Campbell Live on billboards

September 16th, 2008 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Campbell Live had a very amusing segment on election billboards (and incidentially in the main TV3 news bulletin they twice showed the online billboard showing Helen and Winston holding hands together). Well worth viewing.

’s comments in summary were:

  • National billboard disguised as an Air NZ ad, or spend your tax cuts on air travel
  • Labour billboard modelled on North Koran campaign with President Helen, the great leader herself. Joked they removed “or else” after the words “Party Vote Labour”
  • Greens have best billboard so far by a mile

’s comments in summary were:

  • Nat billboard was written by an undertaker – wave goodbye to higher taxes, not your loved ones!
  • Hutch suggested better billboard would have been “Hi Tax, Hi Oz” and the health one should be “Beds not Bosses” or “Beds not Bureaucrats”
  • Campbell said Labour’s do not seem to be as airbrushed as normal, and Hutcheson says it is stupid that they take the public for fools by putting up an image that doesn’t look anything like the Helen Clark people see every day. Why would you say the campaign is about trust, and then have which don’t look like you.
  • Also loved the Greens billboards – very professional
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46 Responses to “Campbell Live on billboards”

  1. democracymum (660 comments) says:

    The Greens should be done under the Commerce Act – for misleading advertising

    What next, pictures of Apple Pie? Cute Fluffy Ducks?

    Hey Greens how about putting a picture of a child inside its mother’s uterus on your billboards?

    Are you for that too – or just some children as you attempt to trick the NZ public into thinking
    you care about life and the environment

    You make me sick – (green sick that is)

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  2. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    The Green billboards are a disgrace no matter what the Greenophile socialists in the mainstream media say. It can’t be denied that the promotion of groups that plan to murder unborn children and lock up ordinary kiwis would in any sane country be an obscenity crime punishable with a lengthy sentence in jail.

    Poor New Zealand, the laughing stock of the world. What must people from overseas think when they come here to see rabid communists like the Greens proudly proclaiming their sinister plans for innocent New Zealanders from front yards and roadsides?

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  3. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    democracymum & pushmepullu – your grapes are so sour they have turned to vinegar.

    And who’s planning to “murder unborn children” anyway? Abortion is a conscience vote for green MPs, just as for other political parties. It will never be an issue that the Greens would get a consensus of membership support on what the law should be, so there will never be a Green policy on abortion.

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  4. Mr Dennis (348 comments) says:

    The Green billboards are well designed, but misleading in that they have kids on them saying “Vote for us”. Last I checked there were no children on the Green party list. Is it legal to ask for votes when you aren’t actually standing?

    There will be a lot of disappointment in Green voters after the election when they aren’t represented in parliament by a bunch of kids and a big globe as the billboards promised.

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  5. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    Actually, Mr D, from the Green Youth Policy

    4. Civic participation

    The Green Party will:

    1. Ensure young people are represented or have a voice on local body committees/community boards.
    2. Amend the Local Government Act to require Councils to resource youth councils and employ child and youth advocates.
    3. Develop and promote new models of participation promoting civic engagement.

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  6. Ross Miller (1,624 comments) says:

    Can’t wait to see the Winston First billboards. Some lines ….

    The best politician that money can buy.
    Ageless, priceless.
    You know he’s honest … don’t you.
    Proudly backed by Helen/philu/Sonic (you choose)
    All the way with WRP
    If they’re against me I must be right.

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  7. democracymum (660 comments) says:

    Mr Dennis

    Like other mothers and parents around NZ I passionately care about our environment and what my children eat.
    But what has been the Greens real agenda over the past 3 years?

    They want to stop good parents disciplining their children
    They also want to dictate what lightbulbs I should be using in my home.

    They are impotent, spineless socialists, who approve of dope smoking, a substance at the root of many of societies problems, youth crime and mental health problems in many teenagers.

    Don’t tell me that the Greens are pro children and the environment.
    Because from this mothers perspective they aint!!!

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  8. Ryan Sproull (6,661 comments) says:

    Mr Dennis,

    There’s also the emphasis on sustainability and thinking about the environment beyond just this generation. That’s what I got from “vote for us” over a picture of children. “Don’t just vote for your own interests, vote for future generations’ interests too.”

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  9. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    I think teh Green boards are a bit pompous actually.

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  10. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    It’s sickening cynicism from the Greens – trying to imply that a vote for the Greens is a vote for children.

    All the children in my family call Jeanette Fitzsimons ‘the witch’ and pull faces when she shows up on the idiot box. Oh but of course they would love the Greens if we hadn’t ‘brainwashed’ them with non-socialist values.

    And Toad, I would think that you of all people would respect a woman’s right to hold her political viewpoint. Are you a mother like democracymum is? Or do you just agree with your mates Jeanette and Wussell that nobody knows what my children need more than some pot-smoking Khmer Rouge fanboys?

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  11. jackp (668 comments) says:

    John Campbell and Hutchinson aren’t the brightest people in the world. Both I found extremely arrogant, especially hutchinson. Campbell is just a sensationalist. The Green’s ad said absolutely nothing. Vote for the greens and the picture of our earth. I haven’t a clue what that means. Campbell said Helen Clark’s picture wasn’t doctored up that much. Are you kidding??? She is one ugly lady, at least I think she is a lady. I like Nationals because it says the truth in one second. Very positive. Hutchinson should know about advertising but I wasn’t impressed with his critique.

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  12. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    democracymum said: [The Greens] … are impotent, spineless socialists, who approve of dope smoking, a substance at the root of many of societies problems, youth crime and mental health problems in many teenagers.

    That is a complete misrepresentation. The Green drugs policy is

    * A rational drug policy is important for society as a whole;
    * A drug-free lifestyle is the healthiest;
    * Some individuals in society will choose to use alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other drugs regardless of their legal status;
    * Current Government policies in relation to alcohol, cannabis and other drugs are failing to minimise harm and are instead creating a further set of problems;
    * There are adverse health, social and economic consequences from the use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other drugs for both individuals and society;
    * Dependence on prescription drugs is also a problem;
    * Not all drug use is abusive or problematic.

    The Greens recognise what other parties don’t – that prohibition simply has not worked in reducing problematic cannabis use. All it has done has been to make an easy profit option for criminal elements in societey who prey upon the vulnerable.

    Under Green policy it would still be unlawful to supply cannabis to anyone under 18.

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  13. democracymum (660 comments) says:

    Toad

    Perhaps the Green have a similar policy on murder?

    Prohibition doesn’t appear to have worked to reduce the murder rate either
    Perhaps using the “Green’s logic ” we should just make that illegal for children under the age of 18

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  14. Hagues (711 comments) says:

    “Can’t wait to see the Winston First billboards. Some lines ….”

    I did not have telephone relations with that financial backer.

    Giddy up to the polls and vote Winnie.

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  15. llew (1,532 comments) says:

    Perhaps the Green have a similar policy on murder?

    Prohibition doesn’t appear to have worked to reduce these either
    Perhaps using the Green logic, we should just make that illegal for children under the age of 18

    Translation into English please!

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  16. Right of way is Way of Right (1,125 comments) says:

    A correct billboard for the Greens would be a picture of a watermelon. Green on the outside, red on the inside.

    Vote Greens, vote communism! Hello Mr Locke, I haven’t forgotten you!

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  17. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    A few things that the Greens could put on a billboard to inform voters:

    A dole queue (less jobs under Greens)

    An empty plate (higher food prices under Greens)

    Somebody in jail for criticising the government (Censorship and the EFA under Greens)

    Surely we as a society have the balls to pass a law to prevent sinister groups like the Greens from trying to pass their policies off as good for New Zealand when it is manifestly clear to anybody with a jot of objectivity that they are intent on inflicting poverty on the majority of New Zealanders.

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  18. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Newsflash:

    ‘In a frenzy of tall-poppy cutting, the Greens and their billboards were resoundingly trashed on Kiwiblog today’

    lol

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  19. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Surely we as a society have the balls to pass a law to prevent sinister groups like the Greens from trying to pass their policies off as good for New Zealand when it is manifestly clear to anybody with a jot of objectivity that they are intent on inflicting poverty on the majority of New Zealanders.

    You bleat on about putting people in jail for criticising the government, but you want to ban parties you like to criticise. El-oh-el, that’s rich.

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  20. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    Stephen, the Greens pose a clear and present danger to the prosperity and health of everyday New Zealanders.

    We have laws against murder and rape, why not laws against attempting to hijack the ship of state in order to commit the same crimes?

    Our laws justify restriction of people’s freedoms when the lives and wellbeing of citizens are at stake. Sound familiar?

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  21. democracymum (660 comments) says:

    The Greens are like Food Manufacturers who throw in a just enough real ingredients into their products
    to trick the consumer into thinking they are fresh and good for you,
    while at the same time really serving up a dangerous chemical cocktail that will rot your insides.

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  22. KiwiChickenLittle (32 comments) says:

    Typical of the smug self serving greens that they think a party with around 5% of the popular vote should be in charge of saving the planet from (they say) impending doom.

    Why do I think the Greens would be happier with a planet without humans?

    Funny how they believe (some) scientists when it comes to Global warming, but not the ones who say cannabis is harmful.. cellphone towers are less harmful than TV signals bouncing around your home.. GM crops could save millions of deaths from starving..

    Oh and Stephen… 5% in the polls does not make a Tall Poppy… although I’m sure they would find some way to crush up a Poppy.. for other uses

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  23. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    PMPU, banning political parties cos you don’t like them this is probably the closest to an example of Stalinism i’ve seen in ages. Putting your hand up for State Commissar?

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  24. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    KiwiChickenLittle, ‘the best billboard’ makes them a Tall Poppy, since this is a post about billboards, not polls.

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  25. PhilBest (5,112 comments) says:

    On airbrushed portraits of Helen, I think something should be raised about the use of the famous falsified image of her IN THE PARLIAMENTARY GALLERY of Prime Ministerial portraits…….I mean, one strolls along the row, Rob Muldoon, David Lange, Geoff Palmer, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger, Jenny Shipley, WHOA…….who’s that????????

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  26. Mr Dennis (348 comments) says:

    Democracymum:
    “Don’t tell me that the Greens are pro children and the environment.
    Because from this mothers perspective they aint!!!”

    I never said that, I never would, I am as ardently against the Green party as yourself – in fact so ardently against them that I am the environmental spokesperson for an opposing party, the Family Party. I was poking some fun at them. Their policies are ridiculous, anti-children, pro-greenwash but anti-environment.

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  27. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    some national billboards..

    ‘national party:..we’d have taken you to war..”

    john key:..he learnt everything he knows..at merrill lynch..”

    john key:..he helped bring down merrill lynch..!

    trust john key..!..he used to be a money-trader at merrill lynch..!..

    john key:..he is the most inexperienced to try to be prime minister..but he did work at merrill lynch..eh..?

    national party:..no..really..!..we’d have taken you to war..!

    national:..we want to go..’all the way with mccain!’

    john key:..new zealands’ very own sarah palin..!

    national:..let us..privatise..you..!..

    national:..we promise higher doctors’ fees..!

    national:..who’s up for some tolled roads..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  28. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    Shut it Phil, nobody’s listening

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  29. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    Mr Dennis
    ” I am as ardently against the Green party as yourself – in fact so ardently against them that I am the environmental spokesperson for an opposing party, the Family Party. I was poking some fun at them. Their policies are ridiculous, anti-children, pro-greenwash but anti-environment.”
    Pop over sometime :-)

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  30. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Actually one could say what PMPU wanted was the ultimate in political correctness – if the political party’s position isn’t deemed correct, then they are banned from running! Gawd this is awful. It makes you think

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  31. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    New National billboard “WE WILL FIND PHILU A JOB” , that should get him filling his pants.

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  32. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    pushmepullu: Oh dear, are you really a fascist?

    I had hope you would see some reason, but comments like this:

    …the Greens pose a clear and present danger to the prosperity and health of everyday New Zealanders. We have laws against murder and rape, why not laws against attempting to hijack the ship of state in order to commit the same crimes? Our laws justify restriction of people’s freedoms when the lives and wellbeing of citizens are at stake. Sound familiar?

    make me think you do not come within the consensus betwen left and right that is generally accepted in NZ society.

    Pmpu, you seem to be far out there in the land of the exteme authoritarians, and I suspect most of the Kiwiblog punters who support both economic and social libertarianism will not support you on this .

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  33. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    Mr Dennis said: I never said that, I never would, I am as ardently against the Green party as yourself – in fact so ardently against them that I am the environmental spokesperson for an opposing party, the Family Party. I was poking some fun at them. Their policies are ridiculous, anti-children, pro-greenwash but anti-environment.

    That is an absolute lie, Mr D. We have corresponded on many blogs, but never thought you would descend to this.

    You accuse the Green Party of “greenwash”, but the Family Party denies anthropogenic climate change. You accuse the Green Party of being anti-children, but the Greens are the only Party committed to ensuring that our chidren are respected and their potential enhanced, rather than that they are beaten into submission. You accuse the Green Party of being anti-environment??? Lost me there Mr D (no reasons offered) – but protecting and enhancing the environment was the main reason some of us set up the Green Party back in 1990.

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  34. dad4justice (7,406 comments) says:

    Toad, as the utopian greens have been part of the delusional government, what have you done to protect kiwi children? Oh that’s right, we are gold medalists in child abuse and infanticide. You greens are a disgrace and a let down to every child in New Zealand!!

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  35. reid (15,593 comments) says:

    The Greens ARE anti-children, they either don’t know it or they won’t admit it – terminal stupidity or complete evil. See, somehow the human race has managed to survive and prosper all this time and for one reason: the family unit.

    Your bill and most of your social policies attack the integrity of that unit using the sly guise of human rights when in fact you’re targetting either ignorantly or deliberately the foundation of society.

    If you EVER specifically targetted the bastards who abuse children I’d have some respect for you but you never do, perhaps because you appear to be scared that would target minorities who, apparently, only do it because they’re poor. That is complete fucking bullshit but Green people are too fucking stupid to understand how humans work and the only thing you ever look at are your own bleeding hearts which means you always get a false reading of reality. At the same time you appear to live in some fantasy world whereby if everyone just loved everyone like you do, the world would become wonderful.

    Which is a laudable goal that I agree with. Problem is, your family-last policies hasten the day of hatred, not love and if carried out to the extent you advocate, would usher in an era of selfishness, dependency and learned helplessness that would destroy society. All the while you’d stand by and wring your hands and wail in anguish. Too fucking late then isn’t it.

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  36. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    d4j – The Greens have never been in Government, so have never had the opportunity to ensure the law protects children.. Sue Bradford had the good fortune to have a Bill drawn from the Private Members’ ballot that prevents kids being beaten. That’s good, but much more is required to ensure children are nurtured and respected, rather than treated as some parent’s chattels.

    reid: the Greens will “target” anyone who abuses children, regardless of race, economic status, gender, whatever. Child abuse is the lowest of the low things adults can do. Anyone responsible (even someone purporting to be Green) for child abuse should be brought to account throught the justice system.

    Remember Graham Capill who purported to be Christian – no-one should be excused of child abuse because of their ideology!

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  37. reid (15,593 comments) says:

    That’s great toad, so looking forward to you identifying those demographics most at risk and putting heavy policing into those areas. I think the initiative to have SPCA officers reporting child abuse when they get an angry dog report is great, the correlation is obvious. Can I suggest there will probably be a similar correlation of child abuse in population clusters where there are lots of poorly educated low-income people and I’m hoping during the campaign you’ll be advocating to concentrate your efforts there.

    One understands of course there are other areas but let’s clean up the obvious ones first.

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  38. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    Yeah, reid, we should identify he demogrphics most at risk.

    They will inevitably be dominated by the Children of the Mother of all Budgets.

    Then we need to get the soical services in place to ensure the at-risk children are not abused.

    It is too late if we just have heavier sentences after the event. Sentencing policy can be deterrent in some circumstances, but is not deterrent if the crimeis motivated by anger.

    Angry people don’t think about he law when they commit violent offences.

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  39. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,787 comments) says:

    Why would the Greens use children in their billboards?
    They are an anti-human party, witness their fanatical obsession with AGW.
    The Green movement doesn’t care about the next generation, they want to kill them so they can de-populate the Earth and leave the planet to Gaia.

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  40. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    OECD rank 22 kiwi: You must be very scared and deluded to post that crap. Dare I say “paranoid”!

    If that is your perception, you have no idea what Gaia is about!

    Take a look, and is it so scary?

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  41. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,787 comments) says:

    Good to see Toad final recognize that the Earth isn’t over populated. There are more than enough resources for the current and expanding population. The best resource is the unlimited creative potential of the human mind.

    New Zealand has chosen a course of deliberately limiting its future development thanks to the Green supported ETS. How ironic would it be if New Zealand, a specialist food producer ends up in famine and the “poor and disadvantaged” end up starving to death?

    Don’t forget that in a democracy people deserve what they vote for.

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  42. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,787 comments) says:

    Did I mention that AGW is a crock of shit.

    Just checking. ;-)

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  43. reid (15,593 comments) says:

    toad, somehow many people have managed to prosper following the Mother of all Budgets. These people include the vast vast vast majority of New Zealanders. Sadly a very very very small minority has continued along the same path they have been taught by their mothers and fathers and grandparents and their grandparents. Funnily enough, you’ll find a correlation amongst the teeny weeny minority between their social conditions and the following sets of attitudes: Society sucks and is to blame for my condition; Anger at such; Belief that violence is a legitimate way to get what I want; Laziness; Having children at very young ages; Lack of ambition; Preference to party rather than sacrifice for tommorrow. I could go on.

    You’ll also find an even smaller minority who experienced those exact same social conditions during the Mother of all Budgets and yet they now join the rest of us in prosperous harmony. What’s the difference? One word: attitude.

    That costs nothing, and is the answer to success in whatever field you wish to name. The Greens as do lefties in general, appear to imagine that humans are controlled by their social circumstances. Actually it’s the other way around. That’s why I said The Greens don’t understand how humans work and until they get that simple fact through their thick skulls they will forever remain at the margins of effectiveness.

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  44. GJ (329 comments) says:

    Gee I got the Greens billboard all wrong. I thought they were reminding us that for the sake of our planet and for the sake of our children. Don’t vote Green. They have done more damage to both since being in power than any other minor party! I still can not believe that so many New Zealanders are thick enough to take them seriously!

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  45. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    If those other knobheads supported the Green idea of a carbon tax with tax rebates we wouldn’t need the frickin’ ETS.

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  46. redbaiter_baiter (108 comments) says:

    Cheap lowest common denominator television.

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