John Key 2.0

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 11th, 2019 - 120 comments
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It is happening.

National Party heavyweights are moving to parachute Chris Luxon into the Botany seat. 

From Boris Jancic at the Herald:

Former Prime Minister John Key has put his weight behind Christopher Luxon after the ex Air New Zealand chief announced his intention to run for National in Auckland.

But rogue MP Jami-Lee Ross – who currently holds the seat Luxon wants – has thrown down the gauntlet and called his former party “arrogant”.

Luxon’s future with the party has been the subject of much speculation since he announced in June that he would leaving the airline.

He had previously indicated he was interested in a future in politics, and his natural political home would be National.

In a statement on Thursday, Luxon confirmed he would be putting himself forward as the National candidate in the Botany electorate from 2020.

“I have a great affinity for and connection with having grown up in the area attending local primary, intermediate and high schools,” he said.

“I look forward to the robust democratic selection process ahead with the local membership … should I ultimately be selected by the members in Botany as their National Party candidate I will happily talk publicly then.”

Simon Bridges will be concerned.  A more public repudiation of his leadership I could not imagine.  

And it is also the big middle finger to Judith Collins, Todd Muller and any other current member of National’s caucus with leadership aspirations.

And National MP Paulo Garcia will be disappointed.  I heard that he was keen to try to get the nomination.  He would have been a better fit into this electorate than he was in New Lynn given his views on recreational fornication

I presume that National will show its borg like discipline and everyone will fall in line.  Including Simon Bridges.  And of course Judith Collins …

Update:  It seems that Matthew Hooton is not enamoured with the prospect of a Luxon candidacy.  In his Herald column today he has said this:

For his part, Luxon is known as a passionate member of the evangelical and proselytising Upper Room church which emerged in Tennessee in the 1930s. He attends their services in Newmarket.

Party rivals, the Labour Party and the media will inevitably raise questions about the Upper Room’s theology and to what extent it would guide Luxon’s policy-making. Is Luxon a conservative in the Bolger, English and Bridges mould? Or will his strong religious beliefs inevitable push him to take a much more radical stance on social issues and seek to reverse the general consensus? Delegates, the wider party and the public will want to know.”

Trouble at mill?

120 comments on “John Key 2.0 ”

  1. You_Fool 1

    One silver lining for me… He won't stand in Upper Harbour, so after years of having to live with the shame of having Paula as MP, and having her now stand down I thought we would have to put up with having some parachute wannabe

    • Dukeofurl 1.1

      Upper Harbour will likely 'disappear' in the boundary changes to be announced soon. Its an odd seat straddling both North Shore and West Auckland and without a sitting MP makes it without a strong backer to remain.

  2. Dukeofurl 2

    Like Northcote , Botany is another parachute seat. The delegates who do the selecting of the candidate, will be like Northcote, mostly selected by regional bosses from the Auckland Nomenklatura.

    This is because the electorate membership for a fairly new electorate wont be high enough for all delegates to be locals from the electorate membership – like they would in say Epsom, Tamaki, Pakuranga.

    Yukun Zhang may be disappointed that a family member and the New Zealand Chaoshan General Association has 'missed out' , after all they have done for Bridges and his fundraising.

  3. Duncan 3

    Icky to Yicky.

  4. Formerly Ross 4

    Jami Lee Ross can complain all he wants but there’s not much he can do…

  5. roy cartland 5

    "…his natural political home would be National"

    Why – is he a deceitful arsehole who would shit on his country and people to get himself what he wants?

    • Red Blooded One 5.1

      The answer to that question is Yes! His treatment of workers are they are a simple commodity that should be eliminated as quickly as possible.

    • Ken 5.2

      He's a Nat, so it goes without saying.

  6. Enough is Enough 6

    "And it is also the big middle finger to Judith Collins, Todd Muller and any other current member of National’s caucus with leadership aspirations"??

    How so?

    Are you suggesting that a party should not fill its nominations with "leaders" if they are happy with their current caucus?

    For example if a popular union leader stands in a safe Labour seat next year, is that a middle finger to Jacinda and other swithin the Labour caucus that have leadership aspirations?

    Of course not.

    • marty mars 6.1

      How so?

      All those aspirational leaders have been shown that they haven't got the right stuff and now a drop in has been organised. You think that's the same as labour and our Prime Minister eh – sad analysis that and wrong too imo EiE

      • Enough is Enough 6.1.1

        Do you think CL is only coming in because National has no one else in the Caucus up to the job?

        Or is it more likely that CL is in coming because he has personal ambitions to be the PM?

        • marty mars 6.1.1.1

          Yes I do think they think there is no one up for the job – their best is there now and he is abysmal – there is no comparison with Labour and Jacinda – apple and oranges imo

          • Enough is Enough 6.1.1.1.1

            That doesn't really make any sense, or answer my question so I thinks it best if I don't engage with you.

            • marty mars 6.1.1.1.1.1

              seemed a simple explanation to me but whatever
              btw I answered your first question in good faith but I really don’t like engaging with overt or covert gnat supporters so all good.

            • Akldnut 6.1.1.1.1.2

              Gummon EIE, its pretty clear the talent pool in Nats ranks have waned enough over the last 2 years that you could run a campaign with a local landmark standing and it would probably win and go on to be the leader.

  7. tc 7

    JLR could play the cornered injured victim here making this messy for national.

    However nats media poodles will have spin about how re-generational/aspirational etc this is along with 'squirrel/dead cat' distraction events.

    Yet again the deep pockets will probably see them through this having ace spin merchant shonky on his shoulder also.

    Bring popcorn, JLR may just throw some skeletons on the table unless he gets looked after.

    • Anne 7.1

      JLR may just throw some skeletons on the table unless he gets looked after.

      He will. That's as sure as Monday follows Sunday. But if he's got any sense he will hold off until next year.

      What amuses me about right-wing parties is their authoritarian hierarchies who choose most of the electorate candidates. The local membership don't have a say and are expected to accept whoever is chosen without a murmur.

      They parachute these guys into safe seats who have no knowledge or experience of the 'on the ground' running of a political party. Then they claim to have the voters' interests at heart, but in reality they've never done an honest day's electoral work in their lives and don't care a rat's arse about said voters.

      Imo, the big draw-card – apart from being the king-pin – is they want to stride around the world supping with overseas big-wigs and pretending to be one of them – a la John Key.

      • Kay 7.1.1

        @Anne, I've lived in a safe Labour seat forever. The only time our electorate MPs give a rats arse about said voters is when they're in Opposition. Or when there's a good photo op to be had. So that particular aspect not exclusive to the Right.

        • Anne 7.1.1.1

          Wrong. You are projecting the behaviour of a few on the majority of Labour electorate MPs who are extremely hardworking and notably considerate members of their communities and electorates. I've seen them in action at close quarters on and off since the early 1970s. I'm picking you have had very little to do with them (at close quarters) and have no idea what you are talking about.

          • Kay 7.1.1.1.1

            Ok, maybe it is just a few, but that's a few too many. They're elected by us, they are meant to REPRESENT us, not just when it suits them, and not subject to whether their party happens to be in power. That's my stance no matter what stripe they are. And I never suggested that it was every MP who behaved like that.

            And you can't make assumptions about how much I've had to do with them. Sure as hell enough to know that not all Labour electorate MPs are saints like you're suggesting. Not just my experience either.

            • Anne 7.1.1.1.1.1

              If you don't like the sort of responses you sometimes receive here then stop casting generalised aspersions at individuals you have concluded you don't like merely because of their societal status.

      • Grantoc 7.1.2

        I think you've got the wrong party Anne.

        National's local membership do have a significant say in the selection of their local candidate. They're probably the most influential demographic in the selection process. They can and do ignore National Party head offices choices (David Kirk for example some years ago in the seat of Tamaki I think it was, was unsuccessful after being parachuted in by HO). And the larger the local membership, the greater their influence.

        National Party's selection rules protect the rights and powers of the local membership.

        There is strong National Party membership in Botany and so,actually, Luxon is not guaranteed selection at all.

        • Anne 7.1.2.1

          I'm sure you're right – in theory Grantoc. And yes, it might occasionally be democratic, but in practice the members generally fall into line and select whoever they have been effectively told to select.

          A perfect example of course is the Epsom electorate where the constituents – the majority of whom would be members – were told who to vote for and they all fell into line like a bunch of five year olds starting school.

    • Blazer 7.2

      He will be 'looked after' for sure.He needs to be,would become virtually unemployable.

  8. JessNZ 8

    National Party voters and caucus will be drooling with joy!

    1) A fresh white business-as-usual man with no political history compared with

    2) All the other Nat contenders and their ugly searchable political history – and single-digit preferred PM ranks.

    • Wensleydale 8.1

      Pretty much. It's like placing a fresh steak on top of a plate full of fly-blown offal. "Vote for Chris. He's not an utter bastard… yet."

  9. Tiger Mountain 9

    Sirkey represented Finance Capital first and foremost, international and local, every day of his time as an MP in the NZ Parliament. As he did before, and continues to after, at ANZ and Air NZ.

    Mr Luxon will do the same. That is the time honoured National way–shovel the loot “upstairs”, while taking provincials, urban aspirationals, self employed, and codger reactionaries along for the ride!

    I guess the Luxon announcement is an indicator of where the Nat factions currently are at in their power struggles.

  10. observer 10

    Luxon's cheerleaders have either given up on the next election for National – or they're a bit dim. (Possibly both).

    He cannot lead the party into the 2020 election. The only way to do that is to force JLR out in time for a by-election, and win it, and then the caucus immediately promotes their newest MP to leader.

    That's a classic case of armchair politics, oblivious to the human factor. It would take many months for all of the above to happen, months during which Simon Bridges has to keep repeating "I'm confident in my leadership" and every National MP has to keep repeating "Simon's great, yes he is!". And every ambitious MP from Collins to Muller has to pretend they're totally fine with being cast aside, and nobody says anything to journos about how pissed off they are.

    One of the dumbest takes is Nat-fans saying "Labour switched late to Ardern, so we can do it too". But Labour MPs were NOT agitating for Ardern to take over, the media weren't appointing her leader a year before the election. The late switch only worked because the incumbent (Little) was considering his own position. And then stepped down, giving way to a reluctant replacement. Sure, it worked out fine – but an accident is not a plan.

    So Luxon now has to put on the fixed grin and say "No ambitions to be leader", while his fan club tell him he should be. National couldn't undermine themselves any better than this.

    • tc 10.1

      2023. Bridges was always going the distance IMO. A useful idiot, which he's sooo living up to.

      They know there's way too much shit about for even the most easily swayed swinging voter to get sucked in so soon after their last period in pillage.

      They'll need for the current govt to fix more of their mess before the voters goldfish brain kicks in and another 'Blighted Future' gets their vote for that ever so nice man Mr Luxon.

  11. UncookedSelachimorpha 11

    The plan will be to gift him a safe seat in 2020 (while the NActs lose the election under Bridges) – then move him to leader and a shot at power in 2023.

    Another "Christian" business guy obsessed with success, money and status. Unfortunately the public will likely find him very appealing. He will do wonders for the rich, while not giving a damn about poverty and inequality. John Key 2.0 is exactly right.

    • tc 11.1

      Haven't their media muppetts done a wonderful job positioning him. This is the game folks, play it or lose at it.

  12. Alan 12

    I can smell the fear on your breath….

    • observer 12.1

      Are you talking to Simon or Judith?

      2023 is a long way off.

      • roy cartland 12.1.1

        2023 will be the year that the younger, climate-focussed demographic reach the numerical critical mass. Then NAT will have to bite the bullet and go pro-climate as well, or die a deserved death.

        • Obtrectator 12.1.1.1

          Wouldn't be too sure about the ability of that "demographic" to change anything. It only takes a few reactionary bastards in each generation to derail any mass movement by getting themselves into positions of power.

          • roy cartland 12.1.1.1.1

            Nah I'm not at all sure about it. I just say it as if it's going to happen, hoping that it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. That's what said bastards do, so why not.

    • McFlock 12.2

      That would be the curry I had for lunch.

  13. weka 13

    The repudiation of St Judes ascent to the throne cannot pass without comment. Not exactly a day of celebration, but still something to be thankful for.

  14. mosa 14

    Well with regrettably a Luxon led government in around twelve months Jacinda can give Neave the full attention she deserves and write her memoirs.

    • observer 14.1

      Improve your trolling. Or learn how NZ elections work.

      The NZ Supreme Court might have something to say about National breaking the law, which is the only way your fantasy can happen.

      • weka 14.1.1

        You might have to explain that. What's the legal block to National winning the next election, with Luxon as leader?

        • Formerly Ross 14.1.1.1

          Luxon is not even an MP so to become PM after the election would be something to behold. Of course he could roll Bridges after the election but that would only happen if National are not in government.

          • observer 14.1.1.1.1

            @FR

            Correct. A non-MP can't become PM. Except in a coup, maybe.

            The other part of the fantasy is that Ardern will just sit around and wait while National use the waka-jumping law (problematic in many ways, not least National's fierce opposition to the law) and force JLR out, to get a by-election in Botany.

            There is zero chance of a by-election before Xmas, so we're talking 2020, at which point the PM will have all the excuse she needs to call an early election, for "stability". And win it comfortably.

            • McFlock 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Option B is luxon runs in Botany at the general election, gets elected, nats win the election overall, then no-bridges gracefully steps down after leading the party to an unexpected victory and asks Luxon to take his place at head of the nat caucus and for the government.

              lolz

              • observer

                Heh.

                "Do you intend to serve a full term?" is a legit media question to PMs going for a second or third. It would be quite something to hear it asked about the wannabe-PM's first term!

                But really, this just shows how absurd the Luxon fantasy is, and how unhelpful it is to National. He should shut up and disappear into the background, but that's obviously not who he is.

          • weka 14.1.1.1.2

            Is there something to stop him being leader before the election? The Greens have done this (Russell Norman became co-leader before he became an MP). I don't know what the National Party rules are.

            (Mosa's comment was a nonsense in more ways than one, but I was curious if Luxon not becoming PM was a legal impossibility).

            • observer 14.1.1.1.2.1

              @weka

              You might be right. National could (AFAIK) go into the election with a Botany candidate at the top of the list, instead of an MP.

              Obviously the political consequences would kill them ("we've got a great team in caucus, but they're all useless"). But legally … may be OK.

              Mind you, the process of making a non-MP leader is fraught with difficulty. The caucus elects the leader, so God (or Mosa) only knows how they do that.

              What if Judith stands against him, citing existing party rules?

              “The Leader of the Parliamentary Section shall, shortly after receiving the approval of the Board of Directors (the governing body of the Party), become the Leader of the Party.”

    • mosa There's a hole in the middle of your icon, your icon, a hole in the middle of your head – goes with a swing I think. (Think song 'hole in your bucket').

    • mosa 14.3

      oops that got the fire started.

      typographical error. National led government.

  15. William 15

    Not sure why National would think Luxon is their saviour. His time at AirNZ has not been without public relations problems. I'll start with the swimsuit video, and the Antarctica one.

    Their level of service to passengers certainly reduced during his tenure, just the little things that leave a lasting impression. I remember during Fyfe's time even economy passengers on long haul were given hot moist facecloths to freshen up with. Such things disappeared due to Luxon's cost cutting.

    Feel free to add more.

    Key was largely unknown here before politics, not so Luxon.

    • Phil 15.1

      His time at AirNZ has not been without public relations problems

      Meh. If you're going to blame him for that, you should also give him credit for having no plane crashes during his tenure.

      • William 15.1.1

        Given the program of safety videos was regarded as part of AirNZ's brand, it's very unlikely that they would be released without him at least viewing the completed item. He obviously didn't have concerns because he didn't pull the plug on them.

        If he didn't view them then he is definitely following Key, who involved himself so little in the work taking place in the Beehive that he claimed to not know about Jason Ede, who worked just a few doors away on the ninth floor.

        Congrats to him for flight safety, (but that's largely due to regulation & manufacturers input).

      • Peter 15.1.2

        Is he going into National to prevent them turning into a train wreck?

      • AB 15.1.3

        Yep – if you blame them for things going wrong you have to praise them for things going right. It's better to do neither – or else you bestow CEOs with too much importance and contribute to contemporary myths of leadership. If instead you regard them as more or less bullshit jobs, you undermine the perception that there is some sort of natural pathway from CEO to Prime Minister.

    • Graeme 15.2

      Spot on.

      Fyfe was the leader, and rebuilt Air New Zealand from a very dark place. Luxon wasn't much more than a cost accountant, and his "success" owes much to his predecessor.

  16. observer 16

    "Christopher Luxon says he is not an option for National in the Botany seat".

    (NZ Herald, 28 May 2019)

    Thanks for clearing that up, Chris.

    • Blazer 16.1

      Well he has mastered Key's style already!

    • Incognito 16.2

      On Wednesday 29 May at 6:17 AM when he was washing his hair in the shower, Mr Christopher Luxon had an epiphany of a Botanical quality. You’ll read it in his biography Chris Luxon: Mirror Image of a Prime Minister, masterfully put together by John Roughan.

      • AB 16.2.1

        The elder statesman of contemporary Kiwi hagiography himself? My – he has been busy! Or perhaps Roughan has been automated, just plug the name of any Nat leadership hopeful into a config file and stand back?

  17. marty mars 17

    perhaps

    if john key is 1 and luxon is 2, then bridges is 0, simon bridges is 0 – these monkeys will send us to heaven…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK3iSglbZUM

  18. mary_a 18

    John Key (and ???) influencing National's direction from outside? Instigating a clean out of what's there now, without dirtying his own hands, having his business buddy "boy" at the helm doing the bidding?

    Can't wait until Jami-Lee Ross starts up again and he will, while Judith, Simon et al, will be stoking the fires of dissent! Popcorn time coming up!

    • Wensleydale 18.1

      John Key just can't let go, can he?

      You're not PM anymore, John. Don't you have beans to count and hollow statements about valuing transparency while being deliberately opaque to make? I'm sure there are more obscene profits to be offshored by stiffing ANZ's Kiwi customers, so stop sniffing around the Beehive like a horny dog and hop to it.

  19. I follow Soimun on twitter – but only for the delicious comments which follow one of his 'pronouncements.'

    Not a word from the leader welcoming a 'potential' new MP to the ranks. Nothing from Judith either.

    Noses out of joint – much?

  20. Stuart Munro. 20

    Key garnered a lot of support from the myth that Robert Reich talks about – the poor boy makes good. He could only do that as an unknown because once his lies and double dealing became known, together with the distinctly lackluster economic performance they tried to market as genius, no amount of dissembling could conceal the ugly truth.

    Luxon is, frankly, a knob. He may be an easy sell to the financial community but he has no obvious way into the good graces of general public. He can presumably scrape up a bit more smarts than Bridges, but enlightened values, economic acumen, charisma, and statesmanship are looking like howling voids.

    Mind, a thicket of deadwood that includes Nick Smith and Gerry Brownlee cannot help but perceive him as a vast improvement – which he is – but nevertheless scarcely fit to run a bath, much less a country.

    • Alan 20.1

      Gee Stuart, you must be really scared

      • woodart 20.1.1

        nah, not scared , pissing himself with laughter more likely. nats are looking more and more like a desperate john, will take on the first raddled hooker ,and claim they are the new messiah.

      • Stuart Munro. 20.1.2

        Not really – but it is shameful that an advanced country supports such a wretched level of MPs. We should be able to be proud of them, and frankly they're an embarrassment.

    • Sanctuary 20.2

      You have to factor in the centrist ultras who dominate our media though – Luxon is their kind of man (and being a man helps) and they'll big up him as the "steady pair of hands" with the sensible shoes and the business acumen that appeals to "middle New Zealand" (by which they mean the class they drawn from.

      Of course, in provincial NZ his name is mud because of the way he gutted routes and extracted monopoly rents from airfares as head of Air NZ.

      • Stuart Munro. 20.2.1

        Although our MSM are indeed a horrid biased unprofessional farce (not looking at you Hoskings or Garner, nor will I ever again), they have burnt much of their clout, and continue to do so whenever they try it on against a much more professional Labour comms team. Gnat hopes lie with a roll of the dice – a market crash, a scandal, perhaps a peace prize they can parley into neglect of local issues. Labour need only exhume a few of the bodies everyone knows National buried – compensate Southern Response victims for example, for the public to recall exactly how badly National stink.

  21. AB 21

    You can't go back. Key worked for them because of conditions at the time. But now that model of facile, barbecue bullshitter is just embarrassing and outdated . And nobody is looking desperately for a blokey counterpoint to a scary, childless feminist with crooked teeth who is "telling then what to think" and what light bulb they can buy. To succeed, Luxon has to be something new, not Key redux. I've yet to see anything that suggests he is – looks like another wealthy BAU guy with over-hyped 'bizniss skulls'. There will be some differences of course – most likely he would pay lip service to addressing CC, but be so hidebound by his worldview that he would tolerate only market-based 'solutions' to it.

    Overall, a better tactic for National would be to go right-wing, populist authoritarian – and thereby carve off working class votes from Labour and fogey votes from NZF. And being a woman would help too. So – a female, hard right, populist authoritarian! Someone springs to mind.

  22. Dukeofurl 22

    Then there is the matter of Luxons Christianity – he could be 'too christian'

    As Hooton put it

    "For his part, Luxon is known as a passionate member of the evangelical and proselytising Upper Room church which emerged in Tennessee in the 1930s. He attends their services in Newmarket.
    https://upperroom.org.nz/

    • In which case, if he did take over from Bridges as leader that would make it three religious conservatives in a row for National. Collins would feel like a refreshing change by comparison.

    • observer 22.2

      The majority of National's caucus voted FOR the first reading of the Abortion Reform Bill (in a so-called conscience vote).

      Of course they might not vote for a second reading, it's common enough for MPs to say "let's explore the issues in committee" before deciding for or against.

      But I do hope the media start asking the leader they've already installed how he would vote on this. If it becomes law this term (and it probably will) is he going to campaign to overturn, or amend? Or just decide he's pro-choice after all? Good luck pleasing your devotees AND the swing voters you need.

      Over to you, Christopher. You're such an awesome politician (apparently), so you'll have the answer, eh?

  23. woodart 23

    neither luxon or ross is going to be new botany M.P.. bridges has already taken and spent the hundred grand from a new New Zealander for this safe nat seat.there will be rumblings from nat party headquarters in beijing.

  24. mac1 24

    I'd be wary of anyone who wants to live in the upper room in terms of social status, access to power, connectedness, and prestige.

    I understand the religious 'upper room' but point out that the use of secular 'upper rooms' such as Clubs, fraternities, gangs, inner circles, old boys' networks, are to be held as very suspect for someone in public life. The privilege of serving one's fellows should not be for the privileged elites.

  25. weka 25

    Party rivals, the Labour Party and the media will inevitably raise questions about the Upper Room’s theology and to what extent it would guide Luxon’s policy-making. Is Luxon a conservative in the Bolger, English and Bridges mould? Or will his strong religious beliefs inevitable push him to take a much more radical stance on social issues and seek to reverse the general consensus? Delegates, the wider party and the public will want to know.”

    Did Hooton ask the same questions about English, who is strongly religious, becoming PM? I haven't read his piece, but nothing that comes from Hooton without an agenda, so how much of this is concern about the religious right, and how much is power play politics?

    • McFlock 25.1

      Fair point, it's probably all from Hoot's agenda.

      But in that case it tells us two things: internal divisions will make Luxon's religion an issue (whether he's Blinglish-styles or full Pence); and Hoot's preferred leader is testing attack lines now.

      Nat meltdown 2020 – unless the party powers spend a lot of money and promises buying off current caucus contenders.

      • Sacha 25.1.1

        … internal divisions will make Luxon's religion an issue (whether he's Blinglish-styles or full Pence); and Hoot's preferred leader is testing attack lines

        Spot on. Always an agenda.

    • Dukeofurl 25.2

      Hootons point was that English and Bridges are 'devout' but keep it low key as far as affecting policy. They were of course part of the NZ mainstream churches not an american evangelical one.

      • weka 25.2.1

        Bill English is strongly anti-abortion and I'm pretty sure his wife was the high up in the leadership SPUC. That's not mainstream. I have no idea if/how English's religious beliefs influenced policy, it would be surprising if they had no effect. We're lucky that we don't get the evangelical stuff playing out in public in our politics here but that doesn't mean the beliefs and culture aren't a factor.

        • McFlock 25.2.1.1

          That's sort of the point, if Luxon is in fact an evangelical.

          Everybody acts and votes according to their own moral code, but there's a difference between say" abstaining or voting against prostitution legalisation; and preaching fire and brimstone against it.

          Although it is possible that Blinglish preached fire and brimstone but I didn't notice because he did it in his usual soporific style and I dozed off.

          • weka 25.2.1.1.1

            I think the danger if Luxon is evangelical and eventually becomes leader is that we end up with a more pronounced Trumpian right than we have now. That's scarey shit. My point is that if we think having the religious right hidden in National instead of overtly campaigning, we're missing some of the danger. Getting National to Trumpian is easier if you've already had a non-evangelical anti-abortion leader (am thinking not just of abortion with English, but how his religion might be informing social policy like controlling poor people via big data).

            That's doubly troubling considering the amoral branch of the Nats who will do anything for power. They're not going to care about going scarey clappy. I wish the old school conservatives would stand the fuck up, but it feels like expecting lefties in Labour to get rid of the neolibs.

            • McFlock 25.2.1.1.1.1

              Bit of a thinker, this issue.

              My rough take:

              Social/religious conservatives have always been represented in NZ politics because they've always existed in NZ. This is a necessary (if shitty) part of democracy.

              Evangelical politicians (either preachers telling crowds that specific politicians are followers of the devil, or politicians agitating and othering minorities to get ultra-religious votes), on the other hand, try to generate political power as a product oof deepening social divisions. I think that's what we've seen in the US, and what Tamaki has repeatedly tried to do here (but he's such a greasy charlatan that he doesn't have the traction to pull it off). My fear is that if the nats out of desperation run an evangelical Taliban line, then their supporters who stay will get more isolated, bitter, and violent. Even though they will probably shaft themselves for the next couple of terms while doing so.

              • weka

                Sounds reasonable, although not sure how likely it is they will shaft themselves rather than fucking NZ and gaining power.

                • McFlock

                  Well, going by Tamaki's efforts, NZ seems to balk a bit more than the US at hyper-fundamentalists. We definitely have the "thar be deee-mons!" crowd, e.g. the brethren, but I think the vast majority of our tories are self-centred arseholes rather than deranged religonuts.

                  So the arseholes get split between ACT, NZ1, and National, but the religonuts in national alienate more moderates than folk they attract. And the more conservative NZ1 gets, they lose the ex-labourites who like the goldcard and will tolerate some racism, but going to be with religious extremists is a bit much.

              • Climaction

                National voters fly, Luxon has overseen the degradation of service of our national airline to serve the god of profit. his email last year was a masterpiece in onanistic sophistry.

                luxon won’t get in. Luxon loves luxon too much and it shows in everything he does. National party voters can smell a faker a mile off.

                • Drowsy M. Kram

                  Key cultivated the Dirty Politics brigade, and is overseeing Luxton's transition into the opposition National party.

                  Some National party voters may be able to smell fakers, but I'm picking they'll continue to hold their noses for a quid pro status quo – supporters of Key, English, Bridges, Bennett et al. must be mouth-breathers.

          • weka 25.2.1.1.2

            Do we know if English abstained withing caucus? Somehow I doubt it.

        • Sacha 25.2.1.2

          Could Luxon be the 2023 leader of the Nat coalition religious party that Ngaro faltered at?

          • weka 25.2.1.2.1

            If he's as people think it will be interesting to see what comes out of the woodwork in the few years 🙁

    • RedBaronCV 25.3

      Had a look at the upper room website. Led by a couple and she is daughter of Ian & Mary Grant who run the parenting outfit and She has produced a sex education programme approved by Family first.

      so do we get the family first attitudes stuffed into our public schools? and other legislation

  26. rod 26

    Luxon is just another highflying, smooth talking, right wing multi millionare looking for a quick knighthood, and once that is on his cv he will be gone like a rocket just like that other bloke NZ was saddled for nearly 9 years. Can't recall his name.

  27. Fireblade 27

    Luxon has to earn his gang patch.

    It took the John Key turd four years to float to the top of the National Party sewer.

  28. mary_a 28

    @ Fireblade (27) … Well said and so true yes

  29. observer 29

    Four years ago: President Obama. PMs Key, Cameron, an Australian. No Brexit, Trump, etc.

    Anyone who claims to know what the world will look like in 4 years' time could have done us a favour and told us 4 years ago what was going to happen by 2019.

    But they didn't, because they couldn't.

    Maybe Luxon will be PM in 2023. Maybe cars will be fuelled by ear wax. Ask a political commentator – or toss a coin.

    • heh..!..yr cynicism @ the quality/veracity of political predictions is well justified..

      i am currently wondering about the greens..

      as in will they continue their version of green-lite..

      or will they get serious about what we face – and ramp it up to essentially become the political wing/voice for the likes of extinction rebellion..?

  30. newsense 30

    Key had some humility. This guy is already a bit messianic. Key also kept a relatively low profile until he made his move.

  31. JustMe 31

    I am now at that stage of life when it comes to voting that I would never ever vote for a NZ National Party politician ever again.

    They are all tainted with the brush of ego, greed(for themselves), self-obsession(aka photo opportunities) and the ridiculous belief they are all so perfect that they sit right beside God. Their pure arrogance shows no end. Their inability to admit they make mistakes is just so profound. And their supporters in the mainstream NZ media just never bring up those past mistakes perhaps because most of the so-called journalists in the mainstream NZ media are in the NZ National Party pocket(s) financially.

    Where Luxon is concerned I think he deems himself a future leader(like Muldoon and Mussolini i.e all three lacked hair, have/had the some facial expressions and pouts and pure arrogance)of the New Zilland(as Key called this country)National Party. His(Luxon)choice of deputy would probably be the equally arrogant Judith Collins. I am so hoping Bridges and Bennett are losing sleep over the fact their(Bridges and Bennett’s) cosy little self serving relationship could well be nearing a well deserved end(aka Karmic Payback).

    For National birds of a feather flock together. They have shown to us NZ voters just how corruptible they can demean themselves to and I am so over their behavioral problems.

    Next year will be the next NZ general election. If National are incapable of being honest to New Zealanders now due to their personal EGO Quests then it's time they told us. I for one am fed up to the backteeth of funding(through my taxes)their vanity project and self-spending on say the outside appearance of a government department rather than spending taxpayers dollars on say a mansion in Hawaii and an apartment in New York.

  32. We have already had one king with no clothes we don't want another!

    Danny Kaye https://youtu.be/t80UDdbV3Mk

  33. joe90 33

    Or will his strong religious beliefs inevitable push him to take a much more radical stance on social issues and seek to reverse the general consensus? Delegates, the wider party and the public will want to know.”

    If his pastor's twitter is anything to go by, Luxon will likely tote a similar grab bag of RWNJ fuckwittery.

    https://twitter.com/craigheilmann

  34. michelle 34

    national according to soimon are bringing in some big names, big names equals bigger bullshit it also means crushing others i hope the new maori party don't go near this toxic lot

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Those of a certain vintage in this country will recognise that as a paraphrasing of the much celebrated Paul Holmes sign-off from his nightly current affairs show, yes, he of the “cheekie darkie” comment infamy (that one aimed at then-UN Chief Kofi Annan, and if unfamiliar with what followed in ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Are You Missing Kindness Yet?
    In my last newsletter I asked how is Luxon this out of touch? Many of you, quite wisely, don’t do the Twitter thing so I thought I’d share a few of the comments from the cross section of humanity that you encounter there.The comment from Clandesdiner@boglyboohoo, not sure if that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How NZ and Taiwan differ in disaster preparedness
    Peter Dunne writes –  Taiwan and New Zealand are two small island states with much in common. Both are vibrant, independent democracies, living in the shadow of an overbearing neighbour. (Admittedly, Taiwan’s overbearing neighbour has far more aggressive tendencies than our at-times overbearing neighbour!) There is a strong ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Bryce Edwards writes – Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Nearly a month of it
    Hello! There has not been an omnibus for about three weeks because covid and bereavement got in the way.Here’s what you may have missed if you’re not a daily reader.Life’s Little Victories - I think I’ve dodged COVIDTwo Bar Blues - I haven’t Relentlessly Negative - Things seem to be ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Coastal court action flies under the radar
    Graham Adams says NZ’s coastline may end up under iwi control. Former Attorney-General and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson is known for his forthright and sometimes combative language. In 2022, in discussing opposition to co-governance, he referred to “the sour right” and “the KKK brigade”. Last week, in ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    1 week ago
  • Does a Fiscal Debt Target Make Sense?
    Do we treat the government finances with the common sense that household’s manage theirs?It is a commonly held view that we should treat the government as if it is a prudent household. We don’t when it comes to its debt. Currently the government says it wants to constrain its net ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely connected with. As Oceans and Fisheries ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Spite destroys success
    The clean car discount was a real policy success in pushing electrification of transport. It worked so well that EV adoption was running five years ahead of the Climate Commission's targets, giving us a real shot at decarbonising light transport. National killed it out of pure spite. And as expected, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Huge interest in Government’s infrastructure plans
    Hundreds of people in little over a week have turned out in Northland to hear Regional Development Minister Shane Jones speak about plans for boosting the regional economy through infrastructure. About 200 people from the infrastructure and associated sectors attended an event headlined by Mr Jones in Whangarei today. Last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Health Minister thanks outgoing Health New Zealand Chair
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has today thanked outgoing Health New Zealand – Te Whatu Ora Chair Dame Karen Poutasi for her service on the Board.   “Dame Karen tendered her resignation as Chair and as a member of the Board today,” says Dr Reti.  “I have asked her to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Roads of National Significance planning underway
    The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has signalled their proposed delivery approach for the Government’s 15 Roads of National Significance (RoNS), with the release of the State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Navigating an unstable global environment
    New Zealand is renewing its connections with a world facing urgent challenges by pursuing an active, energetic foreign policy, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Our country faces the most unstable global environment in decades,” Mr Peters says at the conclusion of two weeks of engagements in Egypt, Europe and the United States.    “We cannot afford to sit back in splendid ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Australian Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and his wife Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, will make a State visit to New Zealand from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April. The visit reciprocates the State visit of former Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves for Winter
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour has announced that Medsafe has approved 11 cold and flu medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Pharmaceutical suppliers have indicated they may be able to supply the first products in June. “This is much earlier than the original expectation of medicines being available by 2025. The Government recognised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • NZ and the US: an ever closer partnership
    New Zealand and the United States have recommitted to their strategic partnership in Washington DC today, pledging to work ever more closely together in support of shared values and interests, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “The strategic environment that New Zealand and the United States face is considerably more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Joint US and NZ declaration
    April 11, 2024 Joint Declaration by United States Secretary of State the Honorable Antony J. Blinken and New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs the Right Honourable Winston Peters We met today in Washington, D.C. to recommit to the historic partnership between our two countries and the principles that underpin it—rule ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • NZ and US to undertake further practical Pacific cooperation
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further New Zealand cooperation with the United States in the Pacific Islands region through $16.4 million in funding for initiatives in digital connectivity and oceans and fisheries research.   “New Zealand can achieve more in the Pacific if we work together more urgently and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government redress for Te Korowai o Wainuiārua
    The Government is continuing the bipartisan effort to restore its relationship with iwi as the Te Korowai o Wainuiārua Claims Settlement Bill passed its first reading in Parliament today, says Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith. “Historical grievances of Te Korowai o Wainuiārua relate to 19th century warfare, land purchased or taken ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Focus on outstanding minerals permit applications
    New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals is working to resolve almost 150 outstanding minerals permit applications by the end of the financial year, enabling valuable mining activity and signalling to the sector that New Zealand is open for business, Resources Minister Shane Jones says.  “While there are no set timeframes for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Applications open for NZ-Ireland Research Call
    The New Zealand and Irish governments have today announced that applications for the 2024 New Zealand-Ireland Joint Research Call on Agriculture and Climate Change are now open. This is the third research call in the three-year Joint Research Initiative pilot launched in 2022 by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ireland’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tenancy rules changes to improve rental market
    The coalition Government has today announced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to encourage landlords back to the rental property market, says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The previous Government waged a war on landlords. Many landlords told us this caused them to exit the rental market altogether. It caused worse ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Boosting NZ’s trade and agricultural relationship with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay will visit China next week, to strengthen relationships, support Kiwi exporters and promote New Zealand businesses on the world stage. “China is one of New Zealand’s most significant trade and economic relationships and remains an important destination for New Zealand’s products, accounting for nearly 22 per cent of our good and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Freshwater farm plan systems to be improved
    The coalition Government intends to improve freshwater farm plans so that they are more cost-effective and practical for farmers, Associate Environment Minister Andrew Hoggard and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay have announced. “A fit-for-purpose freshwater farm plan system will enable farmers and growers to find the right solutions for their farm ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Fast Track Projects advisory group named
    The coalition Government has today announced the expert advisory group who will provide independent recommendations to Ministers on projects to be included in the Fast Track Approvals Bill, say RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Regional Development Minister Shane Jones. “Our Fast Track Approval process will make it easier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Pacific and Gaza focus of UN talks
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters says his official talks with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York today focused on a shared commitment to partnering with the Pacific Islands region and a common concern about the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.    “Small states in the Pacific rely on collective ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government honours Taranaki Maunga deal
    The Government is honouring commitments made to Taranaki iwi with the Te Pire Whakatupua mō Te Kāhui Tupua/Taranaki Maunga Collective Redress Bill passing its first reading Parliament today, Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “This Bill addresses the commitment the Crown made to the eight iwi of Taranaki to negotiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Enhanced partnership to reduce agricultural emissions
    The Government and four further companies are together committing an additional $18 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on us getting effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 110km/h limit proposed for Kāpiti Expressway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) will begin consultation this month on raising speed limits for the Kāpiti Expressway to 110km/h. “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to rebuild the economy and this proposal supports that outcome ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand Biosecurity Awards – Winners announced
    Two New Zealanders who’ve used their unique skills to help fight the exotic caulerpa seaweed are this year’s Biosecurity Awards Supreme Winners, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard. “Strong biosecurity is vital and underpins the whole New Zealand economy and our native flora and fauna. These awards celebrate all those in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Attendance action plan to lift student attendance rates
    The Government is taking action to address the truancy crisis and raise attendance by delivering the attendance action plan, Associate Education Minister David Seymour announced today.   New Zealand attendance rates are low by national and international standards. Regular attendance, defined as being in school over 90 per cent of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • World must act to halt Gaza catastrophe – Peters
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York today that an immediate ceasefire is needed in Gaza to halt the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe.    “Palestinian civilians continue to bear the brunt of Israel’s military actions,” Mr Peters said in his speech to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to United Nations General Assembly: 66th plenary meeting, 78th session
    Mr President,   The situation in Gaza is an utter catastrophe.   New Zealand condemns Hamas for its heinous terrorist attacks on 7 October and since, including its barbaric violations of women and children. All of us here must demand that Hamas release all remaining hostages immediately.   At the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government woolshed roadshow kicks off
    Today the Government Agriculture Ministers started their national woolshed roadshow, kicking off in the Wairarapa. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said it has been a tough time for farmers over the past few years. The sector has faced high domestic inflation rates, high interest rates, adverse weather events, and increasing farm ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • PM heads to Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines this week (April 14-20), along with a senior business delegation, signalling the Government’s commitment to deepen New Zealand’s international engagement, especially our relationships in South East Asia. “South East Asia is a region that is more crucial than ever to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister launches Government Targets
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced further steps to get New Zealand back on track, launching nine ambitious Government Targets to help improve the lives of New Zealanders. “Our Government has a plan that is focused on three key promises we made to New Zealanders – to rebuild the economy, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Natural hydrogen resource should be free of Treaty claims entanglement
    Natural hydrogen could be a game-changing new source of energy for New Zealand but it is essential it is treated as a critical development that benefits all New Zealanders, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones is seeking to give regulatory certainty for those keen to develop natural, or geological, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government responds to unsustainable net migration
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand on stage at global Space Symposium
    Space Minister Judith Collins will speak at the Space Symposium in the United States next week, promoting New Zealand’s rapidly growing place in the sector as we work to rebuild the economy. “As one of the largest global space events, attended by more than 10,000 business and government representatives from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • $4.9m project completed with marae reopening
    A significant marae has reopened in the heart of Rotorua marking the end of renovations for the Ruatāhuna Marae Renovation Cluster, a project that provided much-needed jobs and regional economic stimulus, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones was at the official reopening of Mātaatua ki Rotorua Marae today. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Pure Tūroa Limited to operate Tūroa ski field
    Ko Tahuarangi te waka – Tahuarangi is the ancestral vessel Ko Rangitukutuku te aho – Rangitukutuku is the fishing line Ko Pikimairawea te matau – Pikimairawea is the hook Ko Hāhā te Whenua te ika kei rō-wai – Hāhā te whenua is the fish (of Māui) whilst under the ocean ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Methane targets to be independently reviewed
    Rebuilding New Zealand’s economy will rely on the valuable agricultural sector working sustainably towards our climate change goals.  Today, the Climate Change and Agriculture Ministers announced that an independent panel of experts will review agricultural biogenic methane science and targets for consistency with no additional warming. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • NZ and Nordics: likeminded partners
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has highlighted the strong ties that bind New Zealand and the Nordic countries of Northern Europe during a trip to Sweden today.    “There are few countries in the world more likeminded with New Zealand than our friends in Northern Europe,” Mr Peters says.    “We ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First New Zealand C-130J Hercules takes flight
    The first New Zealand C-130J Hercules to come off the production line in the United States has successfully completed its first test flights, Defence Minister Judith Collins announced today. “These successful flights are a significant milestone for the New Zealand Defence Force, bringing this once-in-a-generation renewal of a critical airlift ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to rephase NCEA Change Programme
      The coalition Government is making significant changes to the NCEA Change Programme, delaying the implementation by two years, Minister of Education Erica Stanford announced today. “Ensuring New Zealand’s curriculum is world leading is a vital part of the Government’s plan to deliver better public services and ensure all students ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Ngāpuhi investment fund Chair appointed
    Ben Dalton has been appointed the new board Chair of Tupu Tonu, the Ngāpuhi Investment Fund, says Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith and Associate Finance Minister Shane Jones. “Ben brings a wealth of experience in governance and economic development to the position. He will have a strong focus on ensuring ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Education should be prioritised ahead of protesting
    Students should be in school and learning instead of protesting during school hours, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “If students feel strongly about sending a message, they could have marched on Tuesday when there was a nationwide teacher only day, or during the upcoming school holidays. It has become ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Delivering on Local Water Done Well
    Cabinet has agreed on key steps to implement Local Water Done Well, the Coalition Government’s plan for financially sustainable locally delivered water infrastructure and services, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says.  "Councils and voters resoundingly rejected Labour’s expensive and bureaucratic Three Waters regime, and earlier this year the Coalition Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Peters to visit New York, Washington D.C.
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will engage with high-level United States Government and United Nations officials in the United States next week (6-12 April).    The visit, with programmes in New York and Washington D.C., will focus on major global and regional security challenges and includes meetings with US Secretary of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago

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