Larry Williams was away last night and so the Huddle was with Susan Wood and Josie Pagani.
First up weâ€™ve got the appointment of Deborah Manning to Cunliffeâ€™s staff. Sheâ€™ll be deputy chief of staff â€“ clearly reporting to Matt McCarten.Â Itâ€™s an odd appointment from my perspective as she doesnâ€™t look to have the political background youâ€™d expect of someone in that senior position.Â But hey â€“ I guess she and Cunliffe have a history â€“ even if itâ€™s as adversaries.
Then weâ€™ve also got the police looking for more women to join the force â€“ canâ€™t say that theyâ€™re going to be able to attract more women even with a campaignâ€¦I mean the clients are oiks!Â Itâ€™s a difficult one to pitch to women as a long term career prospect.
Finallyâ€¦Itâ€™s all about the royals and the way the visit has been embraced by the public.Â They have been cheered like rock stars with people turning up in the middle of the night to get vantage points.Â I would not have thought that average NZ would have been as enthusiastic as it has been about this tour.Â I am quite surprised by the level of interest and effort thatâ€™s gone into the crowds.Â Not to mention the fact that every time the Duke and Duchess step out the UK papers dedicate their front pages to the tour.Â All in all Iâ€™d say even if youâ€™re not a fan â€“ you canâ€™t deny the publicity for NZ has been incredible.Â Read more »