FWIW, I think he shouldn’t do both jobs. Undermines both of them, and increases public contempt for democracy. And to be clear, Goff hasn’t said he would.
Goff campaigning while being an incumbent MP will annoy the right greatly. It won’t make any great difference to the result though, even if they
He'll take a leave of absence for the actual campaign, but it's daft to expect him to resign and force a byelection a year out from the Auckland local body elections.
He could even continue to do both jobs if elected mayor, but he clearly won't do that.
Some people have been puzzled by the fact that the Lockwood flags and Red Peak are being sold by their creators.
All entrants agreed to sign over the copyright in their designs to the Crown if they were selected for the short list.
This makes the shortlist finalists subject to the same rules as apply to the current flag – which allow anyone to make, use or sell a copy so long as they respect the design. So they're allowed to sell copies of their own designs – and so is anyone else.
Maybe someone didn’t get the VIP press pass to the live event they expected. :-)
I was right at the back with my people: the middle-aged media white guys. (Christie, Reid, Greive, Phin and James from George FM)
Back in the day I used to get a table halfway up the room with the commercial radio people. As Duncan put it on The Spinoff:
We kinda knew that we were hanging onto our VIP status by a thread.
A little snippet of Emily doing 'All I Gotta Do':
Buzz does 'Jolene':
And Mikey Havoc roars through 'Jesus I was Evil':
All videos captured by Peter McLennan.
Meanwhile at the Spinoff, they have VNZMA reviewers who are smart and funny and can write.
Stuff has a weird, pissy review of the VNZMA coverage. Some of it is warranted, but it’s always going to be difficult broadcasting a stage show live to air. (I’ve been at awards that have been staged according to the needs of TV and they’re tedious.)
Some of it is just stupid:
But aside from the pre-determined award winning
Awards show in “judged in advance rather than made up on the night” shock.
and he head-scratching Six60 snub, perhaps the most uncomfortable viewing was done by those who bothered tuning into TV3 at home.
Six60 might be the people’s choice, but they didn’t impress the 200-strong voting academy enough to win any judged award. Shit happens.
What followed was a hot mess of poor-taste Jonah Lomu references, a running commentary throughout the haka and a sleuth of god-awful acceptance speeches.
Yeah, the word you’re looking for is “slew”. And the speeches were fine. Get a fucking grip.
Viewers were treated to a tasty delight of poor sound quality (think The X-Factor NZ calibre), an awkward mish-mash of awards, Waititi jokes, Jay-Jay and Dom Harvey and more Waititi jokes. Just as you began to suspect things were starting to subside, Gin Wigmore swaggered on stage slurring profanities at Anika Moa. The gag went on for just a second too long and everybody cringed on forward.
The whole room cringed at Dom Harvey’s “joke”. This is what happens when MediaWorks uses the awards broadcast as promo for its media assets.
But Gin Wigmore? That was funny as hell. She wasn’t slurring, she only said “fuck” once and she went on to give a really nice little speech about being a woman in music.
The signs were all there. The awards began jarringly with Savage’s Freaks scooping up Highest Selling Single and setting the tone for the night that was. Freaky and awful, from start to stumbling finish.
I think that should read “the night began with a bang with Savage’s international chart hit ‘Freaks’.” What the hell was jarring about it?
For reasons unbeknown to those at home, Bowden then did the unthinkable, providing live commentary while audience members performed a tribute haka to Jonah Lomu. The only sincere reference to the late, great rugby icon.
This was a problem caused by TV3’s pre-determined and poor decision to not show the Best Maori Album award – six awards weren’t shown, but that’s a reality of live-broadcasting a live stage show. They need to go to ad breaks.
And the haka wasn’t performed by audience members, but by Ranea, the winners of the award.
For those viewing at home, Vector’s canapes and open bar were out of reach, making the show too long-winded and too awkward to be remotely enjoyable.
Fucksake. You’ve got a fridge and a pantry at home, haven’t you?
As for how many Kiwi’s tuned in and stayed tuned on Thursday night, TV3’s viewing numbers are yet to be released. And while we can’t forget Waititi Gate 2015, we can at least seek solace in the fact that we cringed from the cushy comfort of our favourite armchair, remote at the ready, and not from the sweaty pits of General Admission.
“Waititi Gate”? Really? Taika had too many dick jokes and he didn’t get away with winging it at times, but at least he wasn’t a stiff.
The review also whines thus:
Viewers were treated to a tasty delight of poor sound quality (think The X-Factor NZ calibre), an awkward mish-mash of awards,
The production was amazing at the venue – especially the staging and video – and while Marlon Williams’ performance got a bit lost in the inevitable hubbub (it gets hard to keep up with the talk by the end of the evening too), the loud stuff sounded great. I watched the coverage yesterday and it sounded fine.
And by "awkward mish-mash of awards", I presume the writer meant "the same awards given out every year". This just seems like a badly-written attempt to tip bile over everything.
Street Chant playing recently at the bFM Breakfast Club at Real Groovy.
My Friday five cents...I love "All I Gotta Do". I reckon it was Darcy Clay's best. All kinds of depth and emotional complexity bubbling away under the surface of deceptively simple stonking rock song. One of my all time favourites.
I've been thinking this myself. 'Jesus I Was Evil' will always be the classic, but 'All I Gotta Do' is my favourite too.