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Smorgasbord of political pranks

ELTON SMALLMAN
Last updated 05:00 26/06/2014
Prankster Frank Collingwood registered the unused domain name on Sue Moroney’s billboard
POLITICAL JAPES: Prankster Frank Collingwood registered the unused domain name on Sue Moroney’s billboard and redirected viewers to several different sites.

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From John Key's Facebook page to the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and a video of a laser-chasing kitty cat - the man behind Sue Moroney's billboard prank is offering a moving feast of political larrikinism.

Last week, Moroney erected an election sign in the Hamilton West electorate with an expired domain name obscured under masking tape.

The masking tape was removed, revealing an obsolete campaign web address from 2008. Someone notified West Auckland IT guy Frank Collingwood, who registered it and began his shenanigans.

"It's their own fault for putting up a billboard with an expired domain name, which can be registered by anyone," Collingwood said in an email.

Collingwood was last in Hamilton more than a decade ago and was not affiliated with any political party in New Zealand, but said the claim the prime minister was behind it was "quite frankly, ridiculous".

He said the link to Key's Facebook page was "one in a long list of possible redirections" which had gone from the moggy videos to McGillicuddy Serious Party archives posted on Youtube.

The Monster Raving Loony Party was established in England in 1983 by musician David Sutch, better known as Screaming Lord Sutch, who Collingwood said was an "absolute legend" and "superb role model" for politicians.

"I really don't even want any publicity, just seemed a good prank at a time when pollies across the spectrum are taking themselves far too seriously," he said.

"It'll probably be redirected to a blank page in the very near future as it's really too much trouble to continue updating the redirections continuously."

elton.smallman@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

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