Jacinda Ardern is just like Donald Trump

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, April 22nd, 2018 - 77 comments
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Over at a media site that shall not be linked to is a writer who is so clearly anti Labour she uses every chance she has to attack.

But she is let down because her reckons are pretty stupid, even on a good day.

Her latest reckon is that Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump are similar.

Yep.

That is what she said.

I was intrigued by the comparison.  Was it because they were both bipedal mammals with an identical number of arms, legs and internal organs?

No.  Two pieces of evidence were offered.

The first was that they were supposedly anti immigration.  Sure Trump wants to build walls and demonise anyone born overseas but does Ardern want to do the same?  Apart from bringing back historically large immigration flows because Auckland is packing up from the strain well no.

The second piece of evidence is that both Trump and Ardern lead minority governments.  And apparently Ardern also stole the election.

Yep National got 44% and Labour only got 37% therefore the election was stolen, stolen I tell you.

Of course under this writer’s reckons the 13.5% of the population who voted for NZ First and the Greens should be completely ignored.  Their votes do not count.  We do not have a MMP system.  No sir.

This is the sort of basic analysis I would expect from a ten year old.  A not very bright one.

I am not linking to the story because I am convinced the only matrix of success for that site is the number of clicks a story gets and I think it best not to add to that.

But I will link to a beautiful piece of writing by David Slack in the Sunday Star Times.  He wrote about how political labels are dumbing down political debate and doing us all a disservice.  He concluded by saying this:

Why does the labelling happen? Is it because everything comes out in shades of grey and compromise and we think politicians have lied to us and let us down? Are we prepared to accept anything other than crisp and clear-cut and dried black and white?

That kind of stunted thinking leads you sooner or later to Trump, and who can tell where the nuggets end and the piles of monkey waste begin? This week he was railing about immigrants: “There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept.”

Breeding. What an unlovely word. Always with the dehumanising labels, this guy.  I wonder what the Trump family would have been doing in the 1940s if they hadn’t left Germany.

And then I see the photo of our Prime Minister in London, radiant in gown and korowai and I think, there it is: humanity. Someone should make a movie about it.

There is a world of difference between Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump.  To claim they are similar does a disservice to the English language, to political analysis and to reasoning.

77 comments on “Jacinda Ardern is just like Donald Trump ”

  1. Macro 1

    Well in each country the citizens wait expectantly. 🙂

  2. Carolyn_Nth 2

    Thanks, micky. I wonder how long the remnants of the Key government shills can keep on with their misinformation and un-reasoning like HDPA and others are doing?

    I am beginning to think they are living in the past, while new platforms are gaining currency (eg Newsroom, RNZ, Spinoff, etc- hardly radical or particularly left wing, but more informative).

    The likes of the Hosk, etc rose to dominance under Key’s watch. They are clinging on for now, but there are others with better reasoning and evidence-based arguments gaining in kudos.

    Maybe these idiotic comparisons (of Ardern with Trump) are the last gasp of a journalistic style already on the way out in NZ?

    • Hooch 2.1

      I’d say it was on the way out hopefully. Another article on stuff today carping on about the Russian response but for the first time a lot of the comments seemed to say get over it jacinda has done nz proud over seas.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      I wonder how long the remnants of the Key government shills can keep on with their misinformation and un-reasoning like HDPA and others are doing?

      Permanently.

      It’s their job to misinform and so they will.

      The likes of the Hosk, etc rose to dominance under Key’s watch.

      Actually, the infotainers started to rise to dominance in the early 1990s as TVNZ was shifted from a government service to a profit making venture.

      Maybe these idiotic comparisons (of Ardern with Trump) are the last gasp of a journalistic style already on the way out in NZ?

      I suspect that may be determined by how much the rich are willing to subsidise the misinformation – as long as government subsidies are stopped.

    • Halfcrown 2.3

      “I am beginning to think they are living in the past, while new platforms are gaining currency (eg Newsroom, RNZ, Spinoff, etc- hardly radical or particularly left wing, but more informative).”

      Well said Carolyn agree with you 200% I find Newsroom very informative.

      • Lucy 2.3.1

        Really you find Newsroom informative? I come from a time where journalists didn’t just accept a story they went out and looked at all parts and laid the resulting story out to make the reader make their mind up

        • Halfcrown 2.3.1.1

          “Really you find Newsroom informative? I come from a time where journalists didn’t just accept a story they went out and looked at all parts and laid the resulting story out to make the reader make their mind up”

          Been away so this response is a bit delayed but it JUST screamed out for an answer

          Yeah, When was that then? As I am not exactly a spring chicken myself, and if I recall correctly we had the same shit in the 50’s and 60’s, with the likes of the Daily Fail and the Daily Express reporting exactly in the same style of shit we see today complete with banner headlines of HORROR SHOCK, read all about it etc to attract the gullible and uninformed to buy their crap papers and when you read the article it is nothing. Once again if I recall correctly we were still subject of hack journalism but in those days they did not copy and paste off the likes of Twitter or Whale Oil, though at times one questioned their source of information.

          There was some great investigative journalist and the greatest bit of investigative journalism was Watergate, something I cannot see happening today. Also great columns like Allen Corens piss-take of Big Dadda Idi Amin in Punch (I still mourn the passing of that great magazine) and of course Clive James. Also some great cartoon strips like The Perishers and The Wizard of Id, great cartoon strips that reflected the mood of the time.

          Of the contributors I have seen so far on Newsroom like Bernard Hickey they are first class, you don’t have to agree with them but at least it is better INFORMATIVE journalism than the shit written by political hacks like Duplicity, Hooten, Hoskins (well there’s a problem) O Sullivan and so on etc.

  3. Ad 3

    Trump doesn’t have the mainstream media with him.

    Ardern is more subtle on digital platforms.

    The Deputies are more similar.

  4. capninsan0 4

    It’s getting a bit ridiculous isn’t it? It seems that HDPA wants to be the next fucking Ann Coulter. She might consider pissing off to Fox News, they’d love the fact-free rectal masala she calls journalism.

  5. pdm 5

    Hardly any similarity at all.

    Trump is getting things done and the USA generally is progressing its prosperity.

    Ardern is indecisive and has to form committees (over 70 of them in 6 months) to decide things. They country which was in a strong economic position is slowly sliding in to recession.

    • Anne 5.1

      Gosh only 70? National beat them again. I read recently the Key govt. got to 75 in the first 6 mths. Labour has got to do better than this. I expect them to reach 80 by the time of the budget. 🙄

    • joe90 5.2

      (over 70 of them in 6 months)

      *yawn* fact-checking halfwits does get rather tiresome *yawn*.

      /

      Decided someone needed to fact check National on how many working groups, committees and reviews they had set up in their first 6 months. pic.twitter.com/VmmvL2NZkf— Luke Christensen (@lukechristensen) April 19, 2018

      here's the full list here, with links to the beehive press releases. https://t.co/B1ME7W1He4— Luke Christensen (@lukechristensen) April 19, 2018

      https://twitter.com/lukechristensen/status/987111231419891713

      • KJT 5.2.1

        Not counting all the over paid “consultants”, often x National incompetents and their cronies, National engaged.

    • Ankerrawshark 5.3

      Pam. Almost the same number of Committes that national formed in their first six months in govt

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 5.4

      And forming this many committees in that period is bad because…..?

      Or is this just an unthinking attack line?

    • patricia bremner 5.5

      pdm yes such success, rotting hospitals, barely used toll roads, massaged stats, or even no stats, cock up in Christchurch rebuild, Pike families pain, homelessness….

    • left_forward 5.6

      A trillion & growing dollar deficit = progressing prosperity.
      How?

    • dukeofurl 5.7

      “USA generally is progressing its prosperity.”

      Not so much, the job growth per month is slowing from the numbers that they had over the last 12 months of Obama’s term

  6. Sacha 6

    “Was it because they were both bipedal mammals with an identical number of arms, legs and internal organs?”

    Yeah nah. One of them is missing a heart.

    • mickysavage 6.1

      😀

      And arguably a brain …

      • savenz 6.1.1

        Both heart and brain being missing are desired attributes though in business and the rise of the free market rich into politics… and the cultivation of the pseudo-modernist consumer.

  7. Ed 7

    What will duplicity ‘s line be next week?

    Why Jacinda is like Kim Jong-un

    • Incognito 7.1

      You’ve got a point there, Ed. Jacinda Ardern had a ‘nuclear moment’ when she halted the Gas & Oil block offers and Kim Jong-un has halted missile and nuclear testing.

  8. bwaghorn 8

    garner pushed the same shit the other day regarding Ardern being anti immigration , he’s either too fick to understand or labours wish to slow it down as opposed to stop it or he’s team blue , i’m picking he’s both

  9. Nick 9

    She really is an idiot, but needs clicks to get paid, so writes eye capturing headlines. Getting past the headlines into shallow, mind numbing ridiculous articles is truly distasteful. It’s her employer who also needs to be sacked for hiring such a moron.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      Unfortunately, we can’t fire private businesses even if they are spreading misinformation.

  10. Anne 10

    Glad someone has mentioned David Slack. He’s a gem. Witty, insightful, compassionate and has a wonderful way with words. It’s worth purchasing The Sunday Star Times just to read “Slack at the Back” in print form.

    As for HDPA (won’t read her crap anymore), it is inevitable her bile would double in strength this week. The sight and sound of Jacinda Ardern being celebrated with such vigour on the international stage must have been a galling experience for her.

    Also, what’s the bet she and hubby, Soper are somehow blaming Jacinda for him being unable to accompany her as part of the press pack.

    • tracey 10.1

      Good point @ Soper’s visa. She would have had to travel alone

    • dukeofurl 10.2

      Couldnt anyway. Jacinda went to Comm Games in Brisbane for a day or so and then onto Paris

      Soper wanted to go via US from Auckland to London.

      Airlines always have issues with ‘silly old men’ who dont read the advisorys when they book online.

      Anyway I thought he was someone who ‘mattered’ in Wellington? Just call up someone in the Embassy ‘who knows who he is’ and it could be fixed in 5 min.

  11. Ankerrawshark 11

    Thanks Mickey, I went to the heralds website today and there was said article, in the left hand column at the top with a pic. Your post stopped me clicking on it. Complete garbage

  12. Simon 12

    Trump has way better hair.

  13. newsense 13

    HDP is Hannity. Raw meat to a base and ridiculous

  14. Stunned Mullet 14

    HDPA writes some very good clickbait.

  15. Stuart Munro 15

    Really Duplicity? Show us the pee tape.

  16. fender 16

    Well it’s good to know that the fuckwit that penned that ridiculous crap definitely has no interest in being regarded as a serious journalist.

  17. red-blooded 17

    Thanks for the link to Slack, Mickey. I have to admit I didn’t know his work, but I’ll keep an eye out for it now.

  18. Smellpir 18

    Reading pretty well anything on the Herald these days is somewhat like deciding to change your diet to nothing but eggcups full of M&Ms…

    I will say, however, that I am increasingly impressed with the growing infuence and quality of Newsroom. Rod Oram’s piece on Oil and Gas puffery today was superb….
    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/04/21/105687/rod-oram-shedding-light-on-the-gas-sectors-claims#

  19. Doogs 19

    As I have said before earlier on another thread, but maybe worth mentioning again given the above comments – I have given the Herald the bum’s rush.

    Having seen several of the shills, one after another, on the Herald over a 24 hour period with the same shit commentary about one of the government’s minor hiccups, and all of them saying in ‘I told you so’ doom and gloom terms that this is the end of the coalition.

    What absolute unmitigated shite!

    I have deleted the app, the bookmark and every vestige of el heraldo from my conscious world. Now regularly reading Newsroom, The Spinoff, BBC, CNN, even One News and Stuff. Much happier.

    • Sumsuch 19.1

      By that logic the libation of Business that is the Herald would have died off in the 30s.

  20. Timeforacupoftea 20

    Haas so funny, Trump and Jacinda are alike !

    Trump promises and delivers i.e. : crushes TAX rates !

    Our Taxcinda promises and delivers TAX increases !

    Ahhh I get it ! They both promise promises and stick to them.

    So unlike Politicians to be honest these days, but there you go.

    • tracey 20.1

      What a good lil meme repeater you are cuppa. A perfect example of why HDPA gets paid to write vacuous stuff.

      She has raised less tax than Key within his first 6 months

    • Gabby 20.2

      Trump’s bound to keep some promises Timetopoffpoff, given he’s promised pretty much everything.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 20.3

      Tax is good.

      So I don’t get your point?

  21. KJT 21

    Trump times. NZ edition.

  22. mary_a 22

    One Natz gobshite down, only three more to go. NZH should be ablaze this coming week, with insignificant (anti Labour/Ardern) drivel, tripe and negativity, dribbling out of the mouths of doom and gloom merchants Soper, Hosking and Hooten!

    Pity really. You’d think they’d be praising the class the PM has presented this week on the international stage. Jacinda Ardern has represented NZ very well, in particular when proudly wearing that magnificent cloak, which speaks volumes about our country and who we are. That event belonged to NZ, courtesy of our PM Jacinda taking us to the world.

    • … ” drivel, tripe and negativity, dribbling out of the mouths of doom and gloom merchants Soper, Hosking and Hooten! ” … ” You’d think they’d be praising the class the PM has presented this week on the international stage”…

      Unlike the ‘class’ this mug showed on a completely different sort of stage?

      New Zealand PM John Key’s Misjudged Catwalk Appearance – YouTube
      Video for john key on a catwalk you tube▶ 1:20

  23. chris73 23

    🙂

  24. Ed 24

    From Wake up NZ

    ‘Comparing Jacinda Ardern to Donald Trump is about as accurate as comparing Heather du Plessis-Allan to a real journalist.”

    https://www.facebook.com/wakeupnz

  25. Whispering Kate 25

    The Herald is bleeding subscriptions and begging people to rejoin with 6 weeks of free drivel. Why on earth they can’t see that the stuff they are producing is just not wanted – readers want to have decent content not trash – it has become as bad as the worst trash rags that are published each week. Why did we think any different of the reporting of PM Adhern’s magnificent promotion of NZ to the world – its a disgrace.

    It is an insult to everybody in this country – we haven’t had a Herald in this household now since the previous godhead but one filled the entire front page – it was enough for the two of us to be put off forever having it in the house. Even the Listener is now just a magazine format rag – full of health, travel, food and very occasionally, bless our hearts we get a decent in depth analysis of something which engages the brain.

    We are being dumbed down folks – it looks like we will just have to suck it up as its not about to change anytime soon.

    • Draco T Bastard 25.1

      Why on earth they can’t see that the stuff they are producing is just not wanted – readers want to have decent content not trash – it has become as bad as the worst trash rags that are published each week.

      It’s a problem with the top down model of broadcasting and news. The people at the top will decide what you like and that’s all you’ll get. When these ‘elites’ get info saying that they’re wrong instead of changing as needed they have a tendency to double down and what they’re doing wrong.

      The result is decreasing readers/viewers/etc.

      We are being dumbed down folks – it looks like we will just have to suck it up as its not about to change anytime soon.

      Or we take matter into our own hands and fund the news that we want.

    • Ed 25.2

      If you have the time, listen to Roger Waters on the media.
      Watch from 8 minutes to 9:30 minutes.
      Words of real wisdom and insight.

  26. Sanctuary 26

    The right wing here keep peddling the “Labour is anti-immigration” smear here for the same reason they peddle the “Corbyn is an anti-semite” line in the UK – they know it is a wedge issue for the left, and they hope they can paint the left as insular and guilty of every crime imaginable in the identity politics playbook.

    That fact it isn’t true in either case want stop them pushing the big lie.

  27. Matthew Whitehead 27

    Now you’ve all made me defend HDPA very slightly, and that makes me a bit grumpy. >:(

    Her second comparison is obviously wrong, and odious. A majority of voters voted for govt parties, and that’s not even something all MMP governments can claim- in 2014, for example, if we’re looking at party vote returns, the government didn’t actually win even 50% if you add up its constituent parties. Whoops. She shouldn’t set a precedent she doesn’t want us to hold her to regarding National governments, huh?

    The first part, however, is actually quite fair in general. Labour has been sounding very nationalist on immigration rhetoric. This isn’t a “their policy is necessarily one hundred percent wrong,” criticism, it’s about the sniff test of how their rhetoric is affecting the discourse. The Greens had a brief visit here with James Shaw’s rhetoric on limiting immigration numbers. It’s not even so much a policy thing here as a rhetoric thing- Labour’s rhetoric on immigration is very problematic, and points to various policy fallacies like the Lump of Labour, etc…

    • dukeofurl 27.1

      Australia, ALP is currently the largest party who had the largest share of votes too.

      Germany in the 1980s FDP stayed with Schroder to continue in government rather than with the largest party CDU/CSU

      Britain in 1923 Ramsay McDonald became PM despite Conservatives being largest party

    • dukeofurl 27.2

      Are you sure you have read all of Greens immigration policy.

      Voluntary Immigration
      “Give priority to skills needed to build a low-carbon economy that lifts living standards.
      Tighten up the process for the investor visa category and ensure better oversight of business development promises.
      Closely monitor the labour market impact of skilled migrant workers.

      Parts sound very similar to labour ( or even Trump), nationalistic even ( your words)

      Priority to skills
      Tighten up some categories
      Monitor labour market impacts

      Of course Trump has made the appalling anti Muslim and anti Hispanic rhetoric all his own.

  28. Glen 28

    My loathing of HDA and Barry S grow by the day. At times they, Hoskings and Hooten all write like they have all received the same memo rather than to express their own opinions. There are certain words and themes that tie these 4 together and I have no doubt who that comes from, Simple Simon Bridges! This I no longer read msm as it is nothing but propaganda.

  29. Tamati Tautuhi 29

    HDPA should return to her country of birth and write for the right wing newspapers of the Afrikaans People she is not suited to a multi cultural diverse country like NZ, however this is the direction the NZ Herald is going ?

    • Ed 29.1

      When did hdpa decide to leave South Africa?
      Before or after the dismantling of apartheid?

      • dukeofurl 29.1.1

        When they couldnt have ‘people’ doing the gardening , doing the housework

  30. Tuppence Shrewsbury 30

    If she doesn’t pay capitals gains taxes on her house then she just may be closer than you think

  31. R.P McMurphy 31

    thats a bit rich calling her a senior journalist. she is a lightweight hack married to an even more tired old hack and now she is realising that she aint the newest peice of fluff on the block and furthermore if she wasn’t writing this sort of womans weekly style infantilised trash then nobody would give a damn. her inference is that politics in Nz has become this sort of weird reality teevee show and she is writing the script. well she can just fuck off. there does not seem to be any legitimate journalists left in this country and the standard has sunk so low that the newspapers are beginning to lose any remnants of the respect they may once have had

  32. R.P McMurphy 32

    dont forget that Jacinda Ardern has just returned from a triumphant European tour that trubb would give his eye teeth for.

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    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 23, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Health: Shane Reti announced the Board of Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand was being replaced with Commissioner Lester Levy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • HealthNZ and Luxon at cross purposes over budget blowout

    Health NZ warned the Government at the end of March that it was running over Budget. But the reasons it gave were very different to those offered by the Prime Minister yesterday. Prime Minister Christopher Luxon blamed the “botched merger” of the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) to create Health ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2500-3000 more healthcare staff expected to be fired, as Shane Reti blames Labour for a budget defic...

    Long ReadKey Summary: Although National increased the health budget by $1.4 billion in May, they used an old funding model to project health system costs, and never bothered to update their pre-election numbers. They were told during the Health Select Committees earlier in the year their budget amount was deficient, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    3 days ago
  • Reported back

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

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    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    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
    3 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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. ...
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    6 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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, ...
    7 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

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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.

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    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 ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    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

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours 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
    19 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
    21 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
    21 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
    21 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    3 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 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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    5 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 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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    5 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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