The Grumbles were fascinated by news that rescuers trying to save people at a house party deluged by floodwaters in the Far North were abused by those they were trying to help.
They were given the brush-off in a place called Haruru, where a woman was swept to her death by the floods.
According to this report in the NZ Herald:
A woman’s body has been found this morning in the search for the Northland female swept away by flood waters, police have confirmed.
A police spokesman said the body was found downstream from where the woman was caught in Waitangi River flood waters near Haruru Falls about 6am yesterday.
Police were yet to identify the body.
It seems the 28-year-old woman was swept away while trying to get from her partially submerged vehicle back to a nearby house, where the occupants had been partying most of the night.
But according to this earlier report
… some at the house at Haruru in Northland shouted and swore at their would-be rescuers.
“They carried on drinking and doing the finger and [other] sign language,” said Skywork helicopter pilot Roger Stevenson.
“It was not a nice situation, you’re trying to do a good deed.”
But there are good deeds … and there are really good deeds.
The good deed these boorish party-goers wanted was to be left alone to continue their revelry.
By leaving them to their own devices and not rescuing them, moreover, there was a reasonable chance that a good deed would have been done for society. A really good deed.