David and Karen at home

May 14th, 2014 at 9:26 am by David Farrar

Worth watching the Campbell Live episode in the home of and . I thought both David and Karen came across really well, and it is nice to get to see the person behind the politics. While I don’t support the Labour Party, I’ve always found David Cunliffe to be very professional, courteous and upfront in his dealings with me – and like most MPs, he is in politics because of a genuine belief in the government’s ability for its policies to make New Zealand a better place to live.

An extract from the story:

Ms Price had an urban childhood, having grown up in Auckland surrounded by pets, a tradition that has continued. 

The Cunliffe family have an obvious love of animals, owning one beehive, five chickens, a cat, dog, puppy, two budgies, two canaries, and recently gave away eight rabbits, because they were just too much.

One might believe that surrounded by so many animals, Ms Price may have dreamt of becoming a vet one day, but instead she wanted to become a pilot, and that is exactly what she did. 

“Just a little private pilot licence,” says Ms Price. “I never wanted to fly people; I just wanted to play games myself.” 

I’m not so sure about bees as pets, but thoroughly approve of the birds, cat  and dogs. And having a pilot licence is very cool. It would be great to be able to fly a little plane to islands such as Great Barrier.

Jane Clifton reviews the show and says it was nicely crafted and a must watch.

 

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44 Responses to “David and Karen at home”

  1. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    But “Tojo” promotes a spartan existence, and a hatred of “rich pricks”. Has he been telling more porkies?

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  2. Redbaiter (7,644 comments) says:

    That chicken coop looked very new.

    Anyone checked out when that was built?

    Perfect PR device to distract from the rich white urban liberal meme.

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  3. Pete George (22,867 comments) says:

    More transcript and comments – Cunliffe genuine at home, disappointing in Q & A then back to the same old political sermons the following day.

    He is coming across as a preacher of doom and gloom under the current Government, and attempts to entice voters to his next government heaven.

    The already converted may be convinced he offers them salvation from the evil Key, but religion is a hard sell in New Zealand these days.

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  4. RRM (9,478 comments) says:

    That chicken coop looked very new.

    Anyone checked out when that was built?

    Perfect PR device to distract from the rich white urban liberal meme.

    :lol: LOL yeah, the chicken coop that brought down an empire.

    You might be onto something BIG there weddy.

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  5. jp_1983 (189 comments) says:

    Well the Beehive in his Herne Bay Mansion is the closest he will ever get to one.

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  6. tvb (4,210 comments) says:

    Yes she is quite an accomplished person and David Cunliffe is cool with that. It should help him with the female vote.

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  7. BeaB (2,060 comments) says:

    Of course they promoted her – to keep him out of the picture as much as possible. He even burnt the pikelets!

    The most telling part wasn’t the happy little Good Life bees and chooks segment but when he went to his local fish and chip shop where no-one knew him supposedly because it had changed hands. We never found out how long ago.

    And then as he walked along his neighbourhood street no-one stopped to talk to him or even greeted him. And those guys having coffee ignored him completely, not even looking up as he, Campbell and the cameras went past.

    This is not a popular man of the people and his privileged, carefully styled home life just underscores his lack of authenticity.

    On the other hand John Key is almost mobbed – for handshakes, selfies and chats. Says it all.

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  8. RRM (9,478 comments) says:

    Oh and you know it’s trendy and liberal to be growing your own food in the back yard these days?

    Food miles, GMOs, pesticides, etc etc etc?

    Why don’t you look up the Auckland Council property records and see if he got a building consent for the chicken coop? If he didn’t, you’ve got him by the short & curlies!

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  9. Huevon (192 comments) says:

    I was impressed by Mrs Cunliffe. Seems like a really interesting lady.

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  10. Pete George (22,867 comments) says:

    And then as he walked along his neighbourhood street no-one stopped to talk to him or even greeted him. And those guys having coffee ignored him completely, not even looking up as he, Campbell and the cameras went past.

    You’re basing this on heavily edited footage. There’s no way of knowing if he interacted with anyone on the street.

    And the Labour leader, John Campbell and a camera crew would put a lot of people off interacting. I’d give that sort of thing a wide berth if I could.

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  11. Pete George (22,867 comments) says:

    Huevon – and it’s a huge thing for the partner of a politician to open themselves up to the media. She said she did it to help David show his softer family side, good on her for that, but most partners would put themselves in the spotlight reluctantly, and with good reason for that reluctance.

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  12. Ryan Sproull (7,033 comments) says:

    Oh and you know it’s trendy and liberal to be growing your own food in the back yard these days?

    It’s also just plain good sense.

    There’s a school in South Auckland (Edmund Hillary, I think) that’s had great success with encouraging kids to work with their parents in starting backyard gardens to supplement the larder with free (bit of hard work) healthy food.

    The amount of potentially productive land that goes to waste on lawns is absurd.

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  13. Ryan Sproull (7,033 comments) says:

    And the Labour leader, John Campbell and a camera crew would put a lot of people off interacting. I’d give that sort of thing a wide berth if I could.

    Are you sure? I kind of imagine you slowly edging into the background with a T-shirt featuring a YourNZ URL.

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  14. Chris2 (758 comments) says:

    That’s the first I’ve seen of Mrs Cunliffe and her personality type did remind me a little of David Lange’s first wife – limited support for her husband’s career, not much interested in it really. The Cunliffe’s impress more as flatmates leading separate lives, rather than a family.

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  15. RRM (9,478 comments) says:

    Are you sure? I kind of imagine you slowly edging into the background with a T-shirt featuring a YourNZ URL.

    :-) Actual LOL!

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  16. johnwellingtonwells (121 comments) says:

    If, unfortunately, Cunliffe became PM, would his wife need to reorganise her legal practice to avoid conlict of interest?

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  17. Huevon (192 comments) says:

    Look at Cunners and *Ms* Cunners…typical chardonnay socialists…stable marriage, hard working, educated, healthy living. All good stuff. And yet the Labour party works to undermine all those things. I couldn’t help thinking why don’t these people preach what they practise!

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  18. Longknives (4,471 comments) says:

    Ryan there is only one ‘crop’ growing in the backyards of South Auckland and it ain’t food my friend…

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  19. alloytoo (434 comments) says:

    “Rich Pricks” who can afford to have fun in planes.

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  20. Akaroa (544 comments) says:

    So Mr Cunliffe was on barely-watched TV3′s 7.00 pm offering, was he?

    Self-pat on the back for not watching what I expect was self generated, down-home, I’m-just-like-one-of-you, candy-cloured fluff, MC-ed as usual by that frantic oh-so-involved-and-concerned TV3 presenter bloke who’s name escapes me at the moment, but who can generate a head of enthusiastic/concerned/enraged steam about any irrelevant subject under the Sun!!

    Thirty minutes of life-time that i DIDN’T waste, thank goodness!!

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  21. deadrightkev (280 comments) says:

    Bees are great pets and educational for kids, look after themselves pretty much and as long as you put the hive in a place where you are out of the flight path they will go about their business no trouble.

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  22. OTGO (512 comments) says:

    I’d be more likely to vote for her rather than him.

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  23. Mrs Trellis (34 comments) says:

    Did she show off her famous breasts?

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  24. Yoza (1,552 comments) says:

    Redbaiter (6,508 comments) says:
    May 14th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    That chicken coop looked very new.

    Anyone checked out when that was built?

    I was half watching the piece, as I recall the chicken coop was installed recently as the chooks were getting into the vegie patch.

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  25. Ed Snack (1,740 comments) says:

    Anyone who mistakes a carefully choreographed TV show for real life doesn’t get out enough. The Cunliffe’s may be an admirable little family unit, but I have absolutely zero faith that we saw the real family on TV.

    Ryan, as someone who has a various times cultivated food on an urban section, it is actually damn hard work with a very variable return. We get almost all our salad greens from a garden (and some protected planters now the weather is turning colder), and had a bumper bean crop, but the tomatoes were a disappointment this year and the beetroot a waste of time. Just keeping the birds, snails, slugs, etc away was quite a task in itself. The point being it is a hobby and really only (IMHO) suitable for non-staple vegetables. People used to grow a lot more and in particular bottled or otherwise preserved fruit, but these days one can buy all that so cheaply very few bother with the labour involved. Though the jam we used to make from our ancient Plum tree in Auckland was the best ever, Short’s Early, not great eating but beautifully scented and flavoured jam. The tree only set fruit after a cold winter though, and you had to race the birds to get the fruit.

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  26. rouppe (919 comments) says:

    Regarding the private pilots licence, I note that she said she doesn’t get to fly much anymore.

    However the requirements for maintaining a current private pilots licence are that the pilot must perform 3 takeoffs and landings every three months, and also every two years you have to demonstrate to an instructor your skills and logbook are current and competent.

    So she has to fly at least once every 3 months, and during that flight do 2 circuits in addition to any trip she makes. So if she were to fly to Great Barrier Island as you suggest David, she’ll do 2 take-off and landings (presuming she lands at GBI) and then needs to do another take-off and landing. I’m not sure if a touch-and-go qualifies.

    It’s unclear whether “not flying very much anymore” means she’s still current.

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  27. Random Punter (65 comments) says:

    PG at 9.54 am: “You’re basing this on heavily edited footage. There’s no way of knowing if he interacted with anyone on the street.

    And the Labour leader, John Campbell and a camera crew would put a lot of people off interacting. I’d give that sort of thing a wide berth if I could.”

    Campbell and his camera drew didn’t put a lot of people off interacting with John Key. And I’m pretty sure that if lots of people had interacted with David Cunliffe, Campbell would have shown it at length.

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  28. anonymouse (695 comments) says:

    As a bit of soft coverage, it will do Labour no harm,

    But they seriously missed the opportunity to make Cunliffe appear more likable, all we got was Karen “Good life” Price in charge of the bees and Chickens while david was relagated to the background holding the puppies and cats,

    I really wonder why they let the piece focus on her, I mean it is not like people are going to say, oh yes, David cunliffe has a nice wife I might vote for him….

    The whole being sent down to buy the fish and chips just seemed sad,

    Although there was one comment from Cunliffe that I think summed it up,
    It was something like ” I didn’t want to end up wondering what if”, which basically says I really didn’t want to be leader, but decided to have a go, you know, to just see what it was like

    It sort of sums up why they are drifting below 30%…

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  29. dime (9,473 comments) says:

    Cunliffe married a chick and she kept her surname?????

    BAHAHAHAHA what a bitch he is

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  30. Bottlerboy (8 comments) says:

    I have to say I thought Karen Price was extremely impressive.
    If for nothing else she casually and happily handling those bees dressed in her normal attire and with absolutely no protective clothing at all except for a pair of household rubber gloves.
    Unfortunately while David came across as a likeable well intentioned sort of a chap, history is littered with them – Bill Rowling immediately springs to mind ! Lets face it he just hasnt got what it takes and neither does the labour party

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  31. Manolo (13,400 comments) says:

    Is Jane Clifton an unbiased critic and reviewer?

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  32. ross001 (126 comments) says:

    Why don’t you look up the Auckland Council property records and see if he got a building consent for the chicken coop

    Yes, we wouldn’t want to see any of those chickens having an unfortunate accident. :)

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  33. Ed Snack (1,740 comments) says:

    Dime, that’s a bit old fashioned. Did the same myself, wife wrote and published books and didn’t want to get categorized as writing “snackbooks” !

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  34. RRM (9,478 comments) says:

    dime (8,903 comments) says:
    May 14th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Cunliffe married a chick and she kept her surname?????

    BAHAHAHAHA what a bitch he is

    You’ve gotten used to saying “Cunliffe” by now.

    Have you forgotten how amusing that name is when it’s new to you and unfamiliar?

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  35. ross001 (126 comments) says:

    Is Jane Clifton an unbiased critic and reviewer?

    I think it’s well known that she had a long term relationship with Murray McCully but apparently isn’t with him any more…but when they were together I can’t say I noticed any bias in her columns.

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  36. Ryan Sproull (7,033 comments) says:

    Ryan, as someone who has a various times cultivated food on an urban section, it is actually damn hard work with a very variable return. We get almost all our salad greens from a garden (and some protected planters now the weather is turning colder), and had a bumper bean crop, but the tomatoes were a disappointment this year and the beetroot a waste of time. Just keeping the birds, snails, slugs, etc away was quite a task in itself. The point being it is a hobby and really only (IMHO) suitable for non-staple vegetables. People used to grow a lot more and in particular bottled or otherwise preserved fruit, but these days one can buy all that so cheaply very few bother with the labour involved. Though the jam we used to make from our ancient Plum tree in Auckland was the best ever, Short’s Early, not great eating but beautifully scented and flavoured jam. The tree only set fruit after a cold winter though, and you had to race the birds to get the fruit.

    Ed,

    Yes, that’s my experience too.

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  37. Huevon (192 comments) says:

    One more thought…

    I was left thinking, if Cunliffe did become PM, and some big sh*t went down and the pressure was on, I would kinda want his wife to take over. She’s seems to just “have it together”. Can’t say the same about him, I’m afraid.

    Did anyone see the episode with Russell Norman? One of the worst examples of a p8ssywhipped man I’ve ever seen. And it took his partner a good few moments to respond to the question about what she liked about him. Don’t have high hopes for that marriage/civil relationship/life pairing/whatever….

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  38. Psycho Milt (2,269 comments) says:

    Cunliffe married a chick and she kept her surname?????

    Message to dime – Queen Victoria died, the Empire fell, generally a bunch of shit happened since women were property. You should try to keep up.

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  39. backster (2,082 comments) says:

    Well if it is as good as you say it is a tribute to the skill of Linda Clark who has been hard at work trying to transform his personality projection ever since he aborted his original appointment with Campbell to present the programme.

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  40. Jack5 (4,600 comments) says:

    The bees were fascinating. Can they really recognise certain people? Karen Price said she was stung only once, after her husband persuaded her to wear a bee protection suit.

    She impressed this rightie, and David Cunliffe did, too.

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  41. ross411 (220 comments) says:

    It’s a pity these things are mostly irrelevant. I’m sure they’re all mostly decent people if you meet them one on one. It’s when they’re trying to force their views on other people which is the real problem.

    One thing I’d like, is for Campbell to disclose whether he has had any personal relationship with whomever he has on. I’m still astounded that he handled Len Brown with such kid gloves, yet tears into other National party politicians.

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  42. Left Right and Centre (2,825 comments) says:

    Anyone who mistakes a carefully choreographed TV show for real life doesn’t get out enough. The Cunliffe’s may be an admirable little family unit, but I have absolutely zero faith that we saw the real family on TV.

    That’s it. However – morons are allowed to vote, there’s a lot of them – and so it’s really for their benefit. They need to make up their mind based on a visual and perception. The same way they select any given night’s TV viewing. I’ll bet you anything that some of them watched for a minute or two not realising it wasn’t Shortland St before flicking the channel.

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  43. Redbaiter (7,644 comments) says:

    “You should try to keep up.”

    Got the message from the progs have you Dime??

    Change is necessary not for any good reason but because progs desire it.

    Change for the sake of change.

    Think about the shallowness of that reasoning and you’ll understand why progs are the plague they are.

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  44. Psycho Milt (2,269 comments) says:

    Change is necessary not for any good reason but because progs desire it.

    There’s no good reason women shouldn’t be property? Can you elaborate on your reasoning for that belief? I’m sure it’s hilarious.

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