Clark’s photo

August 4th, 2012 at 11:47 am by David Farrar

NZ Herald reports:

Former Prime Minister has been accused of misrepresenting her appearance in a United Nations website profile picture.

She was appointed Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in 2009.

Her profile page on the UN website carries a biography and high-resolution version of the picture.

John Creser, of Wellington, complained to the UN ethics office that Helen Clark had misrepresented her image on the website, saying it was wrong for her to use a computer-generated image, or avatar.

This reminds me of the 2002 or 2005 campaign when they used a similar photo on the billboards, and at a photo op of one going up a eight year old kid asked Helen “Is that you, when you were younger” which was priceless.

The joke was that if Helen tried to travel on a passport with her “official” photo, then she would be stopped at the border.

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23 Responses to “Clark’s photo”

  1. iMP (2,384 comments) says:

    Actually, I thought exactly this when I saw this photo recently republished in NZ media. It is a total misreprensation of the real Clark. Kinda surprising from her; never thought she was that vain about appearances.

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  2. Brad (75 comments) says:

    Wow, I guess some people are that spiteful huh. John Creser needs to get a life

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  3. Ryan Sproull (7,115 comments) says:

    My God.

    Some random nutter makes a random complaint and it’s Herald news with Helen Clark trying to be reached “for a comment”.

    What the fuck, man. What the fuck.

    Is it the same John Creser as this? Or this?

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  4. wat dabney (3,756 comments) says:

    Brad,

    Clark, like virtually all politicians, is a thug who deserves everything bad that happens to her.

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  5. iMP (2,384 comments) says:

    There is a comparison of Clark photos at http://conzervative.wordpress.com

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

    I don’t think we should mock the afflicted – or even the afflicted who mock the afflicted.

    So I guess that closes this subject down totally.

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  7. somewhatthoughtful (465 comments) says:

    Some people still haven’t got over that New Zealand had a successful woman prime minister who chose not to procreate have they?

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  8. wat dabney (3,756 comments) says:

    What’s to ‘get over’?

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

    mind you I just saw the photo – it’s a bit glamourised – If I’d seen that pic on dateline and then turned up for the date with the person, I’d probably end up going home convinced my date had stood me up, only to find out later that they’d been sat next to me at the bar all the time.

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  10. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    “…….if Helen tried to travel on a passport with her “official” photo, then she would be stopped at the border.”

    Now that’s a damn fine idea!

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  11. Viking2 (11,467 comments) says:

    Apparently she is on route back to NZ for another holiday. With any luck the border control will not recognise her and class her as an illegal immigrant with a fraudulent past port. (yeh I know yoa don’t spell passport that way) :lol:

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  12. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    complained to the UN ethics office

    A complaint which will rightly be ignored, but for the wrong reason: Clark isn’t Israeli.

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  13. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    I’m appalled that this complaint was made. The whole point of sending Clark off to New York was so we could erase her from our memories, and never have to put up with her again. Now this fool has got her back in the media. Nice one. :-z

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  14. Michael (909 comments) says:

    This John Creser:

    http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=140302&ei=M6EcUM6ZLoutiQfd1IEY&usg=AFQjCNHA_4HYMkV30898p-IWQDaebi0Mdg

    Or this John Cresser (Michael Appleby is the Legalise Cannabis bloke)

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/kapi-mana-news/3022238/Outrage-at-battle-over-mothers-estate

    Or maybe this John Cresser:

    http://www.indymedia.org.nz/article/75683/titahi-bay-author-pepper-sprayed-welling

    Need anyone say more?

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  15. alwyn (424 comments) says:

    Helen isn’t the only one to apply a little gloss to her official photos.
    I happened to see Julie Genter’s photo on Frogblog the other day, just after I had seen her asking a question on Parliamentary TV. If the Frogblog one was ever real I can only say that since that time she has put on at least 20kg, and aged at least 15 years. Perhaps an up-to-date photo would be in order.

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  16. axeman (252 comments) says:

    Perhaps this is a more up to date photo of the Klarkenfuhrer? http://www.peterellis.org.nz/2008/helen_clark.jpg

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  17. Grendel (1,002 comments) says:

    in sales, we are told that if you have a photo on your site or marketing material to always keep it current and truthful. nothing builds distrust in new clients more than them showing up and you look nothing like your photo. it makes them wonder what else you are hiding if you cannot even show what you really look like.

    now a politician of Clarks notoriety does not need to worry about people not knowing who she is, but its still odd to use such a clearly fake picture. no drama with the usual touchups for print etc but hers went to far.

    It would not impact on how little the people dislike her continue to dislike her, and those people who think she is the best NZer ever will make themselves believe thats what she looked like on the day. but i wonder how many of those who support her but are not fanatics are put off or disapointed by the clear fakeness of the image.

    i cant stand Clarks politics but have admired her shear tenacity as a politician especially as she clearly did not get there on her looks, but on pure brute focus and work. So it seems really weird that someone who i saw as a politician who did not care about what people thought of her looks would have this weird attack of ego.

    i wonder if a PR person battered her down on it, but it seems odd.

    this complaint seems utterly pointless however.

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  18. tvb (4,417 comments) says:

    But this is how Helen sees herself. Don’t be so mean.

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  19. RF (1,396 comments) says:

    axeman

    You have holed in one. What an evil looking individual … warts and all. That would scare the horses and make children hide under their beds.

    Surprised that some of her few supporters frequent this site. I though they would be more at home on the left wing rag.

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  20. Fletch (6,367 comments) says:

    Not forgetting Emperor Helen.

    “I will make it legal !”

    She looks more like that I think.

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  21. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,570 comments) says:

    The problem is that if she cannot even be honest about her own photo, how do people expect her to be truthful about real issues? However we’ve been there and seen her lack of honesty on even the tiny things and her never admitting fault to anything.

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

    axeman that image has ‘screensaver’ written all over it.

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  23. MBB (2 comments) says:

    C’mon people we’re talking about someone who has no repect for the speed limit & only avoided prosecution for art fraud cos the NZ Police said it wasn’t in the public interest.

    The air brushing is in a sense trivial but symbolic of the govt methodology to resolve the third component of the full complaint, and Helen’s “airbrushing” of historical events involving me personally.

    https://newzealandjustice.com/showthread.php?214-Complaint-to-UN-about-Helen-Clark

    The “sub-plot concerns issues put to parliament in question 10848

    Helen Clark had the opportunity to comment many years ago, for instance on the theft of evidence referred to in PQ 10848, the Union response to it and my discovery of errors in the Labour Relations Act, were all before her as chair of the Committee of Inquiry into Industrial Democracy.

    None of the above, nor the case which I took and won in the Court of Appeal against the Northern Clerical Workers Union, because of the lack of democracy and a drafting error in the law were mentioned in their report, even though written and oral submissions had been put to the committee.

    Obviously it was in the interests of the Labour party not to record the facts relating to the activities of prominent unionists who had tried to take advantage of a mistake in the law to avoid their obligations to allow democracy within their Union.This involved Tau Henare, Willie & Syd Jackson-, who avoided a complaint from me to the union about his association with Muamar Gaddafi, by canceling my membership of the NCU.

    I care because my children are growing up in a country where powers exercised by the solictor general have been abused to allow a certain Justice of the Peace to avoid legal consequence of his actions…with the help of Helen’s air brush and Tau Henare’s lack of integrity!

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