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Can Sexism Save Simon’s Bacon?

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 pm, February 13th, 2019 - 115 comments
Categories: death with dignity, Judith Collins, same old national, uncategorized, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: ,

Embattled ‘leader’ of the National Party Simon Bridges has sensationally exposed a STUNNING SECRET about Jacinda Ardern in a new online ad.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1095450234568622080

 

Readers of a sensitive nature may wish to sit down, possibly with smelling salts close at hand, because Simon has just revealed to the nation that the Prime Minister DOES NOT HAVE A PENIS!

Yes, you read it here first. The person running our country is, gasp, a WOMAN!

Sure, she gave birth recently, but until Simon’s internet intervention, we had no definitive proof that Jacinda Ardern is FEMALE!

Thanks for clearing that up, Simon. Nobody will ever say you’re useless again. Probably.

Oh, and just one minor point Simon. In the marketing world, selling the sizzle is how winning is done.

But winning’s not your strong point, is it?

 

 

Main pic care of @Dovil. Remember, Vote National, get a shrivelled sausage.

115 comments on “Can Sexism Save Simon’s Bacon?”

  1. marty mars 1

    Getting desperate and the gnat rats will get worse – expect some more useless dirty tricks. Hopefully they are better than this dismal effort – the gnats have no sizzle or sausage – sizzleless simon sausage – get it while it’s cold.

  2. mickysavage 2

    Haha I was just mulling over the dogwhistle nature of their latest ad and marvelling that they would even do it. I mean pissing off half of the electorate is not a good starting point.

    And I used to marvel at the sophistication of National’s social media …

    I wonder what Judith thinks of this?

  3. ken 3

    Poor Soimun……all beef and no pork.

  4. Cinny 4

    Wonder who the genius was that came up with the bbq idea? ROFL !!!

    PS… As a woman…. that ad comes across as a put down, it looks like national think that women are stupid. As for the two men in the ad, they don’t even look or sound cool, the older fella looks and sounds like Mr rugby, racing and beer. Maybe they are targeting a certain type of elderly male?

    Crikey they are being slayed on that twitter link.

    • mickysavage 4.1

      😀

    • ankerawsharkP 4.2

      Agree Cinny and the younger guy with the mo comes across as one of those complete know it all prats that you hope you never have to work with or sit next to at a dinner party…….

      • Cinny 4.2.1

        That’s a bang on description Ank… re the young guy.

        I wonder if the nat’s engaged a psychic who channeled muldoon for advertising advice? LMFAO !!!

        Even funnier is the fact the someone signed off on it.

        • ankerawsharkP 4.2.1.1

          I seem to remember in the conversation Jami-Lee taped Simon wanted to spend the $100,000.00 donation on attack adds against Labour……………….Wonder if how they funded this one. The add appears to be so low budget that must give them a fair wack left. I am looking forward to more adds along these lines.

          But wondering who did sign the add off………….

  5. Muttonbird 5

    The last point from Elmer was an important one for Simon:

    Watch your bark.

  6. Stuart Munro 6

    I wonder why the Gnats stopped using Crosby Textor – was the price too high? Whoever came up with this is a lot like a private service provider – produces something which seems plausible until the cheque clears, and is away laughing. Maybe the same clowns who made the Steinlager ads that cost Lion China.

  7. ankerawsharkP 7

    f’ing hell………….that’s out of the 50’s. A text book case of mansplaining. Not to mention wtf the used the setting of a bbq! The comments are brilliant. Gosh the left are good and full of wit!

    This plus the petulant behaviour at the select committee today. National I love your work!

  8. ankerawsharkP 8

    This ad is marvellous. its such a f up from every point of view…………

    Does that mean if labour are all sizzle and no sausage, that National will give us the sausage????? What a vile thought

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    • marty mars 8.1

      yes I’ve watched it a few times now and everytime I find a new angle to laugh at – this will go done as one of the worst political ads of all time – up there with the dancing cossacks.

      • miravox 8.1.1

        Scarily though. the cossacks ad was effective.

        This one feels Trumpist in that its talking to the base, if the base is ‘the ordinary bloke’.

        Maybe it’s aimed at the equivalent of Muldoon’s “Rob’s Mob”?

    • miravox 8.2

      Aside from the mansplaining, I’m ok with a bit of sizzle-talk, but much happier when the men keep their sausages to themselves.

    • Michelle 8.3

      national with give you the sausage without the bread and sauce

  9. Muttonbird 9

    I’d say it’s James on the barbecue but he’s got a Kiwi accent!

  10. ankerawsharkP 10

    Agree Marty, although at least the dancing cosacks were a bit exotic back the day.

    What an earth were they thinking when they used the idea of a sausage………….just opening themselves up to all sorts of infantile jokes at their expense.

    The twitter feed is brilliant. I wonder how soon they will pull it. Ha ha ha ha ha ha

  11. mac1 11

    It had to be a BBQ. No greens at a barbie.

    Bugger all sauce. Bugger all friends, too.

    Interesting to see how the Nats see themselves. Dumb blondes and tartan-shirted hipster lumberjacks. Never saw the shoes, though. Were they brown?

    FFS.

  12. Sacha 12

    If the advert is trying to peel off some NZ First voters to the Nats, even its cheapness is a good feature: like spelling mistakes in spam emails, it repels people who would ask awkward questions.

    To a fearful old codger who does not feel respected, it says they won’t waste money on stuff that doesn’t matter anyway. Honour the sausage!

    Being immediately detested by lefties will reinforce the idea that it must be right, Barry.

    • Incognito 12.1

      Correct. With (Nigerian) scams they make it easy to spot that it is a scam to filter and select for the gullible and most likely victims to fall for it. I can’t shake the feeling that the whole thing is deliberately bad and applying some kind of reverse psychology and stereotyping …

      We’ll have to wait for the poll bounce to see whether it worked 😉

      • ankerawsharkP 12.1.1

        Ok. So the add is so bad its good??? Not arguing here. Its an interesting thought. Could be aimed at NZ first 2.whatever %

        National, just like a Nigerian scam. Yes that rings true

      • Sacha 12.1.2

        “We’ll have to wait for the poll bounce”

        It probably will not show up any time soon. Their aim is only to get NZ First below 5% by the time of the election, which will not take much of a shift. They don’t even really care if it increases the Nat vote.

      • mac1 12.1.3

        Like this?

        “I am Oneway Bridges, first cousin to the Leader of the Opposition in New Zealand.

        He has been on a sicrit mission to revilify the National Party, and prepare for the soon-to-be mispronounced accession of a New Leader but now it is time to sausage him from his selfless tusk.

        Can u imagine the hull he has been through on ur behalf? Mixing with Judith Collins, seated everyday alongside Paula Bennett, hearing the bellowed inanities of backbenchers behind you, attending meetings of the pity faithful?

        He deserves improper compensation.

        Please send $6,000,000 to the International Bank of Choyna so we can ensure he never has to do this again.

        This is not sperm male. We have done this for previous Leaders, too!”

  13. left_forward 13

    Don’t worry you pretty little head about stuff you can’t possibly comprehend deary, and take this fat, cholesterol packed, hot sausage and put it in your mouth. Now doesn’t that feel good?
    Oh Soimon!

  14. Sanctuary 14

    National appear convinced that if they go all GOP feral and try to ignite culture wars on absolutely everything they’ll win re-election.

    This ad though is just banal and stupid, it is like it was designed by 20 year old white interns just out of Kings.

    The trouble is the conditions for all out culture war and bone headed Trumpian populism don’t exist in NZ.

    Housing is a good example of the Gnats mis-reading the public mood on the issue. They think that because Kiwibuild is in trouble they can score political points off it, but IMHO the government has been given a huge free pass by the public on the issue because at least they are trying to fix the problem, unlike National who spent their time in office in denial.

  15. Ross 15

    I don’t know why people are questioning the BBQ setting. Gillette used the same setting in their recent advertising. That ad got a lot of attention and plaudits, and also focused on half the population. Clearly National thought that if it works for Gillette, it must be good.

    • ankerawsharkP 15.1

      I think BBQ’s are a bit problematic for the Nats at the moment. Think of word association…..BBQ + National = coup brewing and leader about to be knifed.
      First the punters trash Kiwibuild at the BBQ then move on to the real agenda for the evening which is when not if to knife Simon.

  16. WeTheBleeple 16

    Hosking reckons Simon’s off to a great start this year. 😀

    I know advocating violence is wrong, but just the one left hook…

    • ankerawsharkP 16.1

      Has Hoskings changed sides????? Keep spinning that Simon is good my son. Thanks Mikey. Your really helping the left!

  17. Robert Guyton 17

    “Sick chin strap neck beard, bro.”
    Favourite.

  18. Robert Guyton 18

    The young woman expresses her genuine delight in Labour’s housing plan, and is taken aback by the dishonest response from the chap with the sick chin strap beard. Slouching in the background, James grills a carcinogen for them both.

  19. Just watched the vid again. I reckon the actor playing ‘sensible chap’ is taking the piss out of Soimon. The way he says ‘un toitul’ has got be an in joke, surely?

    Given how successful this clip has been, they’ve rushed out another one:

  20. greywarshark 20

    Is he copying the Key piddling in the shower extension of commonality (and faux communality) with the very common man and woman?

  21. Brilliant young energetic enthusiastic labour supporter – the thick gnats got that correct.

  22. Adrian Thornton 22

    To be fair this won’t offend National voters whatsoever, that human sized sewer rat Sir John Key publicly exposed himself as being super creepy and disgustingly sexist when he touched the waitress unwantedly on several occasions in a Parnell cafe he frequented …National voters didn’t give a fuck about that, so even though this ad is just so dumb it makes me want to find the people who conceptualized it and stick my fingers in their eyes, it is probably pretty on point for it’s stupid, selfish, low brow idiot audience.

    The majority of National voters are and always will be sexist, it is written deep into their regressive backward flowing DNA stream, ironically National Woman are probably the most sexist of them all.

  23. Chris T 23

    Think people might over reacting a tad about that ad.

    Not saying it isn’t a bad ad, but she is hardly a candidate for sexist thing of the year.

    • marty mars 23.1

      Mate it’s so bad it’s gone to good. What an utter shambles the gnats are – gonna get messy in a bad way soon I suspect – make last year seem like a good one lol.

    • Fireblade 23.2

      Read the comments on Kiwibog. Even the National Party sychphants think it’s a monumental fuckup.

  24. ankerawsharkP 24

    Chris T, No I agree.

    Its just so deliciously wrong on so many levels……………….Best laugh I have had in a long time………..

    Shows National feminist principles mean nothing (a need to close the gender gap and this BB) . or if they mean to be a pro women’s equity party, they haven’t an f..ing clue!

  25. Siobhan 25

    Interesting choice of female in this ad., the Nats/tories’ are usually very fond of good looking blonds, I would have thought they would ask for “someone who looks like that weird girl from the Greens…you know the one, Swaaar-brick or whatever her name is“.

  26. Ffloyd 26

    Oh for Gawds sake. Is this all they’ve got. Starting to feel quite embarrassed for them. Plenty of ammo there for Labour. Bad P R for the Snarlers.

  27. ankerawsharkP 27

    Ffloyd . “Bad PR for the Snarlers” . ha ha ha ha.

    Article now on Stuff from Newshub, National getting roasted for sexist add. I am loving this

    • ianmac 27.1

      And TV1 had a good bash at it too. But dear Paula was on too saying that there was nothing wrong with it and people just jump at every little issue. Is she saying that MPs should not be barking at every car?

  28. tsmithfield 28

    So I guess all those offended about this add due to apparent sexism would also be appalled at the multitude of adds that depict men as stupid.

    https://digiday.com/marketing/copyranter-go-ad-joke-still-white-male-moron/

    • Cinny 28.1

      Sure I’m hearing what you are saying, and being a woman can relate, as we’ve been made out to look stupid by competitive ego driven men for thousands of years.

      Will simons ad gain him more votes or respect? No.

      Is simons ad appropriate in this day and age for a leader of a large political party? No.

      Does amy adams and/or any other female MP’s look stupid for sharing it? Yes

      Is national being slayed on twitter for the ad? Yes

      Are national supporters proud of that ad, does it inspire them to want to be like the blokes at the bbq? Very doubtful

      And the real kicker is… at the end of the blatantly low budget ad….authorised by Simon Bridges MP.

      • mary_a 28.1.1

        Cinny (28.1) … thanks for pointing out Simon Britches authorisation of this extremely low intelligent ad. Ha ha, the clown has put his name to it 🙂 Now let’s see how he justifies it.

    • Jess NZ 28.2

      Let me ‘splain. No, let me sum up.

      Women have been, and still are, discriminated against because of the dogma that women are, as a group and individuals, dumber than men. You can see this in any public forum about Ardern or Genter or Ocasio-Cortez, ad nauseam – so many comments are quite simply ‘she’s stupid’.

      There is no dogma or discrimination against men as being dumb – thus such jokes are not sexist but rather unimaginative attacks on those in an already privileged position. Same thing for white people claiming racism.

      ‘Our “-isms” require a rich, ugly history to precede them. They require marginalization en masse. They require everything spoken about above, including the institutionalization of bias.’

      https://www.bustle.com/articles/71400-6-reasons-men-can-literally-never-be-victims-of-sexism-and-those-who-think-they

      • tsmithfield 28.2.1

        The fallacy in the argument in that article, is that it paints the target group, in this case males, as a homogenous group all sharing the same characteristics. When in fact that is not the case.

        A lot of males are not misogynistic and are actually very supportive of women’s rights.

        So, to say it is OK to discriminate against a whole group because some behave badly is illogical, which ever way it is directed..

        • Jess NZ 28.2.1.1

          So you’re saying #notallmen. Sorry, you gotta get past that kneejerk response and listen to the history if you’re going to grow.

          It’s stereotyping, not sexism. And I’m not saying it’s OK. I’m saying it isn’t sexism, because males are the dominant gender. You don’t have to accept or understand the distinction for it to be true. But a bit of googling would get you heaps of explanations along the same lines.

    • roy cartland 28.3

      Nope. The white male buffoon (ie dad joker) has been a thing for decades, Homer Simpson being a particularly obvious example. The thing is, men are celebrated for their idiocy – Homer is beloved by millions beacuse he is so dumb.

      Can you think of a female example? Me neither. Paula’s (and your) gender-switch argument is spurious.

  29. ankerawsharkP 29

    For me its not sbout the sexism. Its about the gigantic f up that the add represents.

    National isn’t a product that = the more publicity the better.

    Love that Simon had to explain that 33 houses a day isn’t inaccurate cause they took into account public holidays……..lol

    Happy days!

    • tsmithfield 29.1

      But don’t you think that might be the point? It all seems so overt that it appears deliberately so, with a young blonde woman (typical stereo-types of “dumb blondes” etc).

      But perhaps this was a deliberate strategy to get the add viewed and talked about, even in a negative way. Those watching will still probably remember the 33 houses long after they have forgotten about the sexism in the add.

    • Cinny 29.2

      It sure is a ‘what the fuckery’ moment. Super amusing.

      No they won’t remember the ad for the houses tsmithfield. They’ll remember it for being a wtf ad.

      The general public remember national for a housing crisis, it’s ingrained in our minds.

      • tsmithfield 29.2.1

        Not so long ago people on the left were making a big deal about the Nats employing the services of Crosby Textor.

        So, if they are still getting that sort of advice, don’t you think this may have been a deliberate strategy? Whether it will be a successful strategy is another matter.

        But it certainly has created controversy. And controversy seems to be the key to getting noticed these days.

        Look at the amount of interest the add has had even now. Do you think it would have had that much attention if it were a male rather than a female appearing dumb?

        This add will probably get on the news now, where the 33 houses part will undoubtably get a mention. That makes the add fairly cheap publicity.

        • Cinny 29.2.1.1

          The any publicity is good publicity narrative? That’s nothing more than an excuse to justify a crap idea.

          Bad publicity can destroy any brand.

          • tsmithfield 29.2.1.1.1

            But remember a lot of people out there will just put this down to more PC nonsense and a fuss being made over nothing. But they will get the message about the 33 houses. Perhaps that is what the Nats are banking on.

            There will be others out there who agree the add is probably sexist, and that National should have thought better of it. But will also get the message about 33 houses.

            In the end, Labour made a big play on housing. And housing is much more important to people than whether an add was a bit close to the line or not.

            So, to that extent I think any publicity is good publicity in this case.

        • ankerawsharkP 29.2.1.2

          Whether Nats committed this atrocity knowingly or not, isn’t really the issue. Either they are prepared to do anything for their aim or they are stupid, well IMO it could be either or both.

          The issue is that this add ain’t going to do them any good. There is such as thing as being remembered for all the wrong reasons

        • Tony Veitch [not etc.] 29.2.1.3

          But the ad isn’t creating controversy, Tsmith, it’s drawing ridicule.

          And one thing any political party can’t survive is being laughed AT. Being made to seem irrelevant and just plain stupid is not a good publicity move.

          If you need proof of this, just look at ACT!

          • tsmithfield 29.2.1.3.1

            If ridicule were a reason not to run the add, then Jacinda would cease appearing on the Hosking show every Tuesday because she cops a lot of ridicule as well.

            If you have a look at the comments on the stuff article, a lot of them are ridiculing the fuss being made about the add, or are supportive of it.

            https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/110591424/national-partys-kiwibuild-attack-ad-comes-under-fire-as-sexist-and-incorrect

            • Robert Guyton 29.2.1.3.1.1

              tsmithfield – from the link you posted:
              “I don’t think it’s about gender.” Paula Bennett
              Right there’s National’s fail. Because they assigned to vacuous part to a woman, it’s all about gender, and they stuffed up. Why they couldn’t see it is a matter for discussion. The rest is pabulum.

            • Robert Guyton 29.2.1.3.1.2

              And I did love this comment:
              “ME1
              That’s not a sexist ad. ”
              Too subtle?

            • left_forward 29.2.1.3.1.3

              Well that’s stuff readers for you.
              The article didn’t even mention the sausage – carefully avoiding the subliminal metaphor (which has also been so widely appreciated) or just perhaps not getting why this is so hilarious… as well as blatantly sexist and wrong.
              Quintessentially ridiculous.

              • tsmithfield

                The most common metaphor for over promising and under-delivering is “all sizzle but no sausage”. So it is probably a bit of a stretch to read phallic meanings into the statement.

                • Sacha

                  Steak, not sausage.

                • left_forward

                  OK ts, I’ll ‘splain. Yes, the ‘all sizzle’ stuff is the up front attempted message, but the point of this OP is that in the context of the ad creator’s largely unconcious and patronising sexism, the sausage metaphor unintentionally extends the machoistic style. As TRP points out the message is therefore I have a big dick and Jacinda, well, oh dear, she doesn’t have one. Alternatively, I’m a big dick..

                  If you were more conscious of how this is patronising to women, you might not have to stretch too far to understand why this is so ridiculous.

                  • tsmithfield

                    So this Greenpeace add is also making phallic inferences?

                    • left_forward

                      Where’s the don’t worry your sweet little head bit, followed by a close up of a fat dripping sausage?

                      And there’s only one f’ing d in ad!

                    • tsmithfield

                      “Where’s the don’t worry your sweet little head bit, followed by a close up of a fat dripping sausage?”

                      I didn’t see either of those things in the National add.

                      But the Greenpeace add does start off with the word “banger”. Clearly referring sublimenly to the act of sex as in “banging”.

                      Also video of women putting sausages into their mouths, sublimenly referring to oral sex.

                      https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=banging

                    • left_forward

                      I guess you see what you want to see.

                    • tsmithfield

                      Exactly. You’ve got the point.

                    • left_forward

                      The point ts is that it requires the sexist stuff for the context, but sheesh… you aren’t gonna get it are you? Oh well have a good evening.

                    • As I see it, the takeaway from tsmithfield’s contribution is that National have been sprung, yet again, ripping off other people’s intellectual property.

                      Have I got that right, Slim?

                    • Shadrach

                      “National have been sprung…”

                      Could be. But then ts has ‘sprung’ some hypocrisy quite effectively.

                  • left_forward

                    Yes you’re right TRP, as Sacha pointed out earlier, the saying is ‘all sizzle and no steak’, yet the Ngatz, as ts showed us, used Greenpeace’s exact same variation.

                • ankerawsharkP

                  oh come on tsmithfield……………….the (masterpiece) add starts with sausages. If you would to ask people to free float re what they associate with sausages any fool can see it would be phallic……….

            • ankerawsharkP 29.2.1.3.1.4

              tsmithfield. Go on admit your embarrassed by this massive failure of an attack add. Oh wait when Simon mentioned to Jami Lee that he wanted the $100000.00 for attack adds, maybe he meant to attack National.

              Ha ha ha ha ha still laughing

  30. AB 30

    Remember – this ad is bought to you by the people who gleefully engineered (or at least exacerbated) the housing bubble to make themselves rich.
    Cranked up demand (via foreign buyers, no CGT, immigration) so it would overwhelm supply. Then they let the banks do the rest – a house is worth as much as a bank is prepared to lend on it, and if demand is hot they will lend (i.e. create ex nihilo) sh*tloads.

    The young guy looks super smug cos he reckons not enough houses will be built to lower prices and impact the capital gain he is expecting from his 5 rental properties. The old geezer is clearly delighted to be on the winning end of inter-generational theft. Typical Nats then – about as ethically developed as cockroaches.

  31. RMM 31

    The sausage is just a sausage, only you guys are making it about penises. But then, on the left throwing a dildo at someone you don’t like makes you a hero so I guess that should not come as a surprise. https://www.stuff.co.nz/northland/110361288/woman-who-threw-sex-toy-at-waitangi-will-attend-despite-police-trespass

    The REAL cringe of this National advert is the mansplaining, as Hipsterbeard made it really simple for Blondie so that her simple gullible female brain could comprehend.

    Don’t worry, I’ve let them know the advert is awful and tone-deaf and needs to be shit canned…

    Luvs

    RRM

    • left_forward 31.1

      …and in the context of such sexism, the sausage becomes a fat penis. You are so close to getting this.

    • ankerawsharkP 31.2

      Hi RRM, I have to say I think using a sausage just invites inane sexual innuendo. That’s my “beef” with it. I don’t know whether the sausage is sexist or not. It just leaves the ad open to such delicious ridicule. That’s one of the many aspects of this add which makes it such a massive joke.

      If you are in any sort of position to have the ad canned, please don’t. It’s been such fun to ridicule the party (who created the housing crisis) for their attempt to criticise those who are trying to fix it.

  32. Enough is Enough 32

    This criticism just walks straight into the right’s narrative of the “woke left” being perpetually outraged and looking for offence at every corner.

    • left_forward 32.1

      Who’s outraged? This is hilarious.

      • ankerawsharkP 32.1.1

        Agree left forward. I am not outraged either. It just can’t be taken seriously, but I appreciate others feel differently

      • Enough is Enough 32.1.2

        Julie Anne Genter
        Jacinda Ardern
        Every other person who has used the term “mansplaining” in the past two days.

        • ankerawsharkP 32.1.2.1

          Yes Enough is enough. But they do have a very valid point.

          Dumb blonde jokes went out in the 90’s for good reason. The ad is insulting womens’ intelligence.

    • Cinny 32.2

      I’m pissed off.

      Ask any attractive blonde how it makes them feel.

      Actually another woman should be the one asking an attractive blonde how the ad makes her feel, more likely to receive an honest answer.

      An attractive blonde is less likely to give an honest answer to a man (re how the ad makes them feel), for fear of another putdown. Attractive blondes have been dealing with that kind of shite for decades.

      Am also cracking up laughing because it’s a lame as ad; besides it’s pretty unlikely that a guy like that could score a chick that hot.

  33. ankerawsharkP 33

    No Enough is enough…….I am not offended at all! Just loving seeing National making an absolute arse of itself………………..Its too ridiculous to be offended by from my point if view. Gun meet foot

  34. mosa 34

    A friend of mine had a brief chat with Simon Bridges the other day when he turned up for a meeting and was on his own.
    Her impression was a positive one as he was friendly and cordial and very different to other Nats who have made an appearance here in the past who give the impression they are made of stone and the air of arrogance is permanating around them.
    She offered him a coffee but he requested some hot water instead.
    She was about to say aren’t you in enough of that already when he had to rush off for his appointment.
    She thinks he would have laughed at the joke so at least he has possibly a sense of humour.

  35. ankerawsharkP 35

    OK Mosa, Simon is human and maybe an o.k. guy. Get that. At times feel sorry for him and thought Winston went too far the other day in parliament.

    I see this ad as being a chance to ridicule National…………..given what they have done to the country and how they operate, I am happy to ridicule them.

  36. Incognito 36

    Another sad day in NZ politics when the Opposition holds the Government to account by moronic clips that belong in the deep dark corners of YouTube but not on the front page of NZ news.

    The same Opposition that sabotages Select Committee meetings in the most infantile way possible.

    The Opposition that cannot muster a proper argument against Government policies let alone come up with one themselves.

    The Opposition that rather debates through actors and MSM shills than doing the hard work themselves.

    They are not worthy of being in Opposition and it ain’t funny any longer 🙁

  37. SHG 37

    danylmc’s take at The Spinoff:

    Progressives are actually the primary target for this ad and it is designed to offend them. Offense and controversy makes things newsworthy and earns you coverage in the mainstream media, thus potentially reaching a far greater number of viewers than National would get through making a non-controversial, non-mansplaining ad. The way you communicate the KiwiBuild critique to the wider public – who are never going to watch a political ad in their feed, even if you boost it – is by breaching progressive rules of etiquette and provoking a controversy. This is Trump’s great innovation in political marketing: you don’t need to pay for advertising you just repeatedly outrage progressives, especially those who work in the media, and they’ll give you all the free coverage you could hope for.

    And, predictably, there are now stories about the controversy up on TVNZ and NewsHub with embeds of National’s ad.

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/14-02-2019/notes-towards-a-grand-unified-theory-of-the-terrible-national-party-sausage-ad/

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    Justice Minister Andrew Little will travel to Berlin tomorrow to represent New Zealand at a high-level summit on nuclear disarmament. This year, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) celebrates 50 years since it entered into force. “New Zealand’s proud record and leadership on nuclear disarmament is unwavering, so it’s important we are present ...
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    11 hours ago
  • Prime Minister to visit Fiji and Australia
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will visit two of New Zealand’s most important Pacific partners, Fiji and Australia, next week. The visit to Fiji will be the first by a New Zealand Prime Minister in four years and comes during the 50th anniversary of Fijian independence and diplomatic relations between our ...
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    1 day ago
  • Next steps in Criminal Cases Review Commission announced
    Justice Minister Andrew Little and New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball, have today announced the appointment of the Chief Commissioner of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), the location, and the membership of the Establishment Advisory Group. Colin Carruthers QC has been appointed Chief Commissioner of the CCRC for an ...
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    2 days ago
  • Horticultural Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists announced
    Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Agriculture Minister Hon Damien O’Connor co-announced the first horticultural finalists for the Ahuwhenua Trophy celebrating excellence in the Māori agricultural sector.  The three finalists are Ngai Tukairangi Trust from Mt Maunganui, Otama Marere Trust from Tauranga, and Hineora Orchard Te Kaha 15B Ahuwhenua ...
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    2 days ago
  • New support for students with dyslexia
    A new kete of resources to strengthen support for students with dyslexia will provide extra tools for the new Learning Support Coordinators (LSCs) as they start in schools, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Minister launched the kete in Wellington this morning, at the first of three induction ...
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    2 days ago
  • Rental reforms progress to select committee stage
    The Government continues to make progress on a fairer and more secure rental market for renters and landlords with the First Reading of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill and its referral to the Social Services and Community Select Committee.  “Now is the opportunity for landlords, tenants and others who want ...
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    2 days ago
  • Papua New Guinea Prime Minister to visit New Zealand
    Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Hon James Marape will visit New Zealand from 21-25 February, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have a warm and friendly relationship. I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Marape here and strengthening the relationship between our two countries,” ...
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    2 days ago
  • Free school lunches served up to thousands
    Thousands of children have begun receiving a free lunch on every day of the school week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. The Government’s free and healthy school lunch programme is under way for 7,000 students at 31 schools in Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti and Bay of Plenty / Waiariki, extending ...
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    2 days ago
  • Social Wellbeing Agency replaces Social Investment Agency with new approach
    The Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni today announced a new approach that continues to broaden the Government’s social sector focus from a narrow, investment approach to one centred on people and wellbeing. Minister Sepuloni said redefining the previous approach to social investment by combining science, data and lived experience ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government to strengthen protections for whistleblowers
    The Government is strengthening the Protected Disclosures Act to provide better protection for whistle blowers, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today. “The Protected Disclosures Act is meant to encourage people to speak up about serious wrongdoing in the workplace and protect them from losing their jobs or being ...
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    2 days ago
  • PM speech at Parliamentary Chinese New Year celebration 2020
    Nǐn hǎo (Hello in Mandarin). Xīn Nián Kuài Lè (Happy New Year in Mandarin) Néi Hóu (Hello in Cantonese). Sun Nin Fai Lok (Happy New Year in Cantonese) Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you for your invitation to attend this celebration today. I would like to acknowledge ...
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    3 days ago
  • IPANZ Annual Address
    Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te Whare Pāremata. E ngā mana whenua ki tēnei rohe Taranaki Whānui, Te Upoko o Te Ika, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa – kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi. E ngā mana, e ...
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    3 days ago
  • 2020 IPANZ Annual Address
    Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te Whare Pāremata. E ngā mana whenua ki tēnei rohe Taranaki Whānui, Te Upoko o Te Ika, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa – kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi. E ngā mana, e ngā ...
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    3 days ago
  • Tougher penalties for gun crime a step closer
    Tougher penalties for gun crime are a step closer with the passage of firearms reform legislation through another stage in Parliament. The Arms Legislation Bill has tonight passed its Second Reading. “The changes have one objective - to prevent firearms falling into the wrong hands,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Arms Legislation Bill: Second Reading
    Introduction Mr Speaker We all know why we are here today. It has been a long journey. The journey did not actually begin on 15 March 2019. It began on 30 June 1997. Almost 23 years ago, Justice Sir Thomas Thorp told us what was wrong with our firearms legislation. ...
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    3 days ago
  • New era for vocational education
    The Government’s work to put trades and vocational education back on the agenda took another major step forward today with the passing of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is a watershed day for trades and vocational education. These law changes formalise ...
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    3 days ago
  • Bill to Amend the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act
    Speeding up the return of Christchurch regeneration activities to local leadership is behind the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament today by Minister Megan Woods. “As we approach nine years since the February 2011 earthquake in Canterbury, and with the transition to local leadership well underway, the time ...
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    3 days ago
  • Milford Track to partly reopen after storm damage
    Hundreds of New Zealanders and international visitors will be able to get back out into nature with the Milford Track partially reopening next week, after extensive assessments and repairs, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The popular Great Walk has been closed since 3 February after an extreme ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government drives low-emissions transport momentum
    Up to 110 new EV chargers nationwide in cities and regions 50 electric vehicles for ride-sharing The Government is helping deliver more infrastructure and options for low emissions transport through new projects, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods says. Tauranga, Nelson, Levin, New Plymouth and Oamaru are just some ...
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    4 days ago
  • Kiwis better off under Coalition Government
    New Zealanders are increasingly better off under this Government as wages rise and families have more disposable income, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ reported today that average household disposable incomes after housing costs rose 4.9% in 2019. This was the highest rise in four years and came as ...
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    4 days ago
  • Another step towards restoring rights for screen production workers
    All New Zealanders need to have their voices heard at work to ensure we have an inclusive and productive economy. Today we introduce a Bill to do this for workers in the New Zealand screen industry, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Screen Industry Workers Bill will ...
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    5 days ago
  • Enhanced Taskforce Green for Southland and South Otago
    The Government has announced further help for the Southland and Otago regions to speed up recovery efforts from the floods.  “I’ve approved Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG), making $500,000 available to help with the clean-up in Fiordland, Southland, and the Clutha district in Otago,” Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said.  ...
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    5 days ago
  • Employers and Industry take the lead to connect students to vocational education
    Following the announcement that more than 340 schools will be funded to run events promoting vocational education, the Government has announced it will fund a further 257 events to be run by employers and industry. “These industry-run events will allow more than 30,000 students to connect with more than 2,000 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Rental reforms a step closer with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill
    Today the Government is making progress on a fairer and more secure rental market for renters and landlords with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill in Parliament.  “This Bill includes a series of reforms to improve the wellbeing of the 609,700 households that live in rented homes, and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Biosecurity Minister announces world first eradication of pea weevil
    A Government programme to wipe out pea weevil has achieved a world first, with Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor today announcing the successful eradication of the noxious pest from Wairarapa. This means the nearly four-year ban on pea plants and pea straw was lifted today. Commercial and home gardeners can again grow ...
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    5 days ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for Southland flooding
    Southland residents hit by flooding caused by heavy rainfall can now access help finding temporary accommodation with the Government activating the Temporary Accommodation Service, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare announced today. “The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to help ...
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    5 days ago
  • Bridges: Over-hyped and under-delivered
    “Is that it?” That’s Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s response to Simon Bridges’ much-hyped economic speech today. “Simon Bridges just gave the most over-hyped and under-delivered speech that I can remember during my time in politics,” Grant Robertson said. “It’s not surprising. Simon Bridges literally said on the radio this morning ...
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    6 days ago
  • Police to trial eye in the sky in Christchurch
    A trial deployment of the Police Eagle helicopter in Christchurch will test whether the aircraft would make a significant difference to crime prevention and community safety. “The Bell 429 helicopter will be based in Christchurch for five weeks, from 17 February to 20 March,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. “The ...
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    6 days ago
  • Momentum of trade talks continues with visits to promote Pacific and Middle East links
    The Government has kept up the pace of its work to promote New Zealand’s trade interests and diversify our export markets, with visits to Fiji and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker. Building momentum to bring the PACER Plus trade and development agreement ...
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    6 days ago
  • Coalition Govt’s investment in Customs nets record drugs haul: 3 tonnes stopped at borders in 2019
    The Coalition Government’s investment in a strong border and disrupting transnational organised crime produced record results for stopping drugs in 2019, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The illegal drugs were seized at the New Zealand border by Customs, and overseas by Customs’ international border partners before the drugs could ...
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    6 days ago
  • Separated scenic cycleway starts
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off construction of a separated cycleway alongside Tamaki Drive. A two-way separated cycleway will be built along the northern side of Tamaki Drive, between the Quay Street Cycleway extension and Ngapipi Road. There will be a separate walking path alongside. Phil Twyford said giving ...
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    7 days ago
  • Earthquake-Prone Building loan scheme: eligibility criteria announced
    Owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings will have certainty about the financial support they’ll be eligible for with the release of criteria for an upcoming assistance scheme, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing ...
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    7 days ago
  • Travel restrictions to remain in place as coronavirus precaution
    Temporary restrictions on travel from China will remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The restrictions which prevent foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through, mainland China from entering New Zealand have been extended for a further 8 days. This position ...
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    1 week ago
  • Over $1 million to help Tairāwhiti youth into employment
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today that Tairāwhiti rangatahi will benefit from an investment made by the Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) scheme. The funding will go to the Tautua Village, Kauneke programme and the Matapuna Supported Employment Programme which will fund 120 rangatahi over two years. “Both programmes work ...
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    1 week ago
  • School attendance has to improve
    All parents and caregivers need to ensure that their children go to school unless they are sick, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin said today. “The school attendance results for 2019 show, across the board, a drop in the number of students going to school regularly,” the Minister says. “Apart from ...
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    1 week ago
  • Crown and Moriori sign a Deed of Settlement
    A Deed of Settlement agreeing redress for historical Treaty claims has been signed by the Crown and Moriori at Kōpinga Marae on Rēkohu (Chatham Islands) today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced. Moriori have a tradition of peace that extends back over 600 years. This settlement ...
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    1 week ago
  • Waikato Expressway driving towards completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today with Māori King Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII officially opened the country’s newest road, the $384 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. The 15km four-lane highway with side and central safety barriers takes State Highway 1 east of Huntly town, across lowlands and streams ...
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  • 3400 New Zealanders treated in first year of new hepatitis C treatment
    The rapid uptake of life-saving new hepatitis C medicine Maviret since it was funded by PHARMAC a year ago means the elimination of the deadly disease from this country is a realistic goal, Health Minister David Clark says. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which attacks the liver, proving fatal ...
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    1 week ago
  • Kaupapa Māori approach for homelessness
      Kaupapa Māori will underpin the Government’s new plan to deal with homelessness announced by the Prime Minister in Auckland this morning. “Māori are massively overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness, so, to achieve different outcomes for Māori, we have to do things very differently,” says the Minister of Māori Development ...
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  • Government steps up action to prevent homelessness
    1000 new transitional housing places delivered by end of year to reduce demand for emergency motel accommodation. Introduce 25% of income payment, after 7 days, for those in emergency motel accommodation to bring in line with other forms of accommodation support. Over $70m extra to programmes that prevents those at ...
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