This Is What The Young Elite Get Up To In Auckland In Their Spare Time: The Fulltimer Society

Auckland's extravagant, young, elite society you need to know about

By Beatrice Hazlehurst

• Max Key (NZ Primsinsiter John Keys son) and a club of ‘elite’ aspiring entrepreneurs have turned partying into a business

• Girl-on-girl make out sessions and online misogyny credited as “good marketing”

• Does this indicate a future New Zealand where affluence is the only key to cool?
An event hosted by The Fulltimer Society. Photo / Facebook An event hosted by The Fulltimer Society. Photo / Facebook

I sidle up to Lad X, a young man seated in a booth sipping an overtly masculine drink. Lad X and I are attending a weekly event at the Roxy called Houseparty because - even though there is no house and, as of yet, no party - why not? It's past midnight on Wednesday night (student night) but it's still too soon for him to venture onto the dancefloor. I introduce myself and cut to the chase: does he come here often?

Yes, he tells me, he does.

I've found a live one. Lad X appears to be one of the disciples of the 'The Fulltimers society', an all-male gang of predominantly students in their early 20s - and the hosts of tonight's event. They united/were recruited if they had A. ever modeled or B. were widely connected in the nouveau-riche Auckland social scene - the latter applying to the likes of the Prime Minister's son, Fulltimer Max Key.

I casually venture my next question, so, Lad X what do you think of The Fulltimers?

He casts a sideways glance at the boys and buckets of Veuve, each flanked by girls in gravity defying dresses.

"You don't want to know what I think of them," he scoffs, "they're a bunch of a***holes."

This throws me off guard. Surely if he dislikes The Fulltimers Society so much, he wouldn't come to their parties where, by definition, Fulltimers will surely be?

An event hosted by the Fulltimer Society. Photo / Facebook An event hosted by the Fulltimer Society. Photo / Facebook

He leans back and shrugs - he doesn't have an answer. Nor does he need one. It makes even more inherent sense to him than the illegible words scrawled down his sleeves. He comes for the girl-on-girl make-out sessions, the inflatable beach balls, red cups. He comes to be one of the young men pointing their finger guns down the camera lens. He comes to see if the way 'The Fulltimers Society' present their parties on social media, is true to reality. Lad X comes because, although he'll never admit it, maybe he can be one of them.


Fulltimer Max Key often DJs the group's events. Photo / Facebook Fulltimer Max Key often DJs the group's events. Photo / Facebook

By cultivating an image of affluence and, perhaps most importantly, exclusivity a group of 17 boys created a business from partying. When asked about the role social media played in The Fulltimers' success, founder Victor Green admits it was imperative. The boys initially formed as a secret Facebook group, created a logo and the name stuck, officially launching at Tyler Street Garage in March last year. Often over 1000 eager attendees affirm their presence with a mouse click on a Facebook event page.

Girls at an event hosted by the Fulltimer Society. Photo / Facebook Girls at an event hosted by the Fulltimer Society. Photo / Facebook

But with the fans come the critics, like attendee Lad X. Despite what their social media presence suggests, The Fulltimers as a group aren't hugely popular. Their apparent elitism and promiscuity mean they are often addressed in homophobic slurs - both on and offline.

Original member Tyler Christie says the boys are often abused by hecklers as "Fulltimer faggots" when out in public.

On the Fulltimers' Facebook page Josh Hill writes:

"Great place for the homosexual community to gather and have a good ol' time together."

Man-of-the-people Green says the Fulltimers are just a regular group of guys trying to show everybody a good time. He blames the 'haters' on kind of exacerbated tall poppy syndrome - suggesting the critics are made up of those that would never be accepted into the Fulltimers ranks themselves, so they resort to taking the club down a peg - an 'if you can't join 'em beat 'em' mentality.

So, should this display youth entrepreneurial spirit be admired? Or does it indicate a wider problem among New Zealand millennials? Where, in accumulation of followers and likes, an individual's value lies in an insta-exhibition of wealth or beauty and how many believe you have it?

In not so many words, that's why I too am here. To see if the Fulltimers - and their events - live up to the online hype.

Despite their reputation for superficiality, Mr Green says "The Fulltimers Society" references each member's "fulltime" dedication to their studies and professional life.

Although Mr Christie somewhat gives up Green's PR savvy game.

"Victor told me not to say we just f*** bitches and get money," he laughs, referencing the lavish lifestyle alluded to in Junior M.A.F.I.A and Notorious B.I.G's 1995 hit Get Money .

However seem to "get money" they do.

On account of their self-made nature, The Fulltimers Society claim to be vastly "less-pretentious" than the likes of Auckland's YaYa Club - a group of wealthy Auckland youth who throw large scale parties like the 'Diner En Blanc'. Singer Lorde called the club an "embarrassing hot mess" after announcing a culturally insensitive ball theme that encouraged attendees to come as "Intriguing geisha twins" or "seductive sari queens".

No, unlike the YaYa club, the measure of The Fulltimers' success is not the bottles on bottles of Veuve Cliquot or yacht parties - although those never hurt - but their aforementioned social media notoriety. Max Key alone has almost 18,000 Instagram followers. This reach has elevated their status so much that Tyler Street Garage, Racket Bar and Ebisu have all employed the Fulltimers as event organisers to entice new patrons onto their premises.

Tonight at The Roxy, the event is surprisingly...well, dead. Post last call middle-aged co-workers watch on as a teen female lies on a couch emitting no sign of life. She's had - according to Mr Christie - "too much fun" and is a far cry from the up-for-anything girls I had been promised from a Facebook photo of two young women in the throngs of passion (with an innuendo-laden caption to boot) from last week's Houseparty.

Girls at an event hosted by the Fulltimer Society. Photo / Facebook Girls at an event hosted by the Fulltimer Society. Photo / Facebook

A sporadic attendee of Fulltimer events who asks not to be named, affirms she too has been asked on multiple occasions to kiss her female friends for the camera. She assumes this request has never been proffered to any of the Fulltimers themselves.

In essence, this proved the difference a pushy photographer and a little social media narcissism can make in cultivating a make-believe male utopia. So, what do The Fulltimers have to say about their online objectification of women with two bottles of Moet at the holster?

"It's all a yarn," says Victor Green.

"That's just good marketing," says Tyler Christie.

Lad X certainly seems to think so.

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Does this revelation not make you feel nauseated, vexed and disgusted beyond belief?! These nouveau-riche, hedonist scum f**ks brats (John Keys' son et al) are really rubbing it in our noses and scoffing it to our faces big time - with an air of brazen arrogance to boot. I say burn this FullTimers Club to the ground. What an outrage!

Is Amelia Finlayson related to Chris Finlayson? I would say there is a good chance as the mob like to keep it in 'the family'. As for the full timers club, looks like roastbusters 2.0

 'artist name' is Cherrylazar

Why John Key's daughter Stephie likes to get naked for art - 'strong women'

What the f&*( is that title from the NZ Herald?

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=1...

barf.

I am trying not to gag right now .  How to keep the young locked in to lust and greed and not even see what depravity is coming on the World at a neck breaking speed.  All types of departure from the norm is now, cool, art house and funky. Spew!!!

What happened to good old fashioned flirting that was complimentary and daring and a little cheeky?  So sad people have to resort to getting wasted to be able to commit these perversions or hook up with someone for the night.

Relationships being traded for hookups, a so called good time on some drug or alcoholic binge and cheap sex with no strings attached.  True love hardly ever spoken of or sung about on the hit parade any more.  I am so over all the "booty in the club" dumbed down songs aimed at the lowest IQ.

Don't get me started. 

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