A remarkable memory

November 1st, 2010 at 12:30 pm by David Farrar

, the Labour candidate for must have been a child prodigy. On Q+A yesterday he said:

KRIS
Yeah, I was born and raised in Christchurch. My parents are Tokelauan. The biggest percentage of Tokelauans in New Zealand are right in Porirua East. I’ve been kicking around there since I was a youngster. I remember when the McDonald’s came in; I was there when the Mitsubishi factory was going strong.

McDonalds opened up their first NZ store in Porirua in 1976.

Now I understand Kris is 34 years old, which means he was born in 1976. So Kris must have been an exceptional toddler to remember McDonalds coming in, when he was less than a year old.

UPDATE: Whale Oil has photographic evidence of Kris being in attendance at other historical events, such as the Lee Harvey Oswald assassination, the Arafat-Rabin peace accords and storming the beaches of Normandy.

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73 Responses to “A remarkable memory”

  1. the bird is the word (67 comments) says:

    Burn Kris

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  2. Murray (8,803 comments) says:

    I remeber when McD’s arrived. Didn’t see Fafoi there.

    Maybe he was at the opening of KFC in Takapuna as well… I’ll check my photo album.

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  3. Richard (65 comments) says:

    And a worry when McD’s opening is a highlight!

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  4. slightlyrighty (2,097 comments) says:

    The survival of the left requires poor recollection of past events so that they could be spun to the public in the right manner.

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  5. Manolo (14,169 comments) says:

    Ah, another professional liar. Lying is an indispensable requisite for any aspiring politician in today’s NZ.
    Just think of Philip Field, Winston Peters, Michael Cullen, and the ineffable Nick Smith. All PhDs in the art of lying.

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  6. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    Genetic memory runs strong in Pasifikans.

    I remember shit that happened to my ancestors like it happened to me.

    …though going to McD’s isn’t quite like institutional racism and cultural bias.

    or is it ?

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  7. Auberon (779 comments) says:

    He was probably under sniper fire as well. Perhaps he and Hillary Clinton can swap stories while she’s here.

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  8. Yvette (2,763 comments) says:

    Reflects just what a vast sad impact the fast food industry has on these people . . .
    Shame! . . .
    And COMPENSATION !!

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  9. Zapper (1,048 comments) says:

    Come on, he just means he remembers the first time he went. Knowing Kris since high school I can guarantee his name does not belong in some of the above company. I may not agree with his politics but I hope/know he will go a long way.

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  10. coventry (322 comments) says:

    “Born & raised in Chch”

    Must of had most excellent vision to have seen that store opening at 300+ Km’s away.

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  11. 2boyz (273 comments) says:

    Sounds like he’s had one too many chicken nuggets if you ask me.

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  12. m@tt (636 comments) says:

    Shit, what a filthy stinking liar.
    Guess you must get really bent out of shape about people who lie about how many tranzrail shares they own, not raising GST, tax cut’s north of $50 for the average worker, job creating cycle ways, amazingly visible blind trusts and their ability to close the wage gap with Australia.
    I suppose it does pay to pick your battles though.

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  13. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    He’s obviously a dirty bloody liar.

    (Unless I’m mistaken in one or another of my assumptions…?)

    Some huge calls are being made on this thread. Hope you don’t get egg on your faces. :-/

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  14. David Farrar (1,437 comments) says:

    I don’t think Kris is a liar. All of us have childhood memories which are less than reliable. However if you are standing for political office it is a good idea to be very cautious about what you claim, when it is relatively easy to check your memories against hara data.

    The apt comparison is to Hillary Clinton who claimed her mother told her she was named after Sir Edmund, even though he was not famous when she was born.

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  15. Michaels (1,233 comments) says:

    Sounds to me like one Mr Mallard has been training him.

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  16. burt (7,426 comments) says:

    Well this confirms one of my suspicions about socialists. They inherit their views and opinions 100% from their parents and never question the validity of these opinions and views. Clearly his parents might have remembered Mac-D’s opening in P-Town, so hey like their political views “always tick the red team son” he’s never questioned anything from there….

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  17. Murray (8,803 comments) says:

    Its Porirua Richard, it a was a parade day.

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  18. Bevan (3,232 comments) says:

    Did it occur to anyone, that Kris is recalling a different Macca’s opening and not the one from Porirua in 1976?

    Gee, I like to put the boot into Labour/Greens as much as the next person but childhood memories? Hands up anyone whose memory of their childhood years is still vivid enough to recall every detail exactly.

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  19. Fale Andrew Lesa (473 comments) says:

    Hahahahaha

    He’s an upcoming politician, who here is genuinely surprised by this slip of the tongue?

    The best lie from a politician has to be the old “we were under sniper fire” by the infamous Hillary Clinton. Ah let the good times roll.

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  20. Auberon (779 comments) says:

    Perhaps Bevan because there’s still only one McDonalds restaurant anywhere near Porirua? There’s one in Plimmerton and one in Johnsonville.

    http://mcdonalds.co.nz/find-us/restaurant

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  21. Auberon (779 comments) says:

    Sorry, Bevan, I didn’t zoom in closely enough on the map – it appeared there was one but there are two, and I don’t know when the second one opened.

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  22. Bevan (3,232 comments) says:

    Perhaps Bevan because there’s still only one McDonalds restaurant anywhere near Porirua? There’s one in Plimmerton and one in Johnsonville.

    Who gives a shit? He could be recalling something from a family trip for all you know.

    Do you remember everything that happened to you in your childhood in exact detail?

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  23. Auberon (779 comments) says:

    Yes Bevan, I do, because like Kris I am a genius.

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  24. Bevan (3,232 comments) says:

    Yes Bevan, I do, because like Kris I am a genius.

    :-) touche

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  25. anonymouse (705 comments) says:

    @Auberon

    There are two McDs currently in Porirua, but neither are the one Kris was talking about,

    Of the current ones There is one in the North City Mall Food Court, ( which would have opened in the mid 90s) while the other on a site that used to be a Georgie Pie/ then car yard – which only became a McDs this year.

    The original Porirua McDs was in Cobham court on the corner of Hagley Street.

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  26. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    Sounds like Kris likes to romance. Usually this characteristic is built into the person. Something to note for the future.

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  27. Shazzadude (531 comments) says:

    Yep, so Bevan’s point isn’t wrong. Kris could of course claim that the one that opened on the old Georgie Pie site is the one he remembers.

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  28. backster (2,196 comments) says:

    If he loses the by election he should apply for Mr Wilce’s job as head of Defence Intelligence Section..

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  29. anonymouse (705 comments) says:

    @Shazzadude, ‘cept he said “came in” not opened, its is fairly clear he implied there was no Mcdonalds in Porirua before it.

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  30. Guildford (7 comments) says:

    There seems to be all sorts of research to suggest that our memories aren’t as good as we think they are, and how we can make mistakes.

    Politicians and would be politicians seem to have these more than most of us though, and for convenient reasons. Tony Blair apparently had all sorts of childhood memories of watching particular players for Newcastle United, until someone crunched the numbers in the same manner as DPF and wondered what the pram access was for St James’ Park back in the day!

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  31. Bevan (3,232 comments) says:

    @Shazzadude, anonymouse: I have visions of Faafoi having an “Oh FUCK!” moment and googling like made to find something that backs up what he said.

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  32. Gwilly (158 comments) says:

    He had to make up something that sounded credible, after all in all likelihood he spent most of his youth high as a kite sniffing clue!

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  33. CHFR (241 comments) says:

    Shazzadude if kris remembers the new McDonalds it would have been as a car park only back then the site was the bottom tavern.

    FFS Labour this may be a safe seat but could you at least put up a candidate that has some affinity for the area. There is alot of ill feeling in the electorate. FWIW I was at a friends for dinner on Friday night and she as telling us her neighbours are voting Green this time round, rusted on labour prior to this.

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  34. Zapper (1,048 comments) says:

    “He had to make up something that sounded credible, after all in all likelihood he spent most of his youth high as a kite sniffing clue!”

    At the risk of demerits…you are a f**king tool

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  35. Gwilly (158 comments) says:

    @CHFR – I’ve never met anyone that votes for the Greens. Must have been a ‘I’d better get another drink’ moment when you heard that across the dinner table.

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  36. Paulus (2,711 comments) says:

    Forgive his misspeak. After all he is a Labour party member, so par for the course.

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  37. Bevan (3,232 comments) says:

    Zapper: At the risk of demerits…you are a f**king tool

    Your not likely to get demerits for calling that wanker a fucking tool. Fucking c*nt on the other hand (with a u instead of the *) is likely attract at least 10. But I’m sure DPF would access the post you are responding to and take that into account.

    As for the fuckwit you are responding to, one can only hope the dickhead receives at least 50 when DPF comes across the comment.

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  38. GPT1 (2,021 comments) says:

    I wish more people would sniff clue. All those clues going up noses would have to be good for them. Gwilly, back to red neck convention – adults talking here.

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  39. mickysavage (778 comments) says:

    Well at least Kris can remember. JonKey cannot remember his view on the Springbok tour even though he was aged 20 at the time …

    [DPF: So you approve of someone faking a memory but disapprove of someone not faking a memory? Interesting]

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  40. big bruv (14,218 comments) says:

    micky

    Who really cares if Key was pro or anti tour?

    That is the problem with you lot, you are still fighting battles that were won or lost thirty years ago.

    BTW…we won that battle as well, a great series and a great result against the Boks.

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  41. dime (10,213 comments) says:

    bruv – wish i had have been older during the bok tour. i woulda loved to get involved in some hippie bashing!

    what was the lefts problem with the bok tour anyway? did we not select their fav player or something?

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  42. big bruv (14,218 comments) says:

    Dime

    It was great, you could bash a hippie with complete impunity, the cops just looked the other way…..or so I am told :)

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  43. Rex Widerstrom (5,013 comments) says:

    Zapper suggests:

    Come on, he just means he remembers the first time he went. Knowing Kris since high school I can guarantee his name does not belong in some of the above company.

    Yes he does. Not because he’s a proven liar (not yet, anyway) but because he’s an oleaginous professional politician groomed (at the taxpayer’s expense) in a Parliamentary office and then levered into a safe seat to begin a lifetime career as a party yes man, loyal only to the leadership of the day and not to the people he supposedly represents; with no beliefs beyond those he’s told to have, and no goals beyond self advancement.

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  44. MT_Tinman (3,317 comments) says:

    You were part of the Minto/Richards rent-a-crowd lot BB.

    Tell the truth.

    Right alongside those Black Power fellows who protested so often about Jaapie racism.

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  45. big bruv (14,218 comments) says:

    Not me Tinman…I sat atop the Millard Stand in the freezing cold and rain.

    The game was lost but the day was won.

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  46. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    my view of Faafoi in the debate is that once elected as MP for Mana, they wouldn’t see him again until late next year. Mana in a vehicle for him and that’s all

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  47. George Patton (352 comments) says:

    Whaleoil’s pix are very clever.

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  48. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Mickey Savage

    As you are known and are an elected onto a board that is paid for by tax monies, I find it fucking offensive that you refer to the Prime Minister under some juvenile attempt at a play on words.

    Now if you had the bottle to call him that when you meet at your PTA/ Park commission meetings I’ll be impressed otherwise its just fucking childish.

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  49. john.bt (170 comments) says:

    Who remembers the 70’s ???

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  50. Chris2 (775 comments) says:

    I WAS around when the Porirua McDonald’s opened. It was the first McDonalds to open in NZ and got there by stealth.

    The restaurant (fittings, equipment, etc) had been imported into NZ in 1975 for use as a working display at various Easter shows / Winter shows around the country. Back in those day you had to have an import license from the Department of Trade & Industry to be able to import almost everything foreign, and DTI issued a license on the basis that the whole shebang would be re-exported when all the shows were over.

    However, it was a very popular attraction and the businessman who imported it used some behind the scenes influence to defy DTI and keep the restaurant in the country, setting it up in Porirua. The rest they say, is history.

    Except for one small twist of trivia. “The businessman” was none other than the late Ray La Varis who at that time in the 70’s was a very controversial and vocal critic of the Watersiders Union, claiming they were a bunch of thieves and communist looters who regularly stole the goods they were meant to be unloading off ships.

    La Varis ran as the National candidate for Taupo in the 1975 election, sweeping out the long serving Labour MP Jack Ridley in the tidal wave that saw Muldoon elected PM. La Varis only lasted one term before Ridley came back and defeated him in the 1978 election

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  51. Bevan (3,232 comments) says:

    As you are known and are an elected onto a board that is paid for by tax monies, I find it fucking offensive that you refer to the Prime Minister under some juvenile attempt at a play on words.

    Oh I must have missed it when that came out! So come on, out with it – who is he?

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  52. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Nine candidates are vying for the Labour nomination in Te Atatu after sitting MP Chris Carter withdrew his name following a split with the party.

    Phil Twyford, who has twice missed out on other seats; former race relations conciliator and sitting MP Rajen Prasad; communications consultant Kate Sutton; lawyer Greg Presland; business owner Nick Bakulich, law student Jim Bradshaw; barrister Michael Kidd; university lecturer Hamish McCracken and community advocate Ann Pala.

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  53. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    He simply mis spoke! Just like Hilary. And all the rest of them.

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  54. labrator (1,851 comments) says:

    It may have already been mentioned but it wouldn’t be hard to have confused the Johnsonville McDonalds opening. It’s not far down the road and would’ve been about the right time for an early childhood memory.

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  55. Zapper (1,048 comments) says:

    [DPF: So you approve of someone faking a memory but disapprove of someone not faking a memory? Interesting]

    Sigh. I thought you said you weren’t calling him a liar?

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  56. big bruv (14,218 comments) says:

    I seem to recall that it is not only John Key who cannot remember what he did in his youth.

    Did Klark not say that she ‘could not remember” if she spat on returning Vietnam soldiers?

    Or was that Goff?

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  57. slightlyrighty (2,097 comments) says:

    Maybe Kris is going for the Vietnam Vet vote?

    “I was there man! I WAS THERE!”

    Interesting take on Whaleoil too.

    http://whaleoil.gotcha.co.nz/2010/11/01/i-remember-when/

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  58. Whaleoil (650 comments) says:

    Oh she spat on them alright, i know one of the recipients of that spittle, and the red paint and not to mention the burning babies prams pushed into the ranks.

    Goff hung the Viet Cong flag in the cenotaph.

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  59. Rich Prick (1,750 comments) says:

    Apart from the shame of being a smelly filthy Labour Party apologist, why the fuck would you be proud to say you have been at a McDonald’s opening?? Even if you were still not long out of the womb. Now I know the Mana folk get ‘em on McDonalds early, but those fies must be buggers when you only have gums and big lips to chow down.

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  60. Rich Prick (1,750 comments) says:

    God, did any one else have their eardrums burst by that screeching Green bitch on Q&A?

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  61. Maggie (672 comments) says:

    Manolo is very selective in his memory of liars, He missed John Key or that Nat character who lied about his CV. Key, of course, was very comfortable with that.

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  62. Maggie (672 comments) says:

    RP if you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Sit in your basement and count your coinage instead.

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  63. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    More like, sit in the basement and fiddle with his daughter instead.

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  64. starboard (2,563 comments) says:

    More like, sit in the basement and fiddle with your daughter instead

    ..as does pollywog on a regular basis im sure….

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  65. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    In the dark ,i honestly can’t tell the difference between your daughter and rich pricks, starboard, and neither can they.

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  66. starboard (2,563 comments) says:

    ..when does your parole expire polywog?…

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  67. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    When does your visa get revoked starboard ?

    cos come the revolution i’ll be round your digs at the crack of dawn rounding you and yours up and shipping you back to whatever cave in europe you originally crawled out of

    :)

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  68. starboard (2,563 comments) says:

    ..im waitin for you and yours pal…just make sure ya well kitted out with armour and not those stupid lookin grass skirts ya wear around the house..damn things attract flies…

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  69. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    hah…you wont even see or hear us coming. I’ll have you bagged and tagged and have your missus cookin me eggs before you know it.

    i might hang on to your daughters though. they could be worth something in a trade.

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  70. starboard (2,563 comments) says:

    mate you be still in bed ( with ya daughters ) at 12 eatin the night befores KFC…

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  71. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    man…i hope you got some nice guns i can keep as trophies too

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  72. starboard (2,563 comments) says:

    mate my shotgun will be shoved in your ass..you can take it with you after Ive taught you your lesson..

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  73. Tails50 (4 comments) says:

    Despite the fact that Tory bloggers are suggesting that Mana voters are idiots and that Kris Fafoi is a hopeless candidate, I predict that he will take the seat well with a larger percentage of the vote than at the last general election. The Tory candidate is arrogant and her party has only helped those on the hills and northern parts of the electorate. BEST WISHES KRIS.

    David – Auckland

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