Hey Hey it’s Andy… the Racist

via Stop Press

via Stop Press

Regan Cunliffe at Throng was explicitly not invited to the TVNZ do, but he turned up to report on the event anyway.

Just as well, how else would we have known this is how Andrew Shaw operates as TVNZ’s General Manager Acquisitions, Production and Commissioning?  (Program buyer)

Delegates from Fox were in attendance at TVNZ’s new season launch last night as the state broadcaster attempts to woo them into an output deal and were treated to some good ol’ fashioned racism by TVNZ’s General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions, Andrew Shaw.  

Shaw danced his way onto stage in his typical high energy fashion and could easily have been mistaken for one of the geriatric auditionees from New Zealand’s Got Talent before embarking on his impassioned speech about what was to come from TVNZ in 2014.

Shaw went on to describe the Topp Twins’ new show, Topp Country (they’re his good friends he tells us).

They’re going to be doing the country we mythically relate to.  Those dusty roads, those small villages, those fabulous towns. Unlike Auckland, what a shit hole.  Let’s face it, it is isn’t it.  You can have all the motorways and all of the over passes you like but Auckland isn’t really up to much.

I beg your pardon?

This is in front of people from Auckland, around the country and Fox representatives from overseas?  Is the man out of control?

There were multiple groans from the mainly Auckland crowd of advertising executives who were also supposedly being wooed to depart with their cash.  Sensing the crowd may have been turning on him, Shaw qualified his comments:

I’m doing that for the people who’ve come up from Christchurch and Wellington because they just don’t get enough love really. Do they, you know?  Or taxes.  Or roads. [pause] Or Polynesians.

What a vile racist unprofessional way to behave.

Perhaps Little Andy and Hey Hey it’s Racist Andy can get together and start an anti-PR company.


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  • conwaycaptain

    And how many 100K pa does he get paid??
    How come this country is saddled with highly paid numpties running these organisations.

  • Justsayn

    Why is that racists? Stupid yes, racist no.

    • So he explains why Auckland is a shithole, and lists Polynesians (that’s PI and Maori, as far as can tell) as one of the reasons, and you think that’s not racist and simply factual?

      Just as well the Auckland Blues and the All Blacks are all whiteys eh? Wouldn’t want those shithole Polynesians playing!

      • opusx

        New acronym of the day…AASH. Auckland’s A Shit Hole.
        I would MUCH rather live in Palmy Nth (tongue firmly pressed into cheek)

        • mike

          Hey at least in Palmy you can afford to buy a decent house!

          • opusx

            Yep, that’s one for the pro column, having trouble thinking about any others…oh, cycling is easy cause it’s flat.

          • Saccharomyces

            But difficult because it’s always windy!

          • dumbshit

            That’s okay if you are heading north

          • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

            With bogans waking you up every morning by blasting One by Metallica.

          • mike

            Nah you’re thinking of West Auckland… we’re more John Farnham country :-)

      • Justsayn

        Where does he list that as a reason why Auckland is a shit hole? He lists things that Chch and Willytowners don’t think they get enough of.

        There is an implication that he meant the PI bit as ironic humour (with the racist underpinning you attribute to it). That may be very likely, and the tone of delivery may have confirmed that. You’re probably right, but without the tone how do you know. Simply on the basis of the words the meaning you would like to take isn’t there, it needs tone.

        If I wanted to be silly (and I say this only as an example of how words in print are easily misconstrued) I could say that the meaning you attribute to his statement may reflect your own attitude – you are assuming he was being ironic as it seems you believe that it can only be a detriment to have a larger PI population.

        If you just stick to he is a stupid fool then I’m with you 100%.

      • Andy C

        Nah, that’s not what he said at all Petal. He’s implying the people from the other regions don’t get Polynesians.

        Perhaps at a stretch you could say he’s implying they are the racist ones. But he certainly didn’t say Auckland is a shithole because of PI’s.

        You’re spending so much time obsessing over Len’s spin docs it’s starting to rub off on you!

      • BJ

        He obviously didn’t read his audience very well and he tried to fix it.
        First he tongue in cheek runs down Auckland – to acknowledge the ‘out of towners’ that are possibly sick of hearing about Auckland’s marvellous plans that the rest of the country are tied into then he tries a slightly different tack by clarifying what non Aucklanders are missing out on. Thats all.
        Call it a Paul Henry moment

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        He hasn’t heard of Porirua it seems…

  • Toryboy

    The result of all this? it will be the usual – a bonus and promotion.

  • timemagazine

    One can only wonder how are people like him ending up in positions like his. Scary!

  • opusx

    Actually…he can qualify all of his comments, so he is in fact telling the truth. Not a racist…just a bit clueless, and just maybe sick of all the bullshit?

  • Dick Brown

    Hahahah I thought methamphetamine had gone out of fashion.

    Obviously not.

  • andrew carrot

    More jobs for the boys: Malcolm, Topps, Te Radar, Urban, …

    • 4077th

      FFS what makes anyone want to watch those butt ugly carpet munching twins. I cringe every time the find their way on to our TV screens.

      • opusx

        Agreed, I have never once come close to even a chuckle when viewing their act. Actually cringe worthy. I mean, compare with Mrs Browns Boys.

        • 4077th

          Kiwi humour still has a long way to go. So far I could easily count on one hand anyone even remotely funny here. Unfortunately I been spoiled by British humour and for me not much else comes close though of late the Americans are catching up with 2+1/2 men and Big Bang theory for sarcasm. Seinfeld, Taxi and Cheers are some in particular I enjoy.

          • opusx

            The Brits have comedy nailed.

      • andrew carrot

        It’s their “singing” that drives me up the wall; it’s more effective than nails on blackboards. Syncopated flushing bogs provide better entertainment.

      • MrLastMinute

        Touting a Topp Twins show? That’s got to be as enticing as last week’s dead fish.

        Old, tired, talentless, irritating old dykes. Is that all we’ve got? Time they got sent to the home for dried-up man haters.

        A sad indictment of the state of NZ broadcasting indeed,

    • jcpry

      The possibility that TVNZ is going to produce anything that is worth watching with this lot is damn near zero.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      None of whom are even remotely funny.

  • 4077th

    What a twat. Still stuck in the 1970’s when he was a children’s TV “presenter”.

    • 4077th

      Awww..thanks for he down vote Andy.

  • Saccharomyces

    I’m so over people bagging Auckland, it’s fucking awesome! It’s hands-down the best city in the country. You can get a decent coffee, go sailing on the harbour, you’re only a few hours from the winterless north, and likewise the playground of the ruapehu district. We’ve got heaps of good shit going on here.

    Perhaps if this dick Andy doesn’t like it he can fuck right off outta here.

    • 4077th

      Here here!

    • opusx

      I think the message your looking for in regards to Mr Shaw is SMBLMN…

    • Garbageman

      Totally agree i only lived there 3 years and am now back at home base Invers, the people of Auckland are great and not at all like other major cities i have visited (good looking chicks as well)

    • John Q Public


    • Dumrse

      Don’t forget you also have Len. He is your leader, show him some love. It’s what Aucklanders do.

      • Saccharomyces

        I’m still in denial about Len. I guess there has to be at least one fly in the ointment!

    • sheppy

      Now if only we can get rid of this pathetic wasteful council and get the rates spent on making the place tidier it’ll be even better

  • Josh Metcalfe

    I think the Minister needs to call Andy in for a please explain.

  • Agent BallSack

    Great, can’t wait to see the Topps performing shows in Blackball and Eketahuna.

  • Lux

    He’s a horrible vile little man, always has been, always will be ..

    • opusx

      The Laughing Gnome?

      • Lux

        I don’t think he laughs so much .. he sneers ..

      • Garbageman

        isnt that Lennys song…Ha Ha Ha He He He im a laughing gnome and you cant catch me

  • botti

    Racist – a 20th century neo-logism coined by Trotsky & fellow Communists to demonise Europeans isn’t it?

    To be fair, looking at revealed preferences rather than stated preferences, people are ethnocentric. That’s normal. You see that in terms of white flight from South Auckland.

    People do tend to want their children going to schools with a relatively low proportion of polynesian students due to the problems with gangs and crime in those areas?

    • MrLastMinute

      I lived in South Auckland for a few years and went to high school with (obviously) a very high PI student population. It was a great exposure to PI culture – mainly getting exposed to oversized PI fists for being a white boy. Going out at night meant running the gauntlet – getting spotted gauranteed a beating by a group of 5 or 6 Samoans.

      That’s not racist at all though right?

      • botti

        That’s disgusting and is the kind of racial violence that should be getting attention from the media. It would if the perpetrators were European.

  • Greg Davis

    That’s not racist at all.

  • drummerboy

    haha! thats not racist, that’s funny as! now if he said something like “i hate polynesians because they are brown and us whites are the best” – that would be racist.

  • LesleyNZ

    Eh? You mean Andy Shaw is back here? I remember those Hey Hey its Andy days. He used to have long straight kind of hair…………..
    That was a terribly racist thing to say. What was he thinking. And his good friends are the Topp twins. Doesn’t say much for the future direction of TVNZ programming then. Thank goodness we have Sky TV.

    • botti

      Do you live in South Auckland?

  • Terry

    S**t hole, eh? And Shaw was just passing through?

  • cows4me

    Auckland’s a shit hole, I bet that went down like a shower of shit. Hey Andy plenty of dusty roads and small villages here, oh and a few shit holes too.

  • Cyber Billy

    That would be a downer for Brown wont it, TVNZ executive calling his city a Shit Hole and then finishing it off with “Auckland isn’t really up to much” keep it up Andy we need corporates telling council execs just what they think.

  • Mr_Blobby

    Why does the truth hurt so much.