After last week’s Omnshambles, let’s see if I can do better:
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Do you find that inappropriate? Then you’ll probably be on Whangarei District Council’s side in this dispute.
The district council has threatened to prosecute Wicked Campers if its campervans with offensive or objectionable material on them are found in the district.
The move comes after a member of the public contacted Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti after seeing a Wicked Campervan at Waipu Cove on January 16 with language Reti describes as “disgusting”.
The van read: “My boss told me I was a w….r. I was so surprised I almost let go of his c..k”.
“Why should you have to explain that to a child?” Reti says.
Reti contacted Personalised Plates to see if they would accept the signage.
They confirmed to Reti that “w….r” and “c..k” would not be able to appear on plates.
He also checked with the Commercial Approvals Bureau and the Broadcasting Standards Authority, and again found neither of those words would be accepted by them.
Reti filed complaints with the Whangarei District Council and local New Zealand Tourist Industry representative Jeroen Jongejans.
He says both agreed, with Jongejans forwarding the complaint onto the Tourism Industry Association and Tourism New Zealand.
There’s guerrilla marketing, and then there’s pushing it too far. Read more »
Richard Harman reports:
…the immediate future there is the prospect of Government with Labour and very probably New Zealand First.
[James Shaw] says the Greens are getting on better with New Zealand First but then things could hardly get any worse on where they were last year.
He won’t be drawn into any critique of New Zealand First beyond saying they are more conservative than the Greens though privately many Greens loathe Winston Peters and much of what his party stands for.
But the big issue will be Labour.
Again, things have improved since the last election when Labour’s then Leader David Cunliffe more or less shut the Greens out.
He says that the two party’s policies on investment for social outcomes overlap.
“And my sense is that they are moving on a lot of the environmental stuff as well.
“And that’s going to make it easier ion the future for us to work together.”
Last election the Greens had a very precise policy platform addressing jobs, cleaner waterways and child poverty.
So when it comes down to the hard negotiations that would be required to form a Government, what would the Greens actually want? Read more »