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Hard News: The truth about "Party Central"

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  • Peter Martin,

    "Party central" is, like the ambassadors' scheme, entirely a creation of government ministers.

    Bugger. Just when I found a wharf with an antique shed on it here...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • BlairMacca,

    Wow good work. A nice frank admission from Snedden, I have to be hoenst I've been pretty impressed by how up front and sensible he has been on the planning of the RWC.

    I can't believe none of the MSM has asked Snedden this question yet.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 208 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I can't believe none of the MSM has asked Snedden this question yet.

    Yeah, it puzzles us too.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Cue another hissy fit from McCully.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2212 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Cue another hissy fit from McCully.

    I would think he'd be on a warning by now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • Fraser Gardyne,

    Interesting.

    I'd been told that 'party central' was to satisfy Heineken. As sponsors their name would be obviously distanced from any potentially damaging debate.

    It seemed to make sense...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2009 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • BlairMacca,

    Yeah, it puzzles us too.

    It will puzzle me even more if no one else runs with this

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 208 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Remind me, what are the ambassadors for ?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    It will puzzle me even more if no one else runs with this

    As soon as they get all that egg off their faces, yes. That might take a little bit.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Bell,

    @Fraser - Not the first time the govt has rolled over for Heineken.

    Heineken got its wish to have its product served in metal cans despite protest from Police.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10635331

    The fast tracking of liquor licences thru the world cup empowering bill is consistent with backing the booze barons.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • GemmaG,

    My favourite bit of last night's taping was Corkery's response when Russell told her "Shut up, Pam". Feminist comedy at its best (yes, they are mutually inclusive!). You lot are gonna love it. I thought I was at The Classic.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • GemmaG,

    (On a more serious note, I also enjoyed Pam keeping it on-message in terms of what more the media - love that catch-all - can be doing to uncover Super City backhanders. Won't give any more away. By all means, watch.)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Ackroyd,

    Good work.

    I can't believe none of the MSM has asked Snedden this question yet.

    Is Media7 considered non-MSM? Is there even a useful definition of MSM now?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Hmmm, Heineken.
    Twas them that were responsible for the closing of the Gluepot back in '94, apparently they bought in to Dominion Breweries on the proviso that the brewery got out of retail and concentrated on brewing Heineken for the southern market. Bastards.
    On the beer can front, I can see why they want their beer to be seen, free advertising, whats the point of having your beer on show if no-one knows it's yours?.
    As for the Police seeing Aluminium beer cans as a clear and present danger, well, you only have to read what they said about the Bombay Skateboarders

    "I just can't see that it's possible, and if it is, they're jolly stupid. All they have to do is come off and they would kill themselves.

    "They get speed and it doesn't take much to fall off and hit their head on the kerb and cause permanent brain damage.

    "If it's real, he [Chapman] is an idiot. If any of the police staff had seen him, he definitely would have been taken off the road."

    Yeah, right, "Taken off the road" with a quick nudge of a Police car and then a shovel?. No danger there, eh?.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Yeah, right, "Taken off the road" with a quick nudge of a Police car and then a shovel?. No danger there, eh?.

    That's a bit silly. We can't think of any other way to get a skateboarder off the road?

    Whether or not people should be risking their own wellbeing in that way is an interesting question. I'm going to fall in behind "people travelling incredibly fast down hills on public roads without brakes" are a risk to others.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Someone recently commented here that "party central" seemed like a sudden phrase that John Key blurted out without thinking and then, having opened his gob, had to make happen.

    Given Sneddon's comments this is looking more amd more likely.

    Also, aren't Sneddon's comments refreshingly free of management-speak cliches ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 759 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Twas them that were responsible for the closing of the Gluepot back in '94, apparently they bought in to Dominion Breweries on the proviso that the brewery got out of retail and concentrated on brewing Heineken for the southern market. Bastards.

    And I recall watching on TV back then that the "Auckland property boom" was responsible. Whitewash, methinks?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5416 posts Report Reply

  • Fraser Gardyne,

    Kyle,

    seeing your comment sets me wondering if the Canadian's took their longboards to Dunedin for an attempt on Baldwin Street?

    That would be a challenge.

    Perhaps you could attach a bungie cord at the top of the road to arrest your sudden descent?

    But then the board would become a dangerous missile. Gaffer tape to stop that?

    A few Heinekens first and chucks away...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2009 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    seeing your comment sets me wondering if the Canadian's took their longboards to Dunedin for an attempt on Baldwin Street?

    About ten years ago a first year student was killed after deciding to ride a wheelie bin down Baldwin St after a night out drinking. It was out of control and hit a parked trailer about halfway down.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    That is such an obvious question.

    If the particles floating around form an idea in the mind of the prime minister or any minister - then let it be so - they are after all gods stalking this earth - Hmm vanity.

    I am sure the economy is managed with an equal amount of sense.

    What a "phuck" up.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Curtis,

    Do all the Stasi like rules about sponsors apply to 'fan zones' as well. Which I think covers up to 1Km around the playing venues.

    Tell me again how many extra visitors we will getting for this over priced RWC, was it 50,000 - when we all ready get 2.5million for the year just passed.
    That makes it 2%. Im speechless

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    <pendant>

    A few Heinekens first and chucks away...

    It's "chocks" actually </pendant> ;-)

    I'm going to fall in behind "people travelling incredibly fast down hills on public roads without brakes" are a risk to others.

    Like, totally dude. I mean, you know, the risk of having to clean all that gooey flesh out of your radiator grille and hose the blood off your tyres.
    And yeah, brakes on a skateboard, and how about seatbelts?.
    Best comment on Youtube...

    waikatoopen2view
    1 day ago
    love the bare feet..., suppose´╗┐ a wipeout at that speed would stuff your jandels

    @ DeepRed
    Yup(pie), Whitewash. That's what happened to Ponsonby.
    :-(

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    When I initially heard the term "Party Central" my first thought was "Brain Fart". These Prime Ministerial flashes of brilliance will forever be known as "Key words" to me. I saw the flim "Bob Roberts" last night, it had an eerie familiarity.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Are you suggesting we rename JK's splendid idea "Brain Damage Central"?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

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