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Mike Hosking’s unusual take on the Christchurch massacre

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, March 19th, 2019 - 137 comments
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Of all the dumb insensitive takes on the Christchurch massacre Mike Hosking’s recent effort has to be the worst (clickbait link).

He spends a lot of time saying that Christchurch should not hold itself to blame.  He concludes that it was not Christchurch’s fault, the same way it would not have been any city or town’s fault.

He then concludes, wait for this, that the target was a religious target and not a geographical target.

He then mentions the earthquake and concludes that an earthquake and a terrorist assault on a mosque are two different things.

He then talks about how some people may be thinking of moving but they should not because we should never give into fear.

That was it.

What was missing from this most senior of pontificators was any reference to the scene of the tragedy being a mosque, or the victims being Muslims praying at the mosque.  Nor was there any reference to the motivation of the shooter being a fascist whose actions had been fuelled by exposure to crazed white supremacist propaganda on the net.

Nor was there any mention about the hate that fuelled his actions or how the dangerous rhetoric about immigrants that Donald Trump has been engaged in for the past few years apparently inspired the terrorist.

I wonder if this was because Hosking has a soft spot for Trump?

Maybe he should try again.  Talk about the anguish caused to Aotearoa’s Muslim community rather than the people of Christchurch.  And denounce the evil beliefs and motivations of the terrorist.

137 comments on “Mike Hosking’s unusual take on the Christchurch massacre”

  1. vto 1

    How on earth can something considered and thoughtful be expected from someone who has made millions from instant, top-of-the-head, one-liners ?

    Doesn’t happen.

  2. He’s a complete plank.
    (PS. People were ‘praying’ not ‘preying’.)

    [Oops now fixed – MS]

    • NZJester 2.1

      Actually, people were ‘preying’. They were preying on the victims to spread their Right -Wing nonsense. Those who spread a lot of that Right-Wing rhetoric are also Preying on the corporate owned media failing to check facts when they claim nothing they said resulted in this tragedy.

  3. Rapunzel 3

    That is because this has left some “commentators” like him, and some politicians, nowhere to go after years of preying on the fears of middle NZ and is something on a wider scale that fed the culture of division that has evolved in NZ and elsewhere.
    It is as close as their dogmas and lack of ability enables them to get toward reason, I don’t believe they go there willingly hence the lack of purpose and sense in his “article” which is purely a poor and shallow attempt to cling on to some “relevance” in the “marketplace”.

    • Muttonbird 3.1

      That is because this has left some “commentators” like him, and some politicians, nowhere to go after years of preying on the fears of middle NZ and is something on a wider scale that fed the culture of division that has evolved in NZ and elsewhere.

      Yes. In this piece today he literally begs for his divisive right-wing voice not to be stifled. I think he can see the writing on the wall and doesn’t like one bit having the eyes of the world study his and his friends views in any detail.

      Like Farrar, Hosking is beginning to look very uncomfortable.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12214031

      • WeTheBleeple 3.1.1

        He calls Fraser ‘duly elected’ cos to him, if it’s legal, 19 votes gets a Senator who is thus inviolate for having a swanky title.

        Like Cur Bob Jones (82K signatures and counting, don’t be shy)

        https://www.change.org/p/rt-hon-jacinda-ardern-revoke-racist-sir-bob-jones-of-his-knighthood-read-his-column-here

        Whereas, as Hosk has told us previously, National was clearly the winner of our elections being the party that got the most goats, and we’ve all been rorted. 😉

        • marty mars 3.1.1.1

          + 1 yep – when the light shines the rats scuttle away to find more shadows – not just in writing and deed but in their minds.

        • SPC 3.1.1.2

          People have won elections with less votes under FPP and electoral college elections and under MMP in Germany the largest party failed to form a coalition and thus another group of parties did.

          But only National and its supporters here ever claimed that they were the winners of the election when another goup of parties took up government office. Making them a unique and intolerant group.

          • Dukeofurl 3.1.1.2.1

            Labour is the largest party in Australian Parliament ( HR)

            Anning wasnt duly elected…. the person who was elected was removed as being ineligible to sit in Senate ( dual nationality) and under the rules , a recount was done with the votes and only then was Anning declared elected.- So he was the ‘second count Senator’ ( next on the list)
            if you become ineligible after the election, you then get a replacement appointed by the same party.

            I bet we will never hear these words from Hoskings lips ‘duly elected labour-NZ First Government’

      • Anne 3.1.2

        He can see his brand of reasoning (or the lack of it) disappearing fast down the plughole because the complexities this atrocity has thrown up is way beyond his ability to even comprehend let alone articulate.

        Poor old Hoskie. He’s going to become irrelevant and just a nonentity like the rest of us. How will he cope?

      • Skunk Weed 3.1.3

        White Trash the same as Farrar.

        [lprent: If you only want to denigrate without explaining why you have these opinions, then eventually I will ban you from the site. Don’t you understand the meaning of “robust debate”? In your case at present that means you should not fondle your dick while commenting on this site. Read the policy. ]

  4. CHCoff 4

    As a live stream doesn’t preclude the possibility of the use of pre-recorded material, the video material of the nut in the car can conversely be used as a way to look at any possibility of a ‘switch’ in the process where there wouldn’t be otherwise, by providing material made up of many elements able to be checked, of the day and time of the driving.

    • RedLogix 4.1

      Please don’t. And I’m speaking as someone who is naturally curious and open to off the wall ideas, so I’m not unsympathetic to your motives.

      But now is not the time, and while there is a legitimate place for speculation, sometimes it just comes across as the slightly batty uncle who has only two topics of conversation.

  5. dv 5

    Does the BNZ, and ZB logos mean they support the Hosking hate group T shirt

    • lprent 5.1

      Isn’t that gesture on the tee-shirt one that now appears to be owned by white supremacist groups?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OK_gesture#White_power_symbol

      • I feel love 5.1.1

        There’s a picture of those Australian white supremacists using that hand gesture going round on Twitter. Prob just an unfortunate coincidence?

        • mpledger 5.1.1.1

          The ok sign touches the top of the thumb. Touching below the top of the thumb makes it (supposedly) a p so wp for white power.

          • Sam 5.1.1.1.1

            Don’t do it. The okay sign isn’t a white supremacists hand gesture. Welcome to the culture wars nub.

      • Stuart Munro. 5.1.2

        Bit annoying if it is – it’s the divers’ sign for “I am ok – are you ok?”

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 5.1.3

        Apparently so.

        Annoying because it is the standard signal for “OK” when diving or in other situations when you cannot be heard. You get taught it on scuba courses.

      • dv 5.1.4

        I believe it is Lp

      • WeTheBleeple 5.1.5

        It’s the hand signal Tarrant made in the dock.

        Poor ol Hosk, he’s gonna have problems with that…

        https://www.news.com.au/world/pacific/truth-behind-accused-gunmans-hand-symbol-in-court/news-story/b6654e20835dd6200117a69516ceed7f

        • Gabby 5.1.5.1

          Shatpant’s conducting his own defence. I guess it’s going to consist of 12yo sniggering to his mates at the back.

          • WeTheBleeple 5.1.5.2.1

            Did you doctor that image? Not really cricket.

            • Muttonbird 5.1.5.2.1.1

              Indeed, this image has been photoshopped. I kind of thought that was obvious but officially stating that here.

              • WeTheBleeple

                Just don’t want you (and TS) being accused of generating fake news rather than having a laugh. You know how things get used…

                And, I wasn’t sure if you’d found an original and the one above was doctored. Which would have a much more interesting tale hehe.

      • Sam 5.1.6

        And you should bloody well know better than to use Wikipedia as a source.

        • lprent 5.1.6.1

          The link was there to provide a starting place for others to look at.

          The idea of debate is to look at argument or links, not to make some kind of rigid religious fuckwittery attempt to look as knowledgeable as a teenage boy showing off.

          In this case, if you pull your finger out of your lower brain for long enough (and wipe the brown stuff off) to actually read the link and the links off it, then you will find that it is reasonably accurate in that it was (and probably still is a alt-right meme – artificial or not)

          If you have a thing about wikipedia, then you should explain that and put it up for debate in OpenMike. I’m sure you will be educated…

          In the meantime I have noticed that you seem to delight in telling others what they should do. It isn’t something that is that acceptable. Learn to listen rather than being an obnoxious dimwit.

          • Sam 5.1.6.1.1

            So some one years ago argues in an essay on the 4Chan that the okay hand gesture is a racist hand gesture which was argued so elegantly as to fool social justice worriers and the liberal media establishment into thinking some ones head cannon is reason enough to put feeling over facts.

            The meme being that radical leftists are ideologically driven and when some one points out the fact that at no time in history was an okay sign racist, kind of like Hitler looking for historical references to a pure Arian race.

            Congrats printer. You picked up the meme. Eat it, poo poo, only for your specimens to the pick up the poo poo and spread it all over your safe place.

            • lprent 5.1.6.1.1.1

              Jez you really are a dimwit, and guess what – that was what wikipedia said… The link said.

              n 2017, the OK gesture was at the center of an online prank in meme culture related to alt-right and white supremacy originating from anonymous message board posts on the website 4chan.[36] The Boston Globe reported that users on 4chan’s “/pol/” (Politically Incorrect) board were instructed in February 2017 to “flood Twitter and other social media websites…claiming that the OK hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy,” as part of a campaign dubbed “Operation O-KKK”.[37] The association of the gesture with white supremacy derived from the assertion that the three upheld fingers resemble a ‘W’ and the circle made with the thumb and forefinger resemble the head of a ‘P’, together standing for “white power”.[38] While some members of the alt-right used the symbol after the launch of the 4chan campaign, it remained ambiguous whether or not it was being used to communicate genuine adherence to white supremacy, or with deliberately ironic motives

              etc

              Do you have problem with clicking the link or are you just incapable of reading, or using your brain to understand?

              • Sam

                Word of advice. Don’t click on forign links on anonymous online message boards no matter how sexy they look.

                • Macro

                  🙄

                  • Sam

                    I’m convinced that all this drama is now a piece of actual emoji art, one side defending anecdotal vague evidence and the other demanding HARD FAX while also hypocritically witch hunting people based on anecdotes.

                    It’s the most beautiful irony I’ve ever seen, and I love it.

      • Ovid 5.1.7

        The Anti-Defamation League covers the ok sign at length at https://www.adl.org/blog/how-the-ok-symbol-became-a-popular-trolling-gesture

        The terrorist’s ancillary actions – apparently his manifesto was littered with internet memes, there was his declaration exhorting people to subscribe to a prominent Youtuber and his flashing of this gesture – are all meant to sow division among people who aren’t clued in to alt-right rhetoric. Such statements and gestures are both an in-group shibboleth and a distraction from the harm these people seek to inflict.

        • lprent 5.1.7.1

          Good link.

        • WeTheBleeple 5.1.7.2

          Interesting read allright.

          So the signals are in-jokes for incels.

          And those boards offer society memes, bullshit, and terror.

          I can’t see them being of any real value at all – except to the owner cashing in.

          • arkie 5.1.7.2.1

            Anonymous began on 4chan

            There’s some value there

            • lprent 5.1.7.2.1.1

              I’m rather dubious about the benefits to society of anonymous myself.

              It is often extremely hard to see what in the hell they are trying to achieve with some of their campaigns.

              The main benefit that I notice is that appears to a loose society dedicated to encourage the hardening of computer systems. Just like spam artists, various hacker groups, ransomware groups, government spy shops, Nigerian scammers, and others of the same ilk

              While that is no doubt a laudable objective, I’m not sure that it really assists the world in helping groups like the KKK to defend their systems better.

              /sarcasm off

              • arkie

                Yeah it is some value.

                I agree their targets are wildly varying but I still see forcing hate sites to spend money to upgrade their security as a good thing.

                At the least it shows these hate groups that while some people will host their sites, other people are actively trying to stop the wider internet from accessing it.

                • WeTheBleeple

                  I liked some of their antics. I thought releasing names of child porn
                  subscribers was clever – surely it’d scare them all off! I have no idea what the real effect was it certainly didn’t stop it it’d be world headlines.

                  The fluidity of membership and (lack of) leadership structure must drive authorities bat shit. It is a bit disconcerting in this climate – who lurks behind door number one…

                  “We [Anonymous] just happen to be a group of people on the Internet who need—just kind of an outlet to do as we wish, that we wouldn’t be able to do in regular society”

                  A bit entitled: To do as we wish… [outside of] society.

                  Guess we can be grateful that many governments and corporations of the world are so villainous it was more radical for some of the hackers to play at Robin Hood.

                  I’m (kind of) glad they’re out there. They’ve stepped up against some bigger players. Win or lose they made them seem less invincible.

  6. Kat 6

    The Hosk this morning promoting the meme that the world is fully of nutters such as the mosque killer that nothing can be done about, however people such as Australian senator Anning and USA president Trump who are duly elected in the worlds democracies should be able to be heard, rationally.

    Bit of self promotion going on here from the Hosk.

    • Sacha 6.1

      The highly-original ‘one bad apple’ theory. Convenient when you’re a cider-pusher.

  7. Peter 7

    Funny when there gets to be intellectual analysis of Hosking’s emetic outputs. Mostly his discharge itself has the intellectual depth of a wafer after it’s been run over by a road roller. Multiple times.

    Before Hosking started his show at 6.00 this morning he was on newstalkzb, on about what he was going to be on about.

    He seemed to be aiming for the coalition Government going to be in collapse because of the timeframe of information coming out with more definite detail of gun law changes.

    He seemed to be preparing to criticise the fact there was no absolute, specific bill drawn up and available about the changes. The topic is manna because if such had been out, (with lawmakers not having slept for days preparing it while he was in his comfy bed), he could accuse them of being precipitative, of knee-jerk politics and gone on a great defence of his hinterland gun-toting listeners.

    That final details aren’t out means of course they are too slow, aren’t taking it seriously and not following up on the initial comments after the tragedy about gun laws.

    Better than that though, much more fertile ground to be ploughed for his listeners, is the chance to skew in a lack of immediacy being the sign of disagreement between Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters and a power struggle between Labour and New Zealand First.

    Incidents like Christchurch bring out the best in people. They also bring out the scavengers and opportunists. Come on down … Mike Hosking.

    • ianmac 7.1

      Will Mike Hoskings write about the way Paula Bennett Minister of Police scrubbed most of the Gun Law changes in a Bill around 2016 I think.

      • tc 7.1.1

        Hosks role is to deflect blame from his backers regardless. Media needs to be regulated as the ranting from him and blowhards like Soper and HPA is disingenuous tripe.

        They’re making the most politically they can out of this as the paid shills they are.

      • alwyn 7.1.2

        Perhaps he could give us the complete historical perspective.
        As I have commented elsewhere on this site there hasn’t been a single politician in the last 20 years that has taken any action to toughen up the gun laws in New Zealand.

        The last time a proper bill was put before the house was in 1999. It hadn’t been actioned before the election but was taken over by the new Labour Government elected in that year. They originally claimed to be in favour of the legislation.
        It went before a select committee but, in the face of major opposition from gun owning groups it was quietly shelved.
        The Clark Labour Government never went into the subject again.

        Then we had 8 years of a Key National Government and a year of the English Government.
        They never tightened anything up either.

        Now we have had 17 months of the current Government. They also avoided the topic, until now.

        It wasn’t Bennett who is responsible for those MSSA weapons still being around.
        It is every Government in the last 20 years who have been scared of getting offside with gun owners, and have done nothing.

        Every single one of them.

        And, I am going to suggest that, unless something is done immediately, the subject will quietly be allowed to drop out of consideration again.
        Politicians can talk a good story but if they think that they are going to annoy a few hundred thousand voters for whom the question will determine their vote they look away, and back away, from the topic.

        • ianmac 7.1.2.1

          You might be right about successive governments failing to act.
          “n March 2016, after Police seized 14 illegally owned MSSA weapons in a raid in south Auckland and 4 officers were shot during an armed siege in Kawerau,[15] Parliament’s Law and Order Select Committee announced an Inquiry into issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand.[16] In their final report the committee made 20 recommendations, of which the National government accepted 7 and modified another…..”

          So Select Committee choose 20. Paula Bennett deletes 13. And none get passed.

          • alwyn 7.1.2.1.1

            You did notice I went right back to the turn of the century did you?
            None of those Governments did anything at all.
            Did you read that or do you simply froth at the mouth because you think Paula is the source of all evil?

            • ianmac 7.1.2.1.1.1

              Yes alwyn. I do acknowledge the long time of lack of action but I suppose that 99% of registered gun owners are pretty careful around guns. So what gun laws can catch the bad guys?
              Canada has far more guns per head of population than USA but far fewer gun homicides. Attitudes have to change but whose?

          • Andrew 7.1.2.1.2

            “Nash, who was Labour’s police spokesman at the time, said Bennett had “got it 100 per cent right.””

            “Her decisions had been supported by Labour at the time, as well.”

            https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12214248

            • lprent 7.1.2.1.2.1

              FFS: talk about selective quoting… Perhaps you missed this bit.

              Police Minister Stuart Nash, who has been conservative on gun reform in the past, has been assigned to consult with National to try and get cross-party support with the Opposition.

              I suspect that he, and maybe Damien O’Connor, would have been just about the only ones that in the Labour caucus who would have thought that.

              • alwyn

                Are you saying that the Labour Caucus of the time were really wanting to have much tighter gun restrictions?
                If that was the case I am sure that there will be links available showing where the senior MPs spoke up and said that Nash wasn’t speaking for the party.
                I am also sure that they would have been moving amendments to the bill to try and add the tougher sections that the National-led Coalition had left out.
                I don’t think that happened of course. I think that the Labour Caucus of the time, under whoever was their leader stayed very, very quiet. They would have been just like every other major party. Don’ look over the parapet. The gun enthusiasts might shoot at you.

                Thinking about what I said I suppose I shouldn’t just have pointed out that every Government stayed quiet. I should probably have said that every party hoping to get a double digit vote, in Government or Opposition, kept well away from the Gun Lobby. There may have been some mini-party that spoke up but I’m not aware of one.

              • Andrew

                Of course I am selective quoting, or I would have added the entire fucking article in quotes, FFS yourself!

                I was replying to ianmac, who was having a go at Paula Bennett for not signing up to all of the recommendations at the time. I picked quotes that shows Labour supported her decision at the time. The fact that you couldn’t even find a quote in that article that negates my quote speaks volumes.

  8. marty mars 9

    Seems he has the same problem as a few of his type. Good to see these weak men all out themselves for what they are – sadly these guys (mostly) are so hollow when they have to front up they can’t. They haven’t got the courage or the self esteem – and we’ve seen that on this forum too.

    • greywarshark 9.1

      Hosking – so hollow that if you turn him sideways you can’t see anything but a tuft of fudged hair that goes with his fudged daily spoutings.

  9. JanM 10

    I am horrified at the cynical lack of ethics of a company that would continue to employ such a horror simply because he appeals to the least admirable amongst us – of which there are obviously sufficient to make said company think it worth while to keep him. That’s scary in itself!

    • WeTheBleeple 10.1

      It’s the clickbait appeal.

      We lefties love to hate him. The smarter right are highly amused, the morons sadly in line.

      • Marcus Morris 10.1.1

        I avoid him like the plague in whichever media he haunts – but he has his followers – no doubt about that – and the advertisers know that as well – and when money counts, who cares. Great to learn that a significant number of advertisers are putting pressure on Face Book – they could look closer to home.

  10. gsays 11

    i dunno, putting a post up about what this tosspot reckons, is a bit like picking up the dog dirt from the street and showing everyone what you nearly stepped in.

  11. vto 12

    Where’s egg boy when you need him?

    Somebody, please egg Hoskings

    • gsays 12.1

      if you wanna really upset him, egg his car.

    • Chris T 12.2

      People on here sometimes do themselves no favours.

      This is a very good example.

      • I feel love 12.2.1

        Wondering where the right wing was, policing the left, and there I thought it was “Orwellian”. Obviously the comments are in jest killjoy, coz you know, eggs are kinda silly. But meh, if you can’t tell the difference.

        • Chris T 12.2.1.1

          Makes a change from mud, dildos and rat poison the left usually use to hurl at people’s heads, so it has a certain novelty to it I guess.

          • McFlock 12.2.1.1.1

            Yes, the egg and dildo-based violence of the left is a shocking state of affairs. Innocent hatemongers can barely walk the streets for fear of being the butt of a yolk, knowing that at any minute the dildo dongs for them, leftist assaults constantly suspended over their heads like the crap-bucket of Damocles…

            It’s almost as if someone can’t spend years feeding off the fears they foment without some sort of social repercussion.

            Could be worse. they could just be a member of an ethnic or religious minority going about their normal, peaceful, daily business until some fuckwit acts on the hate profitted off by others.

            • Sam 12.2.1.1.1.1

              It’s that radical leftists are so well fed they can’t even muster enough emotions to look angry so fall back on “non-violence” and thinks it’s pro.

              • McFlock

                “non”.
                Three very important letters missing from what that fucker Anning blamed on the victims.

                I suspect leftist eggings might be on the rise soon. The horror, the horror.

                • Sam

                  You’re giving them too much credit. They are making it up as they go along. No one in 2017 thought white supremacists was a national security threat but here we are. There’s no point in educating stupid, so there’s your first clue.

                  • McFlock

                    lol thank fuck you caught that typo 🙂

                    You wanna go on about eggs in response to bullets, feel free. But if some folks didn’t profit off encouraging people like that rogue anus, they wouldn’t have to be backtracking or deleting their old content over the last few days.

            • Shadrach 12.2.1.1.1.2

              Or they could have been one of the people shot at a charity baseball game by James Hodgkinson in 2017. Etc.

              • McFlock

                Again, not a fucking egg, you egg.

                And you’d be hard-pressed to find anything in Sanders’ rhetoric to give the slightest encouragement to that fuckwit, as opposed to the issues the chch fuckwit seemed to focus on.

                • Shadrach

                  I was responding to your minimising of violence. The left has produced their own special brand of hatred and violence, over many decades. You want more examples? I’m happy to oblige.

                  • McFlock

                    🙄

                    Define “left”.

                    Define “violence”.

                    Define “minimisation”.

                    Then suck my balls.

                    Eggs aren’t fucking guns. Dildos aren’t fucking guns. 1080 is so harmless they got done for fuckall. Even shit isn’t guns. A 74 page manifesto about eggs is a fucking omlette cookbook. Go take half a dozen eggs and stick them up your arse.

                    • Shadrach

                      As I said, you are minimising violence. It adds to a list of you’re disgusting attitudes to people you disagree with.

                    • McFlock

                      Says the fuckwit who wants to focus on an egging in the wake of a massacre.

      • vto 12.2.2

        yeah, well I did wonder whether it would be appropriate.. but figured that egg boy got it so very right that it would actually be quite good to see eggs splattered on quite a few heads around the West ….

        …. it is after all as low level as is possible, with the exception of cream pies…

        maybe bring back the cream pie

        its softer
        and even yummy

        as opposed to a (hopefully) rotten egg

        • WeTheBleeple 12.2.2.1

          The first sketch I ever wrote, age 6, was a drag show/beauty contest with custard and cream pies for the winners. I got hit with one, it was solider than I’d imagined.

          It is better to give…

          • McFlock 12.2.2.1.1

            Good writing for a 6yo.

            I think it was the movie the Great Race that finished with a pie/cake fight. The drunken prince got hit with a brandy cake, so spent the rest of the scene yelling “throw another brandy! Throw more brandy!” 🙂

      • greywarshark 12.2.3

        Chris T
        Please make up for our deficits – in a spirit of kindness and solidarity!

      • Mikey Appleby 12.2.4

        Incredible, of all the things that could be said in this tragedy, you choose to focus on disapproving comments on someone egging Mike Hosking’s car.

        I have noted your comments over the years and they always stood out , even above the other little RWNJ’s for the utter lack of humanity and caring for anyone but yourself.

    • alwyn 12.3

      “Somebody, please egg Hoskings”.
      Why does someone else have to carry out your dirty work?
      If you really think it should be done why aren’t you brave enough to do it yourself?
      And no, I’m not going to. I am a believer that –
      “Violence is the last resort of the incompetent”

      • vto 12.3.1

        Sure.

        Except this isn’t violence is it

        “behaviour involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something”

        • alwyn 12.3.1.1

          Of course you want him damaged.
          It would completely ruin his hair styling.
          You should be ashamed of yourself for wanting such a thing.

  12. Gabby 13

    Be interesting to see what Horeskin’s told to think about gun control.

  13. AB 14

    Would quite enjoy seeing the Hosk publicly ‘AOCed’, i.e. figuratively torn to shreds by someone intellectually superior, browner, younger, lefter and femaler.
    But the old trougher is too crafty to expose himself to such risk.

    • Jimmy 14.1

      He talks to Jacinda every Tuesday morning….she’s not browner but has all the rest?

      • alwyn 14.1.1

        You have a wonderfully droll sense of humour.
        The last 3 characteristics are certainly true of the PM but you have included, with a straight face apparently the first.
        That is the funniest comment I have seen on this site recently and the only one that has given me a good laugh since the events of last Friday.

    • Cinny 14.2

      Add taller to that as well please…. lololololz hehehehehe

  14. mosa 15

    Shame that once again using his platform for offering nothing worthwhile in this hideous situation shows really that he is irrelevant to the country and the tragedy that kiwis are responding too with compassion.
    Just for once he could put aside his agenda and respond with maturity and intelligence to what has happened here.
    But no.
    He lacks both attributes.

  15. Sacha 16

    “Hosking has a soft-on for Trump”
    #fixeditforyou

  16. Sabine 17

    Well its hard to apply the same vocabulary to a white man – a white man like hoskins – then he would apply to a person of color terrorist. Right? Cause white is good, and non white is not good, and now the dear is confused.

    What really could hoskins say about a guy who at 28, healthy, white, is at a point in his live where he would think that the only good thing about him is his white skin and that the thing that makes others his targets are their non white skin.

    ‘White working class male with economic anxiety ‘ really was only ever long form for ‘racist’.

  17. mauī 18

    Not sure if I have a huge problem with what he said. He’s obviously playing to the individual middle-class feelings of guilt and fear. His target market is well to do Cantabs and any wealthy society is going to come from a place of self-interest first.

    Never would have expected him to put others first, or put empathy above all else.

  18. ankerawshark 19

    This is a time where people like Hoskins could have stepped up. It would have been very helpful.

    While I detest guns and gun shops, but I salute the gun shop that is pulling sales of semi automatics and gun owners who are handing them in. So too the ZB stuff in Chch taking down comments about muslims and swimming…..despicable absolutely, but if these types can reflect on how they are part of the problem and take some action, then we have a chance of real change. Me and my progressive friends and those progressives on this blog will of course respond how we are responding. Don’t get me wrong, that is so, so good at this time. But the gun owners the gun shop owners and ZB, if they can shift their point of view and their behaviour, then we really will have change that endures. I pray for that.

  19. I don’t like Hosking, hes a John Key lover, still is. An apologist for corruption etc , etc…

    Is this micro analyzing however? … was Hosking speaking in a more generic sense ?

    Or was he truly only focusing on the geographic area and extrapolating that to the wider area ? -, while deliberately omitting the demographic that was attacked? Was it a deliberate ploy , or just an unwise ‘critique’?

    Don’t egg me, I’m only playing Devils advocate here. Its a lousy job but someones got to do it…

  20. Rae 21

    Sean Plonker is doing the same, absolutely refusing to acknowledge that far right wing politics feature in this awful occurrence. Started off today with some sort of “woke left” rant, but I see he hasn’t gone back to that when a caller pointed out that perhaps the perpetrator is an example of the “woke right”.
    Still trying to make out he is Jesus Christ as well.

  21. Michael 22

    Hosking is another alt-right arsehole spewing hateful memes over our airwaves and getting paid far too much for doing it. Shut him and his channel down just like Murdoch’s outfit. We don’t need to hear from either source again.

  22. The Hosk and the Plonker are two peas out of the same pod. Uneducated white trash reporters who have made a name for themselves in NZ’s uneducated click bait media, both are commentators for the RWNJ owners and editors of our local rags.

    [lprent: Better but still not up to standard. See previous note ]

  23. Pat 24

    News Flash…Mike Hosking is a fuckwit…and in other news…..

  24. JustMe 25

    Mike Hosking and so many other biased towards the NZ National Party so-called journalists are the Mouthpieces of the NZ National Party.

    I quite often think, though I do not bother reading any of Hosking’s articles because they are just so pointless and mind numbing to read, that some former National Party politician that is great mates with Hosking etc has written many of his articles. He(Hosking)just puts his names to the articles.

    Looking at Hosking on say the telly or in the news makes me wonder what drugs he is on???!!! His physical appearance makes him look rather sweaty and I once heard a certain A Class drug can cause that sort of physical appearance. Now I am not inferring that he is ON drugs but he certainly looks like something that has a problem.

    I truly think Hosking has an over-inflated opinion of himself. He thinks everyone in NZ and the world wants to listen to him. Perhaps we could say he suffers from the disease of ‘Ego, Look at me(like John Key)’ along thinking he is a big fish in a little pond(that is NZ).

    Maybe John Key writes those articles that Hosking applies his name to!

    As he shows no concern for those victims of the Christchurch mosque killings then it shows him up as being a very shallow person. He is an ideal representative of the NZ National Party.

  25. R.P Mcmurphy 26

    hoksing is a horrible little man and I for one have just about had enough of him.

  26. peterlepaysan 27

    I always thought that trump and hosking shared a twitter feed.
    The insight and intellectual power is equivalent.

  27. Anne 28

    I wonder how that staff member is feeling about being tagged “an emotional junior staffer” for public consumption. Bet its a young woman who are the most vulnerable in these situations.

  28. Where is Gosman today I am missing him and his stupid remarks ?

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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
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    2 weeks ago

  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
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    12 hours ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
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    13 hours ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
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    16 hours ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
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    16 hours ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
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    1 day ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
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    1 day ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
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    1 day ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
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    2 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
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    2 days ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
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    2 days ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
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    2 days ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
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    2 days ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
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    2 days ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
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    3 days ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
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    3 days ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
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    3 days ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
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    3 days ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
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    3 days ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
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    3 days ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
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    4 days ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
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    4 days ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
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    4 days ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
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    4 days ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
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    4 days ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
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    4 days ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
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    4 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
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    4 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
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    5 days ago