Let’s keep politics out of Rugby

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John Key Brodie Retallick

Thirty four years ago the right insisted that we should keep politics out of sport and this as the justification for the then National Government overriding advice and agreeing to allow the Springboks to tour New Zealand even though this breached the Gleneagles agreement and caused a major international incident.  I disagreed with the decision at the time because New Zealand was involved in sport with Apartheid South Africa and playing rugby with that nation meant that black South Africans were denigrated and lost their rights.

But Ad’s recent post struck a chord with readers of this blog and I agree with the premise of his argument.  We should keep politics out of sport as much as we can and just enjoy sport for its inherent quality.

The current Government has politicised Rugby to an obscene level.  Three way handshakes, Rugby News John Key covers during election periods and continuous John Key photo opportunities have really annoyed.

In my view from now on no politician (including you John Key) should ever seek political advantage from the All Blacks, especially after a test match.  I like Rugby.  I do not want to not like it because politicians get photo opportunities.

87 comments on “Let’s keep politics out of Rugby ”

  1. ropata 1

    Good post. The NZRU would do well to recall how they nearly destroyed the game after the 1981 tour. Kiwis went to League in large numbers for the next two decades because rugby “union” had become a divisive force by allying itself with Muldoon and regressive politics.

    At my local club after a game of union we all would gather and watch the Winfield Cup (league) and had money riding on the games. Soccer really took off in New Zealand as well.

    • RedLogix 1.1

      Interesting … rugby was never my sport so it’s interesting to read the experience of those who were there.

      I can understand the politician in Key wanting to associate his brand with the ‘winners’. His brand is all about a society of ‘winners and losers’ so to him it is a natural fit.

      Yet for all the superficial winning and losing that goes on in sport, there was always an underlying sense that sportsmanship and mutual respect was the fundamental value.

      Because in order for the All Blacks to win the RWC – there has to be a team who turns up willing to lose every game and come last. And do it again next time with their heads held high. Because without them – there is no tournament.

      There is no stopping or shaming Key into not mixing sport and politics like this. He’ll keep on doing it as long as he thinks it’s a winning play. But the day will arrive when it will turn into a losing one.

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    Agree.

    Don’t drag elite sports down into the vote-grubbing gutter. Politicians are as toxic to athletes as bookies and steroids.

  3. Aaron 3

    If he turns up after we win the final I …… actually I dont’ know what i’ll do, but it’s getting out of hand

  4. BM 4

    34 years ago, not 24

    [Right you are how time flies. Now corrected – MS]

  5. infused 5

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with it for something so big like the rwc.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1

      Then you probably haven’t considered how you’d react to Kim.com riding the All Blacks to electoral victory.

      • tracey 5.1.1

        +1

      • alwyn 5.1.2

        I know that the All Blacks are very large and very strong men, as the photo of Key and Whitelock illustrates, but I don’t think they are like Superman.
        Do you really think they could carry Kim Dotcom?
        (Actually you may mean the North Korean Kim the Com in which case it would be pretty easy).

  6. Peter 6

    .. we can be amused watching him get his jollies in public

  7. Whispering Kate 7

    My family were talking about Key’s stalking of the AB’s in their changing rooms. Everybody knows that at the end of a day’s work we like to have some time to settle down quietly at home – even 15 minutes or so before we are bombarded with “what’s been happening all day” on the home front – everybody needs this even kids who come in from school – sports teams are no different after they have come in sweaty, knackered and wanting to quietly just come down from the adrenalin rush of playing a hard game. It must be infuriating for them to have Key come in immediately and smarm all over them. He obviously, so obviously has no consideration for anybody, nor any tact or sensitivity to know when he isn’t wanted. Management of the team should be setting rules and barring people from the changing rooms until the team have at least had showers, calmed down and then allow them to come out and chat to officials etc.

    God knows how anybody puts up with the man, his wife has to be the most long suffering individual in the country – I pity her frankly. Key is nothing but a “big noter” and if the team can’t see this then they need to be frankly told so. Frankly the man is a creep.

    • Ffloyd 7.1

      @Whispering Kate. I so agree with what you have written. The photo of key chugging down a beer while the AB’s haven’t even had a chance to take their boots off is indicative of the lack of any thoughts at all of the AB’s who have just had a really tough 80 minutes. The man is absolutely oblivious to good manners and good social skills. But still he sits there, on the bench, not quite on Richie’s lap,grinning like a loon while pretty much being ignored by McCaw and co. He’s like the saddo that stalks the cool crowd, always in the background, laughing the loudest, being the meanest to the ‘not the cool crowd’ doing anything that’s demanded of him, no matter how bad or horrible so that he can say “I’m one of the cool crowd, I am a winner!”……… by default. Actually he is a sad figure of a man.

      • Gangnam Style 7.1.1

        Looks like he got in before the wives & partners, or is the space ‘men only’? A few ppl at my work having a bit of a giggle about Keys wannabe status.

    • Claire 7.2

      Is that why the AB’s have short hair, no pony tail tweeking? I have never seen a PM so uninterested in the Country he is representing. He really cannot comment on anything to do with politics and flusters his way around. He is socially inept when talking with people below his grade ($5.5 million) and he appears to have a passing touch of aspergers possibly terribly bulied as a child he craves attention of the famous to show the bullies he has made it! It is a rung both ways. The AB’s seem to adore him and worship him tweet his name at election time. Muldoon looks positively charming in comparison at least he had a vision for NZ!!!

      • Naturesong 7.2.1

        There is a fairly high incidence of Asperger’s within my family (about one in 3). Most are high functioning, although we have one who received all of the bad and none of the good.

        I’m curious as to why you think John Key may be touched with the gift and whether you think it is a positive or negative influence on his behaviour

      • Molly 7.2.2

        ” passing touch of aspergers”

        Also have aspergers in my family. Interestingly enough, it seems a high proportion of those on the Aspergers syndrome find it difficult to lie. Contributes to their perceived social clumsiness, but I find it fairly attractive myself.

        In other ways, Key don’t fit any of the usual criteria.

    • Melb 7.3

      You’ve never considered the idea that the All Blacks enjoy that the country’s PM takes such an avid interest in the game?

      I played plenty of rugby at Prem and provincial B level, and congratulations in the changing room (not by any Prime Ministers though) were always appreciated by the team.

    • Bruce Ellis 7.4

      The other odd thing about this, is that his wife was with him at the rugby, so what happened to her while he went off to have a beer with the boys?

      • Molly 7.4.1

        I’m thinking she is an afterthought…. I always remember watching his initial election victory in 2008, when he brought forward his daughter and son and left his wife in the background for a uncomfortably long period of time.

        Apart from the fact his daughter looks very uncomfortable, it struck me that he did not even make the usual eye contact or gesture that exists with many long term couples.

        If you have a strong stomach – there is a Youtube video – skip to the last few seconds for his disregard of marriage partner.

        https://youtu.be/w0WkS_UkbK8?t=3m32s

        • Whispering Kate 7.4.1.1

          Molly, if you can find it – watch John Campbell’s interview with Key and his wife – it was part of a series of “Meet the Leaders” before the last election. I don’t have to explain anything to you – by body language, hogging the interview and having his poor wife looking like a hanger on not knowing what to do with herself – you will be able to see quite plainly how their situation is. John Campbell even spoke with her at one point, when Key was swoozing the crowd at Matakana Markets asking her “how do you get on with all this working the crowd thing Bronagh” or something to that effect and she just shrugged it off like a poor forlorn little after thought. Go figure, there isn’t anybody else in John Key’s life, his ego is sufficient for him in spades. I have never felt so sorry for someone in a long time. To be superfluous to needs must be the saddest place to be.

  8. esoteric pineapples 8

    The King of the Hobbits congratulates the All Blacks on their win

  9. Dazzer 9

    Sigh. It’s hard to respond positively to posts where the duplicity is so obvious and indeed taken to almost hilarious levels.

    By way of example:

    http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Helen+Clark/NRL+Semi+Final+1+Warriors+v+Roosters/ReV4clKd0Xe

    Have just read the post again and I can see the legalese biting me on the bum. Yes, that was league, and yes the post was about rugby. Naturally it’s different when it’s rugby and it’s different when it’s Labour.

    • Mike Bond 9.1

      Good comment! Sad that people can stoop so low to make a point!

    • Naturesong 9.2

      It may be different in this case due to Helen Clark’s history with Rugby League which started long before she became Prime Minister.

      I.e. Her support was genuine and not just a craven attempt to bask in the AB’s success.

      I’d also note that this is distinct from the PM’s (irrespective of who is PM) duties in supporting national teams when they represent at major sporting events.
      I support the PM attending All Black matches at the world cup, and don’t mind footing the cost through my tax.

      I understand John Key has a London flat, and although he does not need to use it, given the cost of accommodation in London this week it looks like he missed a trick – an opportunity to say, “See, I’m against profligate spending* and I prove it with my actions – look how much money I am saving the NZ taxpayer”. Negligible spend in the big scheme of things, but would have been the sort of political stunt that the press here value over actual journalism.

      Instead we have him tell everyone not to be surprised when a massive bill comes in, and English telling us that everyone loves John Key spending their money attending football games.

      I hope that every other MP who attends, whether in or out of govt, does not stick us with the bill. And if they do, are pilloried from pillar to post.

      * which is demonstrably false

  10. Mike Bond 10

    What a lame post! All countries have their PM’s/Presidents attending the world cup. I recall how Nelson Mandela handed over the Trophy to the Bok captain and then went and congratulated the team personally after the game. That was seen as a huge breakthrough in South African history, yet you want to slam Key for supporting the AB’s? Even by your standard that is low. Not mixing politics and sport is true, but that is the decisions made and management of sports teams etc. Why was nothing said when Key attended the Netball world championship? Just glad he did not go into the change rooms after the game! LOL

  11. Incognito 11

    I am slightly confused; is this post about NZ politics (John Key in particular?) and rugby or politics and sports in general?

    In any case, I think it is based on the wrong assumption that politics and sports are separable; they are not IMO. If this is the case then it becomes a rather complicated if not impossible thought experiment.

    Nelson Mandela once said:

    ”Sport has the power to change the world”

    I think he was right and it means that politics and sports can be used to achieve amazing things.

    • tracey 11.1

      “In any case, I think it is based on the wrong assumption that politics and sports are separable; they are not IMO.”

      Can’t agree more. Sports are run by committees made up of human beings with biases and likes and dislikes. the notion that they all just put those aside cos it’s sport is laughable.

      John Key is alike a few men I know including 1 of my brothers. He wasn’t good at sport at school, and wasn’t interested in it. But he grew a liking for watching it once in University and when he had children he embarked on living vicariously through them, and I suspect the All Blakcs. Loads of men do it, they idolise because deep down they wished they had done something like that, instead of the “books”.

      John Key is positively giddy around All Blacks, but not them alone, he is giddy around Royalty and celebrities. Given how many of our fellow kiwis behave similarly (I point to the relatively quick change of focus in our online newspapers to celebrity-itus) its no wonder he is not seen negatively for it.

      But, for me, it’s not good role modelling, placing your delight for life and enjoyment outside yourself and projecting onto and through the lives of others is almost never the way to fulfillment.

      People won’t criticise in others what they recognise in themselves.

    • mary_a 11.2

      @ Incognito – ”Sport has the power to change the world”

      Yes, sport might.

      But definitely not FJK! Well not for the better!

  12. Nick 12

    It’s about brand marketing. It is just Brand Key, it works too, for enough voters in NZ to keep him pm. Nelson Mandela was about integrity and cultural social political revolution….. Nothing to do with Brands or Key….you can’t compare, apart from the fact it’s Rugby.

  13. J Key is a buffoon so let him continue to make a fool of himself.

    You can bet your bottom dollar that not all the AB’s will be a fan of his and behind Keys back some of them will be laughing at the silly little man.

  14. ianmac 14

    Funny how Key was apparently ignorant of the All Blacks in 81 when keeping politics out of sport was the call. And now Key works hard to get his politics and his All Blacks joined at the wrist or hip.

    • savenz 14.1

      +1 – and txting them too!

      Psycho stalker!

      Like the ponytail waitress the All Blacks can’t really say no.

      Key loves the story to be about himself and using his position to try to bask in the limelight.

      He is damaging the All Blacks brand.

      Given half a chance, Collins will be in there picking them up in her 2nd hand sponsored car!

      It’s called cross branding!

      And since they are PM’s what can the All Blacks do?

      We know you can’t say NO in this country.

  15. Enough is Enough 15

    Squealing every time John Key does anything feeds right into the narrative that the left opposes everything. It becomes the boy who cried wolf and makes arguing the real issues that much more difficult because we are dismissed as simply being negative again when the Nats do something which actually is important and damaging to our country.

    This can hardly be compared to the tour of a racist team into New Zealand.

    There is nothing political about the current world cup (other than you trying to make an issue out of it)

    The Prime Minister attending a world cup semi final of his country’s national game and congratulating his team after the win is understandable. I can’t think of any PM, whatever side of the fence, not doing that.

    What is remarkable about the three way hand shake (other than the awkwardness)? I think every world cup has had the leader of the host country on stage at the final.

    • savenz 15.1

      What is off about it, is that Key is in the All Black changing room. It is not some “official ” picture of the PM congratulating them when they receive a trophy or whatever.

      It looks more like a picture of JK harassing them.

      • Roflcopter 15.1.1

        You get invited to the changing room, you don’t just rock on up, you ignoramus.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 15.1.1.1

          As I keep saying, the NZRFU isn’t doing enough to shield athletes from this kind of exploitation. in fact they seem to be encouraging it.

          Yes, I know you can’t see anything wrong with it.

          • Roflcopter 15.1.1.1.1

            Oh, so now the players aren’t bright enough to see that they’re being manipulated and too scared to say anything if they wanted to?

            • Lanthanide 15.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes, they aren’t bright enough to realise they’re being manipulated. Key has made this ‘natural’. That’s kind of the point.

              Would the NZRFU allow Kim Dotcom down there? How about James Shaw or Peter Dunne?

              • Roflcopter

                How about Helen Clark?

                http://www.rugbyworldcup2015i.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/nonu_helenclark08_620x310.jpg

                That’s a big hug about to go down, right there.

                Oh that’s right, it’s only bad when John Key does it…

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  So it must be ok because Labour did it too. Erm, nope, that’s another logic fail, not to mention a denial of personal responsibility. Oops.

                  • Roflcopter

                    Yeah it is OK now, and was OK when Labour did it… it’s one part of what the Leader of the country does… supports those that excel in sports, not sit as a bitter, twisted prune in a corner like you.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      As I said, you can’t see anything wrong with it. So you defend it with name-calling.

                      Simply tremendous.

                    • tracey

                      I have NO problem with PM’s going to dressing rooms.

                      I don’t want our money spen ton lavish team announcements (Rugby cana nd shold pay for this, whoever is in Govt).

                      I do have a probblem with our PM involving the AB team captain directly in a political policy he (the pM) is pushing.

                      I have a problem with that whoever is PM.

                  • Enough is Enough

                    I think Roflcopter was responding the Lanth’s inference that the NZRFU would only allow Key (or the right) to be photographed with the All Blacks. It quite clear that any PM would be welcome.

                    Jacob Zuma was on stage when the Springboks were awarded the 2007 world cup.

                    The England team of 2003 that won the world cup in Australia visited 10 Downing St on their return home.

                    Every Superbowl winning team gets an invite to the Whitehouse.

                    Are you getting a theme here. Leaders honour their national teams that succeed.

                    It is hardly remarkable or something to be concerned with

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      So that’s all very exciting, and all that, and why can’t you address the point?

                      In your example, the leader supports the team. In this case, the team supports the leader. Literally, with messages of support on election day. And magazine covers.

                      Yes, I know you can’t see anything wrong with that.

                    • Lanthanide

                      Er, no, I made no such inference.

                      It is appropriate for the PM to be involved – in their capacity as prime minister.

                      It is not appropriate for a politician to be involved – hence why James Shaw or Peter Dunne would not get such an invite. John Key appearing on magazine covers as the ‘leader of the pack’ during an election campaign is about him as a politician, not about him as PM.

                      John Key can’t separate his hat of PM from his hat of National Party MP. That is the problem.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 15.1.1.1.1.2

              Going straight to a logic fail Roflcopter? Would you like a white flag with that spade?

              I note you conceded the point about exploitation. Thanks for that.

        • Olwyn 15.1.1.2

          You get invited to the changing room, you don’t just rock on up…

          Presumably the photographer and the reporter were also invited. It is completely appropriate for PM’s to support the national team, but Key tends to go further and draw the All Blacks into his own branding operation. That’s where the problem lies. If you are a PM of left or right, you affirm and support the things that the country loves, but you don’t try to make them your own. There’s a fine line between the two and Key crosses it.

          • Roflcopter 15.1.1.2.1

            but Key tends to go further and draw the All Blacks into his own branding operation

            Really? You worked that all out from a photo in the changing rooms? You are so awesome!

            • Olwyn 15.1.1.2.1.1

              And the announcing of the world cup team from parliament. And his soliciting McCaw’s opinion on the flag. And his taking a boys-will-be-boys attitude to All Blacks’ encouraging tweets on election day, etc, etc.

            • Lanthanide 15.1.1.2.1.2

              It’s not just about a single photo from the changing rooms. It’s about a continued pattern of behaviour by Key.

          • McFlock 15.1.1.2.2

            That’s the problem right there.

            The tories have consistently shown a complete inability to see lines between normal and abnormal behaviour: the line between “visibility” and “a partisan bond between the PM and the ABs”, the line between “in line with the cabinet manual” and “breaching the cabinet manual”, the line between “respected Speaker of the House” and “outright partisan Speaker, to the point of corruption”…

            The only line they see is the 60-seat hurdle. Everything else is negotiable, sold, atrophied, or corrupted.

        • savenz 15.1.1.3

          @Rofllcopter – yep and do all of the players look impressed by Key? Nope. Are the All Blacks expected to glad hand like trained seals to the PM for photo ops!

          On the field – in the changing rooms?

          Maybe a reality TV show next…. With the GCSB getting on board with reality TV shows while NSA take over our security, maybe Julie Christie could be onto a new All Blacks/Natz TV show, The All NatBlacks, a sure fire winner now ratings are so low on TV3!

          Steven Joyce get your check book our for some more corporate welfare for TV3! Ching ching.

          The ongoing commercialisation of our country’s identity…

    • Mike Bond 15.2

      @Enough is Enough. So glad someone else can see just how short sighted most of Labour and Labour supporters are. If National/Key say or do anything, it is wrong! This negativity is turning voters and supporters away. Only the very pig-headed think this is a good strategy. Key must be loving having Little as the opposition leader. He can stuff up time after time and get away with it because everyone just says it is Labour being negative again when they point out real stuff ups. The way things are right now, John Key can unfortunately choose just how long he wants to be PM as there is no opposition worth worrying about.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 15.2.1

        Your concern is so sincere, and has no weasel words or outright lies in it whatsoever. It doesn’t reveal anything about you at all. Everyone waits avidly for your advice. No-one notices when you fail to demonstrate the slightest understanding of the issue. Your pretence that you are addressing “Labour” is a clever and subtle strategy.

        Really.

    • vaughan little 15.3

      yeah but he’s a nonce. so even when he does normal stuff it has a funny pong about it.

  16. shorts 16

    National have always used sport (rugby) to further their aims…. they choose to allow the springbok tour because it made political sense to them – it was a calculated political action…

    To think sport and politics are not joined at the neck is really really niave and foolhardy, sport is just a game, there is nothing whatsoever to suggest it has some higher purpose

    If you think key and co ( and little et al) wouldn’t be all over the all blacks this and every RWC then you really don’t know anything about this country

    What makes it embarrassing is how badly Key does these things… we would at the least like a Prime Minister who was slightly statesmanlike… not a gibbering buffoon

  17. NZJester 17

    The modern All Blacks top brass though personify the right.
    They sell the All Blacks brand to companies outside of New Zealand so that little of the benefit of all the cash they make is seen here in their home country.
    They dumped a local manufacturer of clothing in order to send jobs over seas.
    How can a New Zealand manufacturer that made it cloths here compete with one that has its clothing all made in low wage countries with even less worker protection than what is left to our own workers under this current National government.

  18. Just up on the NZ Herald site –

    Rugby World Cup 2015: Taxpayers won’t mind footing finals bill for ministers, says Bill English

    What a bloody arrogant thing to say.
    Has he actually asked the taxpayers of NZ ?

    If they wish to be at the WC, pay their own way like the rest of us do.

    • tracey 18.1

      The airfares are already free as a perk, aren’t they, so they can pay their own food and accomodation, yes?

  19. tracey 19

    While we are amidst this fixation with the All Blacks, in ALL our media, almost to the exclusion of all else, can we spare a thought for those homes where an impending rugby match is met with a sense of fear and trepidation.

    The good news for those victims of the aftermath of an All Black loss is that the All Blacks have an over 85% winning record. However if you have been beaten as a result of a loss, you don’t know in advance whether the match will be a win or a loss. Imagine that fear in children and partners between matches and until the final whistle.

    There is indeed a very dark side to our fixations as a nation.

  20. Kevin 20

    I wouldn’t be surprised if one of his minders is carrying a towel, ‘just in case’.

    Although with his recent revelations I am not sure if they would want him in there doing his thing.

    • alwyn 21.1

      That first photograph is absolutely disgusting.
      I clearly implies that the All Blacks, and by implication the then Prime Minister approve of the consumption of sugar laced drinks.
      Look at them, holding containers of that appalling liquid Coca Cola.
      Have none of them any shame at all?

      • Roflcopter 21.1.1

        Clark should have her Labour Party membership cancelled for cosying up to those nasty multinational fizzy drink manufacturers…. won’t someone think of the children?

        Oh wait Alwyn, it’s only from this point forward, becuase according to Mickey … “In my view from now on no politician”

        As you were.

    • Hanswurst 21.2

      The most notable thing about those photos of Helen Clark is the reminder that we once had a PM who didn’t look like a complete and utter dick all the time, as if looking like that were their full-time job or something.

  21. Naturesong 22

    I have no issue with Keys behaviour (in this instance). He is a politician after all.

    It’s the NZRFU and its eagerness to be used in this manner that is the problem.
    I am curious to find out why they seem so ignorant of the risk to their (and by extension the game itself) reputation by associating with someone who is the diametric pposite of the values the All Blacks strive to represent.

    • Puckish Rogue 22.1

      by associating with someone who is the diametric pposite of the values the All Blacks strive to represent.

      Thats a matter of opinion, if a survey was done of all blacks voting habits I’d be very surprised if National wern’t the most popular choice, even more so then the general public

      • Naturesong 22.1.1

        These things happened:

        Transrail insider trading
        Skycity Convention Centre Corruption

        Not sure how you can square those actions by John Key with these key values of the All Blacks:
        – Personal Humility – Never be too big to do the small things that need to be done
        – Philosophy and focus on continual improvement and continuous learning environment
        – Better people make better All Blacks
        – Leaders are teachers
        – Care of whanau and no dickheads policy
        – Ownership, accountability and trust

        Remember the team that John Key now leads is New Zealand, every citizen and resident is part of his team.

        And then there are cases where he and ministers within our govt have used organs of the state for partisan political purposes – otherwise known as abuse of power and corruption

      • Naturesong 22.1.2

        Btw, your “perception” argument is known as argumentum ad populum. I.e. It’s not an actual argument. “The world is flat” was once a popular belief, though never an actual fact.

        Also, your assertion that the majority of All Blacks would vote for him is certainly something that John Key wants people to think.
        But without actually asking a representative number of them, your argument becomes “proof by assertion”. Which is also not an argument.

        None of your arguments address the fact that John Key and ministers have engaged in corruption and abuse of power.

        Nor do they address the conflict between the high ideals of the All Blacks culture and the demonstrably abusive, manipulative and dishonest behaviour of our PM.

  22. Draco T Bastard 23

    Rugby world cup still going on

    There was dismay across the country yesterday as people realised that the Rugby World Cup still hasn’t finished.

    “I couldn’t believe it was still going on,” said typical human being, Simon Williams.

    “I mean, didn’t it start some time last year? It seems that every time I turn on the television there’s a large man pummelling another large man in an attempt to get an oddly shaped ball.”

    The tournament is expected continue on relentlessly, forever.

  23. Grey Area 24

    Rather than keep politics out of rugby, wouldn’t it be better to keep Creepy out of politics? I’d vote for that!

    • ropata 24.1

      +1
      FJK has brought the office of PM, and thus the entire nation of New Zealand, into disrepute and embarrassment.

      PS: must read some Culture again… Mistake Not… was a cool Ship

  24. Just Me 25

    John Key is so much of an attention seeker that he must gate-crash the All Blacks after match celebration. And all because he needs the photo opportunities for political reasons.
    I get the impression Key is an insecure little person who is always seeking attention(with beer bottle in hand as per usual)at each and every opportunity.If it’s not his Monday ‘pearls of wisdom’ on the Paul Henry show it’s some other way of being in the news ALL the time.
    Perhaps Key views NZ media as his security blanket.
    I am so over this attention seeking oaf and hope, if the ABs win the final, they(the ABs)tell Key to bugger off and let them celebrate their win in their way.Not having to put up with some beer swilling PM who MUST be photographed sitting close to Richie McCaw.
    I am sure if the ABs lose the final Key will drop them like a hot potato. Just like he dropped the usefulness of the families of the Pike River 29 ended once the last votes were counted in the 2011 general election. And whilst on the matter just like Key reneged on a promise to pay those very families $3million in compensation.
    I bet Key has spent that amount in his luxurious accommodation whether it be in London or somewhere in Europe. Either that or on the usual baubles of vanity and ego that the insecure guy regularly searches for i.e spend NZ taxpayers money on baubles of ego and vanity but it’s all for himself(Key).

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    1.  New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters; Minister of Health and Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Dr Shane Reti; and Minister for Climate Change Hon Simon Watts hosted Cook Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Hon Tingika Elikana and Minister of Health Hon Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown on 24 May ...
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    4 hours ago
  • Middle East, Africa deployments extended
    The Government has approved two-year extensions for four New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “These deployments are long-standing New Zealand commitments, which reflect our ongoing interest in promoting peace and stability, and making active ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Climate Change Commission Chair to retire
    The Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr Rod Carr, has confirmed his plans to retire at the end of his term later this year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “Prior to the election, Dr Carr advised me he would be retiring when his term concluded. Dr Rod Carr has led ...
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    23 hours ago
  • Inaugural Board of Integrity Sport & Recreation Commission announced
    Nine highly respected experts have been appointed to the inaugural board of the new Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission, Sport & Recreation Minister Chris Bishop says. “The Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission is a new independent Crown entity which was established under the Integrity Sport and Recreation Act last year, ...
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    1 day ago
  • A balanced Foreign Affairs budget
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters confirmed today that Vote Foreign Affairs in Budget 2024 will balance two crucial priorities of the Coalition Government.    While Budget 2024 reflects the constrained fiscal environment, the Government also recognises the critical role MFAT plays in keeping New Zealanders safe and prosperous.    “Consistent with ...
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  • New social housing places to support families into homes
    New social housing funding in Budget 2024 will ensure the Government can continue supporting more families into warm, dry homes from July 2025, Housing Ministers Chris Bishop and Tama Potaka say. “Earlier this week I was proud to announce that Budget 2024 allocates $140 million to fund 1,500 new social ...
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  • New Zealand’s minerals future
    Introduction Today, we are sharing a red-letter occasion. A Blackball event on hallowed ground. Today  we underscore the importance of our mineral estate. A reminder that our natural resource sector has much to offer.  Such a contribution will not come to pass without investment.  However, more than money is needed. ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government sets out vision for minerals future
    Increasing national and regional prosperity, providing the minerals needed for new technology and the clean energy transition, and doubling the value of minerals exports are the bold aims of the Government’s vision for the minerals sector. Resources Minister Shane Jones today launched a draft strategy for the minerals sector in ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government progresses Māori wards legislation
    The coalition Government’s legislation to restore the rights of communities to determine whether to introduce Māori wards has passed its first reading in Parliament, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Divisive changes introduced by the previous government denied local communities the ability to determine whether to establish Māori wards.” The ...
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    2 days ago
  • First RMA amendment Bill introduced to Parliament
    The coalition Government has today introduced legislation to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling some of New Zealand’s key sectors, including farming, mining and other primary industries. RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop says the Government is committed to  unlocking development and investment while ensuring the environment is ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government welcomes EPA decision
    The decision by Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to approve the continued use of hydrogen cyanamide, known as Hi-Cane, has been welcomed by Environment Minister Penny Simmonds and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay.  “The EPA decision introduces appropriate environmental safeguards which will allow kiwifruit and other growers to use Hi-Cane responsibly,” Ms ...
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    2 days ago
  • Speech to Employers and Manufacturers Association: Relief for today, hope for tomorrow
    Kia ora, Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou kātoa Tāmaki Herenga Waka, Tāmaki Herenga tangata Ngā mihi ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei rohe Ngāti Whātua ō Ōrākei me nga iwi kātoa kua tae mai. Mauriora. Greetings everyone. Thank you to the EMA for hosting this event. Let me acknowledge ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government invests in 1,500 more social homes
    The coalition Government is investing in social housing for New Zealanders who are most in need of a warm dry home, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. Budget 2024 will allocate $140 million in new funding for 1,500 new social housing places to be provided by Community Housing Providers (CHPs), not ...
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    3 days ago
  • $24 million boost for Gumboot Friday
    Thousands more young New Zealanders will have better access to mental health services as the Government delivers on its commitment to fund the Gumboot Friday initiative, says Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Budget 2024 will provide $24 million over four years to contract the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passes first reading
    The Coalition Government’s Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which will improve tenancy laws and help increase the supply of rental properties, has passed its first reading in Parliament says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The Bill proposes much-needed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 that will remove barriers to increasing private ...
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    4 days ago
  • Montecassino Commemorative Address, Cassino War Cemetery
    Standing here in Cassino War Cemetery, among the graves looking up at the beautiful Abbey of Montecassino, it is hard to imagine the utter devastation left behind by the battles which ended here in May 1944. Hundreds of thousands of shells and bombs of every description left nothing but piled ...
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    4 days ago
  • First Reading – Repeal of Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
    I present a legislative statement on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill Mr. Speaker, I move that the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Social Services and Community Committee to consider the Bill. Thank you, Mr. ...
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    4 days ago
  • First reading of 7AA’s repeal: progress for children
    The Bill to repeal Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act has had its first reading in Parliament today. The Bill reaffirms the Coalition Government’s commitment to the care and safety of children in care, says Minister for Children Karen Chhour.  “When I became the Minister for Children, I made ...
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    4 days ago
  • China Business Summit 2024
    Kia ora koutou, good morning, and zao shang hao. Thank you Fran for the opportunity to speak at the 2024 China Business Summit – it’s great to be here today. I’d also like to acknowledge: Simon Bridges - CEO of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. His Excellency Ambassador - Wang ...
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    4 days ago
  • Assisted depatures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.    “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing ...
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    4 days ago
  • Assisted departures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.  “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing them ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government to rollout roadside drug testing
    The Coalition Government will introduce legislation this year that will enable roadside drug testing as part of our commitment to improve road safety and restore law and order, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Alcohol and drugs are the number one contributing factor in fatal road crashes in New Zealand. In ...
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    5 days ago
  • Minister responds to review of Kāinga Ora
    The Government has announced a series of immediate actions in response to the independent review of Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “Kāinga Ora is a large and important Crown entity, with assets of $45 billion and over $2.5 billion of expenditure each year. It ...
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    5 days ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour is pleased that Pseudoephedrine can now be purchased by the general public to protect them from winter illness, after the coalition government worked swiftly to change the law and oversaw a fast approval process by Medsafe. “Pharmacies are now putting the medicines back on their ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand-China Business Summit
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Da jia hao.  Good morning everyone.   Prime Minister Luxon, your excellency, a great friend of New Zealand and my friend Ambassador Wang, Mayor of what he tells me is the best city in New Zealand, Wayne Brown, the highly respected Fran O’Sullivan, Champion of the Auckland business ...
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    5 days ago
  • New measures to protect powerlines from trees
    Energy Minister Simeon Brown has announced that the Government will make it easier for lines firms to take action to remove vegetation from obstructing local powerlines. The change will ensure greater security of electricity supply in local communities, particularly during severe weather events.  “Trees or parts of trees falling on ...
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    1 week ago
  • Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani win top Māori dairy farming award
    Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani were the top winners at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy awards recognising the best in Māori dairy farming. Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka announced the winners and congratulated runners-up, Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, at an awards celebration also attended by Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Finance Minister ...
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    1 week ago
  • DJ Fred Again – Assurance report received
    "On the 27th of March, I sought assurances from the Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs, that the Department’s correct processes and policies had been followed in regards to a passport application which received media attention,” says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “I raised my concerns after being ...
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    1 week ago
  • District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins has announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges, to replace Judges who have recently retired. Peter James Davey of Auckland has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury jurisdiction to be based at Whangarei. Mr Davey initially started work as a law clerk/solicitor with ...
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    1 week ago
  • Unions should put learning ahead of ideology
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour is calling on the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) to put ideology to the side and focus on students’ learning, in reaction to the union holding paid teacher meetings across New Zealand about charter schools.     “The PPTA is disrupting schools up and down the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Craig Stobo appointed as chair of FMA
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly today announced the appointment of Craig Stobo as the new chair of the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). Mr Stobo takes over from Mark Todd, whose term expired at the end of April. Mr Stobo’s appointment is for a five-year term. “The FMA plays ...
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    1 week ago
  • Budget 2024 invests in lifeguards and coastguard
    Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Coastguard New Zealand will continue to be able to keep people safe in, on, and around the water following a funding boost of $63.644 million over four years, Transport Minister Simeon Brown and Associate Transport Minister Matt Doocey say. “Heading to the beach for ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Tuvalu reaffirm close relationship
    New Zealand and Tuvalu have reaffirmed their close relationship, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says.  “New Zealand is committed to working with Tuvalu on a shared vision of resilience, prosperity and security, in close concert with Australia,” says Mr Peters, who last visited Tuvalu in 2019.  “It is my pleasure ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand calls for calm, constructive dialogue in New Caledonia
    New Zealand is gravely concerned about the situation in New Caledonia, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.  “The escalating situation and violent protests in Nouméa are of serious concern across the Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.  “The immediate priority must be for all sides to take steps to de-escalate the ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand welcomes Samoa Head of State
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met today with Samoa’s O le Ao o le Malo, Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, who is making a State Visit to New Zealand. “His Highness and I reflected on our two countries’ extensive community links, with Samoan–New Zealanders contributing to all areas of our national ...
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  • Island Direct eligible for SuperGold Card funding
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has announced that he has approved Waiheke Island ferry operator Island Direct to be eligible for SuperGold Card funding, paving the way for a commercial agreement to bring the operator into the scheme. “Island Direct started operating in November 2023, offering an additional option for people ...
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  • Further sanctions against Russia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further sanctions on 28 individuals and 14 entities providing military and strategic support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  “Russia is directly supported by its military-industrial complex in its illegal aggression against Ukraine, attacking its sovereignty and territorial integrity. New Zealand condemns all entities and ...
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  • One year on from Loafers Lodge
    A year on from the tragedy at Loafers Lodge, the Government is working hard to improve building fire safety, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “I want to share my sincere condolences with the families and friends of the victims on the anniversary of the tragic fire at Loafers ...
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  • Pre-Budget speech to Auckland Business Chamber
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora and good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for having me here in the lead up to my Government’s first Budget. Before I get started can I acknowledge: Simon Bridges – Auckland Business Chamber CEO. Steve Jurkovich – Kiwibank CEO. Kids born ...
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  • New Zealand and Vanuatu to deepen collaboration
    New Zealand and Vanuatu will enhance collaboration on issues of mutual interest, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “It is important to return to Port Vila this week with a broad, high-level political delegation which demonstrates our deep commitment to New Zealand’s relationship with Vanuatu,” Mr Peters says.    “This ...
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    1 week ago

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