Twenty Eleven was a big year in Kiwiland: A year of huge highs, and gut-twisting lows. This was a year of elections, world cups, earthquakes, tornadoes, and even a Twitter baby.
Calling these few the “best” tweets isn’t right; throughout the process of looking at the tweets of 2011 there were so many that made me laugh, think, and cry. There are some amazing ones which have not made the cut: There are simply too many to list here. But thank you – each and every one of you – for sharing a part of yourself with the rest of us.
May we never lose sight of the fact that we’re all just human beings, being human.
There was an earthquake that broke our hearts – but not our spirits
— NZ Earthquake Bot (@nz_quake) February 22, 2011
We shared the dark times
massive earthquake! Faaa rrr kk
— Hayden Godfrey (@haydengodfrey) February 21, 2011
Mr4 “Aunty Kim, my Mum said a word I can’t say, she said ‘shit’ because so many people did died, but she’s not naughty. This is humongous.”
— Kim M Millwood (@kimmmillwood) February 23, 2011
I’m still … speechless. I spent a restless night full of dreams of cries for help, rubble, & darkness. Yesterday feels like a dream.
— Sarah-Rose (@ohsarahrose) February 22, 2011
Absolutely heartbroken walking through chch CBD today. It’s a shame to fall out of love with a place like this.
— James(@kiwiscotsman) November 18, 2011
We shared messages of hope
Dear Christchurch, and all who love that city, what can any of us say, except we’re carrying you in our hearts.
— John Campbell (@JohnJCampbell) February 25, 2011
We are all family, no matter where we come from and our backgrounds. WE WILL get through this. WE WILL stand as a nation again! #eqnz
— Melita (@LitaNZ) February 24, 2011
Just heard – from total stranger on Twitter – that my daughter and family are ok. He went round to her house for me . Kindness in bad times.
— Brian Edwards Media (@brianedwardsmed) February 22, 2011
…and didn’t lose our senses of humour
The dogs assembled around me and the bush toilet at dawn, as if to say, we knew you’d join us out here one day.
— Megan Clayton (@harvestbird) February 23, 2011
I’d like to personally thank the U.S for sending 960 Portaloos to Christchurch. When things turn to shit, we know we can count on you. #EQNZ
— Nassah Te Kani-Green (@nasstkVEVO) February 28, 2011
“Ken Ring predicts the BlackCaps will “under-perform, if not lose” against “a cricket team” at “some stage” in the “very near future”.
— Naly_D (@Naly_D) February 28, 2011
That awesome tweet where Paula Penfold stood up against a tabloid writer
So Rachel Glucina says I don’t have enough fun. Well, go f*#k yourself Rachel. Funny enough?
— Paula Penfold (@paulapenfold) April 23, 2011
Remember that time we nearly got raptured?
Hm. So boyfriend has been invited to The Rapture via Facebook but I have not. #awkwardturtle
— Moata Tamaira (@MoataTamaira) May 11, 2011
2011 was the year we learned of ‘monthly sickness’
Number of male staff absent from the radio newsroom post State of Origin? Two.Number of women missing due to menstruation?Nil.
— Hilary Barry (@Hilary_Barry) July 6, 2011
Remember that time it snowed?
It snowed in Wellington…
Snowing hard in Miramar at the moment.A number of world-class VFX artists are running around the carpark going “woooooo” and waving arms.
— Jack Elder (@jackelder) August 14, 2011
…and Auckland refused to be outdone
I can hear the Police 10-7 voice over now “@ManukauPolice deal with half a millimetre of snow”
— Dan News (@dannews) August 14, 2011
The NZPA closed its doors
It has been a privilege and a pleasure serving the New Zealand public. Thank you for your support. Farewell. #NZPA
— NZPA News (@NZPAnews) August 31, 2011
A ship crashed and started spewing her shit everywhere
Who’s in charge of cleaning up the birds after #rena ? DO THEY NEED TINY PENGUIN VESTS? I AM READY TO STEP UP.
— Rachel Rayner (@RachelRayner) October 10, 2011
We did this a lot
— Greer McDonald (@GreerMcDonald) October 27, 2011
There was a lot of Rugby World Cup madness
Remember the Pink Fist?
i wonder if the pink fist will end up on trademe on $1 reserve
— Watershitdown (@watershitdown) August 20, 2011
Sonny Bill Everything
Oh look! Sonny Bill is on the front page of the Herald. I haven’t seen that since yesterday’s edition.
— Andrew Mulligan (@Andrew_Mulligan) September 19, 2011
There were the flags…
Passed a house with five All Blacks flags on the fence. Not impressed, needs more.
— Matt Taylor (@MattTaylor) October 24, 2011
Do you remember the day that Graham Henry’s face changed?
OMG Graham Henry’s face went from this >:-( to this I:-I
— Anna G. Connell (@annagconnell) October 23, 2011
And then we all got really, really drunk.
— Trendsmap Auckland (@TrendsAuckland) October 24, 2011
Then there was an election
Will the police search TV3 today? Not sure, but might strip down to my underwear pre-emptively so everyone knows I’m not hiding the tea tape
— Jono Hutchison (@jonohutchison) November 17, 2011
Twitter, 7pm:”Oooh, election! I love the election.”Twitter, 11pm: “This election is dumb. I hate the election.”
— Ally Mullord (@Tarquin_Death) November 26, 2011
OMG guys, I think I just got elected to Parliament!
— Holly Walker (@hollyrwalker) November 26, 2011
If I die before the 1st of December, for fuck’s sake, please shave this moustache off me #movember
— Rob Treacher (@robtreacher) November 24, 2011
Then we got straight into Christmas
“It’ll be a gang bang!” said Mum as she instructed all of us to pull our Christmas crackers at the same time.
— Hannah (@hannahhannahhan) December 25, 2011
So that was some of New Zealand’s 2011, via Twitter. I hope next year is disaster free, full of fun, and has many, many amazing Tweets in the works.
Here’s to 2012!