Could you answer these questions?

May 3rd, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Mountain Scene has done a second article in a week attacking National candidate , labelling him clueless because he couldn’t answer some questions in a quiz they gave him.

It’s fair enough to criticise him for his background, but this article is rather nasty and I think very unfair. The motivation seems to be pique that Barclay won the nomination over Queenstown local Mark Wilson – who is a columnist for Mountain Scene. That’s a rather big conflict of interest for Mountain Scene.

It is worth pointing out that unlike some parties, electorate decisions are made by local party members – not head office. Todd Barclay won because a majority of the 150 local delegates thought he was the best candidate.

Anyway let’s look at the quiz they gave him, that saw him labelled clueless, and I’d ask readers how many of them could do much better.

MOUNTAIN SCENE: Name the Queenstown knight who owns a controlling interest in NZ Ski.
TODD BARCLAY: “Ah, it’s not Sir Eion Edgar, is it?” (WRONG)

It’s Sir John Davies, but I had no idea about that. I guess this is known somewhat in Queenstown, but Clutha-Southland is not just Queenstown. Barclay is from Gore.

MS: Who owns Millbrook Resort?
BARCLAY: “No, I’m not sure.”

I stayed there a few weeks ago, and I don’t know the answer to that one. I know it is a Japanese man but could not name him – and doubt many people could.

MS: Name Queenstown Lakes District Council’s boss.
BARCLAY: “I don’t know the answer to that question – but I will find out. There are about eight or nine local bodies in the electorate and I don’t know who everybody is yet.” 

I follow local body politics a lot. I can’t name the Wellington City Council CEO even though I have read about him a few times. How many people can name the local Council CEO?

MS: What’s the name of Lake Wakatipu’s famed steamship?
BARCLAY: “The Earnslaw.” (CORRECT)


MS: Who owns Shotover Jet?
BARCLAY: “No, I don’t know.” 

Once I read the answer (Ngai Tahu) it rang a bell, but again how many people would know this?

MS: Name our local mayor.
BARCLAY: “Geddes, is it? I’m not sure, I’m sorry.” (WRONG)

Now on this one I do agree an MP should know the name of the local Mayors. But he’s been a candidate for around two days and the electorate includes eight territorial authorities (Waitaki, Queenstown-Lakes, Central Otago, Dunedin (possibly), Clutha, Southland, Gore and Invercargill).

MS: Name Queenstown’s two closest skifields.
BARCLAY: “Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.” (CORRECT)


MS: Who owns Queenstown’s two casinos?
BARCLAY: “SkyCity.” (CORRECT)


MS: Where’s Queenstown’s Hilton Hotel?
BARCLAY: “Just beside the Kawarau [Falls] Bridge.” (CORRECT)


MS: How many lanes does that bridge have?
BARCLAY: “One.” (CORRECT)

I don’t think the answers are at all clueless.

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28 Responses to “Could you answer these questions?”

  1. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    So Mountain Scene turns out to be just another member of the MSM who promotes their own agenda ahead of any balanced, investigative reporting of fact.

    No surprises at all – it’s just another day ending in ‘Y’….

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  2. CryHavoc (46 comments) says:

    I am not a fan of this trend towards kids becoming MPs. But if Barclay survives the character assassination he’s being subjected to by all branches of the media and the twittersphere, he will have impressed me.

    Just for fun, let’s do a comparison:

    Todd Barclay: entering politics young, good looking, hasn’t actually ever done anything. Media view: scum of the earth.
    Jacinta Ardern: entered politics young, good looking, hasn’t actually ever done anything. Media view: future PM.

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  3. JC (956 comments) says:

    Hmm, the entitlement is strong in this one. Looks like the South dodged a bullet in selecting Barclay.

    JC

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  4. mjw (396 comments) says:

    I think Todd Barclay is getting hammered a bit unfairly. While his Tobacco industry association is a bit unsavoury, and feeds into the Nats perception problems, I think the guy himself deserves a break. He is young, and we are all entitled to a few mistakes – that’s how we all learn, for goodness sake.

    So I hope the Tobacco stuff doesn’t reflect deep held values, but instead is a youthful mistake. Irrespective though, give the guy a chance to show what he is made of.

    Best of luck Todd.

    (But I reserve the right to twit the Nats about Tobacco!)

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  5. gump (1,649 comments) says:

    Mountain Scene is well known for it’s slightly off-beat editorial stance.

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  6. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    Queenstown is a superating sore on the arse of the country.
    Ekatahuna and Taihape are more relevant to real NZ.
    I personally know some good buggers who live there and some who have lived there all their lives but the public face is just neon, artificial commercial slum to harvest dosh from the endless stream of tourists “seeing NZ in four days”.
    Mountain Scene is just an adjunct to that edifice of screaming ineptitude loved by nonentities.
    For me Arrowtown is tolerable but normally Wanaka, Cromwell and Garston are close enough, as for their much vaunted Ski areas Treble Cone is a real mountain, The (un)Remarkables and Coronet are merely learner slopes and warrens for ski bunnies.
    Who cares about Qtown.
    ps I consider he did pretty well in their inane selfcentered pseudo quiz. I wonder how many of their readership even know where Ti Wai Point is let alone what it and greater Southland contribute to the nation.

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  7. tvb (4,422 comments) says:

    Wilson Is a sore loser. National dodged a bullet there.

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  8. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    Barclay v Wilson: tobacco advocate and Parliamentary staffer v. marketer and Rugby Southland boss.

    Do you have to be in PR or marketing to get into Parliament these days?

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  9. georgedarroch (317 comments) says:

    Could I answer these questions? Well, about a third. But I’m an Aucklander.

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  10. BeaB (2,123 comments) says:

    All that said. I am surprised he didn’t do a bit of swot about the electorate especially when he must have known he is facing a hostile local paper which prides itself on its crusading zeal.
    I have faith in the good people of Clutha-Southland who are probably the last to be dazzled by a smart city boy.
    Interesting though that Labour and its media mates have such contempt for the voters. Thank goodness we still have a secret ballot and can vote as we choose without the jackboots of the Left.

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  11. mjw (396 comments) says:

    BeaB – actually, the jackboots came from the Right. :-)

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  12. peterwn (3,272 comments) says:

    Some locals call the rag ‘Mountain Scream’.

    As for – MS: Name Queenstown Lakes District Council’s boss. – I am not sure of very recent times, but QLDC have been turning over CEO’s at a fair rate of knots. Therefore someone outside the immediate area could be excused for not knowing who the current CEO is.

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  13. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    If somebody in their 20s was standing for National in my electorate I would still give National my party vote, but I would look very seriously at giving my electorate vote to somebody else. The other side had one and he got voted out on his arse because he didn’t listen to the electorate, but unfortunately he got back in on the list. Then he got in trouble for sexual assault. We don’t need another Darren Hughes. We need people with a bit of life experience, and I even think Chris Bishop is too young for parliament (he is the same age as me).

    There was a young guy in his teens elected in Redcliffe (North Brisbane). When he is 27 he is going to be eligible for a parliamentary pension for life. Nobody should have that, even if their parents are big donors to the Liberal party.

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

    Small town, small minds.

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  15. Sadu (129 comments) says:

    I have lived in Wanaka for about 5 years, I got about half of these correct.

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  16. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    He got a lot right so I guess he could also be called clued up.

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  17. George Patton (349 comments) says:

    Quiz for Mark Wilson

    With your superior knowledge of the area, how did you lose to a 24 year old?

    Do you think people who demonstrate bitterness make good MPs?

    Which is more important in politics, the ability to understand the needs of your voters (like those in a selection) or knowledge of tourism operators?

    Again, how did you lose to a 24 year old?

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  18. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    CryHavoc: Your pseudonym is correct if you think Ardern is attractive . . . she is the nearest thing to Mr Ed in politics. She may be a beauty in the Labour Caucus line-up, but wouldn’t as much select a glance in the local pub where we go, even after a good session.

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  19. Neil (586 comments) says:

    Great how Queenstown media reacts to this angle. If the ODT had given a quiz about South Otago how would the candidates do? Could a Queenstown candidate name local body officials in Gore,Southland District or Clutha District Councils and all their infrastructure?
    The matter goes back to the simple fact- Todd Barclay was selected by 150 delegates including a sizeable number from Queenstown He was elected to represent the whole electorate in Wellington.
    I was a delegate and I have no intention to comment about confidential processes.
    Needless to say, all candidates had a fair chance to impress. All performed well, however the final result was clear.
    Parochialism will always enter the process, however ability always wins out. Also remember, Queenstown-Lakes comprises I think about 23% pf the electorate far less than the rest of Clutha-Southland.
    As a resident of Gore I could answer half of the questions, but I am retired and have plenty of time to read the local papers
    I applaud Todd for trying to a answer those question but was Dr Craig,Labour candidate in Clutha-Southland asked these questions as well

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  20. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    I follow local body politics a lot. I can’t name the Wellington City Council CEO even though I have read about him a few times. How many people can name the local Council CEO?
    =========================

    Not the current Welly one but can the previous incumbent who now sucks the life out of us Tauranga Ratepayers. Note here he is being paid less than the last three useless pricks. I also see the third one back has taken a pay cut to work for Auckland as CEO. Transit would be pleased to see his arse out the door, much as Tauranga ratepayers were.
    Auckland will love his empire building. He and Lenny will get along just fine.
    Happy for you.

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  21. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    It’s okay for a local newspaper to ask about local issues and maybe even key local people, but landmarks?! Who cares?

    How about some questions like “How can someone who’s only ever breathed the rarified air of university, a Ministerial office and a multinational corporate’s spin section hope to represent the people cleaning the toilets and cooking the dinners in Queenstown’s resorts? Indeed, how can you hope to represent anyone but the smug, elite political class of whom we already have a surfeit in Parliament?”.

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  22. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    Viking 2

    I will not name Tauranga’s new CEO – just that his contract was not renewed in Wellington.
    Tauranga’s ex CEO is now CEO of Len Brown’s Auckland.
    I cannot give any financial hope for either city.
    Are all Councils dramatically bankrupt ?
    I am sure I know the answer – Yes, not surprising.

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  23. lazza (381 comments) says:

    I agree SlimDAv. My interests are in LG and I only got a couple of others right (CEO/Mayor’s names). The conflict of MountainView media is the revealing clincher as to the genuine? intent of this exercise (entrapment?).

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  24. Warren Murray (311 comments) says:

    Welcome to politics, goes with the territory. Sometimes people wearing the same badge aren’t on the same side.

    IMO, Barclay is way too young but he will learn from experiences like this. As he wont be a minister for some time yet he has some time to devote to the electorate, something it has missed out on with its current absentee MP.

    DF is waaay too soft on him for not being able to answer the quiz though. Queenstown was moved into the electorate at the last boundary change. Yes, C-S is a large electorate and includes numerous local authorities, but Queenstown is one of the electorates main centres, and Barclay should know who’s who.

    I wont be judging him for stuff like this.

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  25. Johnboy (16,554 comments) says:

    “She may be a beauty in the Labour Caucus line-up, but wouldn’t as much select a glance in the local pub where we go, even after a good session.”

    That’s a bit harsh. Her tit’s look quite good. She can always drink at the Palliser if she wears a top with a low neckline! :)

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  26. RF (1,398 comments) says:

    I see Todd got the current Mayor’s name wrong and picked the former one called Geddes who had a god complex amongst other problems including the juice of the grape. Thankfully he has gone.

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  27. Nookin (3,343 comments) says:

    I could understand if he didn’t know the previous CEO. She was only here for 10 minutes and didn’t say boo to a goose. Adam Feely isn’t one to sit back. He has rattled a few cages since his arrival. I didn’t get the Davies one but got the others.
    I know nowt about Gore, though, apart from the fact that it is inhabited by Gorons.

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  28. Neil (586 comments) says:

    Nookin absolutely I can agree that Gorons live in Gore. Six heads,four legs and three arms.
    Great to see that someone so gullible lives in a part of the country that has no idea of Southland. Your knowledge of Gore is nowt-find out about this little town I call home.

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