A reader emails

corie haddock

This came in last night, I thought I’d share it with readers.

Hi Cam,

Funny story to relate – care of my teenaged daughter.  This morning on the way to school, daughters school bus stopped at Waimauku.  There, opposite the bus stop, on the grass strip in front of the Caltex on SH16 was Corie Haddock – Labour hopeful for the Helensville electorate with 5 or 6 supporters and a couple of children in tow, waving Labour placards at the passing morning traffic.

Said students on the school bus gave the thumbs up as the bus crossed the intersection to park and wait for the pickup.  It was not lost on the students of said electorate that this was a bit of a pathetic turnout and laughter erupted.  Then one teenaged wag stuck his head out the top window opening, such that it is, and yelled at the top of his lungs – NATIONAL!!!   

Mr Haddock and his Labour supporters looked bewildered and ‘had faces like dropped pies’ so my daughter relates and the school bus moved off with kids ages 11 to 18 rolling in the aisles with laughter.

I take heart.  Certainly Cory Haddock has nerves of steel to campaign in this electorate, as is his democratic right and good luck to the poor bloke, I say.  As you know John Key holds a massive majority here.  But even our teenagers are aware of what the Labour party is not – that their campaign is seriously underwhelming and it is obvious to everyone.

These kids are smart and like all teenagers they smell weakness and failure at 50 yards.  I dare say they are lucky kids by any standards, they live in a nice part of the country and are well educated – I know amongst my friends this election is a hot topic in all of our households.  We talk about this stuff with them, they are up with the play.

My daughter was tickled – they laughed all the way to school.  The irony here is that this younger generation actually know how good they have it and they would quite like it to stay that way.   But bottom line is that they like John Key – he is a bloke, a dad, someone who is visible in our community.  No call for revolution then amongst the young people, well not on our school bus.  Nothing like a good kiwi wind up to start the day.  Hi to Mr Dotcom on the way through Coatesville and off to school.  Do not despair New Zealand, the future is in safe hands.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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