Labour unrepentant

Labour is unrepentant over their use of Air New Zealand’s logo in their advertising. Rob Fyfe has written a letter to Phil Goff asking Labour to remove it. As is typical of Labour they have scoffed at the suggestion:

Air New Zealand is accusing Labour of trashing its “beloved” koru symbol in advertising opposing Government plans to sell shares in state assets, including the airline.

Chief executive Rob Fyfe has written to Labour leader Phil Goff complaining that the election advertisement, which is screening on television and the back of buses, “denigrates and debases a symbol that we cherish and one I believe all New Zealanders cherish.”

He said the use of the koru to provoke political controversy was in conflict with its core meaning.

But Mr Goff told the Weekend Herald that far from denigrating the emblem, “we cherish the airline that the [former] Labour Government bought back from the private sector when they bankrupted it”.

As is also usual for Labour, Phil Goff has ignored the nefarious role Helen Clark played in making sure the airline did go broke and riting down millions in losses by mum and dad investors. She burned off both Qantas and Singapore Airlines as potential investors leaving them without any backers, at the same time she broke securities laws by commenting on the financial state fot eh company telling mum and dad investors to hold onto their stakes. Those stakes were subsequently valued at cents on the dollar as the government stepped in and recapitalised the airline selling down the mum and dad investors into small minority holdings.

I think Labour may find that the next step will be lawyers moving to protect the branding of Air New Zealand from political hijackers.


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