House was finally this week after a recess period so Twitter was slightly more active and of course there were some interesting news such as that infamous Cunliffe letter and John Key's trip to the United States.
Before we get started, my weekend TL completely overtaken by the Fairfax photo of Colin Craig which spurred Twitter user @nintendoug to do a whole bunch of Mills and Boon-esque book covers. You should check out his work on Twitter which has now expanded. I couldn't pick the best one. All of them are great.
This is a good form of citizen engagement. I remember when the GCSB bills were going through, I think it was David Cunliffe who said we should CC John Key into all our emails because he is so hell-bent on invading our privacy. I liked that idea.
— Leena (@IshtarsHS) June 14, 2014
Ha ha ha. I think this is a good way to use social media. They know their audience and they are up with what the audience is up with.
Are you looking for a new job? (no, not you David) We have an opening for a communications adviser http://t.co/alLm8NkWtV
— NZ Drug Foundation (@nzdrug) June 18, 2014
It's guaranteed that Winston Peters has never written a letter endorsing an Asian.
— Sanjay Patel (@spat106) June 18, 2014
"Look, I've heard it from reliable sources that Labour has received $24 trillions in donations from Donghua Liu."Yes I want to see that too!
— Tamara (@hcirePT) June 18, 2014
What would make an interesting chart: Things John Key has "known about for a long time." Things John Key "cannot recollect."
— David Slack (@DavidSlack) June 18, 2014
I can't decide if this makes her totally badass or crazy!
Asenati Lole Taylor has a bio on Parliament's site. Her "leisure activities" include "research into criminogenic rehabilitative initiatives"
— Jehan Casinader (@jehancasinader) June 19, 2014
Lots of Twitter commentary on the near extinction of Maui's dolphins. Pretty sad...
Greenpeace has 23,000 signatures from people who want the Energy Minister sacked for allowing oil exploration in a marine mammal sanctuary
— RadioLIVE Newsroom (@LIVENewsDesk) June 19, 2014
if @johnkeypm can't save 55 Maui's dolphins, what hope has he got of saving anything on the UN Security Council. #Badcareermove #NZpol #NZqt
— Reuben Hunt (@NZReuben) June 19, 2014
As a millennial, who feels incredibly old, I feel like I am forever waiting for my chance to bring about positive change. I do feel often that young people like myself (if you can call me that) are waiting and then we get frustrated so we give up.
@LI_politico a lot of changes that need to happen in NZ are often obstructed by the huge influence of the baby boomer voting bloc
— e.du.f.k (@edufk) June 19, 2014
Young voters aren't apathetic, they're angry at a system has nothing to say to them or for them. #nzpol @TheWirelessNZ
— Canny Belter (@IrnBruja) June 18, 2014
10 Rules of Top 10
1. Tweets must be funny or thoughtful or informative or display critical analysis
2. What is funny or thoughtful or informative or display critical analysis is subjective and determined by me.
3. I may provide commentary on the tweet if it particularly strikes my fancy
4. They are not ranked from 1-10
5. Disclosure: I *am* particularly looking to highlight gender and racial minority voices
6. If you want to point me to the direction of a good tweet, please do it!
7. Using the #nzpol/#nzqt/#nzvotes is helpful but not required
8. I hope to get better about this as the weeks progress
9. I am a big fan of correct spelling and grammar (but I know mistakes happen too!)
10. Let's try to use social media for good and raise the level of debate!