It's an odd thing, finding out on the radio news that your magazine's longest serving opinion columnist has passed away. What turns out to be his last column only hit the newsstands yesterday in the latest Investigate magazine:
Chris Carter and I first worked together at Radio Pacific back in 1985/86, and he joined Investigate magazine as a columnist ten years ago upon leaving Newstalk ZB, where he'd been ensconced since 1987.
He never missed an issue, and although his labyrinthine copy was often testing to edit, his columns were always a great read.
Chris' last words to me were on Friday when I was checking his address for a Christmas gift box. Sadly, his sudden death Saturday morning means Heather and family will now be receiving a delivery we'd not intended to make in this Christmas season.
Rest in peace mate. You've earned it.
Chris was 69.