Former Mediaworks tea lady gets her knickers in a bunch

Ex-Mediaworks tea lady, Tara Merriman aka Bitch-pants McCrabby, has got her knickers in a bunch.

She may have become a lady of leisure, leaving to commence “study”, after scoring the talent, but she really seems to have caught a dose of the nasty.


For an ex-tea lady scored big she really rates herself to think she will succeed where Dirty Politics and the angry left failed.

Imagine though how her lifestyle would be curtailed if people decided they didn’t like the talent she is currently leeching off and mounted a boycott against his radio show.

Oh wait, the lefty scum already did that to Mediaworks and Radio Live.

Perhaps that is where Bitch-pants McCrabby learned her behaviour from.

Boycotts are pathetic, the work of cowards.

A recent article Nieman Labs explains this latest penchant of the bullies and the cowards for online boycotts.

The worst behavior of online humans lurked within many 2014 news themes, emerging in forms like sockpuppet-amplified “outrage” and digital vigilantes bordering on lynch mobs. News mostly provided directly relevant, thoughtful reporting of The Internet’s reactions — I’ll bet few readers found stories quoting tweets jarring in any form. Yet some stories still gratuitously explain The Internet to the Internet, things like memes and lulz, as if they’re chasing digital street cred.

She needs to get a life, if she wants a war, she can have one…I have a bigger audience than the talent she scored.

For a former account manager (tea lady) at Mediaworks, someone who arranged ads for the network, you’d think she wouldn’t be so precious about ads on a bigger network.

Imagine if everyone boycotted the Woman’s Weekly because they didn’t like this article?


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  • Watcher

    She has me stumped, who is she?
    Never heard of her.
    She is pushing excreta uphill, whoever she is. least she concedes that there’s a lot of support for Cams columns, perhaps she should reflect on that.

    • Aucky

      Just click on the link in the last sentence and you will get more info than you need.

      • Watcher

        Cheers, I think.

      • Whafe

        I see, that filled in the blanks, had no idea who she was… Plunket will have about now told her to shut her mouth and put a sock in it I would imagine… Silly silly girl…..

    • Sally

      Well she will be well known now that she has had a bit of exposure on WO. Silly girl.

  • T. Akston

    Oh cool !!! I can support the advertisers without ruining my day by running into these types. Yay.

  • LesleyNZ

    Mediaworks will be pleased to be rid of her then. How dumb to post this on her FB page – she sounds like she is very full of her own self importance. What she doesn’t get is that Whaleoil Blog is read by us ordinary folk who are fed up with the likes of her. Whaleoil readers are customers of the advertisers on this blog and the advertisers know this.

    • Partner

      • LesleyNZ

        Oh ok – partner. Sean Plunket needs to have a chat with his beloved about the consequences of her FB post. Not a good look or reflection on him.

  • zotaccore

    Tara who? Never heard of her but going by her posts, seems to be a snotty britches who punches above her weight… she asks for bright ideas – I wonder if she’s ever thought of leaving NZ.

  • Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.
    So you work in media and think its great to promote the boycotting of media to achieve a political point?
    Talk about dumber than a box of rocks!

    • Aucky

      I sense an interesting breakfast table conversation coming up at the Plunket household this morning. The old saying “Seen but not heard.” comes to mind.

      • mommadog

        He probably stays away form her facebook page and doesn’t know what she writes.

  • sarahmw

    and she is??? Another person cutting the nose off to spite the face. Oh dearie me when will they learn. Get over it WO is now a major player in media. What a numpty to go public and say she will try and jeopardize a site because she doesn’t like it….and who is she again? A wanabbee who never will be me thinks. Any one commenting and encouraging her should be careful, you do not want advertisers knowing who you are..Could just backfire big time. Get over yourself!

  • I know when my misses also has her period, she also gets really grumpy, irritable… And completely irrational also.

    It’s such a shame it lasts for 3 out of 4 weeks every month … Same with this woman too it seems. Hope she doesn’t get the crippling tummy cramps though.

    Maybe she just needs a few wheelbarrow loads of chocolate the poor dear

    • mommadog

      While biology an certainly plays a part in the life of many couples I bet your “grumpy irritable” wife still has a brain in her head during that time. This woman seems not to regardless of what time of the month it is.

  • First rule, “engage brain before opening mouth”, ah, there’s the problem.

  • Jdogg

    What an airhead. “Shall I start a Facebook page?” Is that Sean Plunket’s partner? Good grief, bored housewife syndrome???

  • Ben

    I wonder why these nonentities think their opinions are of interest.

    As for the article in WW; I nearly regurgitated my breakfast.

  • Chris EM

    Yet another socialist with an over inflated opinion of her own importance; sees something which doesn’t align with her own beliefs so has to shut it down.

    Best of luck woman, it’s been tried before, and those numpties failed as well.

  • Sailor Sam

    So she is someone important now that she has hooked up with a third rate “journalist”?

  • maninblack

    I like plunkett and he often says on his show they cannot talk politics at home as his partner is such a leftie.

    • Yeahright

      Imagine the verbal fights they have at home over politics, they are both out spoken people, I would suggest it maybe bigger than they can handle eventually as these things can’t be kept down to long.

  • Frosty78

    I wonder if she has actually read the blog or has just talked about WO amongst her champagne drinking white ‘socialist’ girlfriends? My sister was pretty scathing about WO at a dinner we had, her opinion mainly based on NZ Herald articles. I pointed out how this blog had been pro gay marriage, pro decriminalization of marijuana as well as coming down hard on any ratbag behavior by any political party mps…she had no idea and was very surprised.
    Anyway Tara, sweetie you’re about 3 months late to the party on this one.many have tried and failed to attack the revenue stream.

    • Effluent

      As she’s so find of fatties and vicarious fame, maybe she should have aimed a little higher than Sean Plunkett, and offered to fill the vacancy in Dotcom’s romantic life.

    • exactchange

      And don’t forget the backlash against advertisers who pulled their advertising. during the election campaign. I bet that hit them in the pocket.

  • LabTested

    She is going to start a movement to boycott advertisers on WO? Well since the ad I’m getting with this article is for the ICC Cricket World Cup, all I can say is good luck with that Tara.

  • Isherman

    Ok, she doesn’t like WOBH, I get that. For the ‘bright idea’, she’s after, how about “that’s fine, but shut up and keep it to yourself, because as someone with the current status of ‘who’s she’ nobody cares what you think”.

  • Cadwallader

    Dumb tart living a life based on who she snared rather than on any personal attributes. When she tired of SP? I hope he has an enforceable Pre-Nup Agreement. Those without weighty attributes generally need to delve into the assets of others. SP could well lose more than his flabbiness!

    • mommadog

      I’ve never heard of her before this morning and didn’t know who Sean was married to. How she thinks she is important enough for the general public, of which I am one, to listen to is beyond me. Seems she has caught the social media “I am important” plague that was unleased by Facebook and Twitter and is really stupid to boots. As the post says, its not an original idea, it didn’t work for others and she hasn’t learned by that = stupid.

      • Guest

        She only made the comments to friends on FB, for what it’s worth.

    • Stefan

      Do you know this? Perhaps Tara is wealthy in her own right?

      • Cadwallader

        This isn’t solely a $ thing. Think about her elevation based on SP besides her parents are very modest people who would hardly attack a house fly.

  • Eddie

    He might have been a bit of a lardo but she’s the heifer.

  • Michael_l_c

    Want’s to feel important & relevant. Problem is only the lefties are interested. Businesses are over it by now because of the blow back.

    Logical conclusion eventually she won’t have anywhere to shop.

  • Sally

    Why does she not like WO? Maybe Sean could have a word with her. Didn’t Sean have some good interviews courtesy of Cam exposing KDC.
    Gosh the left sure hate freedom of speech.

    • Gaynor

      Tara is trying to make herself as well known as Sean ….it won’t happen though …I wonder how long before she turns her nasty streak on her new partner.

    • Effluent

      Many of the listeners to Sean Plunkett’s show are probably also WO readers as well. I wonder if she passed this gem of an idea in front of her partner before it saw the light of day? If she was consistent in her policy of shutting down anyone whio expresses thoughts she disagrees with, his show’s advertisers should also be on the boycott list. What a mental giant!

  • MAWG

    If she was still working at Mediaworks, would this be anti competitive behavior?

  • Ilovelife

    Well there goes any respect I had for Sean right there.

  • Tom

    Looks like she fancies herself as a model despite the fact she has a face only a mother could love.

    • Stefan

      Got a picture of your masculine hunky face? You certainly have character no mother would be proud of.

  • grumpy

    As a Sean Plunket fan, after the way he took on Dotcrim, I find it hard to believe he would support this. I think that by now he would have had a serious chat with her. There is quite a lot of common ground between Whale’s fan base and her meal ticket, Plunket’s.

    • Isherman

      In general terms I’ve always had some sort of respect for couples whose relationship transcends political leanings, it usually means they have more in common than the divide of politics. But, in this case the only thing dumber than going down this (tried and failed) boycott path, is…doing it when its already been tried and failed. Sean might want to suggest that she keeps such sentiments under a lid, or at least private, because she’s on a hiding to nothing with this approach.

    • Cadwallader

      Lust turns Oracles blind!

  • Lemuzz

    Wow. 12 people “like” her comment Shows the number of followers she has

  • HSV325

    Good luck taking on this Blog. I’m sure the advertisers here appreciate the spend from the readers who would have an infinitely higher disposable income than some wannabe that has scored a meal ticket.

  • cows4me

    I guess Tarra would also claim she is big on democracy and free speech like many of her lefty nutjob mates. Apparently the left are big on those things, so they tell us, People of her ilk are like her soggy old tea bags they offer nothing of any substance but seek only power and control over others. They have to call for boycotts because they can’t control the narrative and they can’t control the narrative because the people have stopped listening to their crap.

    • Chris EM

      Spot on, cows. The lefties just can’t stop stirring their pot of Dirty Politics poo, even though it’s three months now that NZ declared they don’t like the flavour.

    • Damon Mudgway

      I think the issue here is the protection of her future income stream.

  • Barnacles2

    Hi Tara, I don’t know you, and don’t care to. If I see something on the Internet I don’t agree with, I just don’t go to that site anymore, I may decide, as is my right, not to purchase from their advertisers, and I might tell like minded friends about the site, and let them make up their own minds. That is what mature people do. They do not force their opinions on others, they do not bully or try to sabotage.

    You are free to your opinions as everyone else is. This site covers a wide range of topics and more often than not generates vigorous debate for and against, and the debate is welcomed. Perhaps if you allowed yourself the opportunity to stay a while and have a look around you may see that the image you have of the site is not what you were lead to believe.

  • Tom

    I see she says she works at the University in Wellington. Maybe someone should flick the university an email expressing their disappointment in their employees.

  • Ginny

    I wonder if she will target the advertiser of the fungal toe nails -that one we could all do without!

  • Souvlaki

    The egocentricity of some, knows no bounds. It is depressing just how foolish ( mild word)many are. Alas, yet another inadequate sponger:-(

  • Cowgirl

    I’m surprised someone of Sean Plunkett’s ilk would be with someone like her really. He is intelligent and knowledgable about politics, and since politics takes up such a large part of his day, it must be hard not talking about it at home for fear of ending up in a blazing row all the time. I’d be very surprised if he supported this boycott – it’s not an effective tactic to use. Perhaps since she has scored herself a minor ‘celebrity’, she thinks her sphere of influence has increased by association? I’ve got news for her.

    • This is why men stop thinking with the right head.

      • Champagneshane

        Pete, almost but I just don’t do fishnets, never have, never will…

        • Smoking is a deal breaker for me. Never kissed an ash tray, never will.

          • Isherman

            She could at least empty the ashtray, I smoke but I can’t stand people that let ashtrays pile up like that.

          • Champagneshane

            All we need now is for someone to say they don’t do uniforms and we’re really stuffed. May as well post a picture of an empty chair :-)

          • “I dont do chairs” – Labour Party deputy leader

          • Champagneshane

            This might change your mind…

          • All_on_Red

            What’s this kissing nonsense?

      • Damon Mudgway

        Seriously??? Is this the reason Plunk is ‘swinging’ to the left these days? The promise of some sugar. His recent weight loss of 20kg may just be the measure of selling his soul.

        Nah, I still rate ya Sean.

      • Cowgirl

        And she’s lecturing Plunkett on health?

      • NotGandalf

        Nah. Kiss a non smoker and taste the difference. Easy on the eye though.

    • Isherman

      I can see this affecting the flavour of the Sunday roast tonight though, oh to be a fly on the wall at Seans house later.

  • So Radio Live was affected by the Giovanni Tiso instigated advertiser boycott that led to Willie and JT getting taken of air for a while.

    So the partner of Radio Live prime time talk host goes onto the Internet calling for an advertiser boycott on a competing media organisation.

    Her family income is generated from advertising. And she used to make a living from selling advertising.

    My head. It hurts.

  • cows4me

    I don’t like the Substandard or the total dribble posted over there SB but I’ve never called nor have I heard anyone else calling for it’s advertisers to be boycotted. I just can’t understand the thought processes of some of these people, are they that blinded that they can not see the hypocrisy and stupidity of their actions.

  • Champagneshane

    This woman, whom I didnt have a clue who she was, has truely stepped on the hornets nest. She would have had no idea this would backfire as it has and at 44 she has revealed the naievity of a teenager that clearly dominates her decision making. After reading the WW story and taking a Maxalon to stem the nausea, Sean Plunkett has obviously had a rush of blood to his head, or other regions over this woman. As sure as night follows day this relationship is doomed. SP was my favourite political broadcaster on RNZ, tenacious, intelligent and pretty well balanced I thought. There is absolutely no doubt he scours WO at least every second day so there is going to be more than a fireside chat lined up. Sean, if you read this mate, and if your three years together is not yet up then think very carefully about how you intermingle your relationship property. I sense this honey, if and when it ends in tears, will have more fury than even hell with four corners blazing.
    As for WO, keepfanning the blaze. This is the fifth post on a Sunday morning and already up to 34 thought provoking comments. She dug the hole now she needs to fall in it.

    • Imogen B

      Cast my eye over the WW link and wanted to boycott the mag for substandard content, but since I haven’t seen a WW in decades …
      I gather its a useful tool for people who want to raise money for themselves by having airbrushed photos and details of the minutiae of their lives appear in a magazine for adult new readers and non thinkers.

      • Jdogg

        Funny that. Have to agree, yet, those of us who aren’t interested in the mindless fodder just don’t buy the mags or don’t read them. My…
        What a novel concept…

  • Reid

    I wonder why it never occurs to the lefty mind that ethics are not a convenience one chooses to wear like an overcoat – don and discard at will.

    Given that lefties are so overwheeningly sanctimonious you’d think wouldn’t you that it might automatically occur to their widdle hearts that attempting to destroy is something only big bad meanies do.

    I think personally what’s going on here in the lefty mind in this case is their sense of white knight riding to the rescue of the people, hearts bleeding all over the place and the valiant male (and female) knights charging and dodging and valiantly pwotecting all the widdle victims – awwwwwwwwww. And of course Cam’s the big bad meanie.

    Isn’t it scawy. I wonder what’s going to happen next?

    Edit: Shawn’s going to lose his credibility if he comes out in support of this and if he doesn’t come out in support of it, one suspects things might become mildly unpleasant at home.

  • Allyson

    Hi Tara Merriman. Any regrets ;)

    • Champagneshane

      Shes down at the after hours doc waiting for a script for Valium

    • All_on_Red

      Hahahaha, exactly. The Streisand effect strikes again. Now 200,000 people think she’s a redacted.

      • Dave

        I have no doubt, she will be extremely stressed, venting at WO, and carrying on even more now. I feel sorry for her poor hubby. However, I do not feel sorry for her, she chose to “float the boycott, she chose to hate” She has had her little rant, and she has been exposed. As you say, the Streisand effect, and definitely not a strategic thinker, more a very dumb move for someone in media sales, and aware of how the media operates.

  • timemagazine

    Why are these people so immature?

  • Nechtan

    A silly attempt to earn (recoup?) some points with the lefty set, and/or get some attention.
    Pretty stupid either way.

  • Mad Captain

    Can’t imagine Bronny Key or any other media-facing significant other doing anyrhing as disrespectful to SP as this.

    No class.

  • johnnyB

    So long as behind each advertisement someone is making a commission there will be a unseen battle going on behind the scene’s to retain it. In the real world I back the commission salesman working his guts out to retain it versus the Lefty on Holiday wondering how to full up her day with her Noble causes.

  • oldmanNZ

    So, let me see.

    she is going to boycott from buying from:
    Lucas Mistshibishi
    evo bikes
    ….the list goes on.

    if they don”t pull there adds from a blogs site she does not like.

    and they can only advertise to media of her choice.

    I wonder what would happen if she said was going to boycott companies that advertise on The NZHerald? would they call her a looney?

  • Effluent

    Of course, we could take the opposite tack, and patronise only those businesses that advertise on this site.
    Unfortunately, the effectiveness of this technique might be lessened by Mrs Effluent’s wholly unreasonable objection to me responding to the numerous adverts on behalf of delectable young Asian ladies, so keen to meet me, no doubt for exciting games of scrabble or some such activity, and the lady in the frilly underwear who has been making frequent appearances over the Christmas break.

  • Unicorn

    She’ll have to boycott her partner then….not quite RadioLive but the means to listen to it…
    EDIT for clarification

  • Karma

    So basically she only visits this site to look at the adverts? Never judge a book by its cover little Miss Shallow.

  • steve and monique

    I take offence to this Tara, Rik Mayall is a legend and a talent, you could only DREAM of being half as funny or talented as he was. Might I suggest a more suitable role model for yourself…maybe Paris Hilton or some other person who has found money instead of earning it.

  • Liberty
  • Champagneshane

    Just done a quick catch up…90 comments and many have taken some thought to writing them. Interestingly looking at her twitter links she keeps some fairly diverse company; This bloke for example:

    Sean Rahui:
    from his Linkedin page:
    “…I am a highly experienced Employee Relations and Human Resources manager with a strong operational background, including time spent in the trade union movement….”

    and more chest thumping here:

    I have been engaged on a contract basis to provide strategic HR support to Members of Parliament in the lead up to and following the 2014 General Election.
    This will include supporting new Members of Parliament to understand their parliamentary entitlements and to staff their offices both in and out of Parliament.

    And what about this bloke:

    Goeffery Fiebig
    Once married to this flossie who cleaned out the IHC;

    As for this flossie:

    Aqua Delaney:

    from her Linkedin page:

    “…Fresh out of University, I sought the biggest challenge I could muster– set up my own business. This pretty much sums up my approach to life -I like to bite off big chucks and I’m innately driven to learn, connect and grow.
    Relationship-building and a good attitude are integral to my personal brand, so it was inevitable I’d dip my toes in sales. But, while I loved the thrill of the chase, it’s the trust and accountability that comes with a business relationship that really gets me out of bed each day. The latter lead me to account management which, blended with a healthy dose of BA and marketing work, is where I feel most at home….”

    Bla bla bla…seriously, where do these air heads dream this all up…

    this little pearl of wisdom had me reaching for the Maxalon again to quell another bout of nausea:

    “…Mediocrity frustrates me….”


    • Unicorn

      There’s nothing like the thrill of biting off big chucks…how much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood…

  • He isn’t, Sean is a top bloke.

    • Monito

      What a pity he has become smitten with this little vixen.