Teknonym at Whale Oil slaps mayoral candidate —so we don’t have to

### Whaleoil.co.nz 16 Aug 2016 at 3:30pm
Lucky Dunedin: a mayoral candidate prettier than Vic Crone and nuttier than Penny Bright
By Teknonym
We met They before. No, that’s not a typo. They was previously in the news about being all huffy against the TPP. Now they is running for mayor.
They is responsible for blocking an elderly woman entering the ANZ bank while protesting earlier this year and has a notorious reputation for being an absolute menace in Dunedin (constant protesting, yelling, chaining herself to fences, glitter-bombing Michael Woodhouse’s office, etc).
As you would expect, this has resulted in a huge Green and radical left following.
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Angry Birds - the secret life of pets, trolls [film-book.com]

### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 17:17, August 9 2016
Cannabis campaigner and transgender activist confirm bid for Dunedin mayoralty
By Hamish McNeilly
A cannabis campaigner and a transgender activist are taking on the “old boy network” as they run for the Dunedin mayoralty. Both Abe Gray and Scout Barbour-Evans​, who made national headlines with two very different Dunedin stories last year, confirmed they were running for the Dunedin mayoralty and a seat on the city council.
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● Gray, 34, a curator at the Dunedin-based cannabis museum, made international headlines when the Caversham-based museum listed on Airbnb.

● Barbour-Evans, 21, who goes by the gender-neutral pronoun ‘they’, crowdfunded $400 for the mayoralty and council bid.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

Election Year. This post is offered in the public interest.

*Image: film-book.com – angry birds, the secret life of pets, trolls (detail)



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9 responses to “Teknonym at Whale Oil slaps mayoral candidate —so we don’t have to

  1. Elizabeth

    Speaking of clouded election candidates.

    He would go on to vote with Greater Dunedin…..

    Back in 2013 the Otago Daily Times and reporter Chris Morris did not hold back on David Benson-Pope:

    Wed, 31 Jul 2013
    Benson-Pope eyes DCC seat
    Former cabinet minister and Dunedin South MP David Benson-Pope is attempting a political comeback by standing for the Dunedin City Council. Mr Benson-Pope (63) – a five-term Dunedin city councillor before entering national politics – yesterday confirmed he would run again for a city council seat in October’s local body elections. […] The move comes after Mr Benson-Pope bowed out of national politics in 2008, after becoming embroiled in scandal over allegations he mistreated pupils while a teacher in the 1980s. He was eventually sacked as a cabinet minister following separate claims he misled the public, and later lost the Labour Party nomination for the Dunedin South electorate to Clare Curran. Mr Benson-Pope said yesterday he did not want to dwell on the past, but hoped his critics had moved on. “I have – I don’t know whether other people have or not.” Cont/

  2. Gurglars

    Benson-Pope has proven beyond reasonable doubt that

    “Any publicity is good publicity”

    How long before a murderer is elected and watch out for the girl guide!

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    Teknonym, thanks for adding another name to my YES, maybe and no-way list.
    Self-interested local body politicians are nothing new, but this degree of self-absorption is too much altogether. Navel gazing, navel redefining, navel lint redistributing and having consulted the wisdom within, being unassailably confident of the right to be a bloody nuisance in public places.
    What if any spare time would this young person have available for discharging mayoral duties?

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    MUCH less free time than Jinters for thinking of ways to improve the city according to her lights – very often not mine, but credit where credit’s due and leaving aside questions regarding placement of thinking-organ, her heart is in the right place.

  5. Callum

    Wow I didn’t know that I am related to Scout! I have heard of her on the news though.

    What are they both like in person?

    That would be interesting if they were both mayors! It will be a change from your typical middle aged person.

  6. Gurglars

    Wait- Callum may have an interesting solution here.

    Both Mayors!

    Imagine two fruit loops as Mayor.
    There would be a lot of disagreement, very little decision making.

    Admittedly meeting costs would go up because of the time of discontent, but a divided council could not authorise new expenditure.

    Whilst that would be sad for South Dunedin, nothing is happening there now anyway with an undivided council. On all other considerations a bureaucracy that does nothing is perfect. No expenditure, no reports needed and ultimately less staff as they are unnecessary.

    So lets vote in two mayors!
    Ideally at loggerheads.

  7. Calvin Oaten

    David Benson-Pope says his “Prime interest is the welfare of Dunedin”. Being busy “around the fringes” (a nice way of putting it) “heavy lifting” like at the Parkside Hotel.
    “Everytime I walk down George St or around the Octagon I’m embarrassed really.” He claims it is because it’s just really dirty and needs a lift.” Or did he mean himself?
    Sacked as a cabinet minister over claims he misled the public over the employment of Madeleine Setchell at the Ministry for the Environment. No explanation given. “Older and wiser” was a lame response to the question, has he learned by his experiences.
    The man is an embarrassment to both himself and the citizens by putting himself forward again.

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