Greatest Hits / Greatest Shits | Issue 06

Greatest Hits

This week has seen the rise of #nomakeupselfies across the world. Raising $3 million for cancer research, the trend has occupied Facebook, the media, and, surprisingly, Parliament. I followed Louise Upston’s no-makeup Twitter trail, with Metiria Turei and Holly Walker offering selfies of support, and ended up at Seven Sharp to find Anne Tolley, Jacinda Ardern, Jo Goodhew, Louisa Wall, Mojo Mathers, and Jacqui Dean also revealing all on camera. While there has been a considerable amount of criticism over the “point” of a no-makeup selfie, you can’t deny that it has been incredibly effective.

Greatest Shits

Over the weekend, a bunch of us young political nerds got together for a good old BYO. Most of us already know each other from classes or Clubs Day, so drinking and debating is not exactly a new experience. It was intended to be a peaceable affair, as chances are we’re going to be seeing a lot of each other in the coming months; and really, who doesn’t love the chance to have a Saturday night BYO and a stint on the Alibi dance floor. I was told, however, that a member of a certain red party told other members not to attend (don’t worry, they still did) – because I’d write terrible things about fraternising with the enemy and the like. Well, I had no intention of writing about our lovely BYO. That would be shooting myself in the foot, as I was there. Upon hearing this, however, I thought to myself, “what is Critic if not facetious.” Therefore, this week’s Greatest Shit goes to the unending menial bureaucracy of political parties and their tendency to be far too uptight for their own good. Apparently, that extends beyond the Beehive and right into our very own sacred BYO joints. Very notable mention: Hekia Parata’s continued incompetence and the poor handling of the Kohanga Reo Trust scandal. A considerable amount of news time has been dedicated to questioning whether it’s a cover up or a fuck up, and once the truth is revealed (it hasn’t at the time of writing), I’m sure it has the potential to take the Greatest Shit headlining act.
This article first appeared in Issue 6, 2014.
Posted 7:01pm Sunday 30th March 2014 by Carys Goodwin.