Key in Christchurch

November 1st, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

David Cunliffe would have you think is a hated neo-lib who would sell his own mother. But a fair few people seem to disagree. Stuff reports:

Shoppers in central Christchurch gave Prime Minister John Key a rock-star-like welcome when he visited the Palms Shopping Centre this morning.

Key, who was in town to launch the National’s Party’s Christchurch East by-election campaign with its candidate, Matthew Doocey, was mobbed by shoppers as the pair walked through the shopping centre.

Key posed for dozens of photographs and even filmed an impromptu video on an iPhone for the Whanau School Community’s student attendance class which is graduating soon.

He mingled with mothers and their children, staff from nearby retailers and barely made it past the first five shops in one wing in 30 minutes – such was his popularity.

The shopping centre is in Shirley, which isn’t like Fendalton. The average income is near identical to the city as a whole, and their average deprivation is decile 8 (10 is most deprived).

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20 Responses to “Key in Christchurch”

  1. alloytoo (463 comments) says:

    You mean where 10 get the most loot from the taxpayer.

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  2. Harriet (4,614 comments) says:

    ‘….The average income is near identical to the city as a whole, and their average deprivation is decile 8 (10 is most deprived)…”

    I’m amazed that NZ does that as it gives entire suburbs no reason to better themselves. ‘This is our lot in life and the government or council will help raise us up’. It’a appalling to think that that mentality is foisted onto children – and by a government which preaches self responsability.

    There is no dignity or liberty in that.

    What actually is Shirley ‘deprived’ of? – when I lived in CH-CH as a kid in the 80′s it was no better or worse than anywhere else.

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  3. Redbaiter (7,974 comments) says:

    “Shoppers in central Christchurch gave Prime Minister John Key a rock-star-like welcome when he visited the Palms Shopping Centre this morning.”

    Ambition fulfilled.

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  4. dave53 (85 comments) says:

    The shopping centre is in Shirley, which isn’t like Fendalton. The average income is near identical to the city as a whole, and their average deprivation is decile 8 (10 is most deprived).

    Um, are you sure? My kids are at a Decile 10 school and that is the wealthiest. Decile 1 is the most deprived. Decile 1 schools get heaps more money than Decile 10s, where the parents are expected to make up a huge slice of the school budget.

    [DPF: School deciles are opposite to deprivation deciles. Annoying and confusing. For schools decile 10 is the best. For the deprivation index decile 10 is the worst (most deprived)]

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  5. hmmokrightitis (1,566 comments) says:

    Ah dear weddy, youre such a stuck record, not gone to Singapore yet?

    Met Mr Key at a function a while back, as I had similarly met Helen C. Poles apart. JK understands statesman, engagement, HC was engaging but lacked any real understanding of what listening could and would do. JK Asked about my company, what it was like running a medium sized business that exports skills and software, showed a very real interest and understanding, asked smart probing questions.

    Underestimate at your peril, as labour have for years. As does weddy, but then hes busy working on the revolution, right weddy?

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  6. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Australians mobbed Kevin Rudd wherever he went. But it didn’t get him elected.

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  7. dave53 (85 comments) says:

    School deciles are opposite to deprivation deciles.

    Thanks for that, I had no idea there were two decile indexes, each measuring the same thing, but with the index numbers reversed!

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  8. PaulL (5,977 comments) says:

    Yes @Andronicus. But Australian’s didn’t mob Gillard, and she didn’t get elected. Being popular is a necessary but not sufficient thing in terms of getting elected. If you’re not popular, it’s going to be hard.

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  9. Redbaiter (7,974 comments) says:

    hmmmokrightitisI’macompletefuckwit- Helen Klark once had rock star status too.

    And no endorsement from any govt grant endowed crony capitalist is going to change my mind about Key, so give it up.

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  10. hmmokrightitis (1,566 comments) says:

    “hmmmokrightitisI’macompletefuckwit”

    Id forgotten how silvered tongued and erudite you are weddy. Oh, and FYI, never ever applied for or received any government funding, ever. And still pay more tax than you earn I suspect. Talk is cheap, hence why Ive not been around – too busy making money in case I have to earn less next year if the socialists get in :)

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  11. David Garrett (6,712 comments) says:

    If nothing else, this piece shows what a confusing crock “deciles” are…I could never consistently get one of them right (which end was which) and now it appears there are TWO scales, with opposite numbers at “the top”…What grey cardiganed bureaucrat dreamed that up?

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  12. All_on_Red (1,487 comments) says:

    “Australians mobbed Kevin Rudd wherever he went. But it didn’t get him elected.”

    Not true actually. He got caught a few times bussing them in.

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  13. MT_Tinman (3,043 comments) says:

    Hogwash!

    The Palms is a mall in Northeastern ChCh.

    The only mall for some distance in any direction.

    It’s customers would be no more decile 8 as decile 3 but a mix of those from most areas in the northeast, new flash subdivisions, almost dead earthquake destroyed areas, genuine workingclass areas and the statehouse slums of nearby streets.

    I don’t doubt Key’s popularity but let’s be honest here.

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  14. scrubone (3,081 comments) says:

    “David Cunliffe would have you think John Key is a hated neo-lib who would sell his own mother.”

    The irony being that Cunliffe’s the one who’s sacrificing integrity to gain power.

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  15. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (828 comments) says:

    scrubone (2,804) Says:
    November 1st, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    “David Cunliffe would have you think John Key is a hated neo-lib who would sell his own mother.”

    The irony being that Cunliffe’s the one who’s sacrificing integrity to gain power.

    Latest Roy-Morgan poll suggests he is winning….

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  16. Richard Hurst (787 comments) says:

    Too right MT_Tinman! Although I won’t expect DPF in Wellington to be fully up to date on the rapid local demographic changes taking place here since the quakes.

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  17. tvb (4,240 comments) says:

    The Key Government has given a lot of assistance to Christchurch following the earthquake. I just hope we do not get another quake like Christchurch in our time because to be as generous with another big city would bankrupt the Government. John Key probably calculated such events will not occur for another 75 years so that is time enough.

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  18. gravedodger (1,528 comments) says:

    @ Garrett 2 11, bet he had a bright red tie on under the grey cardy.

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  19. duggledog (1,424 comments) says:

    As David Slack so sagely noted prior to the first election National won, when JK got the same reception (on his birthday) when he entered the Arrivals hall at Auckland Airport -

    ‘There’s your election result’

    I’m still calling National governing alone

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  20. lolitasbrother (580 comments) says:

    The Palms shopping centre is reasonably upmarket and is in the North east on the Marshlands road leading North. Its description as Shirley fringe , is doubtful, but anyway the rating 8 is well out. This is middle range Christchurch, decile 5 or better.
    It is worth remembering that the average income in Christchurch is less than Wellington or Auckland, we made a leap last year due to the earthquake
    The seats Wigram, Port Hills, North Christchurch and East Christchurch are Labour.
    Gerry Brownlee has the affluent Ilam tied up.
    Nicky Wagner represents Christchurch Central, a swing seat and it is vital we retain it.
    There were only 50 votes in it in 2011, against Brendon Burns the then incumbent.
    I told her in the supermarket that it was me and a few friends who put her in this seat, and it not far from the truth.
    We have lost some ground over asset sales.

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