Bryce Edwards had his go at a list of the top 100 tweeters to follow this election, but with only 24 women making the cut he faced terrible accusations of “a perceived lack” of gender balance. The silver lining is that his follow-up post was chock-full of the women who complained! Pesky, pesky women, as ColeyTangerina put it.
I thought I’d try my hand at a list – with a lot of women, an entirely obvious leftwing bias, and a big disclaimer right up front that these are just people who I think have interesting things to say about the election and NZ politics. Please suggest your own faves in the comments!
In the interests of deflecting criticism, tweeps are listed alphabetically by username. Click on their name to see their Twitter feed and give them a follow!
Get the inside scoop on the night’s top stories/the front page/the stuff that gets bumped because an All Black has a career-threatening injury.
— Andrea Vance (@avancenz) August 23, 2014
What is all this rugby talk? Doesn't anyone know the election opening broadcasts are on? Priorities people, priorities.
— Claire Trevett (@CTrevettNZH) August 23, 2014
Desperately waiting for it to snow in Dunedin. Every drop of rain sees me tell like a child "is THAT snow?" It's definitely cold enough.
— Katie Bradford (@katieabradford) August 21, 2014
Jamie Whyte Act Leader doesn't know what Whanau Ora is. You'll need to know if you go into a coalition with @PaatiMaori @TeUruroaFlavell
— Mihingarangi Forbes (@Mihi_Forbes) August 4, 2014
So after promising to answer the media's questions on #Dirtypolitics, the PM's answer is "we've had a good chew on it, time to move on".
— stories from the city (@mizjwilliams) August 24, 2014
A whooooole lot of people still aren't enrolled and I like leaving things 'til last minute too but maybe get onto it http://t.co/OxCu3PTvSE
— Elle Hunt (@mlle_elle) August 19, 2014
PM says we are spending less than we earn. But Govt not yet in surplus, public debt still rising and country's current account in the red.
— Brent Edwards (@journobedwards) August 21, 2014
— Tova O'Brien (@TovaOBrien) August 11, 2014
The good, the weird and the always-interesting-even-if-I-disagree-with-them.
(Editor’s note: I am, like, 95% sure this isn’t the parody Asenati account. But who can tell?)
I really, really mean it this time Judith. This is your last, last warning. #weak
— Grant Robertson (@grantrobertson1) August 19, 2014
You know your past times r confusing when u jump in taxi post door knocking with mass of clipboards &drivers asks if you work for office max
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) August 23, 2014
I should have brought some Green Party Akl transport plan leaflets on this bus. 15 people now standing.
— Julie Anne Genter (@JulieAnneGenter) August 23, 2014
Judith Collins finally gives an interview and it's too Rachel Glucina of The Diary. Wonder how the newsroom at NZ Herald feels abt that?
— Julie Fairey (@juliefairey) August 22, 2014
Fire your advisors John Key. That whole "Most NZers won't care" line is such an insult. Why you want insult NZers? #dirtypolitics
— Marama Davidson MP (@MaramaDavidson) August 21, 2014
— Metiria Turei (@Metiria_Turei) August 19, 2014
Hey @AliIkram .. I want you to come and do a lolly poll in Rotorua!!
— Tāmati Coffey (@tamaticoffey) August 19, 2014
— West Side Tory (@tauhenare) August 22, 2014
— Trish Tupou (@TrishTupou) August 17, 2014
This so-called surplus is achieved by all sorts of manipulation & creative accounting. No improvement is forecast on employment.
— Winston Peters (@winstonpeters) August 19, 2014
Knowledge is power, innit?
Brownlee's staffer took part in blog, commented 'well done' about Simon Pleasant's leaked public service info http://t.co/X93r0NcC96
— Dirty Politics (@DirtyPoliticsNZ) August 22, 2014
What if we just printed money for first home buyers? #QEburn
— Keith Ng (@keith_ng) August 24, 2014
On Polity: Steven Joyce vs the facts on export breadth; reliance on dairy. Facts 2, Joyce 0. http://t.co/HjZM1ur1Pb
— Rob Salmond (@rsalmond) August 5, 2014
My people. And me. It’s my list, dammit.
LOL at right wingers defending an income tax because the other team want to get rid of it.
— Dan (@AceMcWicked) August 23, 2014
— Asher Wilson-Goldman (@AsherGoldman) August 23, 2014
— Felix Geiringer (@BarristerNZ) August 23, 2014
if nothing else, National's campaign has made me want to watch 8 Mile again
— Clint Smith (@ClintVSmith) August 24, 2014
— Haututū Fulla (@CmmdrZed) August 4, 2014
Fun new pickup line to people you don't really like but want to do shit for you
"You're the Jordan Williams to my Whale Oil".
— Ranibow Sprimkle (@ColeyTangerina) August 18, 2014
Why is Farrar on @nzqanda? Hey Mr Vampire wld u like to comment on the ethics of bloodsucking?
— Bounder (@DawgBelly) August 23, 2014
— SaveOurSchoolsNZ (@Dianne_Khan) August 24, 2014
Might go out and steal me some elections tonight #LeftWingAgenda
— Aunty Hōhā (@fuck_lupus) August 21, 2014
Key saying he was in Hawaii having a "whale of a time" confirms his contempt 4 those concerned about #dirtypolitics
— Helen Kelly (@helenkellyUnion) August 22, 2014
*sigh* the problem with the housing market is not one of demand, it's one of supply, and how we provide that supply. For crying out loud.
— Sarah Hendrica Bickerton (@sarahhbickerton) August 24, 2014
Support group: People Who Didn't Even Make It Into Bryce's Pass-Ag Article Anonymous (working title).
— Future Scalpel Mum (@izzyelle) August 23, 2014
National's message to the poor seems to be: "we know you are worse off but look! More spending on rheumatic fever!"
— jo (@jofromgreylynn) August 23, 2014
— Sassy Little Hobbit (@LI_politico) August 23, 2014
McCaw > Cunliffe > Key
— Morgan Godfery (@MorganGodfery) August 23, 2014
Encouraging people to vote for Greens mainly so the amazing @MaramaDavidson gets in.
— Natmate 🦓🌈 (@NatDudley) August 20, 2014
Someone best be storifying the #johnkeymovietitles so I don't have to retweet them all…
— Jolisa Gracewood (@nzdodo) August 22, 2014
— Michael Tamihere (@RevTamihere) July 14, 2014
MY 2K14 NZ GENERAL ELECTION TIP: ENROL TO VOTE AND THEN UNFOLLOW ALL MEN
— heavy sweater (@someofmybest) August 16, 2014
— Stephanie Rodgers 🌹 (@bootstheory) August 23, 2014
Every housing policy National bring out only serves to increase value of existing landholders' stock and banks' business. When will they, oh
— At The Drive Thru 🎙podcast (@drivethrupod) August 24, 2014
if you search for information on the 90 day employment trial most of it is legal advice for employers
— kaua-e-aru-hīrere (@thelittlepakeha) August 22, 2014
When National liberalises stuff it always goes wrong. Always #thenationtv3
— Vincristine (@vincristine) August 23, 2014
It’s a laugh, isn’t it?
That noise you make at the back of your throat.
Oh yeah, that’s a laugh.
I don't understand…PM backing Seymour? But…I'm not even on the list. Is it too late to join the Internet Party reality show?
— flourpour (@EpsomFlour) June 9, 2014
John Key knows he can lie, hack, spy, deploy surveillance state, cheat, leak, drone bomb, anything but ….. mess with shower head sizes.
— Watershitdown (@watershitdown) August 21, 2014
Hear the National Party’s key messages whole hours before they show up on The Panel!