The campaign’s weird, wonderful and worst
David Seymour, Act: Seymour is not a bad looking dude but, for some reason, photos make him look happy but confused. Like he’s been punched in the face and is holding back the tears. Honourable mentions: Winston Peters’ face and the words ‘‘Had Enough?’’ might be taken the wrong way, while Jacinda Ardern’s white clothes had a real Gloriavale vibe.
WORST BILLBOARD PLACEMENT
National put a ‘‘Delivering for New Zealanders’’ Billboard on the side of the Auckland City Mission.
All parties really struggled. ‘‘Let’s do this?’’ was very vague for a Labour party short on details. In my mind, ‘‘Delivering for New Zealanders’’ should have come with the caveat that National doesn’t count the homeless and beneficiaries as ‘‘New Zealanders’’. The Greens had to drop ‘‘Better together’’ after Metiria Turei’s resignation, and I’ve already mentioned how strange ‘‘Had Enough?’’ looked for NZ First, especially for Peters who’s been around for 30+ years.
Minor parties on TVNZ: Mike Hosking didn’t show up, Gareth Morgan was left on the sidelines and the Greens were the only party present polling over one per cent. I hate to say it, but it desperately needed a bit of Peters’ razzle dazzle and yelling about crime!
THUMBS UP AWARD FOR TRYING SOMETHING NEW
Peters: After Labour stole Winnie’s traditional immigration line, he shifted to students, GST, and moving the Auckland port. And his Radio New Zealand interview about whether biscuits were ‘‘basic food’’ was almost as amazing as when he warned the kids in TVNZ’s Face the Classroom debate about nuclear apocalypse.
The Greens: English grabbed headlines by claiming National would do ‘‘more for the environment’’ and the Greens were so incensed that they promised to plant ‘‘one billion trees’’. Which is quite a few. Turns out English meant to say that they would do ‘‘more for the environment… than we are already doing at the moment’’.
Left to right: David Seymour has a face that doesn’t suit photos, Winston Peters’ NZ First billboards had the potential to backfire, and James Shaw’s Greens promised a billion new trees.