New Zealand universities have been enjoying Orientation, or O-week, as some of them like to call it.
A procession of politicians has attended the main parties’ youth branches, to lend their support.
Here are some pictorial highlights, along with a selection of other uplifting examples of leading MPs tucking under the feathery embrace of their youth wings.
Steven Joyce tweeted a picture with the Young Nats at Victoria University of Wellington:
And here he is in Auckland – where he joined the Meat Club:
David Shearer bares his claws with Young Labour, just like a normal guy:
Here’s the video from 3 News’s Scoop Gower:
And that hauntingly memorable Victoria University Labour Christmas Party:
The top dude! Here’s John Key at Canterbury University’s O-Week:
Wigram MP Megan Woods at VUW posing with some frankly foul literature:
From Crusher to crush: the Auckland Young Nats cosy up to Judith Collins:
Auckland Central’s Nikki Kaye on campus (“Feeling a wee bit less youngish. Sean Topham has raised the controversial topic of putting an age limit on the young nats. I have expressed my concern on behalf of David Farrar and other people like me, there could be protests.)
Mark Mitchell has only one thumb up, why not two? And Katrina Shanks, shamefully, has no thumbs up at all.
Louise Upston visited the cheerful Young Nats at Victoria, too. What, you’re thinking, aren’t you, happened to the smiley blonde woman’s Key person T-shirt?
Strength in numbers. Here come MPs Melissa Lee, Simon O’Connor and Jami-Lee Ross for a huddle with the Auckland Young Nats.
A late addition: here’s Holly Walker at Canterbury. Her office sent it in. Really.
Update, March 13: Thanks to Nick Brunsdon for alerting me, via Twitter, to an essential couple of additions to this collection. From the Facebook page of the Canterbury based nonpartisan UC POLS group, here are Megan Woods and Holly Walker. Wearing Richard Nixon masks. (Note the fetching blonde sideburns afforded Nixon by Walker.)
And, just quickly, who could forget John Key at the Young Nats’ Ball:
All images drawn from social media accounts for MPs or the campus groups. Apart from the TV3 one. Let me know if there are any I’ve missed.