Herald plays follow the leader in outing ratbag pollies

The NZ Herald “decent journalists, trained and skilled” are back playing follow the leader and today highlight a ratbag local body politician that featured here a few days ago.

Some candidates running in the local body Auckland elections are altering their names in a bid to get votes.

One woman has changed her surname – adding a hyphenated version – that has bumped her up several places on the alphabetically ordered ballot form. 

Cheryl Brown-Talamaivao wants a place on the Henderson-Massey local board. She has campaigned twice before, unsuccessfully. This time she added her great-grandfather’s surname to make sure voters would take notice, putting her sixth instead of second to last out of 28 names.

Ms Brown-Talamaivao said the move was a strategic one, as she felt many people tended to vote for candidates listed near the top and disregarded those near the end.

“I just don’t think it’s fair the names are listed alphabetically,” she said. “This is just being smart and working to this system.”

Ratbags are as Ratbags do I guess. Why didn’t the Herald mention this particular ratbag is a Labour party ratbag?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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