Mcgillicuddy Party writes history
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.thebestlittlebookstore.co.nz
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.