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June 26th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

From John Key’s Facebook page to the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and a video of a laser-chasing kitty cat – the man behind ’s billboard prank is offering a moving feast of political larrikinism.

This has been hilarious – the latest redirect is to The Civilian,

Last week, Moroney erected an election sign in the Hamilton West electorate with an expired domain name obscured under masking tape.

The masking tape was removed, revealing an obsolete campaign web address from 2008. Someone notified West Auckland IT guy Frank Collingwood, who registered it and began his shenanigans.

“It’s their own fault for putting up a billboard with an expired domain name, which can be registered by anyone,” Collingwood said in an email.

Collingwood was last in Hamilton more than a decade ago and was not affiliated with any political party in New Zealand, but said the claim the prime minister was behind it was “quite frankly, ridiculous”.

Moroney was silly enough to use some old hoardings, and she is blaming the PM for this guy having a sense of humour.

He said the link to Key’s Facebook page was “one in a long list of possible redirections” which had gone from the moggy videos to McGillicuddy Serious Party archives posted on Youtube.

The Monster Raving Loony Party was established in England in 1983 by musician David Sutch, better known as Screaming Lord Sutch, who Collingwood said was an “absolute legend” and “superb role model” for politicians.

“I really don’t even want any publicity, just seemed a good prank at a time when pollies across the spectrum are taking themselves far too seriously,” he said.

I wonder how many other Labour hoardings have the old URL on them, plastered over? One good reasons to not have a different site for every election.

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18 Responses to “labour08.co.nz”

  1. David Garrett (6,912 comments) says:

    Well…campaign ’08 worked very well for the socialists…cant believe it is six years since I made the momentous decision to accept the offer to stand for ACT…Not entirely sure what I would do with hindsight…had I said “No” i would be just another Albany lawyer with a grubby 30 year old secret…but then Three Strikes would almost certainly not be law..

    I imagine a mass checking of all Labour billboards is underway as we speak…

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  2. Raphael (84 comments) says:

    That’s hilarious.

    I know Frank, I’m good mates with his brother…..I think I owe him a coupla beers.

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  3. RRM (9,762 comments) says:

    I would think those Labour billboards on their own probably lose them several percent.

    Tick Labour.
    Tick Moroney.

    Nothing at all about WHY you should vote for them, nothing about what good they propose to do for the country.
    Just your voting instructions, direct from the ministry of love. Big brother is watching you.

    Well FUCK YOU Sue I won’t do what you tell me :-P

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  4. Nick R (504 comments) says:

    Only Labour seem to be able to produce this sort of own goal.

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  5. rangitoto (237 comments) says:

    The prank probably gained more votes for labour than their policy announcements. They need screaming lord such as a consultant to help them out.

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  6. David Garrett (6,912 comments) says:

    Rangitoto: they need some damn thing! Long may him/it elude them…

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  7. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Sue should change her name by deed poll: Moronic is the right spelling.

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  8. BlueSilver (22 comments) says:

    It’s now directing to Steve Braunias’ The Secret Diary of David Cunliffe. Brilliant.

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  9. geoff3012 (66 comments) says:

    Going to pussy cats now!

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  10. Lindsay (142 comments) says:

    Poor Hamilton. Signs can be erected three months out from the election. In the Hutt it is 42 days.

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  11. ciaron (1,414 comments) says:

    Channelling a bit of rage against the machine there, RRM? :)

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  12. SHG (375 comments) says:

    If you’ve used a URL in any sort of campaign you retain ownership of it for ever. That’s just communications 101.

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  13. davidp (3,571 comments) says:

    Labour need an updateable area on their billboards so that people can see what their leader looks like. They could then update the leader photo every few months. Clark –> Goff –> Shearer –> Cunliffe –> Robertson –> Whoever leads the party in 2017.

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  14. J Bloggs (193 comments) says:

    Ha! I got the youtube clip of the “I’m so Ronery” song from “Team America World Police”

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  15. G152 (264 comments) says:

    Labour need an updateable area on their billboards so that people can see what their leader looks like. They could then update the leader photo every few months. Clark –> Goff –> Shearer –> Cunliffe –> Robertson –> Whoever leads the party in 2017.

    Well, they could have a screen saver with all Liebor members photos in the database

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  16. ciaron (1,414 comments) says:

    Labour need an updateable area on their billboards so that people can see what their leader looks like.

    great idea, that’s exactly what Tui does.

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  17. JC (942 comments) says:

    According to WO Moroney’s sign exceeds the size requirements and is thus in breech of the law.. might pay to check all Labour’s signs as they appear.

    JC

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  18. ross411 (420 comments) says:

    I saw some pro-Key billboards in Eden Terrace a year or two ago. The problem was that they were on the corner down the road from a union office. So.. as you would expect, mindless anti-Key nonsense was scrawled on them.

    I’d suggest National supporters even the score, but stooping to their childish level is too repulsive to consider.

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