The political news and advertising ban on election day once again saw some dodgy doggy content take over. Photo / Chris Keall
Best: Vote dogs
With political coverage and advertising banned, some media again turned to photo montages of dogs at polling places to fill the abyss.
I was going to write a shrill opt-ed about how the law is an ass, given 1.98 million people cast an advance vote while their delicate minds were being assaulted by media – but, on reflection, 12am to 7pm on election day is a nice island of peace. Let’s keep it.
Worst: Brexit Bad Boys Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore
In July, Winston Peters told RNZ his party had inked a contract with self-styled “Brexit bad boys” Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore – the mischievous UK duo behind the controversial but effective “Leave EU” campaign.
In the final event, it’s not clear how much work or advice Banks and Wigmore gave NZ first – but if any funds changed hands, NZ First should ask for its money back after its spectacularly flat online campaign. Not one for the Bad Boys’ CV.
Worst: Failure to keep politics out of the bedroom
David Bennett one Hamilton East by 5000 votes in 2017.
After proposing the cruelest tax, he was out on his ear last night.
Best: ‘Justin’ Walls
Omnipresent Herald political journo Jason Walls briefly gained stardom on US political social media, after correspondent Joyce Karem picked up on the PM’s concern for “Justin”‘s welfare.
At conference yesterday, Reporter forgot his Q. to NZ PM Jacinda Ardern. Here’s how it went:
• Jacinda: Justin • Reporter: Sorry it doesn’t matter • Jacinda: No problem..will come back to you…I do worry about your sleep atm, Justin pic.twitter.com/rovwRrfhyO
I’ll have what he’s having. Act leader David Seymour was very happy during his victory speech.
Tech commentator and former 1News journo Pat Pilcher (aka @Iminwellington) got suspended from Twitter after an inopportune remark about Advance Party leader Te Kahika.
Pilcher told the Herald in an exclusive interview, carried out via DM on a rival social media platform, “I just saw red when Billy TK refused to wear his mask properly on that air NZ flight and suggested that someone should puch him in the face (it wasnt quite that polite lol!). Nek minute banned. Isn’t it ironic that Billy TK who’s irresponsible beahviour is atrocious is still on Twitter… and I get banned for calling him out. The upside is I am getting a tonne more done.”
Well, someone had to come last. On the night it was HeartlandNZ, who fell behind Social Credit at the last moment – despite its home page featuring hands-down the best photo of a party leader dealing to a cabbage. Thanks for participating, Mark Ball, and we’ll see you in 2023.