A Tui billboard in Tauranga may breach the Electoral Finance Act.
It says: When Winston says no he means no. Yeah right.
The billboard is in the Tauranga electorate Winston Peters is desperate to win, and the Electoral Commission told the Herald it would write to brewers Tui saying it could be “election advertising” against him.
If that’s breaching the Act ,what about the giant wrap around bill board I noticed on a building on the corner of Albert and (I think) Customs Streets? It had a counter showing how much NZ profit goes from overseas banks each day.
It was bright green with an anti foreign-ownership message so I thought it was a political hoarding until I looked again and saw it was for Kiwi Bank.
My first impression was that it was a political message rather than a commercial one so given NZ First and Greens are strongly against foreign ownership of NZ assets might this ad persaude people to vote for one of them or against other parties with more sensible views on investment?
Then there’s the ad which shows a couple of blokes driving across a paddock in a red ute. There’s a bump, they stop, get out and realise they’ve hit a bull. The driver turns to his passenger and says “Should’ve bought a blue one.”
It’s advertising Ford utes but there is a subliminal political message there too. It could be seen as words or graphics which persuade people to vote for or against a party.
But the EFA isn’t that stupid. Yeah right.