Through the stand-up, Collins described her marketing campaign as “relentlessly constructive” earlier than referencing the Australian state.
“It has been relentless – relentlessly constructive. That is what we have been doing. Each day has been one other day to exit and share a imaginative and prescient for New Zealand that isn’t one other Tasmanian one, however is definitely about us being a splendidly thrilling place to be,” she informed reporters.
“We do not need to be the poor cousin of the remainder of Australia as such, as poor Tasmania is.”
Collins later clarified she thought Tasmania was a “pretty a part of the world”, saying it was paying homage to the Waikato previous to the continued development of the area’s expressway.
“I assumed it was pretty – it jogged my memory of the Waikato earlier than we had great issues like the wonderful highway of nationwide significance, the expressway,” she mentioned.
“I feel it is a pretty a part of the world however do you essentially need to go there along with your high-tech enterprise? Presumably not.
“I would like New Zealand to be a high-tech trade, I would like us to be the tech-centre of the Pacific and I would like individuals to say, ‘hey, it is not solely essentially the most lovely place on this planet, however guess what – you will get nice jobs there and you will get twice what everybody else will get paid’.”
In a second tweet on Thursday afternoon, McKay shared the story – revealed by 7 Information – saying the “full quotes are fairly one thing”.