Ali Ikram, a reporter for Campbell Live and 3 News, was given a self-set challenge to sum up the outgoing program in no more than three words. What he wrote was impeccably accurate and summarising of the ten year old program:
“Kindness has power”.
And alas, when John Campbell signed off on his last program, almost in tears as he recalled the hundreds he had helped and the millions of dollars he had helped raise, it was as if New Zealand television had a large and important portion of its heart and soul removed. And no, it wasn’t because John Campbell was gone, although it must be acknowledged Campbell is an irreplaceable icon of New Zealand broadcasting; it was because television which people felt a connection to – which people felt involved in – which people were involved in – which created a sense of community was gone…
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