Help us out: pick your “sh**test town in NZ”

The town at the centre of a scrap with the satirical Facebook page “Shit Towns of New Zealand” has hit back at the page’s creator with some jabs of its own.

Two months ago the page listed Cromwell as one of the “Top 5 Shittiest Towns in New Zealand” – describing the Central Otago town as the “Mistake on the Lake” and the “Toilet Bowl of the South”.

That sparked a furious reaction from some in the town as the creator of the Facebook page received almost 20 death threats.

“People have threatened to stab our eyes, throw us off a bridge that sort of thing,” says the page’s creator who asked to remain anonymous.

“It seems that people in the ‘Mistake by the Lake’ seem to have very thin skin.

“There’s one Mexican restaurant owner there that wants to fight me in the main street.”

But when Newstalk ZB reporter Matiu Workman spoke with the son of the man who’d made the threat, he found tempers had cooled since the post had first gone online.

“People get behind their keyboards and become a bit of a keyboard warrior,” says Dylan Bradley.

“My old man doesn’t like being taken the mickey out of that much [and having people] rip into his business.

“He’s worked the last 20 years to build it … I can’t imagine anybody would enjoy being ripped into for their hard work.”

Death threats though?

Anyway, Streisand effect in full force there.  I doubt anyone would pick the place as the shittest town in New Zealand.

What’s your pick?   Share in the comments.  Especially if you like death threats.


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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.

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