How can 20 people get so much media coverage?

Twenty losers, dropkicks and rowdies go and try to disrupt a Christmas party and all the news networks cover it like the whole of Auckland turned out to protest the National Party.


Auckland Action Against Poverty set its sights on National’s Christmas party today, taking aim at the Government’s management of the country’s poor.

Protestors tried to storm the venue in west Auckland, determined to put a stop to holiday celebrations.

It looked as though the National Party’s Christmas bash was over before it even began. It wasn’t Christmas carollers on National’s doorstep today, but protestors with a clear message, singing: “party’s over, time for change”.

The protesters came in force – a large group of them turned up in vans before trying to storm the venue, with a number of them then chaining themselves to the front gate.

Came in force? Storm? There was twenty of them for goodness sake.

NZ Herald:

Anti-poverty activists protested outside a National Party Christmas function in Te Atatu, West Auckland, this afternoon.

Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) spokeswoman Sue Bradford said the poverty crisis New Zealand wasn’t improving.

“Like every other church and community agency in Auckland, we know that the crisis in poverty, unemployment and housing is getting worse by the day,” the former Green Party MP said.

She said that while National Party MPs and their friends celebrated inside, her group were outside reminding them “of the damage caused by their welfare reforms and inaction on housing”.

National hasn’t done any meaningful welfare reforms. These people are just whingers and bludgers.


National Party faithful gathering for their annual Christmas Party in Auckland had to brave a picket line of protesters.

Auckland MP and National cabinet minister Sam Lotu-liga and MP Maggie Barry were amongst those not able to make it into the venue at first due to the disruption.

The Nats gathered in the west Auckland suburb of Te Atatu on Sunday for their annual Christmas bash.

But veteran protester Sue Bradford lead a picket line promising to heckle them.

“While National Party MPs and their friends celebrate inside, we’ll be outside reminding them of the damage caused by their welfare reforms and inaction on housing,” Bradford said.

She was representing the Auckland Action Against Poverty group.

There were more media than protesters.

How do these bludgers get so much media coverage?


-NZ Herald, 3News, Fairfax

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