Why do people hate Annette Presley?

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 6-Jun-2006 16:13

From the various posts on this site and others there seem to be a lot of people out there (including a couple of friends I have who are former employees) who absolutely despise the woman. She now seems to be up there with the CEO of another telco when it comes to being the most hated woman in the country.

This raises the question of why New Zealanders seem to love knocking people who aspire to be succesful, not just in the telco world, but in the business world in general. There are many examples of both  people and entire companies who have had the masses turn against them overnight simply because they build a business on a successful model and end up with a profitable company.

What is so bad about her being successful?

Is it because she is a woman? Or the power suit?

Is it because of her evolutionary approach to running an ISP (i4free) that effectively slam dunked Telecom and caused lots of nasty words to be spoken inside the Jervois Quay boardroom? The i4free business model where termination rates are used to subsidise a service is no different to Telecom Mobile & Vodafone who run a business model based around substancial income from termination and insist that MTR's cannot be reduced because it will hurt them.

Is it because she has pledged to reduce the costs for internet access and phone service in NZ? Do people not really want to save money?

Who cares if Slingshot/Callplus have a Call Centre in India? The technical skills and level of education levels of those staff exceeds that of many New Zealanders employed in the same position. At the end of the day there are only two things people want when they ring a call centre or help desk - 1) The call to be answered quickly and 2) The question/problem to be solved. If I can ring India and get my call answered and problem solved in under 5 minutes then I'm a happy customer. I had a need to ring the Paradise.Net helpdesk the other evening and was prompted with a message telling me there was currently a wait time of approximately 60 minutes.

CallPlus/Slingshot have some seriously cool products including a lot of fantastic Cisco gear for their VoIP network. Commverge currently offers NZ businesses the opportunity to move to a fully managed VoIP solution which can give you a nationwide interoffice virtual PBX that can be fully managed from a web browser. This is what Telecom are going to offer with their NGN in 18 months time but the reality is that it's here right now. They also offer iTalk which is a retail ITSP offering residential customers a replacement for their existing PSTN phone service, a physical phone number and dirt cheap call rates. The only thing that appears to be holding this back? VoIP over Telecom ADSL connections in NZ are just rubbish because Telecom are allowed to use interleaving, don't need to allow people to use "real time applications" and are not required to give any QoS or bandwidth guarantees.


And before anybody asks if she's related the answer is no. And secondly I have no interests in Slingshot/Callplus, I don't even work in the IT industry! The only thing I just don't understand is the whole bread thing.. Maybe somebody can enlighten me? Maybe the woman herself is a Geekzone member? :-)





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Comment by juha, on 6-Jun-2006 19:10

You'll note that it's men doing the slagging off, mainly. If you head over to www.kiwiblog.co.nz and check out some of the Telecom blog entries there, you'll find similar nasty comments about Theresa Gattung. "Rotorua housewife" and so forth - doesn't matter that Gattung's done extremely well as Telecom's CEO (until recently of course). So I'm guessing it's misogyny mixed with ye olde tall poppy syndrome at play here. Speaking of helldesks, if memory serves me right, Telecom/Xtra's is outsourced to a Canadian company.


Comment by jamie, on 7-Jun-2006 05:58

60 minutes wait for the PNN helpdesk?!!?! damn, how times have changed from when we were on webb street... ahhh the good old days


Comment by Jama, on 7-Jun-2006 08:09

Hate is probably to strong a word. I don't think it has anything to do with the 'Tall poppy syndrome'. Annette is just an annoying woman. She is quick to criticise and try's to make out that Slingshot are the little kiwi battler up against the giant Goliath of Telecom. Her TV ads are always about how much cheaper or faster Slingshot are than Xtra which means she needs to belittle Xtra and Telecom to give her own company any credibility. She seems to love the media and the sound of her own voice. I could not believe that she got on the news a few weeks ago by saying that she could do Theresa's job better and that she would do it for $40K a year! That is just ridiculous.


Comment by muppet, on 7-Jun-2006 15:50

I don't hate her, I think she's just boneheaded and stupid. Those stupid ads she insists on appearing in. I agree with Jama, she seems to love the cameras being on her. Why else does she have to appear in all the slingshot ads. Do the CEO's of other companies appear in their ads? No, they're not stupid.


Comment by Daniel, on 16-Jun-2006 14:26

The bread thing refers to the slang term for money, which is "bread." Therefore you are saving money by going with Slingshot. Capiche?


Comment by BFM, on 12-Jul-2006 20:45

Annette is at the top of my list in my little black book. i have never hated someone as much as i hate her. let me tell you why: this women that is commonly seen on that ridiculous B grade ad for slingshot, had an affair with my dad while still with my mum. i current found out that she was going to fiji with my dad to 'luxury' resort for 'two'. so if you still think 'hate' is too 'strong' of a word you are truely mistaken. FIVE WORDS FOR YOU ANNETTE PRESELY, I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY. (you are the worst kind of person out there) who gets off breaking up an innocent family. you must be proud.


Comment by sarahot, on 15-Jul-2006 01:42

CallPlus / Slingshot does NOT have a call centre in India. It is based in Symonds St and employs 60-odd staff, plus does some outsourcing to smaller regional NZ call centres.


Comment by sarahot, on 15-Jul-2006 01:42

CallPlus / Slingshot does NOT have a call centre in India. It is based in Symonds St and employs 60-odd staff, plus does some outsourcing to smaller regional NZ call centres.


Comment by ruben23, on 15-Jul-2006 18:31

Easy mistake to make when you're being bombarded by calls from Slingshot employees with thick Indian accents i guess. BFM - as a child from a broken home i can only send my deepest sympathy. Does anyone have a profile on Annette or something, I've got a bet running on how old she is...


Comment by baddcom, on 16-Jul-2006 18:56

BFM, the lack of responses to your post is because it was such a tough statement you made, and obviously from the heart. I read recently that her husband has left her too, for probably the same reason - maybe her children feel the same way as you do. But you're taking this 'hate site' to another level which is not healthy. Things always happen for a reason. When you cool down, talk to your dad. I bet he never thought it was going to end up like this.


Comment by baddcom, on 16-Jul-2006 18:58

BFM, the lack of responses to your post is because it was such a tough statement you made, and obviously from the heart. I read recently that her husband has left her too, for probably the same reason - maybe her children feel the same way as you do. But you're taking this 'hate site' to another level which is not healthy. Things always happen for a reason. When you cool down, talk to your dad. I bet he never thought it was going to end up like this.


Comment by sarahot, on 16-Jul-2006 19:06

They employ Indians, Chinese, Irish and many other ethnic groups. Is there a problem with this?


Comment by ruben23, on 16-Jul-2006 22:34

Well do we really need to further encourage these immigrant groups coming to NZ by readily giving them employment


Comment by ITR, on 13-Aug-2006 22:44

Ruben23 - Are you threathened in anyway? I guess you should be if you are incapable.


Comment by JForce, on 15-Sep-2006 13:07

To BFM: Yep it was all Annette's fault that your dad couldn't keep it in her pants. No doubt he'll be filing charges of rape and harassment soon, and taking out a restraining order just to keep her away. Or maybe, just maybe, your dad is the one you should be directing your vitriol at? Go to google. Get a clue.


Comment by Ankido, on 3-Oct-2006 11:29

If we took all Annette Presley merits her beauty and sexy look would be more than enough to make her a star! Go Annette Go..


Comment by Ankido, on 3-Oct-2006 11:45

If we took all Annette Presley merits her beauty and sexy look would be more than enough to make her a star! Go Annette Go..


Comment by JPK, on 4-Oct-2006 11:55

Hi Ruben23 FYI, Annette is 42 years old


Comment by TheMasamune, on 24-Dec-2006 00:48

I'd fuck her


Comment by Deviant, on 19-Feb-2007 17:46

Ankido... are you kidding? Maybe with a lot of make-up and special effects she looks good in her ads, but in real life.... ugghhh! Ever seen an ugly girl who pasted herself in make-up, chucked on a sexy dress, and had an arrogant attitude because she thought she was sexy? But looks aside, the reason a lot of people hate her is her nasty behaviour of slagging people off and manipulating the media to slag off her competitors. A full story of my opinion is on my own blog, www.partypics.co.nz . It's basically a breakdown of what I have seen and heard in the industry over the past couple of years, culminating in my thinking of her as a horrible woman who I hope never enters my life.


Comment by barbara, on 25-Aug-2007 18:33

I have the displeasure of saying I have met Annette on several occasions. I was looking forward to meeting her, I respect 'successful' women who make it in a mans world, I thought she would be somewhat charasmatic too. Disappointingly I found Annette to be an egocentric, dysfunctional woman - dysfunctional to the point of biopolar or too much diazepan perhaps. Not to mention rude too!!! Annette should benchmark herself against the many women that have children and can hold it together and the professional women with careers that made it far further up the rich list than she ever did and still maintain humility and empathy. Very tragic indeed!


Comment by Lola, on 24-Sep-2007 10:42

I am curious about Annette's consistant bad behaviour, because it really isnt cool. How cool is it that everything you hear and see and deal with this woman is bad? Is success having a webpage about why people hate you? I dont think so.... 1) She is not Naomi Campbell, or Madonna for that matter. 2) Yes she is a lot weathier than most of us in the North Island of New Zealand, but her net worth transposed to $US, pound sterling or euro doesnt really cut the mustard. 3) I am missing what is inspiring about her. She isnt a style icon for a start, and she doesnt help with charities. What is it that makes her successful? The only thing I can think of that is inspiring about her is to really avoid being anything like her.


Comment by tracy, on 25-Jun-2008 09:00

i worked for annette is the mid 80's. she is nakedly ambitious... and frequently naked! she uses and abuses people. i, at times, felt a degree of sympathy towards her as i felt that she was just a bit lost. however, when she decided (without consultation) to stop paying me a regular salary and put me on "commission only" because i would earn alot. And told me to get into debt because that way I would be more driven... I realised I'd made a very grave error of judgement. I really hope she learns to stop trying to posess people and be their friends.


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Steve Biddle
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I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.


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