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Wednesday June 7, 2017

Mike Grigg accused of grandstanding at public Mike King meeting By Dave Crampton

who has autism, addressed Mike King, but was told to sit Mike King may have travelled down, and he was accused by to Wainuiomata to address the Mr King of grandstanding, before eventually walking out, leaving some in tears, and Mr King somewhat impatient. He wasn’t the only one to leave – one woman, outraged at Mr King’s treatment of Mr Grigg swore loudly at him, before also leaving. Mr King was taken aback but said he could have handled it better. “I thought he was a professional protester – it pissed me off. It ruined the night,” Mr King said afterwards. “It’s the first time that’s happened anywhere.” “But I`m more upset with myself than I was with Mike. Mike King and Mike Grigg are all smiles at the end of King’s meeting I’ve replayed that situation for

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community on some serious issues but he nearly got upstaged by another Mike – Mike Grigg. Mike Grigg, a local man

the last 16 hours – how I could have done it better.” While Mr King continued with his message, and publicly apologised, it was clear the mood had changed, but the message - addressing suicide and depression - had not. “I thought he robbed the community of some valuable input,” Mr King said. “I had so much more I needed to say.” However, after half an hour, Mr Grigg returned and walked down the aisle and was embraced by Mr King. “He had empathy for me and I responded to his empathy,” Mr Grigg said. Both men left on good terms with each other and will keep in touch - more on that next week.

Reporter’s desk Nor was it supposed to – but it does show that there is lots going on in Wainuiomata. Did you know cup stacking was a sport? It is and a very serious one among competitors. One from Wainuiomata looks like he’s heading to the world

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Every week our reporter Dave Crampton breaks news stories and meets locals throughout Wainuiomata. Each week he also shares a few tales from his travels.

Comedian and suicide awareness campaigner Mike King certainly made an impact when he spoke in Wainuiomata last week, but while he drew a goodsized crowd, it didn’t match the 2800 or so who competed in the Tough Guy and Gal challenge.


champs, an event which can be described as a group of people who are super-fast at stacking and unstacking cups. We cover all the above this week – as well as speaking with local deputy principal about the Budget last week.

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