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June 4, 2013

Transitional problems

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 1:46 pm

Via Scoop, Labour’s press release on the launch of their campaign to win the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election:

Labour launches Ikaroa-Rawhiti campaign

Labour Leader David Shearer has launched Labour’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election campaign with a promise that the party will use the next four weeks to honour the legacy of Parekura Horomia, and retain the seat he held for 14 years.

Labour’s candidate Meka Whaitiri today held her official campaign launch at Kohupatiki Marae near Hastings. David Shearer was joined at the launch by Rino Tirikatene and Louisa Wall from Labour’s Maori caucus and a number of other MPs.

“Labour will campaign relentlessly to once again earn the trust of the people of Ikaroa-Rawhiti. We will organise, mobilise and terrorise our political opponents.


“Let the games begin,” says David Shearer.

In possibly-not-unrelated news, Labour are in the process of hiring a new Senior Press Secretary.


  1. A devilbeast walks among us.

    Comment by George D — June 4, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

  2. “Let the [hunger] games begin”

    Comment by Gregor W — June 4, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

  3. We will organise, mobilise and terrorise our political opponents.

    I can understand him wanting to terrorise his political opponents (although you have to be amazed that he’d say so in public), but it’s not obvious why he’d want to organise and mobilise them – surely that’s the opposite of what he’d want?

    Comment by Psycho Milt — June 4, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

  4. Will Shane Taurima get the press sec job?

    Comment by glasshead — June 4, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

  5. I want to give Shearer the benefit of the doubt. Is it possible the press release was crafted from speeches, given at the launch, in Te Reo which were then translated badly?

    Comment by Phil — June 4, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

  6. Most political parties have a process where the MP named needs to sign off on the press release before it goes out. God knows if Labour has any kind of QA workflow.

    Comment by danylmc — June 4, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

  7. I think I preferred Shearer when I couldn’t understand a word he was saying

    Comment by Leopold — June 4, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

  8. @Gregor W

    Glad I’m not the only one that thought that. After I finished reading, my first thought was “He really should have finished with ‘May the odds be ever in your favour’ “.

    Comment by enjiner — June 4, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  9. “Let the games begin” is also a Bane line in TDKR.

    Remind me not to attend any matches at Rugby Park until after the by-election results are published.

    Comment by Phil — June 4, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

  10. I’m so old, I can remember when Labour’s “political opponents” were the parties who aren’t standing in the by-election.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — June 4, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

  11. Shearer actually missed a trick by not replacing “terrorise” with “liquidate”.

    Comment by Gregor W — June 4, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

  12. “Let the games begin,” says David Shearer.

    Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — June 4, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

  13. We shall take this land of Ikaroa Rawhiti or burn it to the ground in defeat…

    Comment by garethw — June 4, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

  14. @garethw,

    Shouldn’t that be “we shall hold this land of Ikaroa Rawhiti or burn it to the ground in defeat…”?

    In which case, perhaps Shearer should have been clearer: ““You can no longer retreat…There is only one road, the road that leads forward. [Ikaroa Rawhiti] will be saved by you, or wiped out with you.”

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — June 4, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

  15. Can’t wait for The Civilian to reprint the press release in full.

    Comment by Alex Braae — June 4, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

  16. On the other hand, it does display a certain charming grammatical naïveté often associated with the political enthusiast. At least it didn’t end in the imitable style of Capt. W.E.Johns:

    “Let the games begin,” ejaculated David Shearer.

    Comment by Sanctuary — June 5, 2013 @ 7:35 am

  17. Shearer was also heard to exclaim “Watcha gonna do when Meka-mania runs wild on you?”

    Comment by Dave — June 6, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

  18. “We’ll be having our opponents reaching for their brown trousers.”

    Comment by deepred — June 6, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

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