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March 16, 2009 | by  | in News | [ssba]


Leader of the Opposition, Phil Goff, visited the Salient office last Thursday afternoon.

Goff was accompanied by Wellington Central MP Grant Roberston, Labour list MP Moana Mackey, and Victoria University’s Vice-Chancellor, Pat Walsh.

Goff’s whistle-stop tour of the Salient office was part of a day of meet-and-greets in the Wellington region. Goff and friends also visited the Newtown Union Health Centre and had lunch with the RSA.

Salient Editor Jackson James Wood was stoked by the visit. “It is always good when anyone pays attention to student media, let alone the President of the free world… wait… what? He’s… oh… the Leader of the Opposition, drops into your friendly neighborhood student magazine.”

“We talked about politics and the Salient garden. Oh, the lols we had!” Wood explained.

Goff was treated to afternoon tea. Salient Feature Writer Sarah Robson had made banana cake and peanut brownies in preparation for the visit earlier that morning.

“Phil Goff really liked my cake! My mum would be so proud!” Robson was heard to excitedly exclaim to everyone who visited the office for the rest of the day.

News Editor Michael Oliver sadly missed the spectacle. “[The] office is dead to me. I don’t get cake, or pizza, or a kia ora from Philly [sic] Goff,” he complained.

“This is the worst day of my life, bar none. I’m gonna stalk him now. I’ll get my kia ora, by God, I will get my kia ora,” Oliver added.

Designer Rory Harnden was coerced into posting the photos on Facebook immediately after Goff left. Wood proceeded to ROFL.

Harnden was annoyed that the visit disrupted his work. He later confessed he perceived the visit as an “unnecessary nuisance”


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  1. Kerry says:

    Goff has been roundly criticised as an unnecessary nuisance for years by members of peace groups in NZ.
    Rory, you’re in good company (and numerous!)

    Anybody followed his track record for lying about what, when and where our troops are up to? Didn’t think so!
    He’s a slippery fish, and Clarkie has done well to shelve herself, and let him take what flak will come for the consequences of Labour’s centrification of policy over the 3 terms of her leadership. Left? You’ve got to be kidding me!

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