Wainuiomata residents banned from Hotel, Trevor Mallard show’s what a dick he is.
Some motelier in Palmerston North (Excitement Capital of the North Island, no, really!) has had a guts full of annoying visitors from Wainuiomata. I had to check Google Maps to find out where Wainuiomata is, best described as being down a culdesac from Lower Hutt.
Anyway, this trivia caught my eye because clearly this is a high risk business promotional technique, not for the faint hearted, it can, and does go badly wrong.
It looks like Mr Steve Donnelly (the owner) has hit pay dirt this time though. The press worked out he was Australian, so that’s always good for a bit of bigoted generalisation.
The good folk of Wainuiomata, rather than expressing disappointment at their students poor behaviour and leaving it at that, have come out swinging and the media has dragged “prominent” resident’s into the fray. Well, given there’s only about 17,000 residents, they ended up getting the local MP, Labour do gooder Trevor Mallard.
I’m now wondering if Steve actually paid Trev to say this, because it is priceless…
Labour MP Trevor Mallard, born and bred in Wainuiomata, said the move was absolutely outrageous.
“It’s stupid and very, very unfair. It shows the sort of blind prejudice I thought we didn’t have in New Zealand anymore. I’m not surprised the [owner’s] Australian.”
uh, right, good one Trev.
So next time your’e passing through Palmerston North and you want somewhere quiet to stay, clearly this is the place http://www.supremeaccom.co.nz/
Update: Oh dear, I see everyone else is blogging about this, I swear I saw it in the paper not on another blog.
Further Update: It’s get’s better, clearly trying to ride the publicity for all it’s worth Steve says today ” “is not a marae or a Housing New Zealand home”. Might be stating the obvious there, I thought he was running a Motel!