If you can’t organise a photo shoot then how can you expect voters to give you government?

Things start to go real bad when you can’t organise a photo shoot and then lie about it to the media.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern cancelled her planned visit to Canterbury’s Selwyn River on Thursday because it was “flooding” – but problem was, it wasn’t flooding at all.

She intended to use Coe’s Ford to highlight the party’s pledge to clean up rivers. This part of the Selwyn River is often used as an example of how farm runoff is affecting the health of waterways.

Ms Ardern’s office pulled the plug on the visit, with a message to media saying: “With regret we have had to cancel the Coe’s Ford media event with Jacinda Ardern, due to flooding”.

However when Newshub arrived, the river wasn’t flooded or flooding at all.


A Labour Party spokesman says another reason for the cancellation was because the party was told the gates to the reserve were locked. However, a local says the gates are always locked through the winter months.

There was ample parking on the side of the road and full access to the river. Cars and trucks were driving across the ford.

Another whoopsy. Can Labour tell the truth about anything?

A number of local farmers had gathered at the site too, after hearing on the radio Ms Ardern would visit. One of them was David Birkett.

“It’s a little bit disappointing. It would have been a good opportunity to talk to her about some of her policies,” he says.

“Labour has made a big hoo-rah about the Selwyn River, and one of the reasons she’s not here is probably because it’s looking really good at the moment.”

Mr Birkett claimed the water was so clean that he’d drink it. Newshub asked him to prove it, and he did.

And they’ve been lying about the river quality too.

Coe’s Ford is the poster child of the greenies who say it’s a disaster caused by dirty dairying. In some summers the Selwyn river dries up and it looks pretty awful with green weed and slime showing in stagnant pools – just what happens in any waterway when there is no flow.

Ardern not showing up says one of two things – either they realised that the river is in good shape and talking dirty dairying would seem silly or she is finding the campaign too hard going and they are reducing her workload.



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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.