The Civilian

April 4th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Charlie Gates at The Press reports:

A satirical website launched just two weeks ago by a Christchurch man has become an instant hit and is already being heralded as “New Zealand’s answer to The Onion”.

Former University of Canterbury student set up The Civilian as a sideline project, but its success has turned the website into his day job.

The irreverent, satirical site gets an average of 15,000 page views a day and already has more than 2000 likes on Facebook.

It’s very good. I’ve been enjoying it a lot.  Some is too laboured or try hard, bbut Ben has got the tone just right, in my opinion.

Definitely worth bookmarking.

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21 Responses to “The Civilian”

  1. Manolo (13,341 comments) says:

    From it:
    Government to sell Peter Dunne
    Despite complications caused by the ongoing Rio Tinto debacle, the National government is pushing ahead today with its state asset sales strategy, announcing plans to expand the program to include the partial privatization of United Future Leader and Revenue Minister of eight years Peter Dunne. The announcement that Dunne would be sold into private ownership was made this morning by Minister of State Owned Enterprises Tony Ryall [...]

    Unfortunately there will be no takers. Nobody is interested in the old whore.
    Wait, I know someone…..

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  2. Pete George (22,784 comments) says:

    The Civilian has been excellent. It’s not easy doing good satire, and extremely different to keep it up consistently over a period of time. A good addition to the blogosphere.

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  3. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    I find it horrific

    http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/susan-devoy-promises-to-reach-out-to-nations-blacks/

    he he

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  4. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    Thanks for the share David…very funny!

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  5. Pete George (22,784 comments) says:

    New post at The Civilian: Government hopes to sweeten Rio Tinto deal with chocolate fish

    If the Government don’t support Cadbury in this deal it would be a major blow to the southern region.

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  6. wf (372 comments) says:

    Whew! A breath of fresh air is just what we need. Hope the young fella can keep it up.

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  7. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Lays down the gauntlet to Danyl to raise him game above hand-wringing liberal posturing.

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  8. David Garrett (6,372 comments) says:

    expat: I just want a reason why my application for Race Relations Commissioner never made it to the short list…I am assuming the gutted sheep I found on my driveway a few days after I sent the application was entirely unconnected…

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  9. Northland Wahine (647 comments) says:

    Roast mutton on the menu, David?

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  10. mikenmild (10,644 comments) says:

    Hopefully someone will misread the satire, get outraged and link to a Civilian post. This one maybe:
    http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/new-study-to-measure-effect-of-hip-hop-music-on-native-birds/

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  11. David Garrett (6,372 comments) says:

    Nothing wrong with a good bit of mutton Wahine…long as it’s not dressed as lamb!!

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  12. Northland Wahine (647 comments) says:

    David G, where the hell is johnboy when ya need him! Grins!

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  13. tamati (69 comments) says:

    This is pretty funny too.

    http://thenewzealanderweekly.co.nz/

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  14. David Garrett (6,372 comments) says:

    tamati: the headlines aren’t funny…the stories even less so…the Civilian gets my vote…

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  15. noskire (831 comments) says:

    Tui billboards all a big misunderstanding is bordering on comic genius.

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  16. Sadu (128 comments) says:

    Yeah the Tui one is gold. And the concept of Peter Jackson turning the Hobbit into a book had me cracking up too.

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  17. tvb (4,200 comments) says:

    It is clever and contains a subtle message. Peter Dunne is for sale as he swings from one party to the next. And research into hip-hop music on NZ birds does contain a subtle message that DOC’s work is often pointless.

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  18. Ryan Sproull (7,027 comments) says:

    Whatever happened to The Kumara in the late ’90s? That was New Zealand’s answer to The Onion.

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  19. Ryan Sproull (7,027 comments) says:

    Speaking to media after the speech, Devoy reiterated that she was extremely familiar with “all areas of black life” and said that Billy T. James and Pita Sharples were two of her “favourite blacks.”

    Hahahahhahahahahaah.

    Okay. I like this site.

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  20. Manolo (13,341 comments) says:

    Peter Dunne is for sale as he swings from one party to the next.

    How you dare to say so. No, no, no. He does it for the benefit of our country.
    Dunne prostitutes and sacrifices himself, so we can all have a better life.

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  21. ChardonnayGuy (1,131 comments) says:

    David, it’d be great if there was some reference to the current status of political satire, defamation legislation and case law within New Zealand. Perhaps you could seek a guest columnist on the issue?

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