These Wellys Are Going To Walk All Over You

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Adding more to the Wellington Vs Auckland debate, everyone’s favourite Irish hellcat gave her two bits to the discussion recently.

I don’t know about her statement that ” … Wellingtonians can at times display a preoccupation with Auckland that borders on the pathological.” To be honest I think it’s the other way around, perhaps the most desperate example of that was the previous mayor of Aucks, ole Dick Hubbard opening the Auckland festival last year and almost whimpering when he asked the rhetorical question: “Who says Auckland can’t be as vibrant as Wellington?”

I’ve just received a text from the inferiority complex fairy.

Discuss.

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16 Responses

  1. Hmm, I think that as a firm and proud Wellingtonian, the fact that I started up the Aucklandista might disqualify me from addressing this issue properly. But I want to extend my empire from one end of the country to the other! And the Wellingtonista’s so awesome that it’s only right that we share the love around…

  2. Well wassissface, who used to be in the Muttonbirds, did say at a recent public concert that he preferred Wellington’s devotion to the arts.

    And that’s my two cents.

  3. i think that ms macarthy might actually be referring to “anyone south of the bombays” in their preoccupation with auckland.

    limiting it to wellington is kind not really true.

  4. Well, she limited it to Wellington because that’s what the article was about and seeing as she just spent a month or so in our capital city it obvious that’s where she’s coming from.

    I’ve never heard anyone in Wellington get sniffy about Auckland. But people do get sniffy in Auckland about Wellington. Exhibit A: an editorial in The Fix (RIP) which displayed a worryingly high level of dismissive indignancy towards Fly My Pretties. The tone of the piece was pretty much: “Fuck Barnaby Wier for being cool, and fuck Wellington too.” Granted, it could have been tounge in cheek but I don’t think so.

    I’m not dissing Noelle’s opinion, by the way, I’m just confused that it’s so different to what I’ve experienced.

    You’re all obviously such mature, level headed people.

  5. Oh, it’s not just Aucklanders who dislike Fly My Pretties. I will happily raise my hand to hate on them too.

  6. The tone of the piece was pretty much: “Fuck Barnaby Wier for being cool, and fuck Wellington too.”

    If the word on the street is anything to go by, Barnaby Weir isn’t the one getting fucked.

    But with regards to 04/09 inferiority complexes, I think Auckland is well aware that Wellington is, at least, kicking its arse on the vibrant, arty city stakes. But Auckland kind of pretends it’s more concerned with how it stacks up again Melbourne or Sydney (“world-class” cities!)

  7. Well, she limited it to Wellington because that’s what the article was about and seeing as she just spent a month or so in our capital city it obvious that’s where she’s coming from.

    i’m loving the way that the auckland media is frequently sending “expeditions” to find out what wellington is up to, then being dismissive about what they find…

  8. Dude, don’t be dissing on Noelle, she is awesome, and was most warmly embraced to the Wellingtonista bossom. Remember the nice things she said about us?

  9. I’m not at all sure Noelle could be described as being dismissive about Wellington. After all her column’s titled: Welly showing Auckland a thing or two

  10. hmmm… i probably should have read further than…

    Has there ever been a city as obsessed with its own image as our nation’s Capital? “Do you like it?” “It’s different here isn’t it?” “Not at all like Auckland, don’t you think?”

    then.

  11. ps… i think i know who the “preponderance of bloggers and gossips are…”

    hee hee.

  12. In my experience it’s people outside of the main centres who dislike/are preoccupied with Auckland the most.

  13. I have to agree with Jessica. The relationship between Auckland and the rest of the country is a little like the relationship between the US and Canada – a mix of surprise and amusement at its mention. “Hmm? Oh! Yes… Yeah, there’s more to the landmass than just us, I suppose. That’s where our dairy and hydro power comes from. God bless the colonies.”

    You’ll note that only non-Aucklanders have found it necessary to come up with an acronym for Aucklanders, and not the other way around. There is no Just Another Rural from the Rest of New Zealand (or “JARRNZ”). Because Aucklanders generally could not give one solitary shit.

    Which only angers the rest of the country more.

  14. (I’m JoHubris, not Heather) It has been my experience that the only people who refer to Jafas at all ever is Aucklanders saying “oh they think we’re just another JAFA”. That is all.

  15. That certainly is the kind of redundancy for which Aucklanders are famous – AUT University, ASB Bank, just another JAFA. But Aucklanders sure didn’t invent the term. The whole thing’s pretty silly. Aucklanders unaware of the rest of the country are missing out. I still meet Aucklanders who have never been to the South Island, which is insane of them. And the short-man syndrome the rest of the country has is just a waste of time.

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