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    Gayford's media career seemed to take a sharp upward turn after 2017. He's all over the TV screen these days. Gayford is the partner of the Leader and important to the party. His correct thinking and virtue is known. Of course his media career would take off under the circumstances.

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    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/pol...-antigen-tests

    PM tight-lipped on Clarke Gayford's apology over rapid antigen tests
    12:58, Jan 13 2022

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is refusing to comment on claims her fiancé tried to get rapid antigen tests (RATs) for his musician friends despite them not being eligible.

    Clarke Gayford has since apologised for "any issues or confusion" caused by the incident.

    In a post on a private Facebook group, Tauranga pharmacist Michael Taylor said a group of vaccinated musicians had come into the store and requested RATs after having been potentially exposed to Covid-19.

    Taylor said he explained the Ministry of Health rules required them to instead get a laboratory-based PCR test.

    "As they didn't like this they got Clarke Gayford on the phone who proceeded to tell me that there had been a change in guidance and these people should be given RAT tests," the post said.

    "When I explained that we had not received any direction from the MoH he was very unimpressed."

    Gayford did not respond to RNZ's interview requests, but his manager issued a brief statement: "Mr Gayford was rung by a friend about rapid antigen testing and was put on speakerphone while the person was in a pharmacy.

    "He apologises for any issues or confusion this may have caused the pharmacy staff."

    A spokesperson for the prime minister declined to comment, instead referring RNZ to the statement issued on behalf of Gayford.

    National Party Covid-19 spokesman Chris Bishop described the incident as "deeply inappropriate".

    ACT leader David Seymour also published a tongue-in-cheek statement, commending Gayford for "advocating for rapid antigen tests".

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    It’s not even an apology - Gayford thinks he created confusion or other issues for the pharmacy staff when he was the one who was either confused, misinformed or was trying to use his position as the PM’s partner to get his mates the rats.

    He should be apologising for either any of the above - which he of course does not want to as he will come across as an entitled idiot.

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    Why would you need someone called 'Clark Gayford' to intercede on your behalf....unless the mates and Gayford saw this as a "do you know why I am?" moment whereby the Pharmacist was supposed to bow down to the mighty one.

    "When I explained that we had not received any direction from the MoH he was very unimpressed."

    So does 'very unimpressed' mean that he got angry with the Pharmacist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Logen Ninefingers View Post
    Why would you need someone called 'Clark Gayford' to intercede on your behalf....unless the mates and Gayford saw this as a "do you know why I am?" moment whereby the Pharmacist was supposed to bow down to the mighty one.

    "When I explained that we had not received any direction from the MoH he was very unimpressed."

    So does 'very unimpressed' mean that he got angry with the Pharmacist?
    Means he thinks he knows better, being the PM’s partner.

    Entitled prick just like DJ Dimension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balance View Post
    Means he thinks he knows better, being the PM’s partner.

    Entitled prick just like DJ Dimension.
    These summer festivals were touted by the PM as essential for well being of NZers
    . To say extreme valuations are “justified” is also to say that long-term market losses are “justified.” .

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    Quote Originally Posted by winner69 View Post
    These summer festivals were touted by the PM as essential for well being of NZers
    Just as she thought the elimination strategy as essential for the well-being of NZers? Which was why NZ went slow on the vaccination rollout, necessitating the long lockdown in Auckland when delta hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winner69 View Post
    These summer festivals were touted by the PM as essential for well being of NZers
    Yep many thousands of disappointed fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winner69 View Post
    These summer festivals were touted by the PM as essential for well being of NZers
    LOL. Interesting priorities from this government. A pretty set of peripheral policies belying neglect of the underlying substance of the country.

    The public hospitals and health service are essential. Yet staff leave for Australia for better pay and affordable accommodation. Public health is severely under resourced, waiting lists have ballooned despite massaging by people having been moved off waiting lists.

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    The stench of hypocrisy ….

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/pol...-sarwar-danish

    Stuff has previously asked Twyford whether it was reasonable that Danish, who was already in a safe country, was granted residence when former soldiers who fought with the NZDF had not been offered resettlement; however, he did not answer the question.

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