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Hard News: Now It's On

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  • Craig Ranapia,

    Don't forget Maurice.

    Well, Mallard back on the front bench if Labour gets a fourth term?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    check 'search pages from New Zealand'

    There may have been a golden moment where this was not needed, but it is now.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Campaign Cliche Count: the first in an occasional series

    Oooh... I've got one! Unless bird of the genus__Apteryx__ got the right to vote when I wasn't looking, dollar in the swear jar everytime a politician appeals to "Kiwis"?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Do kiwis actually work hard?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Jokes just don't work when you have to explain them...

    google.co.nz

    check 'search pages from New Zealand'

    type in clueless

    Hit 'I'm feeling lucky.'

    Worked for me...

    Thanks Deborah, you're better than me at explaining IT stuff.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 760 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Do kiwis actually work hard?

    Yes, but only at night. I'm looking forward to an appeal to kiwifruit - they promote regularity.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    …and $2 in the jar every time they appeal to “ordinary kiwis”

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Do kiwis actually work hard?

    I'm still trying to figure out what message you're sending by colloquially describing the people of your nation with the name of a near-extinct nocturnal bird that resembles a distended liver with an upholstery needle poking out the end.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Felix Marwick,

    Well, we don't want to burden (let alone hire and properly resource) journalists or camera crews with any fucking work, do we? Not after we blew the budget sending a troop of barely house-trained monkeys to Beijing to make fools of themselves.

    As a journalist of course I'd much prefer our respective organisations had the ability to have people on the ground, everywhere, and all the time to cover this campaign. But having said that I'm not going to be overly critical of using some citizen reporting along the way.

    It's sometimes amazing what politicians will say when they think there's no journalist present.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 200 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    As a journalist of course I'd much prefer our respective organisations had the ability to have people on the ground, everywhere, and all the time to cover this campaign.

    It would also be nice if Agenda wasn't trumpeting using post-grad students (and I hope TVNZ is paying them) to do basic political legwork in an election season.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    …and $2 in the jar every time they appeal to “ordinary kiwis”

    $5 anytime a member of a political party that is not National (or United Future, just to be safe) uses the phrase "mainstream New Zealanders".

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Mikaere Curtis,

    I'm still trying to figure out what message you're sending by colloquially describing the people of your nation with the name of a near-extinct nocturnal bird that resembles a distended liver with an upholstery needle poking out the end.

    Isn't it about "eats, roots and leaves" ? ;)

    Seriously, I think it is part of our national coolness that we are known as "kiwis". I can't think of another nation that has an animal-derived nickname, apart from France's rather impolite one.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 528 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    I'd also like a penalty for "What New Zealanders really [want to know/think/want] is..."

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    <quote>"What New Zealanders reallywant is...<quote>

    ...commonsense solutions to the problems they face every day?"

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Richard C,

    Also, I fear Duncan Garner's belief that beginning every second sentence with the word 'Look' denotes a gritty commitment to hard truths will reach epidemic proportions...

    Waiheke Island • Since Oct 2007 • 27 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    I think the word "Kiwi" has it's place but is used about ten times as much as is appropriate. Conversely, when I hear DOC press releases about "saving Kiwi chicks" I always think of someone running after inadequately dressed young girls and getting them to put a coat on.

    A lot of the time, the word "people" is appropriate instead, I think.

    __(But then, I'm from the UK. There isn't actually an accepted word for us. Brit is semi-insulting; Briton sounds like one's wearing a layer of woad; while UKian is an stupid web-head construct.)_

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    ...commonsense solutions to the problems they face every day?"

    No, I'm going to vote for the first party that comes up with an entirely fanciful solution to The Schleswig-Holstein Question. So there!

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    It would also be nice if Agenda wasn't trumpeting using post-grad students (and I hope TVNZ is paying them) to do basic political legwork in an election season.

    Haven’t you been watching Craig?

    It’s the (paid) media who have spent the last year in an orchestrated campaign to ruin Winston’s credibility.

    By using these students he may now get the respect he richly deserves.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    But then, I'm from the UK. There isn't actually an accepted word for us.

    At least bulldogs are kind of cool. I look at a Kiwi and just think I'd fail a liver function test... :(

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    while UKian is an stupid web-head construct

    It also sounds like a race in a sci-fi TV series.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Thanks to everyone for reducing the election to the (richly deserved) level of farce inside of three hours. Salutary reminder that even the most serious matters deserve to be laughed at.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    and $2 in the jar every time they appeal to “ordinary kiwis”

    $5 anytime a member of a political party that is not National (or United Future, just to be safe) uses the phrase "mainstream New Zealanders".

    $2 every time a politician claims to know what I think on an issue because I have children, and $5 if it's the exact opposite of what I actually believe.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    $2 every time a politician claims to know what I think on an issue because I have children, and $5 if it's the exact opposite of what I actually believe.

    And if any of your children play soccer, you can throw the term soccer mum into that particular mix and double your money.

    No, I'm going to vote for the first party that comes up with an entirely fanciful solution to The Schleswig-Holstein Question.

    If we're ever in trouble at sea together, I'll insist that you're allowed onto the lifeboat first. "Let Craig go, the world needs laughter!"

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Isnt the quote/slogan (heaven forfend)

    "A Kiwi eats roots shoots & leaves-"

    I have a late 1970s t-shirt that sayeth so...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    Thanks Deborah, you're better than me at explaining IT stuff.

    No worries. I think it's just that I'm gifted... at pedantry. :-)

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

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