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“All show and no substance”

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, March 16th, 2017 - 145 comments
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As widely reported, the nats have launched some nasty, personal attacks on Jacinda Ardern:

Gloves off: National MPs target Labour’s Jacinda Ardern in series of attacks

The National Party has stepped up its attacks on Labour’s new deputy leader Jacinda Ardern, saying she is only interested in putting her face on billboards and has achieved nothing as an MP.

The often-personal criticism during Parliament’s general debate today was led by Youth Minister Nikki Kaye, whose long rivalry with Ardern was until a week ago a friendly affair.

During the general debate this afternoon, Kaye went further, saying the caucus reshuffle which lead to Ardern’s promotion was a “superficial, cosmetic facelift”.

Kaye said she “struggled to name anything Jacinda had done” in her time in Parliament – a comment which prompted howls from other MPs in the House.

Kaye’s criticisms were echoed by other National MPs during the debate, suggesting a strategic attack on one of Labour’s biggest weapons. …

The comments alluding to Ardern’s looks are beneath contempt. Those alleging a lack of achievements are more relevant, but what opposition back-bencher ever has an opportunity for serious results?

In combination the attack of “all show and no substance” is a curious one for a party that was led for so many years by John Key, whose major “achievements” were dirty politics, pulling pony tails, and a failed flag referendum. (It is sometimes said that he “got us through the financial crisis”, but that was Michael Cullen).

Ardern is personable and popular, that is an achievement in itself, and it is (for better or for worse) very important in modern politics. She is of course taking the high road:

“I’m going to stick with the way I like to do politics, and it’s making sure that you keep away from making it too personal. But each to their own.”

Way to go.

145 comments on ““All show and no substance””

  1. bwaghorn 1

    At least the press are calling it what it is , instead of grabbing nationals dirty tricks and running with it, they’ve woken up one would hope.

  2. EE 2

    Mathew Hooten has been running this sort of hateful (and sexist) line for some time now..
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/73319715/Jacinda-Ardern-responds-to-being-called-pretty-bloody-stupid

    • dukeofurl 2.1

      Strangely Kaye has almost exactly the same background as Adern- after university a bit of time in the leaders office in Wellington, some time in policy jobs in London, a stint in an international political group.
      Kaye made a quick jump into cabinet but without any heavy weight portfolios- Food safety, Youth etc. She did have Civil Defence for 3 years but it was found wanting recently so was dumped from this and the job went to one of the Big beasts in Brownlee.
      Kaye is hardly the one to make waves on this issue- but of course its being run by Eagleson in the beehive as another in his long line of personal attacks.

      • Sacha 2.1.1

        Backed up with polling on attack lines by their pet Farrar, no doubt: http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2017/03/the_achievements_of_jacinda_ardern.html

      • Bob 2.1.2

        By your own research Kaye has achieved more in her political career than Adern including beating Adern in the Auckland Central seat in successive elections.
        Kaye gets given a few lighter Ministerial portfolio’s, Adern gets deputy leader.
        Is this simply a reflection of the relative strength of the National caucus? Or is there some validity to Nicky Kaye’s call that this is a “superficial, cosmetic facelift”?

        • Robert Guyton 2.1.2.1

          Is it a competition between Kaye and Ardern? When/how did that happen? Doesn’t seem real, somehow, does it.

          • Bob 2.1.2.1.1

            dukeofearl made the comparison, which seemed to back up Kaye’s statement. Context is a wonderful thing, why dismiss it?

        • McFlock 2.1.2.2

          Well, the “more in her political career” includes “Civil Defence for 3 years but it was found wanting recently so was dumped from this”.

          That’s a clue for context as to why Kaye is not in the same league as Ardern.

          • Bob 2.1.2.2.1

            “That’s a clue for context as to why Kaye is not in the same league as Ardern”
            The Auckland Central electorate seems to disagree with you.

            I did note you left out the “and the job went to one of the Big beasts in Brownlee”, that’s just a political metaphor though aye, nothing nasty or personal there.

            • McFlock 2.1.2.2.1.1

              electorate MP != minister

              And if you think “one of the big beasts” was an allusion to body type rather than caucus seniority/rank, who are the other “beasts”?

              • Bob

                “if you think “one of the big beasts” was an allusion to body type rather than caucus seniority/rank, who are the other “beasts”?”
                Funny how you don’t equate that statement to physical appearance, yet you still think “superficial, cosmetic facelift” is an allusion to looks rather than changing the demographic of the Labour Leadership.
                I guess we can all jump to our own conclusions.

                • ” cosmetic facelift” isn’t an allusion to looks?

                  I’m flabbergasted to hear that, Bob!

                  I thought it was one of the more cut and dried examples. What leads you to dissociate “cosmetic facelift” from appearance???

                  • Bob

                    It was said in reference to a change from a 69 year old as deputy to a 36 year old. I see Kaye’s saying as an allusion to the fact that Adern is a younger face with no additional capability, in an attempt to appeal to younger voters. I guess I see it more as a reflection on the Labour Party rather than Adern herself.

                • McFlock

                  No, I was drawing a conclusion based on the context of your faux outrage and your raising of the Brownlee beast comment in a thread about Ardern being judged on looks.

                  Basically, you just goaded me into saying “if you say Jehova one more time!!!“. Good for you 🙄

    • mosa 2.2

      Smells like desperation politics to me and National are behaving like a third term National government always does….Attack anything that moves unless its wealthy.

  3. red-blooded 3

    I’m so sick of female politicians being attacked on the basis of looks. Helen Clark was seen as too masculine, Jacinda Ardern is somehow seen as too feminine. It’s time we all got over this shallow, sexist shit. It’s not confined to NZ, of course; just ask Julia Gillard how she was treated by commentators in Australia.

    Who remembers any comments along these lines about Bill English or John Key? How about Little? Cullen? Any notable NZ male politician?

    The fact that this rubbish is being fronted by another woman is sadly ironic. Nicky Kaye needs to take a good look at herself (looking at her actions and attitude, not her appearance).

    • BM 3.1

      Actually, it’s you who’s the old sexist, male politicians attack each other all the time and no one bats an eyelid.

      A female calls out another female and it’s all shocking and outrageous and “Oh what a horrible person she is!!”.
      It’s these sort of old school sexist attitudes that keep women from being able to compete on an equal footing with males.

      If Jacinda is such a delicate wallflower and needs to be protected from any sort of criticism then she shouldn’t even be in politics let alone the deputy leader of a political party that may be running the country in six months time.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1

        Since when does reference to personal appearance count as criticism?

        …we’re politicians, we all need to be held to account. But surely that scrutiny needs to be based on fact, and if we’re going one step further, maybe it needs to factor in the kind of representatives we want in this country by scrutinising their ideas, their advocacy, their priorities.

        Jacinda Ardern.

      • JanM 3.1.2

        Can you really not tell the difference?

      • the pigman 3.1.3

        “If Jacinda is such a delicate wallflower…

        You know, just by bungling that phrase, you’ve demonstrated the exact attitudes you’re supposedly railing against.

        You want her to be a wallflower.
        But she’s the deputy leader of the NZ Labour Party.
        And come September, she’ll be your Deputy PM.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2

      It’s time we all got over this shallow, sexist shit.

      The Left got over this shit (with occasional Brownlee-related lapses) decades ago.

      • gsays 3.2.1

        Now, not accusing you of this oab, but folk are lining up to comment on the slow strip tease of Joyce and English.
        Somehow the hypocrisy is rich this morning.

      • tuppence shrewsbury 3.2.2

        No, as you can see over on KB, senior labour personages are still at it with the shallow sexist shit. Lets not forget the rampant homophobia of the same senior labour person, “tinkerbell” and all that.

        Or shall we forget how the labour leader wants to parachute in a roastbuster supporter? seems to me sexism and it’s ol mates, misogyny and homophobia are alive and well in the left.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.2.1

          As I said: Robert Guyton’s comment at 9 is a better way to put it.

          • Tuppence Shrewsbury 3.2.2.1.1

            I’m talking about Trevor mallard, not an anonymous commentator on the standard

  4. Brian 4

    I can smell the fear!!!

    • Infused 4.1

      It’s yourself you are smelling.

      • WILD KATIPO 4.1.1

        Good on you Jacinda – don’t show fear to the primitives.

        You know,… if you listen ,.. there seems to be a strong similarity with National party MP’s to these alleged Sasquatch recordings from 1972-75…

        And they , just like the alleged Sasquatch , emit a powerful and offensive stench when they feel threatened…

        Im sure most will agree…

        Sasquatch Vocalizations: Clips from the Berry/Morehead Recordings …
        Video for ron morehead sierra sounds▶ 1:24

      • Tophat 4.1.2

        oops sorry, beg my pardon that was me. ;->

  5. Sabine 5

    what is Nikki Kaye known for?

    • She’s a Minister of course, but before she became a minister she did a lot of work in support of the Marriage Equality Bill.

      She also fought (against her own party) and won against mining on Great Barrier island.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8226023/Kaye-brings-energy-humanity-and-commitment-to-Cabinet

      • risildowgtn 5.1.1

        She also was involved and therefore named in Dirty Politics

        Not so squaeky clean @ all

        • the pigman 5.1.1.1

          Not just involved in Dirty Politics, holding strategy meetings with her mate Cactus Kate (that known fluffy moderate), David Farrar, Cameron Slater, Tina Nixon (Busted Blonde), Adolf Finkelstein (haven’t seen him here in a while have we?) and the then-head of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

          From Dirty Politics:

          Meanwhile in February 2008, a few days after the Ansell–Slater conversation, Slater convened a gathering of right-wing bloggers at the Wildfire restaurant on Auckland’s Princes Wharf. He told the group, who wrote under such pseudonyms as Adolf Fiinkensein, Gooner and Insolent Prick, and included blogger and future National MP Nikki Kaye, that their table was ‘booked under the name of
          VRWC … be careful folks it is a full moon after all.’

          This referred to the group’s tongue-in-cheek title, the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. The occasion for the dinner was their Wellington colleague David Farrar being in town.

          But don’t worry, Kaye’s a moderate, socially liberal, fluffy little bunny!

      • Sabine 5.1.2

        Marriage equality – you want to give Nikki Kaye credit for what was a Labour MP’s bill?

        as per Wikipedia

        : On 14 May 2012, Labour Party MP Louisa Wall stated that she would introduce a private member’s bill, the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, allowing same-sex couples to marry.[9] The bill was submitted to the members’ bill ballot on 30 May 2012.[10] It was drawn from the ballot and passed its first and second readings on 29 August 2012 and 13 March 2013, respectively.[11][12] The final reading passed on 17 April 2013 by 77 votes to 44.[13][14] Supporters in the galleries greeted the bill’s passage with applause and sang the traditional Maori love song “Pokarekare Ana”, with many MPs joining in.[15] Conservative lobby group Family First NZ called its passage “an arrogant act of cultural vandalism”.[16] The bill received royal assent from Governor-General Jerry Mateparae on 19 April and took effect on 19 August 2013.[17][18]
        The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 amendment the Marriage Act 1955 to include a definition of marriage to explicitly allow same-sex marriages and to amend other legislation as necessary. The definition reads: “marriage means the union of 2 people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity”.[19] Prior to the passage of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 there was no definition of marriage in the Marriage Act 1955 or other New Zealand legislation.:

        and she singlehandeldy prevented mining on Great Barrier Island?

        Nah, she was just one lone voice out of tens of thousands of Kiwis – mind, i understand that your Party really does not care about the voices of ordinary kiwis.

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10642425
        http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=10089
        http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/waiheke-marketplace/3939860/Barrier-escapes-mining-threat

        ” Around 40,000 protesters united in a march up Auckland’s Queen St in May, bringing traffic to a standstill. Tens of thousands of people also put in submissions and signed a petition against the unpopular proposals.

        MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye backed the protests, lodging her own objections to the proposals.

        She says: “I am very pleased with the outcome. We’ve ended up with greater environmental protection.”

        Her Labour counterpart Jacinda Ardern took part in the Queen St protest and says the issue has introduced the government to a whole new generation of New Zealanders willing to march for what they believe in.

        “What this has shown is that New Zealanders are extremely passionate about conserving their clean, green image, and that it should be the people who decide how it is that we use our natural resources.”

        Waiheke Forest and Bird co-secretary Sue Fitchett was also among the protesters. She says she is delighted to hear about the u-turn.

        “It was a stupid idea. If there are going to be any further proposals over removing protection on Schedule Four land, they will be totally opposed by the Waiheke branch of Forest and Bird.”

        Meanwhile, government has announced it will undertake an aeromagnetic survey of non Schedule Four land in Northland and on the South Island’s West Coast to learn more about which areas have the highest concentrations of minerals.

        Mr Brownlee says: “New Zealanders have given the minerals sector a clear mandate to go and explore that land, and where appropriate, within the constraints of the resource consent process, utilise its mineral resources for everyone’s benefit.”” quote end.

        So really, You might want to credit the public of NZ, the Green Party, Forest and Bird, the Labour Party, for the victory, cause all Nikki Kaye did is what everyone else said. Hell no.
        and again, this only affect Great Barrier Island and the Coromandles. The rest of the country at the time was still very much and is still very much up for Sale and we are hearing peeps and have heard peeps from Nikki Kaye about that.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/3935783/Government-confirms-mining-backdown

        So really we can agree that other then writing nasty and badly costed Facebook posts about breakfast that people on a benefit and without electricity can’t afford she has achieved nothing much of value for the citizens of NZ and especially her electorate.

        but hey, property prices in the Inner City have gone up, so i am sure a few property speculators and owners are happy to throw dollars at her for her reelection? Cause being a do nothing Minister for the National Party for several years sure does beat putting in a honest day work.

        So maybe, if one sits in a Glasshouse with little to show for herself, she should abstain from throwing stones, lest she comes across as bitter, mean and scared of a potential hiding by voters. And if that happens, she has no one to blame but herself, after all she won the last election, so again, what has she got to show for?

        Fuck all. Just like the rest of the National Party led Government. Fuck all other high rents, high houseprices, high electricity costs, high food costs, high health care, high child care, sold state assets, children sleeping in cars, high homelessness, high unemployment, under employment, cut services, cut benefits for the needy, defunded shelters for women and men, defunded services for mental health and so on and so on and so on.

        so again, what has she done that would distinguish her from Jacintha Ardern?

  6. “She also fought (against her own party) and won against mining on Great Barrier island.”
    Beat a straw man, ya mean.

  7. Keith 7

    I don’t know about Key. He toiled quietly away setting us up as a tax haven, probably on par with Cayman’s or similar until some bastard hacked some shitty accounting firm in Panama. In theory for John it was at that point – game over, thanks for playing.

    And I think that kind of thing was what Key was really about. Looking after and enhancing extreme wealth and his, using New Zealand’s first rate name as a front.

    In fact his achievements are probably far greater than we realise, in a dark sense, and nothing that did the rest of his fellow Kiwi’s any favours either!

  8. Cinny 8

    Some girls turn into real bitches when they feel jealous or threatened. That’s it in a nutshell.

    Jacinda, so impressed with how you are handling little catty issues like this one. As well just wanted to say, I’ve heard so many positive comments within my community about you, especially how you respond to the media. Clever lady, keep up the good work.

    • Heather Grimwood 8.1

      to Cinny at 8 : I agree about the cattiness observable in the House Wednesday by Nicky Kaye and supporting speakers ….akin to subteen behaviour which undoubtedly indicates a concerted attack on Jacinda. Absolutely disgusting from representatives of their electors supposedly advancing the cause of those for whom they are they are responsible.

      • Bearded Git 8.1.1

        Trust Maggie Barry to get involved…a nasty piece of work behind that personable exterior.

        • JanM 8.1.1.1

          Can you honestly name one national mp at the moment who is not? There might be one or two hidden away there but I can’t think of one !

          • rhinocrates 8.1.1.1.1

            Plenty! A lot of them are nasty pieces of work without a personable exterior.

      • Johan 8.1.2

        Nothing new here. Good on Jacinda to keep her eye on the ball. National have always strayed away from playing the game as a professional. Remember watching the madness of Shonkey as a “debater”, in the legislature, what a display of vile and ugliness. Wednesday’s scene by Nicky Kaye proofs again that National Party members are incapable of playing the ball, always the person.

  9. It’s true, some commenters here criticize National party MPs, even mocking their physical characteristics on occasion, but usually in response to some particular appalling action by the MP, not just as a matter of course. The difference here, is that Nikki Kaye, Hooten et al, are attacking Jacinda Ardern as a matter of strategy, in order to establish a meme that will serve them as it grows and the election nears. Some fly-by rightwing commenters here are doing the same thing, for the same purpose. It’s a thing.

    • Sabine 9.1

      its when one has got nothing to show for one needs to attack ones opponents on things such as ‘their record’ etc etc etc., lest anyone talks about ones own record, and sadly for Nikki Kaye, she is a National Party MP and will have to live with the record of the John Key /Bill English do Nothing at all but sell State Assets and increase prices on everyone National Party led Government.

      Fact is that Nikki Kaye has absolutely nothing to show for, she has achieved nothing note worthy and is as happy as the rest of her party to scapegoat someone else to hide their callousness and disrespect towards the NZ public and their electorate.

      • Wayne 9.1.1

        Sabine,

        I am pretty sure Nikki is more than happy to stand on National’s record. The economic performance (growth, employment, inflation, govt surplus) is among the best in the OECD and is internationally admired.

        She can personally point to CBD rail, Aotea National Park as among her more notable achievements.

        I don’t know why Standardnistas think National MP’s will be embarrassed about the things they have done in govt. In fact they are more than happy to campaign on their achievements and their record.

        It is many on the Left who are under the delusion that they need to convince voters that NZ is some sort of hellhole.

        I note that Andrew Little does not do this. In fact he was crowing about surpluses the other day and all the choices it gave him, and how he could use them better than National. It is actually a compliment to National successfully running the economy.

        • Sabine 9.1.1.1

          Yep, i think it will be very nice to see the National Party go run on the accomplishments of the thousands of people living in cars and depending on food parcels to make ends meet. I agree with you.

          Inflation is down?
          http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/294499/inflation-falls-to-16-year-low
          Rents are up
          http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/77175211/Rents-increase-as-landlords-use-new-year-to-review-costs
          http://www.trademe.co.nz/property/price-index/for-rent/

          Unemployment? Mate, just because WINZ is handing out illegal contracts not containing any hours, lieu of work, like candy does not mean unemployment has gone down.
          http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2016/11/major-recruitment-company-accused-of-exploiting-jobless.html

          You should have also seen that I did indeed give her praise for high costs of living in the CBD, which usually translate into high profits for a few speculators and owners, who surely will rejoice in the Tram line – which actually existed well before Nikki Kaye was born. But hey, did she do it all by herself, or is this just another instance of her jumping on the bandwagon, cause i can’t really find anything there. 🙂

          As for the Great Barrier Island, do you really want me to put up again all the publicly available links that point to several thousands of protestors against the folly of hte National Party, the work of the Green Party, the work of Forrest and Birds Society, the work of the Labour Party, NZFirst etc etc and make it ‘her’ victory”? Seriously?

          http://www.doc.govt.nz/news/media-releases/2014/new-aotea-conservation-park-approved/
          according to this little piece of paper over 7000 submission were lodged and you think that Nikki Kaye did it singlehandedly? IF she did, care to point to a statement that can be found somewhere, cause its funny her name is just popping up under other.

          http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/files/file/aotea-conservation-park-submission-form.pdf
          http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/files/file/Aotea%20National%20Park%20submission%20attachment.pdf

          She has done fuck all, and it will be fun to see the National Party run on the success story of un-affordable rental properties, un-affordable house ownership, high living costs, high unemployment, high homelessness, cut services for mental health especially in Christchurch, cut services for shelters for women and men to just name a few, rebuild of CHCH , the quality of our shitty rivers and lakes, the quality of drinking water in Havelock North and the many many more instances where the National Party put itself, its donors before country and people.

          So please what has she achieved that was not started by others, is funded by others, and was pushed through by others so that all she ever had to do is to quip but i voted for it. 🙂
          Any legislation she wrote and put forward that benefits the country? Anything? Something?
          Let her stand on the record of the John Key/Bill English do nothing National Party Goverment.
          Let her explain this winter why we have children sleeping in cars or families raking up tens of thousand of dollars in Motel bills as emergency aid.
          Let her explain why we have our emergency services overloaded with kids and elderlies sick of the flu and colds because they can’t afford to see a regular doctor.
          Let her explain why again we have people die in burning Houses because they used alternative heating methods as the line costs in our rural areas make heating a luxury not afforded to them.
          Let them explain why families have to choose between heating, paying rent or eating because they can’t afford another 50$ raise in rent per week.

          I for one look forward to the National Party MP’s running on the success of the National Party of John Key runaway PM and Bill English housing benefit fraud from Dipton.

          Bring it. ITs gonna be fun.

        • dukeofurl 9.1.1.2

          CBD Rail was all Les Browns doing

          Nikki kaye seems to think she is the local ward councillor and takes credit for every footpath and park improvement.
          She is elected to represent them in Wellington, and her achievements in Civil Defence after 3 years were such that she was recently sacked and the job given to a real minister- a busy one at that and an obvious sign of displeasure

          • Sabine 9.1.1.2.1

            yep, she has got fuck all to show for.

            All she does is jump on ‘feel good’ bandwagons to show that there are National Party Mp’s that ‘care’ but in effect she has achieved nothing. NOTHING.

            And me thinks that the Nationalistas here do protest much, without linking to any of her achievements. Mhh, might it be that there are no links no press releases or anything to link to.

          • JanM 9.1.1.2.2

            And now, just to show us all how much they value us all, they’re about to give her the Education portfolio – eeek!

        • Robert Guyton 9.1.1.3

          Wayne says,
          “I am pretty sure Nikki is more than happy to stand on National’s record.”
          However, she was, apparently, not happy with National’s attempts to mine Great Barrier Island.
          Wayne goes on,
          “I don’t know why Standardnistas think National MP’s will be embarrassed about the things they have done in govt.” but mistakes the views here, imo, where “Standardistas” rather believe that National MPs should be embarrassed by the things they have done in government, but are well aware that most of them aren’t. This is initially puzzling to “Standardistas”, I’m thinking, but only until the motivations of those National MPs are teased apart and considered. Then, most here feel a little repelled, from what I can gather.

          • Sabine 9.1.1.3.1

            i don’t think National Party MP’s can be embarrassed. It would mean that at a minimum they have to have common decency and a sense of right or wrong.
            And as the housing welfare fraud Bill English showed the country, its only wrong when a poor person does it, if a rich person swindles its a ‘not understanding of the procedures and regulations.

            heck, i don’t even think they have left he basic emotion of shame.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.3.1.1

              i don’t think National Party MP’s can be embarrassed. It would mean that at a minimum they have to have common decency and a sense of right or wrong.

              Psychopaths don’t have a conscience.

        • Robert Guyton 9.1.1.4

          “I note that Andrew Little does Bill English did not do this. In fact he was crowing about surpluses (of Michael Cullen) the other day several years ago and all the choices it gave him, and how he could use them better than National Labour. It is actually a compliment to National Labour successfully running the economy.

        • s y d 9.1.1.5

          “The economic performance (growth, employment, inflation, govt surplus) is among the best in the OECD and is internationally admired.” so says Wayne.

          Kind of like studying a bucket of s**t and noting that there’s a nice big, shiny fatty one floating on top…

          https://www.interest.co.nz/news/86532/gdp-grows-only-04-december-quarter-versus-market-pick-07-and-rbnz-forecast-10-stats-nz

          so 0.4%GDP growth on 0.8% population growth, the old migration boost 1 trick pony is falling over

        • AB 9.1.1.6

          The sleek, blithe voice of privilege. It is always thus.

        • Johan 9.1.1.7

          Poor Wayne seems to suffer from tunnel vision, let him open his eyes. Of course RWNJ like Wayne aren’t allowed to see further than their nose.

        • gnomic 9.1.1.8

          Seek treatment for your delusions.

          “I am pretty sure Nikki is more than happy to stand on National’s record. The economic performance (growth, employment, inflation, govt surplus) is among the best in the OECD and is internationally admired.”

          Pathetic bullshit I trust you don’t believe. If in case you do, get help right now today.

          This regime is the saddest I have seen in my lifetime. Key. Joyce. English. Smith. Brownlee.

          Want any of these on your life raft? I thought not. But maybe you do since you seem to be simple.

    • gsays 9.2

      Hi Robert, this is where the hypocrisy lies.
      Labour is forming a meme in election year: national are lousy financial managers ( one I would agree with), coupled with Grant Robertson smugly referring to the strip tease image over cornflakes.

      • A general meme and a personal attack meme are different fish, gsays. Attempts to discredit a party are run of the mill political stuff. Premeditated and organised attacks on an individual unconnected from any actual misdemeanors is nothing more than nasty. It’s not hypocritical to practice the former in this instance, imo.

  10. mary_a 10

    Attacking on a personal basis, is losing the argument.

    National MPs running scared now. Getting nasty. Good.

    A Little/Ardern led Labour government coming up in September.

    • So sad. Flotsam and jetsam is all that remains of what was once a proud political party. Looking now ,with horror,at their fellow MP’s they realise,deep down, that the skids are under both themselves and their “National lying party”. . I believe most of them have stumbled through the ‘denial’ stage of grief since ‘john the liar’ scarped .The anger stage of grief is upon most them. Out-bursts will be the norm. Some – smith, for example lag behind and remain in denial and continue lying, just like the good old days. Just who is poking him with a sharp stick I still have to determine. May you drift on through the polluted, shark infested waters to some barren rock. R.I.P.

    • Planet Earth 10.2

      “Attacking” a politician’s achievements or lack thereof isn’t “personal”, it’s professional criticism, and that’s as it should be – don’t see anyone holding back attacking John Key’s track record on TS!

      • Draco T Bastard 10.2.1

        Except that the National Party strategists started off with attacking her looks.

        And they’re lying about her achievements.

        • Planet Earth 10.2.1.1

          Link, reference or citation please

          • Robert Guyton 10.2.1.1.1

            Planet Earth – I wonder if you’re working up the idea that National and those associated haven’t been using Jacinda’s (pleasant) appearance as an opportunity for a spot/campaign of mockery designed to undermine her standing,’cause if you are, it’s not ringing true to me. Key was adept at demeaning by calling others, “son” and I’m sure he was advised to do so, just as Bennett used “sweetie” as a diminisher, most likely under the same guidance; those are age old bully tactics; giving your opponent a “lower status” tag in order to assert your own self-assigned “higher” status.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 10.2.1.1.2

            Cf: the links and references in the OP. Did you read it?

            • Robert Guyton 10.2.1.1.2.1

              I did, OAB (don’t think PE has given them anything more than a cursory glance though). This interested me;
              “Much more important to Ms Ardern’s rise, as for Mr Key’s, are her regular appearances in the likes of the Women’s Weekly and Next and on Back Benches and Breakfast.” and it was the phrase, “as for Mr Key’s” that gave me the feeling that the disquiet being exhibited by the National Party machine around Jacinda is because they recognise the strategy and fear that Labour has the candidate to exploit the advantage they held when Key walked amongst them. Key’s fled and Jacinda’s the focus of the powerful force that popular media can be. It’s a very satisfying turn of events, for those of us who enjoy irony.

            • Planet Earth 10.2.1.1.2.2

              Yes, why? Nothing there about “National Party strategists attacking her looks”.

              • Carolyn_nth

                Actually, TBF, party strategists are usually behind the scenes people, and don’t do the actual attacking. They produce the approach for others (MPs, bloggers, Dirty Politics hit people) to follow.

                So there usually won’t be anything public that can be directly attributed to strategists.

                • Planet Earth

                  Do you have any proof of this assertion, because I’m detecting a strong smell of bullshit. The Rules of this site are quite clear about making unsubstantiated assertions.

                  Sorry about your ankle – I know they’re very painful and can take a while to come right!

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/spin/

                    The only smell of BS around here is emanating from you.

                    • Planet Earth

                      Ah, the guy that lied about “the National Party strategists started off with attacking her looks” – got anything to back that up?

                  • “I believe” gets you around Planet Earth’s pedantry;
                    “I believe” National and those associated have been using Jacinda’s (pleasant) appearance as an opportunity for a spot/campaign of mockery designed to undermine her standing.
                    Or, “It’s obvious to me and most commenters here” that National and those associated have been using Jacinda’s (pleasant) appearance as an opportunity for a spot/campaign of mockery designed to undermine her standing.
                    Or, “It’s generally accepted that” National and those associated have been using Jacinda’s (pleasant) appearance as an opportunity for a spot/campaign of mockery designed to undermine her standing.

                    Planet Earth seemingly doesn’t believe that National and those associated have been using Jacinda’s (pleasant) appearance as an opportunity for a spot/campaign of mockery designed to undermine her standing, but he’s wrong, imo. His declared inability to locate any instances where this is the case caused me to feast upon my metaphorical hat, constructed, fortunately for me, from rice crackers. I admit to adding hummus to the meal.

                    • Planet Earth

                      Interesting Robert – so is your belief evidence-based, or did you just make it up?

                    • Certainly evidence based and there are numerous examples I could cite. If you had a genuine interest, you’d find some of them yourself. In fact, others here have gifted you some of those but you’ve chosen to interpret them in your own way, which from an observers pov, looks like you have an agenda of denial and an intention to choke discussion with petulant cries of “prove it!!”. Loosen up, Planet and join the discussion at the rate of flow it is travelling at. Trying to dam the flow with pedantry is…boring.

                    • Planet Earth []

                      OK, we’ll have to disagree- I see a sub-thread of false and unproven assertions about National or associates attacking Jacinda Ardern for her looks, you see pedantry. Good luck to you on Planet Guyton!

                    • “OPINION: Why did National wheel out Nikki Kaye to launch a personal attack on Jacinda Ardern in the House?

                      It’s been the talk in Parliament’s corridors and in the coffee shops down on Lambton Quay today.

                      The aim was obvious; try and “frame” her as empty, superficial, without any significant achievements. A show pony. It’s the same tactic National has used with effect in the past. When Andrew Little took the leadership it immediately launched a coordinated attempt to type-cast him as “Angry Andy”.”

                      Planet Earth: here’s a snippet of OPINION, not to be dismissed, I suggest. It’s these people, closer to the action than you or I, that build their views from a myriad of information, distill it for our sakes and do so intelligently. Clamouring for “links” and “citations’ ad nauseum won’t get you anywhere when we are talking about views such as those expressed in this article. Trust your gut feelings, Planet. Jacinda has caused National’s gut to churn, I reckon 🙂

                    • Planet Earth []

                      No offence, Robert, but you do know that opinions are like the proverbial, in that everybody has one.
                      I will confess to not having been Parliament’s corridors or Lambton Quay’s coffee bars today, so you may have heard more of them than I.

                    • This, Planet:
                      “The aim was obvious…”

                      And, it is. But not, seemingly, to you.

                      Curious.

                    • McFlock

                      it’s a sad day when all tories can do is to pretend to be even bigger imbeciles than they really are.

  11. BevanJS 11

    “Ardern is personable and popular, that is an achievement in itself” – not really. John Key was notable for this and what did he achieve?

    • Ad 11.1

      3 terms and an easy succession into a likely 4th term.

      If all Ardern did was help do that for Labour, I’d give her an early Gold Badge.

      • dukeofurl 11.1.1

        The Wise Owls may hoot and blink rapidly in disgust, but a lot of politics is perception.
        Annette King was invisible for the vast numbers of voters and Jacs being ‘highly visible’ is a plus.
        She doesnt even have to be a ministerial power house when that time comes.

  12. michelle 12

    The fact the gnats are personally attacking Jacinda says to me they are really worried and they should be because people are sick and tired of their antics and bullshert. The water issue is but one issue but really significant.
    All Jacinda has to say is we will address superannuation if the NZ people vote for us we will conduct comprehensive research and consult widely with NZers and then develop a policy based on the findings that suits the majority of NZers rather that be weak and park the issue for 20 years like the gnats have done. The gnats need to get some guts like there mate John said despite him having non himself.

    • Yep, as we saw with Clark, the Nats don’t bother with personal attacks unless they’re skeered, and know they can’t tax cut/pretend to understand the economy their way through a debate with someone.

      While I have misgivings about whether Jacinda has the policy nous to be deputy, with Grant Robertson handling Finance and Andrew Little a bit heavier on policy than on charisma, she’s not a bad pick.

      Basically the nats are just jealous their media darling is leaving and now Labour’s one is high-profile.

    • Johan 12.2

      The gnats should be worried, after all they are presenting a tired old bench as candidates and must front-up in the upcoming election why they have failed to tackle important issues while in power for three terms. Jacinda is young, bright and has mastered the art of the sound bite. She should attract many millennial age group people to vote Labour.

  13. saveNZ 13

    I just hope Greens and Labour do a deal on the Auckland CBD electorate votes so that we can change the central Auckland MP to a Labour/Green one!

    • They’re not, and why would it matter if they did?

      Your electorate MP is only relevant if they’re someone who wouldn’t get in on the list, which for most Auckland MPs isn’t the case.

  14. When John Key quit, it was like a good cold front had arrived in the National Party.

    https://willnewzealandberight.com/2017/03/16/end-of-the-good-weather-for-national/

    Now I get the impression that a second one is approaching the Nats, bringing thunderstorms and other bad weather.

    Roll on the thunderstorms!

  15. McFlock 15

    Praising with faint damnation – the only thing the nats can bring up is criticism so petty and farcical that any guy making the criticism would be wide open to sexism allegations.

    On the plus side, at least that shows the nats are no longer as tone deaf as David Seymour. That’s, like, social improvement, right?

  16. Ethica 16

    Jacinda proudly puts children at the forefront of her policies and speeches and has championed children and families in much of her work, even though she has only ever been an Opposition MP. That the National Party ignores all this says more about them than her. She also has integrity, a quality they probably don’t understand.

  17. Tiger Mountain 17

    the Nat women just sat there when then PM Key insulted women and other parties women MPs in particular during the Christmas Island debacle; the Nat women too rarely show solidarity with other NZ women in public at least on anything, so this goes further than just an attack on Jacinda Ardern

    Thatcher lite types like Judith Collins and poor bashing, privacy breaching Paula “deputy dog” Bennett should be put on notice by the opposition

  18. Michael 18

    Kaye’s personal attack on Ardern seems to have been effective as it was deplorable. I agree that attacks on a person’s appearance are contemptible but that’s the way the political game of Thrones is played. And Little did promote Ardern (and get rid of Annette King) largely because of her appearance. A more serious criticism of Ardern is her lack of substantial achievements during her time in politics. Of course, Ardern has spent the last decade out of government but, if she can’t lift her performance and score some solid hits against the Nats, she and her comrades will remain in opposition for a lot longer. In order to gain approval as an alternative government, Labour needs to function first as an effective opposition. I remember it did this very well between 1996-1999, with the result that it was perceived as highly competent and ready to govern by the time of the election later that year. That state of affairs does not apply to Labour in 2017 and no amount of cosmetic change will ever disguise the fact that Labour remains unfit for office.

    • McFlock 18.1

      lol “cosmetic change”. You, Maggie Barry, and Nikki Kaye all get the same talking points?

      thanks for your concern.

      Ardern could either sling bullshit insults back, or not get personal. She’s done the latter, and that shows a better game than anything you lot have.

      • michelle 18.1.1

        Jacinda just needs to take on board the words of Michelle Obama ‘when they go low we go high’.
        You can’t go much lower than the gnats as they have no integrity

    • Ardern’s been in opposition. Getting anything passed in opposition is a substantial achievement, and you’re qualified even if all you do is make the Minister you’re facing off against look bad.

      I’m actually not Ardern’s biggest fan, but this series of attacks against her since National realised she makes Bill look boring and Paula look heartless have definitely gone too far.

    • Johan 18.3

      Michael: Your comment has the stench of a RWNJ.

      “And Little did promote Ardern (and get rid of Annette King) largely because of her appearance. A more serious criticism of Ardern is her lack of substantial achievements during her time in politics”.
      What evidence do you have to support these assertions? Sounds like they came directly out of you orifice. Try to remove your blinkers first before making an intelligent comment!

  19. Whispering Kate 19

    Nikki Kaye has demeaned herself and become a lesser person by slagging off at Jacinda Adern, it has taken her from a reasonable MP into a petty immature school yard trouble maker. I would have thought her illness, serious as it was, would have given her lots of quiet time to reflect on the fragility of life and honed some life skills so that she would become a more reflective and thoughtful person to her fellow contemporaries. It is odd that she obviously hasn’t looked into herself more deeply and become a more rounded and mature person from her experience. My opinions only of course.

  20. Sacha 20

    Political journo Vernon Small agrees the Nats are probably spooked by their polling about Ardern: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/90508747/nationals-attack-on-labours-deputy-suggests-concerns-more-than-skin-deep

    • Carolyn_nth 20.1

      Some extracts from the article for the benefit of some above:

      Why did National wheel out Nikki Kaye to launch a personal attack on Jacinda Ardern in the House?

      It’s been the talk in Parliament’s corridors and in the coffee shops down on Lambton Quay today.

      The aim was obvious; try and “frame” her as empty, superficial, without any significant achievements. A show pony. It’s the same tactic National has used with effect in the past. When Andrew Little took the leadership it immediately launched a coordinated attempt to type-cast him as “Angry Andy”.

      The language of the attacks by Kaye – who has squared off successfully against Ardern in two battles for Auckland Central – as well as fellow Minister Maggie Barry were unmistakably pointed.

      Her promotion to deputy leader of Labour was a “superficial, cosmetic facelift”. Youth Minister Kaye said she struggled to recall anything Ardern had achieved.

      There would be “a whole lot of photo ops … she’ll be across every billboard” but she had “failed our generation” in her comments on superannuation.

      Whether it was a wise move on National’s part is a different question.

      The speed and intensity of the attacks confirmed, if any confirmation was needed, that National sees her as a threat.

      And Alex Coleman links to kiwib to support his claim that DPF laid out the attack line last week.

  21. Who(m) said;
    “Jacinda does have many political skills. She is warm and funny. She is a good communicator. She is smart. She has been a political staffer and knows Parliament. She is comfortable in her own skin, and she is genuine.”

    Farrar, that’s whom 🙂

  22. JustMe 22

    Perhaps there is an element of jealousy by Kaye towards Adern. But then ALL National MPs have built up a wonderful(and I am speaking facetiously here)record of trying to demean others(even NZ voters)vocally. For example when NZers protested against the TPPA the then pm of NZ called the protestors as ‘rent a protestor’. In the lead up to the Mt Roskill byelection Parmjeet Parmar’s husband resorted to demeaning the wife of Michael Wood.
    And so if this is the behaviour of National MPs in attempt to demean themselves in the eyes of NZers then let them carry on. Their actions actually demean the National Party. It also shows they haven’t really grown up and are behaving like school yard bullies having temper tantrums.
    And so if a National MP cannot speak intelligently and on behalf of NZers then he/she shouldn’t speak at all. But then we all know National MPs have a habit of being asked a question by Opposition MPs at Question Time. They pounce up with a flourish and flippantly reply with a simple “Yes” or “No”. They then sit down and grin like village idiots.
    However, and yes I am getting personal here myself but I am not a politician, but most female National MPs that we have seen that are in senior positions are they look very similar to female concentration camp guards in Nazi Germany. Still I can only guess John Key didn’t want too much female eye-candy and so surrounded himself with hard looking women. He did however call Murray McCully ‘eye-candy’ which is still a puzzling statement from a male!

  23. marious 23

    So the Nat’s are worried by Ardern.
    So they should be
    Bills falling in the polls its game on.

    As for super it should have become self funding under Kirk’s scheme but as usual National blow our chance under Muldoon. And again with Kiwi saver under Key. Some record, instead we pay out 12b a year and rising from taxes. It could have been used to pay for other much needed policies such as tax cuts for rich people instead of having to borrow public money for them.

    Kay attacks Ardern, she should be looking closer to home and defending her governments record if that’s possible. What has National actually achieved in the past 9 years.

    Record debt, the sell off of New Zealand, Deepening environmental problems, Huge increase in low paid work. Ardern may well hit a note with the voting public which is the whole point of Kay’s attack.

    Bring it on, it’ll become clear just what Ardern can achieve.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
    Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. The first question many people ask ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
    Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer and journalist She runs the Feminist Current website which she founded in 2012.  She was a keynote speaker for the Feminism2020 conference in Wellington this month. When Massey University cancelled the original venue booking Feminism2020 was hosted in Parliament by MP David Seymour. Meghan ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Colombia has lived through one week of protests against the economic measures taken by president Duque. What looked like a protest that would fizzle out after its first day on November 21st is still going strong. Part of the reason for the continuance ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
    Around a million billion pass through you each second, almost all originating from our sun, but few of them are likely to interact with you enroute. I was reading in a physics magazine earlier in the week about the nature of neutrinos. These are extremely numerous elementary particles, but only ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
    By Pallab Ghosh There’s value in covering new research advances, even when the underlying science is unsettled. But there are also risks. The recent announcement that scientists discovered water on the planet K2-18b, 110 light years away, prompted a media swoon. News stories, including a piece written by me, billed ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
    I wrote this review a couple of years ago when I was still in the process of getting my head around the politics of transgenderism, and specifically the claim that intersex conditions lend support to the notion that sex is ‘socially constructed’. Since writing this review I have come across ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
    Two weeks ago, Malaysian-owned oil company Tamarind declared it was insolvent and went into administration after a failed offshore drilling campaign. Tamarind apparently specialises in buying oil fields at the end of their life and trying to squeeze out the last few drops of pollution. But part of their scam ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How much does flying contribute to climate change?
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How much does our use of air travel contribute to the ...
    SciBlogsBy Shaun Hendy
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The task before us
    Two weeks ago, the Zero Carbon Act became law. Right this moment, the Climate Change Commisison will be working on its initial budgets for 2022-25 and 2026-2030, and the UN has just given them a very clear steer:Countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2309) Mr. Spock
    Minor planet/asteroid (2309) Mr. Spock is named not for the character in Star Trek, but for a cat that was itself imperturbable, logical, intelligent and had pointed ears In a preceding blog post I introduced one of my favourite asteroids, (2472) Bradman, and also mentioned (6581) Sobers amongst a few ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles deaths and antivax misinformation
    Today the death toll from measles in Samoa rose to 32. All but four of the dead were less than 5 years old. Absolutely terrible, heartbreaking, news. That statistic alone should be enough to give the lie to the common claim by antivaccination activists plague enthusiasts that “measles is a ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia: the state murder of Dilan Cruz
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh It is late here in Bogotá, almost 11.30pm on Monday the 25th of November as I write this. The day began full of hope with yet more massive marches throughout the country, a mix of the International Day of Non-Violence Against Women and the National Strike. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
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    4 days ago
  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech to Government Economics Network 2019 Conference
    I want to talk about one of the most pressing issues in our national life: the housing crisis and the poor performance of our cities. The argument I want to make to you is that generations of urban land use policy have lacked a decent grounding in economics. The consequences ...
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    5 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
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    5 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
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    6 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
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    6 days ago
  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government delivers funding boost for ethnic communities
    Ethnic communities will be able to plan and deliver more community initiatives thanks to an increase in Government funding, Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Jenny Salesa said today. “Ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand is a place we can all be proud to call home has been a key priority of our ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt supports Southland farmers in sustainability
    Healthier waterways, better productivity and farmer wellbeing are front and centre in a new project involving more than 1000 Southland farmers and growers. Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor today announced that the Thriving Southland Change and Innovation Project is the first region-wide extension programme supported by the $229 million Sustainable ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Flood of support for Top of the South catchment
    Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Government funding support Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage announced in Canvastown today. “Every New Zealander should be able to swim in their local river without getting sick, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Eight Queen’s Counsel appointed under new criterion
    Eight Queen’s Counsel have been appointed under a process that includes the new criterion of a commitment to improving access to justice, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. “The new criterion was included this year. It emphasises that excellence and leadership in the profession can be seen through a wider, community ...
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    7 days ago
  • Major expansion for Wellington’s Onslow College
    Onslow College in Wellington will get 20 new classrooms for more than 400 students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The much-needed investment will relieve growth pressure the school has been experiencing for some time. Seven existing classrooms which have deteriorated over time will also be replaced, bringing the total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Talented young Kiwis awarded PM’s Scholarships to Asia and Latin America
    More than 250 young New Zealanders will add international experience to their education, thanks to the latest Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Latin America (PMSLA), Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This round of scholarships supports 252 recent graduates or current students to undertake study, research or internships ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government to improve competitiveness and transparency in the retail fuel market
    Consumers will benefit from a more competitive, transparent retail fuel market as a result of changes the Government will be making in response to the findings of the Commerce Commission’s study of the fuel sector. “We accept the Commission’s findings and, as the Prime Minister has said, we’re ready to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • More cancer medicines for more people
    Five new cancer medicines have now been funded this year, meaning thousands of people have more treatment options PHARMAC has today announced that it has approved two new medicines for funding – fulvestrant for breast cancer and olaparib for ovarian cancer. This follows earlier decisions on advanced lung cancer treatment alectinib, ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government acts to sort out electoral ‘coin toss’ problem
    The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says the Government will consider making changes to local electoral legislation before the 2022 elections to fix the problems that have arisen where elections are settled by a coin toss.  The Minister says the recount process in the Murupara- Galatea ward at ...
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    7 days ago
  • NZ to Join IMO Convention to Reduce Ship Emissions
    New Zealand will sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Subject to completion of the Parliamentary treaty examination process, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, an ...
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    1 week ago
  • Bill to empower urban development projects
    New legislation to transform our urban areas and create sustainable, inclusive and thriving communities will tomorrow be introduced to Parliament, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said. “The Urban Development Bill gives Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities the tools it needs to partner with councils, communities, mana whenua and private developers to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Early Learning Action Plan to kickstart long term change
    Today’s launch of He taonga te Tamaiti: Every child a taonga: The Early Learning Action Plan 2019-2029 provides the foundation for long-lasting changes to early learning, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.   “Early learning will be one of the Government’s top education priorities going into 2020,” Chris Hipkins said.   ...
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    1 week ago