Browsing: John Key

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National embraces a more positive sporting analogy for first campaign TVC
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The National Party has been forced to make a few rugby analogies in recent days as it deals with the fallout from Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics. But it’s used a rowing analogy in its new TVC to try and show Kiwis it’s a smooth, well-oiled, economic machine that’s taking the country in the right direction and that its opponents are bumbling idiots.

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What Labour is doing to reach the masses
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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.

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How Kiwi political parties measure up on Facebook
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Facebook has revealed a series of insights on how the Kiwi political parties are doing in the lead up to the 2014 general election. And given that 1.8 million Kiwis log in to Facebook on a daily basis and that ‘election’ was the second-most commonly used phrase on the site in 2013 (only bettered by Pope Francis), the social media channel is becoming an increasingly important space for politicians to share their policies—or general vitriol—with potential voters.

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When politicians, brands and businesses all admit to being a little green
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While conspiracy theorists might infer that St Patrick’s Day has some deeper meaning or historically significant origins, we all know that the day is actually just a great excuse to wear green hat, sip on a dark brew and hop around like a leprechaun for a whole day. And given that it has become such a jubilant day of unrestrained revelry, businesses, brands and politicians all take it as an opportunity to get some additional exposure. Here’s a breakdown of some of the interesting St Patrick’s Day-themed efforts that emerged this year.

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The Key to Wall Street
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Kiwi film-maker Jonathan King has transformed The Wolf of Wall Street’s trailer, imagining John Key in the dizzying world of money making and dwarf throwing. It’s a “brand new New Zealand biopic success story of ambition, fortune and being pretty relaxed about things”.

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Slap Key with a wet fish
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Every now and then a gem of an email comes to us – this time it’s from a “a digital agency that cares about New Zealand and Kiwis” that’s giving ordinary Joe Public the chance to slap John Key with a fish.
It’s all about the GCSB, bro!

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