Twitter tributes to John Armstrong

As posted in A tribute to John Armstrong’s last column it is Armstrong’s last day today doing his NZ Herald column – John Armstrong: A Farewell to all that.

Johns response to the tributes that follow:

Many thanks for the kind tweets and emails. All very encouraging at a difficult time. Very much appreciated.

Fellow journalists (and others) have been marking his farewell column on Twitter.

John Armstrong’s wonderful last Saturday column

a true legend of journalism and so inspiring he worked 16 yrs with Parkinson’s.

A class act pens farewell. No more “corridor caucuses” I guess? John Armstrong: A Farewell to all that.

John Armstrong: a hugely influential political journalist,a great writer and a bloody nice guy.

Thank you John. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work with you.

A true gentleman of the game. Got so much respect for John.

Walks softly but wields a bloody huge stick when it’s needed.

Wonderful read: John+Armstrong: A Farewell to all.

This… by @JArmstrongNZH on the morning of a leadership vote shows how brave and influential John Armstong could be.

John Armstrong’s @nzherald articles were always spellbinding in their insight. But he has saved the best till last. No words but WOW!

Must read of the day, @JArmstrongNZH on 30 years in the Gallery. As always thoughtful and smart as a box of PhDs.

In which John Armstrong signs off – my highly respected colleague, teacher and friend (and also very bad singer).

.@JArmstrongNZH leaves a huge gap in our political commentariat. He makes big calls but backs them with context and insight. One of a kind.

John+Armstrong: A Farewell to all… a great journo who makes sense of the madness – you will be missed.

What a huge contribution @JArmstrongNZH has made to politics and democracy in NZ. Thanks John. Go the tractor boys!

It’s such a shame to lose John Armstrong – a rare voice that helped make sense of the world.

Count myself incredibly lucky to have been in the gallery for even a fraction of John Armstrong’s time there.

The master bows out with grace, insight & wit.Will miss JA fix.

John Armstrong casts his verdict on best PMs, calls to change flag and offers an apology to @DavidCunliffeMP

Most important reading of all in @nzherald. NZ’s best political writer forced finally to call it a day.

Very sad to see John Armstrong stepping down. A giant of the Press Gallery and true gentleman.

Ill miss your insightful commentary @JArmstrongNZH and your wicked sense of humour!!

John Armstrong – a person worth disagreeing with…

Farewell @JArmstrongNZH but hopefully not goodbye – one of the best

John Armstrong: A Farewell to all that via @nzherald The political writer I’ve most admired bows out

Gallery legend John Armstrong signs off. All the best @JArmstrongNZH

Poignant, generous and wise – @JArmstrongNZH‘s last Herald column. Go well, John. I’ll miss you very much.

The Herald’s @JArmstrongNZH bows out with a column as well written as virtually everything he’s ever written.

An incredible read from @JArmstrongNZH I only wish I got to work with you for longer, John. Go well.

Armstrong’s Herald column this morn the best sumup of last 30 years in NZ pols I have ever read. Politics is the loser with his departure.

Please read this last column from one of the best journos of our time.

godspeed the mighty

John Armstrong: A Farewell to all that Darn good column, enjoyed its purpose, reflecting back&forward Kia kaha John.

Best of luck @JArmstrongNZH Whether insightful, exasperating or frequently both, your column was always a must read!

A great privilege to work in the Press Gallery with @JArmstrongNZH. John sets the benchmark with his writing and commentary. Cheers John.

Many thanks for the kind tweets and emails. All very encouraging at a difficult time. Very much appreciated.

Godfather of the Press Gallery signs off today. Go well @JArmstrongNZH . Thanks for your quiet encouragement & the occasional telling off.

Good luck John, you’re a bloody good man and a brilliant political journalist. I will always look up to you.

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Vale John Armstrong…

Thank you Herald’s @JArmstrongNZH for a decade of important and influential insights. Applause & Arohanui

John Armstrong signs off his farewell @nzherald column perfectly. Well-judged, open-minded and astute. Like the man.

The panel on The Nation discuss, amongst other things, John’s final column. And John of course.

Another link to John’s final regular column: John Armstrong: A Farewell to all that

More will be added as I see them.

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  1. Mike C

     /  17th October 2015


    John Armstrong is obviously very liked and well respected by his peers and so many others in the political sphere.

    Good to hear that he isn’t intending to put away his keyboard completely 🙂

  1. On John Armstrong – insightful and spiteful | Your NZ

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