ACT candidate's awkward video mocked
Grab the popcorn, voters.
With the election four months away, the campaign has already produced its first "viral" video.
ACT's Epsom candidate David Seymour has been lampooned since posting a "meet the candidate" video on YouTube this week.
He begins the video, which is shot in various locations across the Epsom electorate, repeating "hi, hi, hi, hi, hi, hi".
Oddly, for an aspiring MP, he tells the camera: "I don't care much for politicians and their grand government schemes."
He talks about getting sunburned while doorstepping and mispronounces Remuera as "RemWera".
And, when considering the possibility of a Labour-Greens government, he muses: "I almost wish we could get [Helen Clark] back."
Twitter users have been sharing the video, ridiculing Seymour's gawky performance and questioning if it is a parody.
One said he should make an appearance at a comedy festival.
Another wrote: "I have never seen someone stand so still."
"Pretty sure ACT candidate David Seymour is seriously pretending to be human in this great student film/campaign ad," Daniel Rutledge remarked.
But the former policy wonk has taken the criticism on the chin, gleefully tweeting that his video has received more than 2000 views in two days.
"The thing about making a viral video is you never quite realise when you're doing it," he said.
Viral videos were a huge feature of the 2008 and 2012 US presidential elections.
Earlier this year, a Between Two Ferns clip, made by Barack Obama and comic Zack Galifianakis to promote the Obamacare heath policy, racked up 1 million views in three days.
With politicians keen to bypass the mainstream media and target their message directly at voters, expect more cringe-worthy performances in the coming months.