Never underestimate a woman
The Labour candidate for Rodney Marja Lubeck has plenty to smile about these days. Not only did she sweep into Parliament on the party list, she also received double the number of votes of the previous Rodney candidate for Labour, Eric Bolt. Mr Bolt confidently bet Ms Lubeck that she wouldn’t get 20 per cent more votes than him. That unfortunate punt cost him $20.
Police watch fail
It was always going to take some improvisation to get protester Charlie Cottrell-Jury out of the Snells Beach Norfolk pine this month. A Warkworth police officer tried his luck by telling the arborist he had five minutes to come down or get arrested. He gestured to his wrist watch to show Charlie he was serious. Trouble was, the officer wasn’t actually wearing a watch. This prompted the officer to quickly return his hand to his pocket. Charlie took his time clambering down, perhaps figuring the missing timepiece would leave the cops short of evidence.