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https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/sht-towns-creator-receives-death-threats-cromwell

"The creator of the satirical 'Sh*t Towns of New Zealand' Facebook page has gone into hiding after receiving almost 20 death threats - several from Cromwell - in the past two months.

The man, who asked to remain anonymous, says he's been forced to hide his identity and where he lives because of concerns for his safety.

'There have been some people who haven't taken the joke the way we wanted it was intended,' says one of the page's creators.

The page was set up two years ago promising to keep viewers abreast of 'everywhere sh*t in Aotearoa' from the 'sh*tropolis of Auckland to the bubbling sh*t pit of Rotorua'.

Until two months ago the page had only attracted 10,000 Facebook 'likes' - but that shot up to 25,000 'likes' after the Cromwell entry.

'We've received quite a few death threats - particularly from Cromwell, weirdly enough.

'People have threatened to stab our eyes, throw us off a bridge that sort of thing.

'It seems that people in the 'Mistake by the Lake' seem to have very thin skin."

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  Reply # 1887223 21-Oct-2017 08:40
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Yup free speech in all its splendor.

 

From both sides.

 

Love proponents of free speech, keep the friendly banter going.


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  Reply # 1887230 21-Oct-2017 09:14
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As someone who went to High School in Putaruru, I can assure you he is entirely right in his assertions as it relates to that location. Tirau just a few KM away is an awesome place, but Tokoroa the other side, is awful.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1887233 21-Oct-2017 09:21
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Has this movie any value? Does it outline any real problems of cities and towns in NZ and ways to solve them, or just ranting about "bubbles and smell in Rotorua" and "size of Auckland"?


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  Reply # 1887235 21-Oct-2017 09:22
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solival:

 

Has this movie any value? Does it outline any real problems of cities and towns in NZ and ways to solve them, or just ranting about "bubbles and smell in Rotorua" and "size of Auckland"?

 

 

Watch it and report back?




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  Reply # 1887237 21-Oct-2017 09:24
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The movie's unrelated.

But the Facebook page is real.

I just thought it was funny.

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  Reply # 1887346 21-Oct-2017 14:04
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Small town/ region bashing seems to be the sport at the moment. Probably a symptom of the population concentration and power of Auckland and the bigger cities. The same thing goes with bashing farmers.

It's easy game and happens all around the world e.g London bashing of North England.

On one side it's just humour (the website just seems to be an immature guy seeking attention) but it's also about power and control.

TV3 7 Days loves the small town bashing, it's easy humour. One episode there was a English comedian who made a joke about Auckland. There was a deadly silence.






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  Reply # 1887384 21-Oct-2017 14:37
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Lastman: One episode there was a English comedian who made a joke about Auckland. There was a deadly silence.

 

This time next week I'll be staying in a place described by Spike Milligan as "the world's only above-ground cemetery".

 

I understand the locals have several memorials in his honour.

 

From John Cleese: "If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to <certain NZ city> will do the trick".

 

How could locals not see the funny side of that?




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  Reply # 1887401 21-Oct-2017 15:05
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I'd love a job in small town.

When you're young, the excitement of the big city is appealing.

But after for many, that excitement is tempered with big city's daily grind.

I've been looking for a job in Whangarei. Realistically there's always going to be less highly skilled jobs, in Whangarei than bigger cities, and those that do exists usually pay much less.

But let's say I spot a job ad in the small fictitious town "Kainga."

Of course I Googled "Kainga." so I could get people's honest opinions. If someone comments "Kainga sucks. It's so boring," I'd think it's probably some bored teenager.

If someone comments "Kainga crime has a real problem with the meth trade," I'd wouldn't apply for the job.

If I lived in Kainga, and someone posted a Facebook page saying it was sh*t, I'd wouldn't seek revenge. After all living well is the best revenge.

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  Reply # 1887488 21-Oct-2017 17:35
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The facebook page owner was a guest (with paper bag on his head, which, when taken off, revealed a balaclava) on 7 Days... In fact, he was brought on as a surprise guest after the Mayor of Cromwell!

The facebook page owner was not very articulate and there was little dialogue of any great interest.

I thought the Mayor handled himself well given he genuinely appeared to have no previous knowledge he was about to meet the guy!

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  Reply # 1887494 21-Oct-2017 18:04
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kingdragonfly: 
But let's say I spot a job ad in the small fictitious town "Kainga."

 

Totally off topic, but Kainga is a real place, just north of Christchurch over the river from Kaiapoi.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1887606 21-Oct-2017 21:27
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kingdragonfly: I'd love a job in small town.

When you're young, the excitement of the big city is appealing.

But after for many, that excitement is tempered with big city's daily grind.

I've been looking for a job in Whangarei. Realistically there's always going to be less highly skilled jobs, in Whangarei than bigger cities, and those that do exists usually pay much less.

But let's say I spot a job ad in the small fictitious town "Kainga."

Of course I Googled "Kainga." so I could get people's honest opinions. If someone comments "Kainga sucks. It's so boring," I'd think it's probably some bored teenager.

If someone comments "Kainga crime has a real problem with the meth trade," I'd wouldn't apply for the job.

If I lived in Kainga, and someone posted a Facebook page saying it was sh*t, I'd wouldn't seek revenge. After all living well is the best revenge.


I wouldn't. The pay is usually rubbish. My wife got shortlisted for a couple of positions and, when asked what her hourly rate was, got the response 'oh we don't pay Wellington rates over here's to which she responded 'you do if you want my skillset'.





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  Reply # 1887611 21-Oct-2017 22:29
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Fred99:

 

 

 

From John Cleese: "If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to <certain NZ city> will do the trick".

 

How could locals not see the funny side of that?

 

 

Good lord.  I post that, now I'm getting this ad served to me on GZ:

 


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  Reply # 1887624 22-Oct-2017 00:03
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Fred, don't do it. Just don't

 

 

 

Take a trip to that town, I mean.


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  Reply # 1887825 22-Oct-2017 18:31
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It was certainly a great advertising stunt and nothing else..

 

 


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  Reply # 1887830 22-Oct-2017 18:37
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Anyone been to Murapara?


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