Oh that was a good night (and day). We started off at the Play House at midday, and stayed there until 5 pm. That was the C&R function. Then we had the Banks function at Quality Inn Westend in Grey Lynn. That went through until midnight.
Now I had done the sensible thing and booked a room at the hotel, so I could crash easily and get up in time for my radio interview at 10 am. But sadly common sense went out the window when a bit after midnight someone suggested we head into town to do Karaoke. Yes, never a good idea. So we headed into town, and then ended up in a friend’s apartment at the Viaduct. Now this apartment was superbly located – above Soul Bar – so great view of the viaduct and beyond.
Eventually my survival instinct kicked in and I headed back to Grey Lynn. Not sure what time it was. Got woken up at 9.15 am (luckily) by Cameron needing to grab his gear he’d left in the room. Realise I have 30 minutes to get to Radio NZ. This is no mean feat. Especially as my condition could well be described as less than 100%. In fact somewhere around 10%.
On the way ring up a friend who may have a stat or two I want on the public service. She informs me I managed to ring her during the final minute of the World Cup semi-final. Whoops.
Anyway it was great to be such a fun election night party. To be honest not had a decent election night party since 1990. In 1993 it was pretty sober as office was almost lost. In 1996 Winston won (the real party came two months later when he made his choice). And 1999, 2002 and 2005 speak for themselves. 2002 especially was bloody miserable.
So while it is only local body politics, was nice to have some good results to celebrate. Some photos from the bashes, taken on Whale Oil’s new iPhone. I tell you, they are great (unlike the quality of the photos) and I can’t wait to get one!
Newly elected Crs Goldsmith and Bhatnagar with MP Jackie Blue.
Banks getting an update.
Incidentally his win, dents my record for predictions as back in February 2006 I said “Any possibility John Banks had of becoming Auckland Mayor again, has I suspect died with his idiotic comment on his talkback show that the Robert Hewitt survivial story is a hoax.” To be fair to me I had changed my mind by the end of 2006 as the Hubbard and City Vision fiascos continued.
Cameron Brewer and myself. I think at one point in the evening I told Cameron that before he became Newmarket Business Association CEO, I wouldn’t have known if Newmarket even had a corner dairy
Re-elected Manukau Councillor Jami-Lee Ross and his partner who also got elected onto a community board.
Herald on Sunday Gossip Editor Rachel Glucina was a good sport and agreed to pose for a photo. She says she is a keen blog reader!Tags: DPF, Local Body Politics