The way others see us

Check out how other people see Kiwis.

Quite a bit different from how the Labour party would like people to see us.

 [T]he Kiwis will keep the party going in San Francisco. And local sailing fans will enjoy the Cup while they can.

“I love that the America’s Cup is here and I wish it would stay here,” said Michael Stoner, 47, of Menlo Park. “But going to Auckland also sounds good. I just wish it were more competitive.”

Others will simply enjoy the party.

“I have Kiwi fever,” said Lisa Gordon, also of Menlo Park. “I love ’em. Their spirit. Their sense of adventure. Their friendliness. And they like to party.” 

And there it is: the kernel of truth at the bottom of the America’s Cup barrel. San Francisco has always been a hardscrabble town that will fight for its right to party. And, certainly, most definitely, San Franciscans never walk away from a fight.

Team New Zealand is a publicly funded entity, fighting for the pride of a nation of 4.4 million with a GDP smaller than that of Colorado.

Simply put, Team New Zealand is a lot more San Francisco than Larry Ellison will ever be.

So, you may want to get down to the America’s Cup village, party with the Kiwis and take a picture of the trophy soon. It might not be around much longer.


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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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