Jacinda Ardern has taken on a pirated look. Picture / Brett
As some MPs take steps to counter the vandalism of their
campaign billboards, Labour's Jacinda Ardern has taken quite a
The Auckland Central candidate was spotted defacing her own
The MP posted a picture of the sign - when it just had the
eye cut out - on social media on August 9, with the words
"It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye."
After receiving suggestions the sign would be improved with a
pirate theme, Ms Ardern obliged with a marker pen. She added
lines to transform the missing eye into an eye patch.
"I'm just waiting for my parrot now," she said yesterday.
"When it just had the eye missing it looked a little bit
creepy. I certainly don't condone [vandalising signs] but
when you're in politics it does happen from time to time and
you roll with it. Sometimes it's good to make light of it."
This week, election opponents National and the Conservatives
acknowledged they had begun using motion sensor cameras to
catch any would-be sign vandals, though Labour and other
parties had not taken the same step.
The work with the marker pen was done "a couple of weeks
ago", Ms Ardern said, although someone had since been back
and removed some of her teeth.
"We've kept it [the pirate sign] there. I just hope nothing
further happens to it. If it gets too ratty, we'd have to
take it down."
Some of Ms Ardern's signs had had parts of her face removed,
as if someone were trying to create a bizarre "potato head or
a ransom note".
A police spokesman said the most likely charge that could be
laid against vandalism would be wilful damage, although that
would probably not apply to the owner of a sign.
- by Sam Boyer, NZ Herald