I’ve always thought Lindsay Mitchell was one of our braver commentators, tackling as she does the thankless subject of welfare.
Lindsay’s not a naturally rambunctious person like many political types.
But those who’ve met her cannot fail to be impressed by her warmth and sincerity.
She’s a volunteer, with great empathy for the women whose lives she seeks to improve.
And she makes sense.
A fan of her letters, Sir Robert Jones came out to launch her ACT campaign in 2008.
(Sadly, Lindsay was insulted with a demoralisingly low list ranking by the local MP and is now lost to the party.)
But as you can see here, there’s another side to Lindsay Mitchell. She’s a magnificent portrait painter, inspired by C F Goldie.
Her deep affection for Maori women may surprise those who equate a hard line on welfare with being anti-Maori.
Until Sunday, a selection of her paintings are on sale as part of an exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts on Queen’s Wharf.
I went last Sunday and think it’s well worth a visit.