Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Clark takes mauling in "dog tucker" poll

Media Release
Wednesday 5 November 2008

Clark takes mauling in "dog tucker" poll

Prime Minister Helen Clark has exceeded most pundits’ expectations in the Masterpet Dog Tucker poll, but a few days out from the election it may prove to be one poll she doesn’t want to win.

Over the past six weeks New Zealanders have been putting their votes where their dogs’ mouths are, purchasing Helen Clark and John Key for their dogs. In a landslide result Helen has made up 69.5% to the total sales and John Key 30.5%.

The poll, which has been run in conjunction with KiwiBlog, has been ratified now that Helen Clark has nearly sold out.

Masterpet spokesperson Peter Couchman said this was not a poll either of the leaders were particularly keen win.

“Helen has been quite badly savaged since day one, back in mid September.”

Mr Couchman said he had also received unconfirmed reports of people buying Helen Clark as a memento, rather than for their dog to maul.

National Party leader John Key has taken a shine to his latex likeness during the campaign, appearing in photographs with his toy.

“The Nats have obviously seen it as a cheap way of circumventing the electoral finance act, and it might just be working,” Mr Couchman said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election