send Graham Mourie to Mandela's funeral so the politicians could bitch in unison
John Key, Jim Bolger, Don McKinnon - remember them from '81? They're going to #Mandela's funeral on our behalf. I wonder if they will blush?
Of Key's choices to represent NZ at Mandela's funeral only one represents what he fought for - the rest opposed or cant remember
Oh yay, Twitter, let's relitigate 1981, 'cos we've nothing better to do, and 'cos most important thing about Mandela was sporting contacts
Disappointed with the #Blokegation representing NZ at Mandela's funeral...
The question isn't should Key take John Minto to Mandela's funeral, the question is does Minto want to go with him!
Journalists mourn Mandela's passing by grizzling about their stories getting bumped off the front page.
I see the twitter grieving for Mandela has jumped quickly to the politicising phase
1) Ones News claims NZ and SA were bound by a "love of rugby". Wake up. Rugby in SA was an institution of white supremacy. And in NZ rugby
Is there a thing cross-referencing people disgusted by some of responses to Thatcher's death with people expressing happiness at Mandela's?
So many memories of 1981 and how we stopped the Hamilton game, Nelson Mandela,Steven Biko we will never forget you!
I feel like I have lived my entire adult life powerfully inspired by Nelson Mandela. I thought I was ready for his death. I was wrong
One of the highlights of my life. Nelson Mandela, rest as you lived, in peace. pic.twitter.com/z45enTsbxa
Can't wait to see all the photos people have of themselves with Mandela, with a touching little comment about how they felt.
@Garner_Live Yes. Those NZers who fought for justice and risked their lives for the end to apartheid. Take Keith Locke.
If #Mandela's passing truly moved you, try battling racism, homophobia, etc in your own neighborhood. RIP platitudes won't change the world.
The Race Relations Commissioner's Mandela comment does not include the word "apartheid". http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00085/commission-extends-sympathies-to-the-south-african-people.htm … via @scoopnz
Susan Devoy, who wanted to play squash in apartheid South Africa, on Mandela's death http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00085/commission-extends-sympathies-to-the-south-african-people.htm …
Should the PM take John Minto and Trevor Richards in his delegation to Mandela's funeral? I say yes. Your thoughts?
John Minto must be part of the New Zealand delegation to Nelson Mandela funeral
@Garner_Live Seriously though - wasn't the Tour a key time in NZ history? And key to NZ's relationship with Mandela? Why can't he remember?
As a man who played his part in dismantling apartheid, John Minto has GOT to be part of, perhaps spearhead, the official delegation..
@wallacelchapman The irony is that the guy who can't remember his position on apartheid is going instead, as a representative
Can the NZ media ask players on the Cavaliers tour to South Africa in 1986 how they feel about Mandela?
Nice gesture by players in #NZvsWI test to observe a moment of silence for Nelson Mandela
I remember which side I was on during the 1981 Springbok Tour. And I remember why! #madiba
Haere rā Mandela
Madiba is with The Lord. Rejoice brothers & sisters XX
Do you think attending Mandel's tangi will jog John Key's memory about whether he supported the Springbok tour?
My parents protested the 1981 Springbok tour, against Apartheid, with me in the pram. Mandela always been a hero for our Samoan family. #RIP
"When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace". Mandela can certainly do that
Who would have thought in the midst of the apartheid evil that Nelson Mandela would die of old age, loved & cared for by friends & family?
Wonder whether Key now remembers what position he took during the 81 Springbok tour?
Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela - imagine if they are now together and comparing notes
NZ/Aotearoa 1981 was a poignant, hard & vital time. I consider myself lucky to have been 18 when our politics was all about #Mandela
Nelson Mandela's legacy puts a generation obsessed with selfies to shame. We need to listen and learn.
Wonder if John Key has remembered which side he was on in the 1981 Springbok Tour debate...
I hope the Govt delegation to Mandelas funeral includes Sir Ted Thomas, Trevor Richards and other anti apartheid heroes #respect
Do you think on days like this, media facing people are terrified to release anything in case it's deemed "insensitive"?
1981 our house a protest centre, placards in garage, vivid memories black men with burning tyres on necks, Mandela hung on our wall. Moe mai
Teary eyes. Mandela arrives in Springbok gear @ 17:40. Celebrations from 2:25:00. Middle bit too painful to watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmQHWex_UFo …
1. How many current NZ politicians supported the 1981 Springbok Tour? Gerry Brownlee was one. I interviewed him in 2009. He said ...
2. "I supported the tour. I have to say that towards the end of that tour I was of a view that perhaps it wasn't worth the effort ...
3. ‘‘But you can't give in to the mobsters who went from one end of the country to the other wreaking havoc ...
4. "There are a lot of people who try to justify what I consider to be totally irrational behaviour by saying this was a seminal moment ...
5. " ... in New Zealand history and they were part of it. It's absolute garbage." (Brownlee, 2009)
Great work on the Mandela tweets guys... Some lovely tributes... and some people who seem confused but just stoked to be part of the action.
Mandela. Amandla Ngawethu
"The passing of Nelson Mandela has really put it all into perspective for me"... 5 minutes... "WHY IS THE INTERNET SO SLOW GOD DAMN MY LIFE"
When someone's having an emotional moment, don't jump in with a political tweet. Believe it or not, you don't have The Most Important Point.
A sad day as Nelson Mandela one of the world's greatest statesmen passes away! RIP Nelson. http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/9485450/Mandela-South-Africas-father-dies-at-home …
Nelson Mandela was inspirational. On behalf of NZ I’d like to express my sincere condolences to his family and all South Africans.
The legacy left by Nelson Mandela will have a lasting effect on his country. Our sympathies are with his family & the people of South Africa
One of history's great political leaders has died. No better way to honour it than to be political.
Do not feel competant to write a Mandela post.
Nelson Mandela was a politician, of COURSE he was, and lived a life in politics. But to many people he was a lot more than that.
Waiting to see what trash is thrown out on such a news day...
Bugger all this "no politics today" nonsense. Mandela, as all revolutionaries, was fundamentally a political man, who lived a political life
@LewSOS Agree. His book reveals him as a hard-nosed & v sophisticated politician not just a Gandhi-like saint. That was what made him great
@MatthewHootonNZ Exactly. Airbrushed legends are nice, but humans can inspire humans. Truth is better, not just stranger, than fiction.
@LewSOS i wasn't saying today. i was saying a few minutes. the speed with which some people leapt on it was pretty awful.
Out of respect for Madiba, no partisan banter from me today.
Words are too small for him #Madiba
A great man gone. Couldn't be a better inspiration for everyone to aspire to. #Mandela
Flags at half-mast at parliament, marking Nelson Mandela's passing pic.twitter.com/QHmabv4Sjm
It was such an incredible night. The right result too, all things considered. pic.twitter.com/Lj3c4gzwbD
RIP Nelson Mandela. A fine human being pic.twitter.com/F1AKmpuJta
The world is a poorer place for the passing of Nelson Mandela. He has been one of my life-long heroes and he will never be forgotten. RIP.
Re-reading Mandela's 1990 speech 2 @ILONEWS He honored the ILO by making it one of his 1st visits aftr release.
We have lost one of the great Civil Rights leaders of the 20th Century - all good people weep and mourn Nelson Mandela's passing today
RIP Madiba.Saw him at rally once, almost failed exam to get there.He inspired me 2 act 4 social justice even if my actions are tiny compared
Today is not a day for ugliness or callous speech.
going to be one kickass funeral #madiba
Erm, can we just have a few minutes of not turning this into politics? just a FEW? FFS, i am disappointed in you, world.
It's a shame that after fighting so hard to destroy racial apartheid, Mandela witnessed it replaced by economic apartheid
Regardless of John Key's amnesia around the Springbok tour he should attend the funeral. Not for him, but to represent us as head of state.
A song for Nelson Mandela, from Herbs. Rest In Peace, Madiba. http://nzos.me/facPeR
Nelson #Mandela was the visionary leader of our times; an inspiration 4 his commitment 2 #humanrights. RIP #Madiba. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25249520#TWEET976721 …
Rest in peace Nelson Mandela, a man of many great actions and and many great words. "Let freedom reign. The sun... http://fb.me/2ZSxgvHva
Wonder what Jim Bolger is saying today - he called him a terrorist
RIP Tata Madiba, it's the end of an era, you've done so much.
If Key is going to Mandela's funeral he should at least be accompanied by the surviving leaders of the early "No Maori No Tour" movement.
For the alternative view on Mandela’s passing, see @Redbaiternz. Frothing away.
Nelson Mandela passes away - the humble man who managed to bring a nation together. A very sad loss to the world and South Africa.
Fair warning: vile right-wing revisionism about Madiba forthcoming.
A piece by @BillyRalston recalling his inspirational encounter with Nelson Mandela: http://www.listener.co.nz/current-affairs/a-giant-among-us/ …
Today we lost a hero of our time. Hamba gahle, Madiba.
Nelson Mandela. 95 extraordinary years. Go well, Madiba. RIP.
Already got a Mandela = Osama comparison in my replies. You've outdone yourselves today, internets.
@LewSOS I am wondering who will be the first "famous" person to say something horrible. Ann Coulter?
The greatest contribution to human rights, democracy and humanitarianism of the last century. A leader without peer. Rest now. #Mandela
The man who can't remember how he felt about the Springbok tour protests is going to Mandela's funeral. He should be paying for Hone to go.
I remember covering a speech by Mandela to CHOGM in 1995. Never before or since have I witnessed such quiet charisma. #RIPMandela
Farewell Nelson Mandela, a man who showed us all the power of humility and the unstoppable force of truth. You changed the world.
My main memory of Mandela is watching his release live on TV in 1990. As if a mythical figure stepped into reality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmL5CQYEmds …
The greatest title history can bestow upon someone is that of peacemaker. Madiba was that. Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela.
Sad to hear about Nelson Mandela's passing. He has lived a good life and lead real change in South Africa
Rest in peace Nelson Mandela: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/35925/political-leaders-president-nelson-mandela-at-ngaruawahia …
Nobody's going to give a damn about the #TPP stories I'm writing in Washington. Mandela's passing's sure to be the dominant story for ages
Very sad news about Mr Mandela, our thoughts are with his family and his country.
Please media people, spare me the grief over Mandela The man was a terrorist & a communist whose legacy is a SA that is a Marxist hell hole.
Nelson Mandela had more presence than anyone else I ever met or saw in the flesh
Nelson Mandela, freed once more. Rest in peace.
Thoughts are with South Africa and South Africans as they enter the post Mandela era. A great man now deservedly at rest.
BREAKING: Nelson Mandela has died