Mcgillicuddy Party writes his­tory

Hamilton News - - Front Page - Ho­ri­ana Hen­der­son WINTEC jour­nal­ism stu­dent

For­mer Mcgillicuddy Se­ri­ous Party can­di­dates, ac­tivists and guests gath­ered at the Me­teor The­atre in Hamil­ton last week to launch a ret­ro­spec­tive pub­li­ca­tion of the party’s poli­cies.

The Mcgillicuddy Se­ri­ous Party Man­i­festo 1987-1999 Fo­lio Edi­tion is a large-for­mat re­print of the five tri­en­nial MCGSP man­i­festos, with new page-by-page notes and an in­tro­duc­tion by pub­lisher and one­time party pres­i­dent Mark Ser­vian.

“There is a lot of mis­in­for­ma­tion on­line about what the MCGSP said and did,” says Ser­vian.

The com­pi­la­tion of the in­fa­mous satir­i­cal party’s pri­mary arte­facts is the start of set­ting the record straight.

Around 100 peo­ple at­tended the event wear­ing a mix of tar­tan and the bizarre, to busi­ness suits.

The launch fea­tured ukulele mae­stros The Big Muf­fin Se­ri­ous Band, speeches and book sign­ing by for­mer party leader and Laird of Hamil­ton, Graeme Cairns.

Trudy Ken­dall had par­tic­i­pated in Mcgul­licuddy projects at­tended the launch.

“I think it’s a sig­nif­i­cant part of New Zealand his­tory, the whole so­cial phe­nom­ena, the clan, the com­mu­nity that we all worked to­gether do­ing so many things, the pol­i­tics, the projects and the en­ter­tain­ment of the peo­ple. I think it’s a re­ally big part, par­tic­u­larly of Waikato, par­tic­u­larly of Hamil­ton.”

■ The book is available from www.thebestlit­tle­book­

Pho­tos / Ho­ri­ana Hen­der­son

Tar­tan wear­ers in the Me­teor foyer (from left) War­ren Gum­b­ley, Noel Arm­strong, Jim Scott and Fo­lio com­piler Mark Ser­vian.

Mcgillicuddy founder and Laird of Hamil­ton Graeme Cairns (left) and pub­lisher Mark Ser­vian sign copies of the Mcgillicuddy Se­ri­ous Party Man­i­festo 1987-1999 Fo­lio Edi­tion.

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