Great reaction to Jacinda move

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, March 2nd, 2017 - 72 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, Annette King, jacinda ardern, labour, leadership, Media - Tags:

I was and am a big fan of Annette King. Like everyone else in Labour I thank her for her decades of service and for the selfless way that she decided to pass the torch. Because there is no denying that the (presumed) move to Jacinda Ardern as deputy leader has been very well received.

Let’s start with (of all people) Patrick Gower:

Deputy Jacinda is Labour’s best move in years

Jacinda Ardern’s anointment as deputy leader is the best leadership move I’ve seen Labour make.

Putting Ardern into the role with six months to go till a general election shows one thing: Labour wants to win.

And if Ardern will do one thing, it she will amplify the “vibe” on the Left.

Not sure about Gower’s obsession with “the vibe” – I suspect that voters may be more interested in housing, jobs, alleviating poverty, and clean water – but whatever.

The key question is this – will Ardern make a difference to Labour’s fortunes? The answer: she already has, and she hasn’t even started in the job.

A final word for Annette King – Labour to the end, every decision she has ever made has been for the good of her party. Not many politicians can retire saying that.

Tracy Watkins:

Why the Labour Party needed Jacinda Ardern, and needed her now

Andrew Little’s move to install Jacinda Ardern as his deputy is a big bold pitch for the honeymoon as Labour leader that he never got.

Fronting the media for the first time on Wednesday, Labour looked like it had finally found its dream team.

Ardern’s chemistry with voters is what’s needed to help reconnect with some of those urban liberals, young people and women who have drifted away from Labour since Helen Clark’s time.

His answer to them was Wednesday’s press conference where he and Ardern both made it clear they are in it to win.

See also…
Risks and rewards for Labour of the Jacinda effect
And just like that there was a vacancy after all: Annette King makes way for Labour’s rising star
Labour are hoping that Jacinda Ardern will help win over younger voters

… and the political roundup from Bryce Edwards:

The Ardern decision shows Labour wants to win

Jacinda Ardern’s elevation to the deputy leadership position in Labour really shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’s now a major part of Andrew Little’s repositioning of Labour.

It’s now “The Andrew and Jacinda Show”. Annette King’s decision to step down from Labour’s deputy leader position in favour of Jacinda Ardern is yet another major advance in Little’s re-positioning of the party this year. And it’s a very smart move.

Reactions to the news have, so far, been very positive.

The new leadership combination also signals that Labour has been through major rejuvenation, and that the Helen Clarks days are finally over. The frontbench and leadership now looks entirely different from the last Labour government and more future-oriented.

Consequently, Little is now looking stronger as a leader and appears to be very determined. After all, this all comes in the wake of Little’s increasingly successful implementation of the “broad church strategy” of bringing in Willie Jackson on the left and Greg O’Connor on the right of the party. Finally, Little looks like he’s “cutting the crap”. …

Last words to Labour’s leaders:
Annette King quits as Labour deputy, endorses Jacinda Ardern
‘I have what it takes’ – Jacinda Ardern lined up to become Labour’s new deputy leader
I’m backing Jacinda – Little promising generational change

All the best Jacinda in your new role!

72 comments on “Great reaction to Jacinda move ”

  1. RRM 1

    The best reaction of all, comes from The Civilian:

    http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/talented-rising-star-finally-presented-with-career-ending-noose-she-always-wanted/

    Quote:

    “It is such an honour,” she told reporters, as the leadership duo now stood separated only by three metres of rope. “But more than that, I take this very seriously. I believe I’m up to the job, and ready to tie myself to Andrew in ways that can only benefit him.”

    Little echoed that sentiment, saying he was “thrilled” to have Ardern aboard, and couldn’t wait to drag her down to his level in ways she could never recover from.

    /quote

  2. Red 2

    So Jk leaving was going to propel angry Andy in the pols, nup, now Jacinda is going to do the same. when will labour understand the problem is angry Andy ain’t got it and that labour no longer represents a constituency above 30pc the are just a middle to minor party with a number of others

    [lprent: Hey, why did you change your handle? This one almost seems like false advertising for a right wing nut job troll (albeit one that generally obeys the site rules). Would you like me to fix it for you? ]

    • r0b 2.1

      Golly Red, you’ve convinced me! I think I’ll vote for National this time!! Thanks for opening my eyes!!!

      • Gabby 2.1.1

        I might stick with the Angry fellow. I’m not sure Bingles has a circulatory system.

        • tc 2.1.1.1

          He does it’s been circulating wealth from the public to the private for over 8 years now and it’s worked a treat.

      • Nick 2.1.2

        Nice r0b, you made me laugh ….Andrew Little feels genuine, totally opposite to that 10 faced other prick ex pm Shonkey…..I am not a Labour voter, but I am reconsidering now……perhaps Red prefers Paula Benefit 😉

    • Red, you are a boring old parrot .

    • weka 2.3

      MMP, dude. Yawn.

    • Red 2.4

      Na its my hair colour, what’s in a colour anyway, Ie democrats vs republican On a serious note all I am raising albeit in a challenging way to die hard lefties is there are potential negative unintended consequences of this change to labour vs the rose tinted glassses view We had the same euphoria when Jk resigned re game changes ( lost count of those) , just trying to dampen down the expectations and raise and alternative view 😀

    • Ethica 2.5

      I’m angry at the terrible things this Government is doing. I’m glad Andrew Little is too.

      • mosa 2.5.1

        Yes Ethica at least Little has emotion which is sadly lacking but predictable with the current government.

        I would be angry as well if i had to put up with looking at Nationals front bench from across the chamber when parliament is sitting and being treated like a child by the idiot media who are dressed up like journalists but dont know what real journalisim is.

  3. Bob 3

    Red, your obviously a troll for C & T, please remember that National have had 8 years, and what have they achieved, NOTHING apart from creating a wider Disparity amongst all, the working poor will rise up & Bible Bill & “the Elephant in the room” will both be standing with egg on their faces, as none of the hard decisions have been made for fear of loosing votes. JK left for more than just his Son & H P.

    Eat more cake please, it suits you !!!

  4. Brendon 4

    Gabby and Rob this Angry Andrew theme that rightwing trolls use is interesting, because everyone I have talked to who have had behind the scene contact with Bill English knows he has a tendency to go off on angry rants. This characteristic is so well-known that Bill for a long time has had the nickname -Angry Bill.

    Whereas everyone I talk to about Andrew Little who have behind the scene dealings with him report how he is calm, considered, looks after his team and has a good sense of humour.

    The Angry Andrew moniker seems to have no factual base. Is it a social media alternative fact?

    • Andre 4.1

      The “Angry Andy” thing looks to have been created by Joyce as a diversion after Little telling Key to cut the crap over Dirty Politics.

      http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/john-key-andrew-little-lock-horns-over-dirty-politics-2014112618

      • tc 4.1.1

        Exactly it’s another DP ploy which Excitable boy paddy runs with like the good little elf he is.

      • Johan 4.1.2

        Have you ever seen John Key trying to defend himself in the debating chamber?
        Now that is anger personified.

        • the pigman 4.1.2.1

          gessumgusssuhn*shower of spittle flecks*gettawntheroightsoide!

          *makes a throat slitting gesture*

    • Red 4.2

      It’s perception that counts and controlling the narrative up front, not what happens behind the scenes, that’s Little and his minders responsibility, Little could be a good guy for all I know The general public don’t no any of their politicians personally, here is where Jacinda could be difficult for little, not from and intent perspective but simply she outshines little re preferred pm poll, is scrutinised a lot more from a substance perspective every thus raising all sorts of opportunity for opposition to attack and media to pontificate Just and observation and opinion Time will tell

  5. Keith 5

    Its strange but there was not the micro analysis or in fact virtually any from our corporate media with Paula Bennett’s scripted promotion to Deputy PM.

    And to this day they haven’t bothered to find out why Key resigned, just took his non credible word for it!

  6. fisiani 6

    Look a green shoot……..1,000,000 voters are flocking to Labour. Wait for the next rogue poll. Find another green shoot somewhere. Surely there is a green shoot somewhere?

    • weka 6.1

      What the fuck are you on about? Aren’t you just back from a ban? Wouldn’t it make more sense to actual make some sense?

      [lprent: Yep. Ban was up yesterday?, day before? So I released. ]

  7. Bob 7

    “Not sure about Gower’s obsession with “the vibe” – I suspect that voters may be more interested in housing, jobs, alleviating poverty, and clean water”
    Yes, but people don’t believe the majority of what politicians say (for good reason, due to actions on both sides of the house), so talk of how parties are going to solve the issues of housing, jobs, alleviating poverty, and clean water mean fuck all if voters don’t like the person delivering the message. This is where John Key was successful, and this is where I think Jacinda Ardern will be successful.

    Her only downside at this point that I can see (apart from being a lightweight in the house, but no-one really cares what happens in the house anymore and this will come with experience), is the fact she struggles with the line between passion and anger.
    If she can sort this out, I can see her being a huge asset to the Labour Party, and may actually be the difference at the next election.

    • tc 7.1

      Gower has zero credibility so he’s well suited to mark Weldons refocused TV3 as a proven water carrier for the Tory DP machine.

  8. Sacha 8

    “the selfless way that she decided to pass the torch”

    If King had done that *before* digging her heels in and spitting the dummy, you might have a point. Presumably some of the party’s leadership had a forceful word or two to encourage sufficient personal reflection. Still, glad it’s working out well for Labour. We all want to change the govt.

  9. Jacinda will need all our support. I for one aint interested in MSM beat ups. This woman is a great Labour MP, I mourn Annette Kings departure, but refuse to buy into any other narrative other than Labour can win : Labour has a great team. We need to change the government.

    • weka 9.1

      +1

      There’s a bit in the comments here about how Jacinda is a useless MP apart from the lipstick. Misogyny on a couple fronts there.

      I don’t know much about her as an MP, so Labour getting that out there would be useful.

      • roy cartland 9.1.1

        Gordon Campbell has a great article up:
        http://werewolf.co.nz/2017/03/gordon-campbell-on-arderns-ascension-trumps-triumph/

        my fave bit:
        “… it’s about time we cut the crap about Jacinda Ardern being only a show pony. Yet here we are in election year 2017 and the likes of Matthew Hooton can still be heard on RNZ this week claiming that Ardern, quote, “campaigns on her looks” unquote.

        The response from the RNZ presenter? “That’s a bit harsh.” You think? Oh, if only Ardern had the sober grandeur of Gerry Brownlee! If only she had – somehow, from the opposition benches – amassed the list of policy achievements that intellectual giants like Nathan Guy and Michael Woodhouse have racked up over the course of their nine years in government.”

        Ha!

        • weka 9.1.1.1

          Campbell had me at the first line, esp as having had a rather stupid conversation here on TS where people were actually running a vagina voting line.

          Hooton, ffs. What does that even mean “campaigns on her looks”?

          • HDCAFriendlyTroll 9.1.1.1.1

            Obviously it means he’s a misogynist.

            • weka 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Hooton? I’d call him a sexist probably, but to be fair with Hooton everything goes through the spin cycle so it’s just as likely he’s just saying that shit for political ends (another kind of sexism I guess). I haven’t listened to the piece, so don’t know the context.

          • Carolyn_nth 9.1.1.1.2

            Yes. the opening line and the comparisons between the things male politicians get away with, but when done by female pollies they get judged harshly. And this:

            As this excellent NBR article by Pearl Going pointed out two years ago, if John Key had been a ‘pretty little thing’ his fawning over the All Blacks in general and Richie McCaw in particular and his selective memory loss on everything from the Springbok tour to the details of policy would have been judged very harshly indeed. These would be judged to be terminal foibles in a female politician. In Key, they were touted as part and parcel of the man’s unique skills as a political communicator.

            A woman PM, behaving like Key, would not have been acclaimed as someone everyoneman would like to have a beer with. She’d be called an air-head.

            • weka 9.1.1.1.2.1

              Yep. Pretty much all of the criticism of Ardern being a useless MP has been vacuous (irony!). Lots of lazy assertion, but bugger all analysis. That some then choose to throw in the lipstick stuff shows us just how far we still have to go.

              • Carolyn_nth

                I think the amount of those sorts of responses show how much traditional masculine values, attitudes, habits and processes are deeply embedded in political activities – and commentaries about politics..

                Gordon Campbell’s critique shows how to reflect on such masculine culture and traditions: e.g. do the comparison exercise in which some masculine behaviours would be viewed if done by a woman, and vice versa.

              • Red

                Ok please put forward here achievements in putting the government on the spot re the opposition portfolio responsibilities she has handled, likewise where she has been the genesis, fronting and leading strongly any labour policy initiatives

                • weka

                  Why should anyone here try and defend any left wing MP according to the definitions of a far rightie?

                  If you think that Ardern is not a good MP make the case using some actual analysis, and do us a favour and leave all the lipstick crap out of it.

      • mosa 9.1.2

        Bloody Paula Bennett never got the media crap about her elevation to deputy.

        And she looks even scarier with a bit of lippie on.

    • mosa 9.2

      Yeah your right Darien i just hope the National hit squad dont use Jacinda’s elevation against Andrew when she starts polling higher than her leader.

      They will take great delight in saying there is a challenge when there is not one just to try and destabilise Labour in the eyes of the public and after the last campaign i would be prepared for anything in the run up to September.

    • NewsFlash 9.3

      The right are very fearful of Jacinda, she has the presence, credibility, diplomacy and intelligence that eludes every member of the National party, they are worried.

      I saw an interview with Jacinda eight years ago, and my immediate thoughts were, here’s Labours future PM.

  10. Enough is Enough 10

    “Not sure about Gower’s obsession with “the vibe” – I suspect that voters may be more interested in housing, jobs, alleviating poverty, and clean water – but whatever”

    Although I hope that is the case this election r0b, the results from the last three elections do not confirm your suspicion.

  11. Roflcopter 11

    The real question is, will any of this move voters from right to left?

    Nope.

    • Enough is Enough 11.1

      Maybe not, but it will prompt those people who couldn’t stand Cunliffe but despise National to vote this time.

      There are a million voters out there for the taking.

    • Sacha 11.2

      Will it move some soft voters from the Nats to Labour? Maybe.

  12. Tory 12

    Just adds another ‘layer’ of interest to Little’s defamation case involving Jacindia’s daddy, Ross, seemingly implicated in Littles outburst that the Niue Hotel deal ‘stinks’.

    I wonder if she will step down during the proceedings?

  13. Siobhan 13

    Well Bryce Edwards in the NBR likes Jacinda, so does Patrick Gower, so will the Womans Weekly no doubt, if that’s the sort of Labour Party we’re building, then things are well on track.

    • red-blooded 13.1

      Love the “we”, Siobhan! Maybe I’m being unfair, but I don’t remember you as being particularly positive about anything the Labour Party does or stands for.

  14. FlashinthePan 14

    “Not sure about Gower’s obsession with “the vibe” – I suspect that voters may be more interested in housing, jobs, alleviating poverty, and clean water – but whatever.”

    I agree with other posters above. This view seems more than a little naive. Voters around the world including here at home have been clearly demonstrating they don’t give a flying f*ck about policy and for them they only care about personality.

    I for one think this is a game-changer and feel a sense of massive relief that Labour FINALLY seems willing to play the game. You want to enact change? You have to get ELECTED first.

    Go Labour/Greens/Mana!

    • Roflcopter 14.1

      You said “game-changer”… and we all know what happens every time someone uses that phrase.

    • Red 14.2

      Red alert another game changer, I thought Jk going was the game changer

      • the pigman 14.2.1

        Actually, I’m pretty sure it was a response to his assessment of the game being up.

        “game-changer” doesn’t suggest the polls will turn upside down — though they are undoubtedly already on the move — but as people see Bill English struggle with his Catholic guilt to lie through his teeth and shrug his shoulders, they will see his government for what it is.

        40 people queuing to see a single rental home. Complete success!

        To paraphrase the immortal words of Daniel Day Lewis as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, “[He’s] FINIIIIISHED!”

    • Gristle 14.3

      Don’t knock Gower’s “vibe” thing. Don’t knock it on the basis that Gower is saying something positive about Labour. It may be wrong, or superficial, but it is positive. And having a media that is not instantly dismissive of Labour is a far better position for Labour to be in at any time, and even more so in election year.

    • mosa 14.4

      Gower would love to have “vibe” but he well and truly missed the bus on that one.

  15. Michael 15

    You are absolutely right to “suspect that voters may be more interested in housing, jobs, alleviating poverty, and clean water”, rather than who’s up and who’s down in the Labour hierarchy (we still have to pay for them all anyway, irrespective of their rankings). It is that very reef upon which the Labour ship founders: nothing it has said or done so far constitutes the slightest evidence that it will behave any differently in office than National. So there’s no reason for anyone to vote for a change of Government if all they’re going to get is the status quo. I realise that New Zealanders are hostile to change but that never stopped Labour governments before the last one. Labour must make a convincing case for change, not for change’s sake, but because conditions are changing. After nine years in Opposition, Labour seems unwilling to accept that challenge; until it does, we’re better off with the devil we know. Changing the image, which is all Ardern’s promotion is, does not substitute for changing the substance.

    • red-blooded 15.1

      Michael, that comment is just pig ignorant. Go and read some Labour Party policy and then come back and discuss things rationally.

      • Michael 15.1.1

        Unfortunately, I have read a lot of it. While it may be possible that none of it is meant to be taken seriously (as was the case with previous Labour “policy”), assuming that it is meant to be be taken seriously results in the conclusion that Labour’s strategy for government is to conduct itself almost entirely as National does. Therefore, based on Labour’s public utterances, a vote for it will not change the government. I think that’s why Little wanted his most photogenic MP as his deputy. I doubt it will work but I may underestimate the fickleness of the metropolitan middle classes, to whom Labour pitches its messages these days.

    • NewsFlash 15.2

      Michael

      Your characterisation of the “devil” is correct, the current mob could not be better described.

  16. Fisiani 16

    If preferred pm figures are higher for Ardern than Little would that be a rogue poll or a reason to change leader? Be careful what you wish for.

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    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    3 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    6 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    6 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    6 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    6 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
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    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    1 week ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
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    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but important read. IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the Greens had egg on their faces. At the time, Christopher Luxon said ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
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    1 day ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
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    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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    2 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    5 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    5 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
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    5 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
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