A young person’s view on why we have to change the Government

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 4th, 2017 - 78 comments
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I attended the recent campaign launch of Romy Udanga who is the Labour candidate for the North Shore.  He is a phenomenally good candidate, well networked in the Philippine community and his politics are heavily related to his Catholic faith and his belief that we should all strive to achieve good and we should look after each other.

It was an inspiring event.

As you can see from the photo there were many people there.  I have been to Labour campaign launches in National strongholds where you could count the attendees on one hand and that includes the candidate.  This launch resembled the sort of launch that I would expect in Labour strongholds.

A number of people spoke.  One of them was a young man called James.  He is aged 14.  He gave a speech that to this jaundiced veteran activist reminded me why politics is so important.  And why young people are our future.

Here it is.

Thanks for that so yep I’m James and exactly a week ago Romy asked me to speak in front of you today. He asked me to tell you about myself and why I want to do everything I can to help Labour change the Government.

So here it goes.

My story began when I meet Jacinda Ardern in the summer of 2015 and she kindly signed me up to the Labour Youth Party, even though I was a nervous 12 year old. And from then on I was finally one step closer to achieving what I think needs to be accomplished

But for many years I just had to cheer on from the side lines and although I was invited to party events I couldn’t exactly drive to Auckland University at 6 on a Wednesday night to debate fiscal policy because I was just twelve.  I couldn’t legally drive and it was a school night so that wouldn’t have worked out anyway.

But when I went to my first Party event, the Labour and Greens joint State of the Nation speech, I was inspired because as I was standing in the middle of the crowd I realised that we could not only change the government but change the country and peoples’ lives.

So I went door knocking for the first time in the Mt Albert by-election and those two experiences just cemented my belief that we can change the country because even though I’m just 14 I know the issues and the problems in New Zealand.  But the one that gets me out of my seat every single time is child poverty

Because when my family moved here nine years ago we moved so that my brother and I could live a better life and we do.

But 295,000 kids don’t and in an amazing country like New Zealand that is fundamentally wrong.

You know I’m lucky to have a warm dry home, I’m lucky to have a good education, I’m lucky to be healthy and these things are now seen as privileges when they should be the bare essential for every kid’s life.

That is the reason why I am going to do everything I can to change the government in 2017.

And I hope you will join me because my life has changed from just joining the party. Just think of what we can do if we change the government.

To every young person thinking of getting involved in Labour or the Greens can I suggest that you follow James’ example?  For all the reasons he gave we have to change the Government.

78 comments on “A young person’s view on why we have to change the Government”

  1. infused 1

    “My story began when I meet Jacinda Ardern in the summer of 2015 and she kindly signed me up to the Labour Youth Party, even though I was a nervous 12 year old”

    haha. Man. hoodwink them while they are young. Nice move, Labour.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Yeah fill their young impressionable heads with crazy ideas like there should be no child poverty in New Zealand …

    • roy cartland 1.2

      Fuck that. I went on a springbok tour march when I was 6, I found it as easy to understand then as I do now.

      Kids understand fairness, which isn’t all that complex an issue.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      I note that national also has a youth wing.

    • @ infused

      From out of the mouth of babes this young one speaks the truth , – you disgusting nebulous fatalist … and your unmatched condescending arrogance…

      Where Do The Children Play – Cat Stevens (Lyrics) – YouTube

      • WILD KATIPO 1.4.1

        And to you , arsehole – answer this :

        ……………………………………………………………..
        New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
        http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

        Who Is The Mont Pelerin Society ?
        ……………………………………………………..

        This looting and destruction of the nation-state of New Zealand was planned and implemented by the London-based Mont Pelerin Society.

        In 1947, Mont Pelerin founder von Hayek lamented that the war had drastically strengthened nation-states, which must be replaced, he said, with the classic, anti-state free trade “liberalism” of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain.

        Many of those continental Europeans present, like von Hayek, carried the prefix “von” before their surnames, signifying that they came from the noble families which had governed Europe for centuries.

        Mont Pelerin shared the same “conservative revolution” philosophy as the Nazis. It also shared some of the same personnel.

        For instance, Max von Thurn und Taxis was a sponsor of von Hayek and his new society. Thurn und Taxis’ family had founded another society in southern Germany before World War 1, which was composed entirely of aristocrats, known as the Thule Society.

        Thule in turn formed a special “workers division” known as the “National Socialist German Workers Party” (NSDAP). The NSDAP, into which an Austrian corporal named Adolf Hitler was recruited, later became better known by the abbreviated version of its name, the “Nazis.”

        In 1989, Max von Thurn und Taxis attended a meeting of his Mont Pelerin Society in Christchurch, New Zealand, to judge, first hand, the results of the “worlds most radical free market revolution.”

        …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

        ” A primary focus of the Thule Society was a claim concerning the origins of the Aryan race. In 1917, people who wanted to join the “Germanic Order”, out of which the Thule Society developed in 1918, had to sign a special “blood declaration of faith” concerning their lineage:

        “The signer hereby swears to the best of his knowledge and belief that no Jewish or coloured blood flows in either his or in his wife’s veins, and that among their ancestors are no members of the coloured races.”
        ……………………………………………………………..

        Thule Society – Wikipedia
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Society

        Young Hitler – Excerpts Appendix | The Thule Society
        http://www.younghitler.com/thule_society.htm

        You aint got nothing to add and nothing we want , – so fuck off .

  2. Antoine 2

    Waitaminute, so he immigrated here as a child, and now wants to join a party that plans to slash immigration? Talk about pulling up the ladder

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Like every other Aucklander he can see that this Goverment’s policy of rampant immigration to bolster the economy without putting the necessary infrastructure in place is not working.

      • Antoine 2.1.1

        He told you that?

        A.

      • james 2.1.2

        “Like every other Aucklander” so you speak for EVERY Aucklander now?

        • mauī 2.1.2.1

          No, “every other Aucklander”. Please don’t take peoples words out of context.

        • WILD KATIPO 2.1.2.2

          @ james , …

          Are you some sort of anti nationalist subversive???… OK ,… time for the truth treatment.

          And BTW – we don’t like fascists down here in New Zealand … come up with a counter to THIS for all the ANZAC New Zealander’s who lie in their graves who fought the NAZI’s ya prick:

          ……………………………………………………………..
          New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
          http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

          Who Is The Mont Pelerin Society ?

          This looting and destruction of the nation-state of New Zealand was planned and implemented by the London-based Mont Pelerin Society.

          In 1947, Mont Pelerin founder von Hayek lamented that the war had drastically strengthened nation-states, which must be replaced, he said, with the classic, anti-state free trade “liberalism” of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain.

          Many of those continental Europeans present, like von Hayek, carried the prefix “von” before their surnames, signifying that they came from the noble families which had governed Europe for centuries.

          Mont Pelerin shared the same “conservative revolution” philosophy as the Nazis. It also shared some of the same personnel. For instance, Max von Thurn und Taxis was a sponsor of von Hayek and his new society.

          Thurn und Taxis’ family had founded another society in southern Germany before World War 1, which was composed entirely of aristocrats, known as the Thule Society. Thule in turn formed a special “workers division” known as the “National Socialist German Workers Party” (NSDAP). The NSDAP, into which an Austrian corporal named Adolf Hitler was recruited, later became better known by the abbreviated version of its name, the “Nazis.”

          In 1989, Max von Thurn und Taxis attended a meeting of his Mont Pelerin Society in Christchurch, New Zealand, to judge, first hand, the results of the “worlds most radical free market revolution.”
          ………………………………………………………………..

          ” A primary focus of the Thule Society was a claim concerning the origins of the Aryan race. In 1917, people who wanted to join the “Germanic Order”, out of which the Thule Society developed in 1918, had to sign a special “blood declaration of faith” concerning their lineage:

          “The signer hereby swears to the best of his knowledge and belief that no Jewish or coloured blood flows in either his or in his wife’s veins, and that among their ancestors are no members of the coloured races.”
          ……………………………………………………………..

          Thule Society – Wikipedia
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Society

          Young Hitler – Excerpts Appendix | The Thule Society
          http://www.younghitler.com/thule_society.htm

          As usual- silence.

          Silence from the slimy shits who want to keep on the gravy train.

          You are less than pathetic.

          You need to be made an example of. Its time we dragged you scum before our courts for subversion and treason.

          Answer that with your smarmy bullshit laden lies , – if you can.

          • Antoine 2.1.2.2.1

            Ok you’re going a bit weird on this Thule thing

            A.

          • james 2.1.2.2.2

            You are coming off as unhinged. But hey – apart from the childish name calling of “scum” and prick”, which are pointless personal attacks , you want to me off to court for subversion and treason to make an example of – be my guest.

      • BM 2.1.3

        Is Labour going to cut the pacific quota.

        If not why not?

        • WILD KATIPO 2.1.3.1

          Because WE , are a Pacific nation , and our interests are in the PACIFIC.

          We are NOT an Asian nation .

          We are NOT a European nation .

          We are NOT a nation of the Americas.

          WE ARE A PACIFIC NATION.

          Is that too hard a concept to grasp barring our unfortunate allegiance to the 5 eyes spy nations and the bullshit we have been dragged into because of them ???

        • KJT 2.1.3.2

          No.

          We have responsibility and obligations to Pacific islands due to our past history.
          We also have a moral duty to take refugees from the countries we have assisted the USA in destroying.

          We do not have to take the comfortable middle class, from China, India, USA, UK and Europe.

    • Molly 2.2

      Yes.

      Someone who is developing critical thinking, will often have the capacity to consider wider implications of benefits they have enjoyed and will take a more considered stance on issues.

      It is hard perhaps for you to understand, but not impossible I hope.

      • Antoine 2.2.1

        You’re putting words into this kid’s mouth. I don’t believe it until I hear him say, “Yes, Antoine, I want to keep foreigners out of this country because it’s the best thing for New Zealand.”

        • mickysavage 2.2.1.1

          Que?

          I think you are putting words in his mouth. He clearly said that child poverty is of concern to him yet you are commenting on what he apparently thinks about immigration even though he said nothing whatsoever about the subject in his speech.

          Sheesh.

          • Antoine 2.2.1.1.1

            Well, I guess you can agree with some of a party’s policies while disagreeing with others

            • WILD KATIPO 2.2.1.1.1.1

              You seem to be getting a bit mealy mouthed there , mate… are you trying to attempt wedge politics , by any chance?

              If so,… it seems like a desperate attack on a child who is stating the obvious. Unlike an adult like yourself who seems to exhibit certain benefits for the status quo…

              Kind of viscous behavior, don’t you think ?

        • Psycho Milt 2.2.1.2

          Labour wanting to cut back on National’s scam to import cheap labour from overseas != “I want to keep foreigners out of this country.” You must be aware of the logical fallacy “false dilemma,” so why make the comment?

          • Antoine 2.2.1.2.1

            I can’t see the distinction, sorry

            • Psycho Milt 2.2.1.2.1.1

              Well, if there’s no distinction between controlling immigration numbers and wanting to keep foreigners out of the country, all significant political parties in NZ and the overwhelming majority of the population want to keep foreigners out of this country – why should this kid be any different?

        • Molly 2.2.1.3

          Spoke in general terms about an abstract idea that might explain the student’s motivation, and your response is… “putting words into this kid’s mouth”

          Read again my initial comment.

  3. ianmac 3

    Good work James.

  4. Stunned Mullet 4

    Good luck to Romy as he does his rounds on the Northshore.

    I suspect he’ll have a very hard time in what is a very blue electorate which is groaning under the weight of recent immigrants, in fill housing & apartments and crap public transport, although to be fair the “local” electorate MP will also likely get soundly heckled at local meetings as well.

    • Anne 4.1

      … a very blue electorate which is groaning under the weight of recent immigrants, in fill housing & apartments and crap public transport,…

      Yep. Pretty blue.

      Groaning under the weight of immigrants? Gross exaggeration. Most people welcome them. They pull their weight and have become valued local citizens who bring new cultures and cuisine to our part of town. North Shore is well served by public transport. In fact the former NS City Council was one of the more innovative movers of public transport in the Auckland region.

      True, we need to keep a close eye on the amount of apartment building, but thus far they have been an improvement to the region – not a hindrance.

      Just get something done about effing Lake Rd Wayne. It’s now beyond beyond!!!

      • Stephen Doyle 4.1.1

        The Shore is not at all well served by public transport. Try travelling across town, Birkenhead to Albany for example. Cycleways are by and large a dangerous joke.
        But as long as there’s a new Thai restaurant in your neighbourhood, its all sweet.

        • Tautoko Mangō Mata 4.1.1.1

          +1 There are I’m-all-right-jack and self satisfied people in abundance in some areas, but I believe that deep down most Kiwis have a sense of fairness and are not happy to have others struggling.

        • Karen 4.1.1.2

          +1
          Public Transport has improved a bit but it is not by any means good and there are very few cycleways.

          Also there is a big difference between the North Shore electorate (Takapuna, Milford and Devonport) which is what Anne and Wayne are talking about and the North Shore as a whole. There is plenty of poverty on the North Shore for those who wish to step outside their affluent bubbles.

    • @ Stunned Mullet

      Silly fool,… plays right into the hands of NZ First ,… and ensures the next Labour led govt,… long may the fool speaketh…

  5. Wayne 5

    Stunned Mullet,

    I live in North Shore, and what you are saying simply isn’t correct; “groaning under the weight…”

    Sure there has been some development, for instance infill housing in my suburb of Bayswater, which is invariably better than the prior single dwelling (basically the old house is moved off a 1000 m section and two modern townhouses built). And new apartments in the core of Takapuna.

    But the basic character of North Shore has hardly changed in the last decade. It remains a great place to live with great amenities. Neither has there been much population growth. Most of that is further north in Albany and East Coast Bays.

    There are more cars, but that is because just about everyone over 18 owns a car. Households that once had two cars now have three or four. This is really an expression of personal freedom and increased affluence, rather than bad public transport, which has improved markedly in the last 15 years.

    • Tautoko Mangō Mata 5.1

      @ Wayne. It is very easy to live in an area which is siloed from the reality of how life is for many people. I too live an area in which everyone “seems” to be doing well. Their house values have gone up , but many of these people have real concerns about climate change, water quality, the ruining the environment for short term profit, a decent education for their children, the chance of their children ever being able to afford to buy their own home, the traffic gridlock, the sale of NZ land and home to foreign investors, the destructive influence of USA on keeping peace, the future of work, SUSTAINABILITY instead of growth …etc.

      Most NZers have a sense of fairness and the knowledge that many people are struggling to pay rents (if they can find a house to rent) while CEOs are getting obscenely large amounts is not going down well with many. I think we have reached a peak greed-tolerance limit.

    • ropata 5.2

      I live on the North Shore as well, not in the posh part that Wayne seems to inhabit.

      “the basic character of North Shore has hardly changed in the last decade”

      ?!?
      property prices have tripled
      all “affordable” areas have been colonised and Kiwis priced out
      schools are overflowing and struggling for teachers
      mega developments in Albany and further afield have caused traffic chaos

      Of course there are lots of great things about the Shore but Wayne must be living in a bubble if he thinks it hasn’t drastically changed.

  6. Anne 6

    … just about everyone over 18 owns a car. Households that once had two cars now have three or four. This is really an expression of personal freedom and increased affluence,…

    It only applies to the affluent areas Wayne and not the rest of the city who are being held back by over-crowding and increasing rates of poverty – and the resultant increase in violent crimes. There is scant personal freedom for them. In an egalitarian society – which is the one I grew up in – everybody had the opportunity to improve their standard of living and become “personally free”. Not so under the market driven society we live in today.

    • Wayne 6.1

      Anne,

      I think the increased affluence of the last decade is actually quite widespread. Retail sales figures certainly indicate that. It is obviously true that not everyone has benefited, but most have in one way or another. Unemployment is now down to 4.9% and overall employment rates are about the highest they have ever been. Minimum wage is $15.75.

      I obviously recognize that Bayswater is more affluent than many suburbs. However, it has a wide spread of socio-economic groups. There are about 1000 households in total, with around 150 of them Housing NZ and 100 are Navy. The most expensive houses (the top 30) would be valued at between $5 and 10 million.

      Over the last 10 years all households seem to have become better off, including those in Housing NZ units. No doubt relatively low rents in the Housing NZ units have helped those households. Those lower income households in the private rental market probably find it harder, though they will have accommodation supplement to help with the rent

      Bayswater Primary is decile 8, so not the highest which is an indication of the mixed nature of the suburb. All other schools in Takapuna and Devonport are decile 10.

      We have an excellent park for sport and recreation, and improving civic amenities like the coastal walk and coastal park. There has been a big effort to improve and cleanup the foreshore. Ferries, buses and cycle ways are hugely better than 10 years ago.

      Crime is way down over the last fifteen years. I know that particularly, having previously been the local MP.

      So yes, I am optimistic about our community. I don’t believe that Bayswater is some sort of closeted community in a bubble, divorced from wider reality. In many respects, because of its socio-economic spread, it is quite a good reflection of New Zealand.

      • ropata 6.1.1

        National party PR from Planet Key.
        Denying reality doesn’t fix anything mate.

        Did you read the article? There are 295000 kids in poverty.

        Just because a select few lucky urbanites are sitting on a mountain of cash doesn’t mean wealth is trickling down to the rest of NZ.

        • Wayne 6.1.1.1

          ropata,

          295,000 kids are not in poverty. That figure is based on a percentage of the median income. Based on the Children’s Commissioners information, the actual number suffering material deprivation is around 70,000. Still a lot, but also a much more solvable problem.

          Most people in Bayswater are not sitting on mountains of cash. It is a pretty middling suburb (a bit above the average) as I indicated.

          • ropata 6.1.1.1.1

            Judging by average prices in Beachlands and Long Bay, the average dwelling in Bayswater is probably worth $1.8 to $3 million or more
            http://www.sra.co.nz/pdf/AucklandNewHouseCostsMay17.pdf

            mountains of cash…

            Hat tip

            Rodney Dickens charts the failure of National's housing policies and says Labour's policies offer more hope. https://t.co/5T0nCy5xfo— Phil Twyford (@PhilTwyford) May 4, 2017

          • Matthew Whitehead 6.1.1.1.2

            If your friends in government would allow us a better measure I’m sure we’d quote you numbers you’d still disagree with but were slightly more accurate. Until then, if you think 70,000 is acceptable, you’re definitely off golfing on Planet Key.

            I don’t think anyone’s arguing your whole neighbourhood is affluent, Wayne. I think the point is that the parts of it that have problems don’t feel like sharing with you- and honestly, why would they? There’s practically no events at which local communities meet and share their opinions anymore, and honestly I can understand why people would be reluctant to share their personal stories with a former National MP anyway.

            It’s also worth noting that things like cars or retail sales can be driven by debt. A household could be pretty underwater and struggling without any visible sign that they’re not doing well because their economic problems are on paper. They could have a primary earner that’s doing well, but maybe the kids are having difficulty finding employment because they’re not able to work in some of the more soul-destroying positions that millenials are expected to happily fill nowadays.

            I think you’re being awfully naive to assume that because your comparatively well-off neighbourhood visually appears to be okay and because retail sales aren’t crashing that there aren’t painful stories of poverty, frustration, and economic inequality that are developing all over the nation right now because of how the government has mismanaged the country. There are ways for an economy to be deeply unhealthy that don’t require an immediate plunge into recession.

        • infused 6.1.1.2

          ah the bullshtit poverty figure. Try measuring it properly.

          • McFlock 6.1.1.2.1

            It is measured properly. You just don’t like the reading on the gauge.

          • Wayne 6.1.1.2.2

            infused,

            Exactly the point. Using a percentage of income to determine whether a person is in poverty does not actually measure poverty. That is why a material deprivation measure is more relevant.

            Are you saying the Children’s Commissioner, Andrew Becroft, does not know his job?

            • McFlock 6.1.1.2.2.1

              It measures relative poverty, the extent to which a population can participate economically in the society of which they are theoretically a part (you know, live in a warm house and buy food). Material hardship, which is also measured, provides another piece of the picture – specific ways relative economic poverty impacts on peoples’ lives.

            • KJT 6.1.1.2.2.2

              It does measure poverty because prices reflect the median income.

              Prices increase to what the median can afford.

              In fact the level of poverty is probably worse because, as we know many, things are more expensive if you are poor.

              Interest rates, food brought in small amounts, transport, etc.

              Nationals apologists don’t like it as a measure because it shows how much National MP’s, like Wayne, should be ashamed of themselves.

          • ropata 6.1.1.2.3

            Where did you pull that figure of “70000 in material deprivation”?

            155000 in material hardship
            295000 in income poverty, i.e. 28% of kiwi kids in households earning below 60% of the median nz income (i.e less than $436 pw)

            http://www.childpoverty.co.nz/

            Don’t believe everything RW thinktanks tell you
            http://www.inequality.org.nz/the-new-zealand-initiatives-new-report-on-inequality/

          • WILD KATIPO 6.1.1.2.4

            @ Wayne / infused

            New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
            http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

      • Sacha 6.1.2

        You think a decile *8* school shows a wide socio-economic spread? That really is coastal thinking.

  7. james 7

    I personally dislike seeing kids in politics simply as a general rule – they are more parrots for their parents and not really thinking for themselves.

    However there are always exceptions and exceptional young people. If he is one of those, whilst I do not agree with him, I wish him all the best, the country needs all the smart passionate people they can get – regardless what side of the house they are on – the country is better for it.

    • Joan of Arc

      Joan of Arc – Wikipedia
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc

      The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the siege of Orléans ( 1428 -29 ) as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted only nine days later.

      She was around 16 years of age.

      On 23 May 1430, she was captured at Compiègne by the Burgundian faction, which was allied with the English. She was later handed over to the English[7] and put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon on a variety of charges.[8] After Cauchon declared her guilty she was burned at the stake on 30 May 1431, dying at about nineteen years of age.

      …………………………………………………………………………

  8. Ad 8

    +100 inspiring post

  9. aerobubble 9

    Nz is booming compared to OZ, so why so few Kiwis returning? Could it be something Key said, or did, didn’t do. Now the Aussies are doing everything to make Oz less of a brighter future, even exporting as mant kiwis they can claim to be undesirable. How can a country do so well yet those that know it best stay away even as their circumstance wain. Could it be! No! A culure that rewards negatives eqully to positives.e.g Keys’ son shouting out at a passerby, somehow this abusive behavior, is a good lok, a means to get successful, a path to wealth. Oh, i know, lets call all youth druggies, that’ll help the economy…

    When a society eats itself, when its citizens choose bad equally to good, the spiral sets in, negatives with instance gratification are emphasized while longer term planning rewards are over looked. Thrown them in jail, call the weak names, abuse passersby, its all the same classic religious scam, war on secular society, so they return to the fold…

    Of course wiser head know that negativity should neither be rewarded nor responded to, but principled self awareness, and older values of talking openly to power that predates Jesus.

  10. One Two 10

    Must be a large Pino community in Auckland..New Lynn and North Shore…

    Using a 14 year old, who was 12 as a prop for the LP is not credible..

    It’s like the use of youngsters to pump products for adults..

    A child might be able understand issues in a silo, but they do not have the awareness to understand why politics is the problem, nor that the NZLP are the solution..

    Changing the government, changes little to nothing in the medium to longer term without cutting every treaty/contract/globalist entity which NZ is bound by!

    Those who support the political system by believing it’s part of the solution..are a major part of the problem!

    • mickysavage 10.1

      Que? He volunteered to speak and wrote the speech himself.

      Outrageous that you think young people should not have political beliefs or that mainstream politics is a waste of time.

  11. AsleepWhileWalking 11

    That’s very cool.

  12. Muttonbird 12

    Don’t the RWNJs hate it when a child calls them out.

    • TBH ,… it wasn’t really that hard,… nothing said that adults haven’t already been saying .

      Its just that having a very young person pointing out whats glaringly obvious to all is somewhat of a disturbing home truth in the neo liberal right wings assumed secrecy for their agenda…

      A little bit like the story of the Emperors new clothes…

    • Antoine 12.2

      Just startled by the use of a young immigrant as a poster child for a party that wants to slash immigration, is all

      • Muttonbird 12.2.1

        And yet this young immigrant wants to change to a socially conscious government. One which recognises the value of managed immigration for the benefit of the whole country, not just employers, homeowners, and immigrants themselves.

    • RightWingAndProud 12.3

      So child poverty doesn’t exist in left-wing countries. Got it.

  13. RightWingAndProud 13

    While I admit that wars are won on the ground sending 14 year olds out to fight is a bit much isn’t it? I mean even Hitler waited until Germany was just about defeated before he started doing crap like that.

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    . . Just when you thought Simon Bridges couldn’t sink any lower – he has. After the March 15th  Christchurch terror attack, the (current) Leader of the National Party issued strong committments to support urgently needed gun law reform; “We will be ready and prepared to be constructive and to ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Only the least intelligent students, with bad parents, will attend the nonsense climate strike
    We all know that bad parents simply don’t care about their children’s education. Most truants have loser parents, and grow up to be involved with crime, or in low paid employment usually like their parents. The nonsense so-called “climate strike” coming up will be attended mostly by the least intelligent ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • Professional Internet Trolls being used to push manmade climate change lies
    Is the terrorist Organisation Greenpeace and the loony Green parties around the World hiring professional internet trolls? I have noticed a trend lately where if you post research, news articles or even comments that show the manmade climate change scam to be just that, you are immediately attacked, often within ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Strike!
    Today is the first day of the global climate strike. Led by schoolkids, people all around the world are going to protest to demand action on climate change. New Zealand isn't doing it till next Friday (join us!), but if you want to get active early, there's plenty to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Squandering our opportunity?
    The Herald has a story today about the 400 MW of wind power currently under construction. Good news, right? Except that none of it is being driven by policy (instead, its about replacing Contact Energy's Taranaki Combined Cycle gas-fired power plant, due to shut down in 2022), and most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Protect The King!
    To Protect and Serve: When the Prime Minister finds herself enmeshed in the coils of a full-blown political scandal, her colleagues and party comrades have only one priority: to release her as swiftly – and with as little lasting injury – as possible. Is this what Jacinda Ardern’s colleagues and ...
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top.
    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    5 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    7 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    1 week ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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