The best, worst and weird­est

Highs, lows and od­di­ties from a fre­netic cam­paign.

Sunday Star-Times - - ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2017 - WORST BILL­BOARD PLACE­MENT WORST SLO­GAN WORST DE­BATE THUMBS UP AWARD FOR TRY­ING SOME­THING NEW

WORST BILL­BOARDS

David Sey­mour, Act: Sey­mour is not a bad look­ing dude but, for some rea­son, in ev­ery photo he seems a mix­ture of happy but con­fused. Like he’s been punched in the face and is try­ing to hold back the tears. Honourable men­tions: Win­ston Pe­ters: A pic­ture of his face and then the words ‘‘Had Enough?’’ might be taken the wrong way. Jacinda Ardern: White clothes in front of white back­ground had a real Glo­ri­avale vibe to it. Na­tional put a ‘‘De­liv­er­ing for New Zealan­ders’’ Bill­board on the side of the Auck­land City Mis­sion. I wish I was mak­ing this up. 1st= Ev­ery­one: All the par­ties re­ally strug­gled this year. ‘‘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’’ re­ally quickly af­ter co-leader Me­tiria Turei’s shock res­ig­na­tion, and I’ve al­ready men­tioned how strange ‘‘Had Enough?’’ looked for Pe­ters’ NZ First, espe­cially for a politi­cian who’s been around for 30+ years. Mi­nor par­ties de­bate on TVNZ: Mike Hosk­ing didn’t show up, Gareth Mor­gan was left shout­ing from the side­lines and the Greens were the only party present who were polling over one per cent. I hate to say it, but it des­per­ately needed a bit of Pe­ters’ raz­zle daz­zle! And by raz­zle daz­zle, I mean ‘‘Yelling about crime, and a sprin­kling of ca­sual racism’’. The most in­ter­est­ing bit was when United Fu­ture’s leader Damian Light caught him­self be­fore he claimed his party had ‘‘ne­go­ti­ated the fi­nal so­lu­tion’’. Pe­ters: Af­ter Labour stole Win­nie’s tra­di­tional

STUFF, GETTY IMAGES

Left to right: James Shaw’s Greens promised a bil­lion new trees, David Sey­mour has a face that doesn’t suit pho­tos, and Win­ston Pe­ters’ NZ First bill­boards had the po­ten­tial to back­fire.

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