Not much love for Bill or National in Rotorua, but they like their local boy

From our Rotorua correspondent

In spite of importing $90,000 worth of mud from South Korea, local critics have taken to National election hoardings with the much cheaper local mud.

Certain areas of Rotorua are definitely working class and many are on the Maori roll.   So it isn’t too surprising to find near immediate defacing of National’s election signs.

But a rather curious thing has happened.

Local MP Todd McClay appears to be pristine on all the signs, whereas Bill English comes off looking a little less popular.

As election sign defacings go, this isn’t even worthy of any attention other than the Senior Citizens for Todd Brigade getting out with a few wet wipes.

But I thought it was rather telling that National and Bill got the mud, and yet the National candidate for Rotorua appears to be spared such criticism.

Hard to see Todd McClay getting bowled for Labour’s Ben Sandford.

As for Bill English…  clearly no Teflon there.


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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.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.