National released its first campaign TVC this morning and there was plenty of discussion about it—and its soundtrack—on social media afterwards (as Tim Denee wrote on Twitter: "National STRONG like SPORTS TEAM. Other party weak like baby in lifejacket"). Now Labour's followed suit and launched the TV execution of its Vote Positive campaign.
As in 2011, government once again handed out $3.28 million dollars to the various political parties. But while the spoils remained same, the number of recipients increased from 11 to 17 political parties for this year's allocation. The question now, however, is what the parties plan to spend the money on, and what they hope to acheive through their pre-election campaigns. So, in an effort to find out a little bit more about Labour's promotional moves, we sent a few questions to the party's campaign manager David Talbot. Here's what he had to say.
Predictably, David Cunliffe won the Labour Leadership battle. Perhaps just as predictably, given the united show the party needs if it's going to give National a run for its money at the next election, Cunliffe's leadership rivals were gracious in defeat. The exception, perhaps, was dark horse Ned Stark.
The Labour Party is taking to Scoop's website for 'virtual hustings' meetings, alongside the 12 roadshow events its potential new leaders are holding nationally this week. A blog by the party says the online initiative is a bid to get more member participation.