MP slams sign taggers

A National Party billboard featuring Dunedin North candidate Michael Woodhouse and Prime Minister John Key was defaced, and a photo later posted online. Photo supplied.
A National Party billboard featuring Dunedin North candidate Michael Woodhouse and Prime Minister John Key was defaced, and a photo later posted online. Photo supplied.

National MP Michael Woodhouse has slammed the defacing of electoral billboards as ''a thuggish and ignorant act of vandalism'', as opponents boast online about other signs to tag.

A National Party billboard, featuring Dunedin North candidate Mr Woodhouse and Prime Minister John Key, was tagged with the phrase ''casual fascists'' at a Purakaunui site on Saturday.

A picture of the defaced billboard was uploaded on Facebook, with the first comment ''Vote Green not the fascist regime!''

Another post recommends another National Party billboard be defaced as it was ''gagging for a tagging''.

The offending Facebook page was removed yesterday.

Mr Woodhouse said he was aware ''that there are some posts of this nature online'', but stopped short of singling out possible links with official Green Party supporters.

''While some online correspondents are apparently connected with the Green Party, I don't think one can conclude there is official Green Party involvement.''

That was confirmed by Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, who is also standing in the Dunedin North seat held by Labour MP David Clark.

''We don't want people defacing ours, and we don't approve others defacing other parties'.

"They are expensive and they are part of the democratic process to allow parties to put forward their policies,'' she said.

She confirmed she knew one of the Facebook posters, but reiterated the party ''does not endorse the defacement of billboards''.

During the last election campaign one of her billboards went missing and was later found on the wall of a student flat.

''A lot of effort goes into political campaigns, a lot of money is spent and a lot of volunteers spent hours putting up these billboards and taking care of them, and that work needs to be respected,'' she said.

Mr Woodhouse said there had been several cases of vandalism of his billboards since they were erected just over a week ago.

''Democracy involves the promotion of different political parties that not all will support.

''Nevertheless, the defacing of signs is a thuggish and ignorant act of vandalism.

"Where evidence is gathered that identifies the perpetrators of such acts, it will be forwarded to the police and a prosecution will be sought.''

 

I'm a National supporter

In the Dunedin North electorate, Trev. And you're right, Woodhouse has done nothing to help support Dunedin. Having said that, I have never voted for him nor anyone from Labour or the Greens.

Woodhouse reprersents who?

Can a National party supporter (I assume there is one in Dunedin!) please state in these columns one actual task which Woodhouse has actually accomplished for Dunedin North voters in the past three years ? Please try hard - very hard! 

Only alternative

Marious: And that's what it comes down to. Woodhouse is MIA, worse than useless as far as Dunedin is concerned, and we have no one else to speak for us in a National Сabinet.

I think the best thing we can do in our own interest is to change the government. By my count we'd likely have 3 local cabinet ministers, including a Minister of Finance, the guy with the purse strings - that way we're likely to end up with at least one person who actually cares about Dunedin.

Signs

I see the sign in question for Woodhouse take precedence over the physio pool cut. Its importance to Woodhouse at least draws a comment from him. If this dosn't show almost a contempt for the cuts his government has carried out in Dunedin then I don't know what does.

Bon voyage 

 

Billboards

Judging from many of these comments it seems Mr Woodhouse is only heard from when he has a complaint . 

If politicians want to plaster our towns and cities with their slick slogans and billboards then they should expect some "feedback" .

To be honest I often feel like driving my car straight through those forests of false promises and fake smiles - after all , my taxes are helping to pay for them . 

Mr Woodhouse needs to take a teaspoon of cement and harden up. After all that his party has inflicted on the people of NZ I think a vandalised billboard is  small bikkies compared to the hardships many kiwis are suffering.

Mr Woodhouse

I have been in Dunedin for many years, and have never seen him at a public function that affects the growth of Dunedin. It seems I'm not the only one after asking around. Sure he will talk with ODT, but he's not very "user friendly", or obtainable, if that's the correct term. I have seen more of David Clark. 

I'm sitting on a very wide fence on politics. Each have their merits, but Mr Woodhouse needs to be more present around Dunedin.

Silly word

Fascist is a silly word. Refugees from fascist regimes know better. Extreme right is closer.

Who knows?

I've also written to him  twice, and actually received two replies - but given the no nothing responses I got from 'him' I'm tempted to also doubt his existence, I suspect there's some minimum wage staffer who does all the real work, someone who's heart isn't really in it. They're probably cheering for Labour's promise of a wage rise  today.

Woodhouse is a real person?

Having written directly twice to Michael Woodhouse about serious matters over the past twelve months, and never having had a reply, let alone seeing him take any action, I was wondering if he was actually real.

Instead of getting all upset about people who damage his billboards, who are obviously upset with his Government's constant belittling of those who struggle and boosting those with wealth, maybe Mr Woodhouse could so something - anything - for Dunedin?

Still waiting.  

From the mouths of ...

National MP Michael Woodhouse has slammed the defacing of electoral billboards as ''a thuggish and ignorant act of vandalism'', as opponents boast online about other signs to tag.

Many of us feel the same way about the current government's actions on asset sales, mining of conservation areas, ad nauseum

And as BMC says "At least we now know what it takes to get a response ... from this Woodhouse fellow."

Quick response

At least we now know what it takes to get a response to Dunedin issues from this Woodhouse fellow. A pity the 'issue' in question is not anything that affects any Dunedin households or one that anyone really cares about.

Green vandals

Even though Metiria Turei doesn't condone this action, it seems that most political vandalism, from defacing billboards to climbing the clock tower of the train station, has a strong Green element to it.

If members of a Party have to break the law to try and make a point, then they don't really have a strong point in the first place. 

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