Top 10 worst NZ city slogans

Last updated 13:17 12/10/2012
Hutt Valley sticker
This old Hutt Valley slogan was introduced in October 1995.

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During the 1990s, city slogans became all the rage as chambers of commerce, tourism boards and city councils tried to forge indentities for their regions.

This week in 1995, the Hutt Valley unveiled its new slogan for promoting its cities: "Right up my Hutt Valley".

The Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce produced 2000 promotional stickers carrying the slogan, which was thought up by chamber executive Michael Romanos.

Mr Romanos said they had been searching for a fun slogan that would help draw Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt closer together and promote joint marketing, commercial and visitor interests.

Needless to say, the slogan did not go down well with everyone.

Paul Swain - then Eastern Hutt 's member of parliament - called the slogan embarrassing and said he would never use it to promote the Hutt.

 "I don't want the Hutt Valley to be ridiculed," he said.

The slogan eventually faded into oblivion and "We've Got the Lot" became Lower Hutt's tagline, until it was ditched in 1999.

Earlier this year, Hutt City Council circulated "I heart the Hutt" badges and ran a competition asking residents to complete the sentence: "I love the Hutt because ..."

Meanwhile, Upper Hutt has become "A great place to live".

To celebrate the week that saw "Right up my Hutt Valley" born, we've put together a list of ten city slogans we'd rather forget. Do you have any to add? Leave a comment to tell us about it.

1. "Auckland A" was developed by the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency to rival "Absolutely Positively Wellington."  It was dumped in 2008 in favour of "Big Little City".

2. "Of course you Canterbury".  The 90s slogan was ditched long ago but it made a comeback recently as the catchcry for the earthquake-devastated city.

 3. "Dunedin, it's all right here".  Letter writers said this gave the impression "It's OK here, I guess." The city re-branded as "I am Dunedin", but many called the slogan stupid and, in 2010, it was also dumped.

4. Hamilton had several goes at it. There was "Hamilton, where it's happening", "Hamilton, more than you expect', and "Hamilton, City of the Future".

5. "Foxton the Fox Town". Eventually the town stopped seeing the the funny side of its foxy moniker and in 2005 took down the welcome sign bearing the slogan.

6. Wairoa: "New Zealand the way it used to be". Seriously, everything closes at 4pm in Wairoa.

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7 Dannevirke: "Take a liking to a Viking". The slogan was criticised by some of the town's councillors as too being raunchy.

8. Ashburton: "Whatever it Takes" ... to do what, you might ask?

9. Porirua: "P-town". Porirua unveiled an image makeover earlier this year, with mayor Nick Leggett saying 'Lets call us 'P-Town'.  Let's just say, not Porirua's proudest moment.

10. "Right Up My Hutt Valley". Need we say more?

- Fairfax Media


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