Face of the Day


Wellington eastern ward candidate Chris Calvi-Freeman found about 1000 of his leaflets in a recycling bin outside the home of the man in charge of delivering the pamphlets.

He was prompted to look in the bin after a canvas of friends in the area, and locals at bus stops, had him wondering if many of his 14,500 fliers had been delivered.

Calvi-Freeman said he had talked to friends and locals, and ascertained only about 50 percent of them had seen his leaflet, which should have been delivered last weekend.

He contacted printing and distribution company PMP Limited, and someone there told him they were confident all his fliers had been delivered.

“It dawned on me that today was recycling day. If the firm was saying they’d all been distributed, I thought, ‘let me look for a smoking gun’.

“There’s obviously not 14,000 in here, but there could be more in the house.”

The amount of pamphlets ordered was specifically enough to go around the homes in the Eastern ward, he said, so there should not be any leftover.

Awesome publicity.

Both candidates denied it was a publicity stunt.


– Laura Dooney, Stuff

  • Dumrse

    Well, the sunlights going make a stink somewhere.

  • RockinBob625

    How the blue blazes did he know which was the delivery guys house? PMP would not give up an employee details, would they?

    I smell a wet dog….

    • dumbshit

      I admire their ability to wrench %figures out of random holes!

    • ReginaldWellingtonJnr

      I only dealt with them once but from memory they don’t have an office in every city so you drop them off at the home of the local organizer. It would be that house. Also I remember a similar thing years ago with Warehouse catalogues that appeared in our front garden. Hundreds of them just dumped. Not too smart; it was easy to work out who hadn’t done their job and the culprit was quickly found.

  • Aucky

    Sounds like a load of rubbish to me.

    • XCIA

      Its a billion dollar ASX listed company. My Irish cousin was the CEO for some years following his years as CFO of Fairfax and I can tell you he didn’t stand any nonsense even at this level.

  • Peter

    I’ll bet the owners of PMP won’t be too thrilled to hear about this.

  • Damon Mudgway

    A plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.