The English honeymoon came to an abrupt end yesterday as the new PM copped an earful in Kaikoura – PM Bill English: Frustrated Kaikoura locals say town is ‘the absolute pits’ (or see the almost identical version in The Herald)
Angry and isolated Kaikoura locals rounded on Prime Minister Bill English and his Earthquake Commission minister Gerry Brownlee during a flying visit on Thursday.
English, who is in Kaikoura on his first official visit as prime minister, landed in a Defence Force chopper on the lawn of Kekerengu cafe The Store, to be met with about 40 furious and frustrated locals.
Clarence farmer John Murray told English: “We had a meeting here three weeks ago and Gerry was here, and we left full of hope that something was going to happen … we have sat down there for three weeks and nothing has bloody well happened and it’s shocking, it is the absolute pits.”
Not much love there for English. And it won’t get any better, if the Christchurch experience is anything to go by – Christchurch rebuild gets worst rating from Treasury
As a footnote to this incident, naturally Gerry Brownlee lost his rag –
“Sorry you’re frustrated, but I’m p….. off that you took that attitude quite frankly, and I’ve just sworn on TV.”
The argument continued when the man said: “That’s fine Gerry, but I think you’ll find everyone here, thinks like I think.”
But Brownlee didn’t want to let the criticism go answered: “How do you think I feel? Sitting here looking at this and nothing happening, course we’re working hard to get it done.”
Key would have handled this better.