To [insert region here] or not [insert region here]

Written By: - Date published: 1:33 pm, November 10th, 2009 - 11 comments
Categories: national/act government, spin - Tags:

Looks like Nicky Wagner’s having the same trouble* as Jackie Blue:

…the National-led Government is committed to helping more children take part in organised sport at school, after school, and during the holidays. We want all Kiwi kids to have the opportunity to play sport.

We know too many schools in [insert region here] struggle to find coaches, referees, and volunteers to support sports teams, let alone promote those teams to their pupils

I’m sure the people of [insert region here] are comforted by that.

Nicky should ask for tips from Aaron Gilmore, Pansy Wong, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, and Chris Auchinvole who used the same generic column on their sites (Auchinvole forgot the space when he copy/pasted in “West Coast Tasman”).

Nice to know the Nats are genuinely engaging with their communities, eh?

* saved here in case removed

11 comments on “To [insert region here] or not [insert region here]”

  1. tc 1

    You don’t have to engage with a community to undermine it…….as long as we try to look like we care…sweet as.
    Now excuse me and my partner as we have some PM directives that we need to go against….because we can.

  2. I sense a news story in all this: ‘Nat MPs using stock party press material to appear in touch’. Given the scandal (or at least egg wearing) that Labour got for the stock photo balls up in their campaign material, this could have mileage.

    • Daveo 2.1

      You’re definitely right that it’s newsworthy, but I think the scandal threshold’s a lot higher for the Nats at the moment than it was for Labour at the end of its last term.

      • Scribe 2.1.1

        I don’t think this is a “scandal”, but it’s certainly VERY sloppy. For some reason I’m thinking of Ron Burgundy reading a teleprompter 🙂

        Whoever is responsible for uploading material to the MPs’ sites should be very embarrassed by this oversight.

        • IrishBill

          Very sloppy, I’ve got the feeling a lot of underlings had a very busy morning.

        • Daveo

          What I mean is that for cynical and politically savvy types like ourselves who understand how the game works it’s no big deal, but to someone not versed in the casual dishonesty of politics and media something like this can look terribly cynical.

  3. Scribe 3


    You might be right; we’ll see.

    Given everything else that is going on, though, I can’t imagine it’ll get many — if any — column centimetres. In a very slow news week, it might rate a mention. Hone is doing his best to dominate the entire first segment of the evening news.

    • Daveo 3.1

      Yeah I completely agree. What I’m saying is if the media wanted to make this into a scandal this has potential. But I don’t see them doing it.

    • BLiP 3.2

      Yeah – crazy, ain’t it? National Ltd® shows itself to be duplicitous at best, deliberately destructive at worst in relation to the “good faith” bargaining leading to the the crumbling of its MoU agreement with the Greens and the waste of countless millions in lost energy, and what gets on the telly? Abusive comments in a private email!!

      Such is the state of the New Zealand media today.

  4. Jeremy 4

    If they were so committed to that, they wouldn’t be cutting all the funding for it.

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