The Dim-Post

March 30, 2010

By the numbers

Filed under: media — danylmc @ 2:32 pm

I had a look at the anti-mining protest at Parliament today. I saw:

  • ~300 protesters, mostly Wellington office workers on their lunch breaks.
  • Several earnest but worthy speeches, mostly from thin, bearded men from various NGOs.
  • One teenage boy wearing a dress and a shocking pink wig screaming (mostly) gibberish.

Guess which of these will receive the most coverage on the evening news.

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23 Comments »

  1. Yeah, I was there, in my business shirt, black shoes and grey flannel trousers. Camera operators shouldered past me to get a good of the freaks. I’m not sure who annoys me most in that.

    Comment by Stephen — March 30, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  2. I thought the funny part was when they asked those who travelled from out of town to be here to put their hand up, and only six peopel did.

    Comment by David Farrar — March 30, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

  3. “Guess which of these will receive the most coverage on the evening news.”

    None of them. A Rugby World Cup song has been released.

    Comment by sammy — March 30, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

  4. And lo, thus it was:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10635381

    Comment by Sam Finnemore — March 30, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

  5. circa. 300 (read 200 and something with a tail wind) grey shirts assemble en masse after a a round of soy decafe lattes.

    Comment by oliveoil — March 30, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

  6. I bet it’s that Treasury official.

    Comment by Neil — March 30, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

  7. I’ll go out on a limb here and suggest the fruitcake may be Rainbow Labour.

    Look, I know it’s a long bow to to pull but I’ll make that call and take the consequences.

    Comment by oliveoil — March 30, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

  8. 3 News just had the guy in the kiwi suit

    Comment by gazzaj — March 30, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

  9. there were two Treasury officials?

    Comment by Neil — March 30, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

  10. Guess which of these will receive the most coverage on the evening news.

    All distantly after Juanita the dog though, obviously.

    And the Moscow bombing makes it in at 6.28pm…

    Comment by gazzaj — March 30, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

  11. I really, really shouldn’t feed the trolls. Ah well.

    Oliveoil, you’re an asshole.

    And this gay, who has worn drag fewer times (ie zero) than most drunk straight men thinks you should educate yourself and stop trading in moronic fucking sterotypes.

    Comment by Eddie C — March 30, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

  12. Eddie, I didn’t make comment on you so fuck off.

    Comment by oliveoil — March 30, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

  13. god, don’t tell all the manly men at the sevens

    Comment by greg — March 30, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

  14. I thought the funny part was when they asked those who travelled from out of town to be here to put their hand up, and only six peopel did.

    Farrar, you’re going to have to explain why that is funny.

    Comment by progger — March 30, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

  15. beltway issue

    Comment by golden — March 30, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

  16. I thought the funny part was when they asked those who travelled from out of town to be here to put their hand up, and only six peopel did

    Oddly, people who care about the environment tend not to make unnecessary car journeys, and getting into Wellington on our 18th century public transport system would take all day.

    Also, most people have jobs that require their presence, rather than being funded with taxpayer dollars to blog for the National Party. Really.

    Comment by Rich — March 30, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

  17. @David Farrar:

    “I thought the funny part was when they asked those who travelled from out of town to be here to put their hand up, and only six peopel did.”

    Yea, truly it is amusing that midday, midweek protests often include a clear majority of people who live within cooee of the place where the protest is happening…

    Comment by Sam Finnemore — March 31, 2010 @ 8:09 am

  18. Rich: “Also, most people have jobs that require their presence, rather than being funded with taxpayer dollars to blog for the National Party. Really.”

    Farrar pwnd, Rich FTW.

    Comment by progger — March 31, 2010 @ 10:48 am

  19. include a clear majority of people who live within cooee

    Tell that to the Hikoi, or the Destiny Church.

    Comment by Phil — March 31, 2010 @ 10:48 am

  20. Phil: Tell that to the Hikoi, or the Destiny Church.

    Show me a midday, midweek Hikoi or Destiny Church rally, and I’ll go tell em’.

    Comment by progger — March 31, 2010 @ 11:01 am

  21. Destiny Church already knows.

    The people I know who were there for the protest, (not the glorification of Brian) mentioned such a phenomena.

    I guess it didn’t make such good TV as a bunch of black shirted Maori men chanting.

    Comment by scrubone — April 1, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

  22. It wasn’t gibberish; I heard and understood every word. Mostly it was ‘what about Happy Valley’ while Phil Goff was speaking.

    Comment by Ryan Kennedy — April 5, 2010 @ 8:23 am

  23. I always smile when I read anything to do with my church, Destiny Church and our ‘Enough is Enough!’ stand in 2004, as it is always one thing that is ‘maori in black shirts’. I am not a Maori, (I am English and Scottish decent) and I was there that day, alongside my brothers who are Maori, Pacific Islander, European, Asian and other nationalities. We are not a ‘Maori’ church, nor a ‘Pacific Island’ church, we are multicutural!

    Comment by Destiny Covenanted Son — April 27, 2010 @ 8:44 am


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