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Two lost votes for the Nats

Teresa (Stokes Valley)

We have enough tagging in Stokes Valley without someone doing it to election hoardings as well. I thinks it’s obvious who vandalised these hoardings.

Frank we were going to vote National again but after what we’ve seen my mum and I will be voting for someone else. Maybe NZ First.

To whoever did that spraypainting you’ve cost your cause two votes!

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Entrance to Stokes Valley , taken this afternoon

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The MMP Party - tagged!

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Labour - Tagged!

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Another one - tagged!

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Greens Party - tagged!

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National - NOT tagged! Why is that?

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It’s a bit poor when National Party supporters treat our community with this kind of disregard. If they think this will win them votes then they are so wrong!

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  1. 27 October 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Soon after I got Teresa’s email and images, I visited Stokes Valley. Her reporting is quite accurate; every billboard – except National’s – has been tagged. (And National hasn’t replaced their corflute facing – it’s the same one that was there last week. I noticed the tear under the word “Rimutaka” a couple of weeks ago.)

  2. 27 October 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Brownshirts out in force in Stokes Valley!

  3. 28 October 2011 at 10:19 am

    But to vote for NZ First? Sure THEY didn’t deface their oppositions’ billboards but left their bed-mate’s alone?

  4. Matt
    28 October 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Hang on. So you’re saying you would decide your vote on the basis of an act of vandalism? That’s a pretty ridiculous rationale. What about on policies? What about on confidence (or otherwise) in the MP’s themselves?

    Come to Wellington and practically every billboard has some form of vandalism. Would that make you abstain from voting completely? That makes absolutely no sense…

    • 28 October 2011 at 2:41 pm

      If, as you say, an act of vandalism by one particular group is no basis to cast your votes – then what do you think was the motivation of the culprits, Matt?

  5. 28 October 2011 at 3:17 pm

    In our defence, we are up at 6am fixing our signs most mornings… we also were tagged, we were just up earlier to fix it. We have turned up on many occasions to see ours the only ones tagged… Labour and Greens untouched. I’m not sure if they are politically motivated but the money to repair them comes directly out of our pocket.

    Jonathan Fletcher

  6. 28 October 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Jonathan Fletcher :

    In our defence, we are up at 6am fixing our signs most mornings… we also were tagged, we were just up earlier to fix it. We have turned up on many occasions to see ours the only ones tagged… Labour and Greens untouched. I’m not sure if they are politically motivated but the money to repair them comes directly out of our pocket.

    Jonathan Fletcher

    Jonathan; thank you for commenting.

    In the area where I live, I have indeed seen one of your billboards spraypainted. (It was over the PM’s face.)

    However, in this instance, I doubt if the billboard in image #7 had been replaced this week.

    You see, I have clients in Stokes Valley and I drive past the area each afternoon. I picked up one client who was waiting at the bus-stops, in front of the billboards, last Thursday (20th Oct). I happened to notice that your billboard had been pushed inwards, at both ends, leaving only the middle portion supported by the central struts of the frame (not visible in the pic). The culprits responsible had also tried to slash the corflute, just beneath the word “Rimutaka”.

    This was over a week ago. The billboard in this pic is the same one as the one I spotted last week. The tagging on these billboards, though, was done this week (Teresa was not certain which day, but she was adamant that they were not tagged last weekend; 22/23 Oct.) So, the corflute facing on your billboard isn’t “new”.

    By the way, the reason I had noticed the damage to your billboard was that, during the RWC there seemed to be very little vandalism going on. In fact, driving around Hutt Valley to visit clients I think I had only seen one billboard pushed over (no idea whose it was).

    I was intending to blog about this remarkable event, but hadn’t gotten around to it. I guess I’m too late now.

  7. 29 October 2011 at 6:07 pm

    National supporters are brainless – I would have done the lot, but taken the National one away for firewood1

  8. Theodore
    31 October 2011 at 12:22 am

    As a Stokes Valley resident I have to admit I’m a little peeved as well. We have more than enough grafitti in our neighborhood without some party activists adding to the mess. We’ve been wavering voters as well. Voted for Key last time. But the asset sale business, the taggings, and other issues are making us lean back to Labour.

    By the way Mr Fletcher, can you get your boys to clean up that mess they left on those hoardings? Thank you very much.

  9. 3 November 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I really don’t like political advertising of any sort. Its a waste of money and resources. Elections cost enough without all this rubbish cluttering up our landscapes, and the billboards are an eyesore, no matter which party they represent.

    I think the time has come to get rid of the lot of them.Make the parties *earn* their votes – with interviews, websites and phone lines that offer real information etc. I mean, when as the last time anyone actually voted for a party based on a billboard anyway?

  10. 16 November 2011 at 9:30 am

    If I was a devious tagger and was anti-National, I would tag every billboard but Nationals so that people would think that a National member had done it. (Just as everyone here seems to have assumed.)

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