The image of the Auckland businessman’s billboard was shared  on social media by Chinese lawyer and Labour MP Raymond Huo, who questioned the slogan.
“Is this real?” Huo tweeted, with the translation: “Not afraid of divine opponents but a mayor like a pig. Choose wisely … ”
Huo said a person had sent the photo to him on Chinese messaging service WeChat, but he was unsure of where it came from.
A more precise translation was offered as
Not afraid of a god-like opponent, most afraid of choosing a pig-like mayor. Make a smart choice; vote mayor, vote John Palino.
But it turns out the whole thing is a political hit on Palino
Palino disagreed with both versions of the translation, and asked the Herald to send him photos of the billboards so he could confirm what they said.
He later said the sign in question was “not out anywhere” and he questioned how Raymond had obtained a picture of it.
“I am doing signs with funny slogans. In the Chinese community this can be considered funny and not offensive. But it’s not one that I would use. I have always been respectful of all other candidates.”
Nobody had seen the ‘sign’, but a Labour MP was the first to bring it to the world’s attention.
– NZ Herald