Rino Tirikatene on Twitter

A number of MPs have got into trouble with Twitter. Last term NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor earned a reputation for tweeting gaffe after gaffe. She was dumped down the list by her party.

Yesterday someone suggested that Labour MP for Te Tai Tonga, Rino Tirikatene, may be headed for similar infamy.

He had this exchange with a journalist:

Well, stage a walkout then.
And miss all the fun? Not likely.Best I stay here and observe the shenanigans.
You are not paid to “have fun”. You are paid to hold the govt to account.

As if I needed reminding. Don’t worry, I’m only having fun at Nationals expense in my own snarky way. Much like yourself.

Yes.I particularly like spending your miniscule portion of tax while I’m here. It won’t make you happy but,hei aha

Gee there are some humourless people. Why do National’s trolls even bother.

Caffeine Addict is nowhere near being a National supporter or troll. His Twitter description: “NZ Journo/comms, and social media”.

Also:

Who’s ‘s press secretary. Who checks the checkers. Watch out for the bus cause the Nats. like rolling people in front.

Perhaps a press secretary/media person from Labour could have a quiet word with Rino.

Possibly the worst action of the day was this re-tweet:

RinoTirikateneRetweet

It doesn’t look good for an MP to associate with and distribute comments like that.

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19 Comments

  1. Brown

     /  9th June 2016

    ”Yes.I particularly like spending your miniscule portion of tax while I’m here.”

    In my world that comment would be grounds for instant and permanent dismissal from the public service in any form.

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  2. Pete Kane

     /  9th June 2016

    Good morning Brown. A little extract from Rino’s Labour Party bio, just to cheer you up and bring you comfort.
    “He has an understanding of legal and commercial issues as a result of his early career as a commercial lawyer.”
    http://www.labour.org.nz/rinotirikatene
    With an electorate that size when does he find the time b…………….. for Twitter.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  9th June 2016

      If sitting in Parliament didn’t drive you to Twitter what would?

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      • Pete Kane

         /  9th June 2016

        HE will be up in your neck of the woods for the next few days I’m guessing. Stay off the roads Alan.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  9th June 2016

          A wild and windy day here. I’m trying to get a major software update through before our power goes off at 12:30 for a couple of hours to fix a fault up the road. Hopefully the bad weather will clear soon – looks like it on the windmap.

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          • Pete Kane

             /  9th June 2016

            Good luck. I’m predicting a very large gathering up there.

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            • Gezza

               /  9th June 2016

              We hardly get any wind in Wellington.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  9th June 2016

              I know the gentle zephyrs you get, Gezza. I spent 5 Xmases in Wgtn when my son lived there and it blew a howling gale the whole time every time. Go to the beach if you want to be sandblasted.

            • Pete Kane

               /  9th June 2016

              Libellous – which Xmasas?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  9th June 2016

              He moved to Chch in time for the earthquakes so before then.

            • Gezza

               /  9th June 2016

              It’s impossible ! We’ve got two weird &$%#! buildings utterly full of them !

            • Gezza

               /  9th June 2016

              Bugger! Wrong place >:D

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  9th June 2016

              Yes, I guessed that.

            • Gezza

               /  9th June 2016

              My mum-in-law got her oscillating tower fan heater, Al. She rang me up at 5.00 that night to tell me it had suddenly stopped working! I told her to leave it till the morning & we could take it back. She rang me at 5.30 to tell me it had suddenly started working again.

              I told her about thermostats.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  9th June 2016

              Yes, not many people know about thermostats, Gezza. Most think if you turn the temperature way up it will get hot faster.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  9th June 2016

            Looks like it will swing around to the south soon. At least it’s been warm. 17 deg this morning: https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-183.34,-31.30,1569/loc=-164.708,-56.130

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            • Pete Kane

               /  9th June 2016

              We’ll be sending Celia Wade Brown ‘up North’ to sort you – she’ll have plenty of time soon, thank God.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  9th June 2016

              Say no to Wgtn windbags!

  3. duperez

     /  9th June 2016

    I know virtually nothing about Rino Tirikatene or Asenati Lole-Taylor .

    What I reckon I know though is that Key’s answers constantly end in personal attacks. He gets enough muck in before The Speaker can shut him down.

    What I’d like to know is if things have come to such a pretty pass that a politician being truthful is a cause for punishment. Which of course might encourage some cynic to suggest that Mr Key is home free with no worries of punitive action against him.

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