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The descent continues

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, September 17th, 2008 - 87 comments
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I sometimes have Fox News on in the background when I’m home, it’s good to get wound up now and again. So, I’m used to seeing the most bizarre attack angles masquerading as serious journalism. But I took a second-take when I saw this one because it took a moment to realise I wasn’t looking at a Fox headline, I was looking at the Herald:

“Is Helen Clark’s new campaign photo too glamorous?”

I feel like a slightly revamped Little Red Riding-hood: my Granny has been replaced by a Fox.

[on a more serious note, it’s incredible how misogyny pervades politics still. You don’t see articles on whether pictures of Key are too air-brushed]

87 comments on “The descent continues”

  1. Pat 1

    Helen Clark’s billboard: “Trust me – these are my real teeth!”

  2. Yeah she does. Photoshopped to hell and back.

  3. Billy 3

    weather pictures of Key

    With isobars on his head you mean?

  4. higherstandard 4

    Surely the misogyny you speak of is primarily from the Labour party marketing team/advisors who feel that airbrushing is necessary.

  5. billy, ha! funny I was sure it said whether wen i wrote it.. maybe that devil eddie had a wee edit.

    Pat, infused.. you disgrace yourselves and your political allies

  6. hs. don’t be a dick. a) the image isn’t heavily airbrushed

    b) who gives a damn whether an image is airbrushed or not, of course any picture of a political leader for a billboard is going to look good. hell, all the billboards you see and the pics in your ‘men’s magazines’ are airbrushed. Key’s pics are airbrushed too.. It’s only people like you that feel it somehow matters that Clark’s pics are airbrushed… but please, keep on showing your true natures, all you misogynists, it gives something for moderate people to think about when they consider whether they want to vote for National.

  7. r0b 7

    Surely the misogyny you speak of is primarily from the Labour party marketing team/advisors who feel that airbrushing is necessary

    And when National photoshopped Brash in the last election was that misterogyny?

  8. higherstandard 8

    r0b

    A severe case of Brashrogyny I believe.

    I wonder if they’ll do it for R Douglas Rogrogyny !!

  9. I guess the point they are trying to make, is Labour photo shopping their pictures to try to appeal to the public by making Helen looking better.

    If Labour is doing this, I hope the liberal media tears them a new one.

  10. Tim Ellis 10

    SP, I think it is perfectly legitimate to discuss whether a picture accurately represents the person it portrayed. To be quite honest, the picture of Helen Clark looks just ridiculous. She looks nothing like that.

    I don’t suggest that the picture of Helen Clark should capture her in her worst moments, but at least something that doesn’t look so blatantly manipulated. The Labour Party campaign theme is “trust us”. I think such a ridiculous billboard picture undermines that.

    I think you are wrong to dismiss criticisms of the use of that picture as mysogynistic. I think that Helen Clark looks perfectly normal for a 58-year-old woman. I think she dresses smartly, and is very presentable, and takes care of her appearance.

    So does John Key, and Winston Peters.

    Let’s face it, politicians as a whole are not the most photogenic people in the world. Rob Muldoon, David Lange and Jim Bolger did not become Prime Minister through winning any beauty contests. Nor did Helen Clark. I’m not saying she is ugly. She looks quite normal to me. But her billboard picture doesn’t look normal, and when I look at it I think that somebody is trying to portray her as somebody that she isn’t.

    I think that Labour should have put up a picture that people actually associate with her, rather than trying to manipulate perceptions of her by using a picture that people thinks looks very different to her in real life.

  11. randal 11

    hs…take three thorazine and go to bed.

  12. higherstandard 12

    Randal

    Thorazine is

    1. Not available in NZ
    2. A poor choice as a sedative.

  13. randal 13

    tim ellis ..I dont think you have any right to comment on the appearance of nother person whatsoever. in another age you would have been taken outside and thrashed by her champion. if I was to give an accurate description of your churlishness I beleive I would run foul of the laws that gutless little namby pambys like you rely on to make your scurrilous attacks without fear of getting a fat lip.

  14. Pat 14

    SP – what are you getting so wound up about? You cracked the first joke:

    “My Granny (i.e. Helen) has been replaced by a fox”

    [no, Pat. Granny Herald is a nickname for the Herald – ‘The Herald has been replaced by Fox News’ = ‘My Granny has been replaced by a Fox’. SP]

  15. Tim Ellis 15

    Thank you randal. Your anonymous threat to punch me, because I said that Helen Clark looks like a perfectly normal woman of her age and that her picture should represent her, is noted.

  16. Ray 16

    You are off message Steve
    Didn’t you read the memo
    JK name is no longer to be mentioned
    Replace with flip flop opposition

  17. QoT 17

    And we all know, of course, that if Labour *didn’t* ‘shop the picture of Helen, the election campaign would TOTALLY focus on trust and not a series of cheap “Lololol looks like a MAN, dur hur hur” shots. After all, throughout Clark’s presence in NZ politics, I’m certain the majority of comments I’ve heard about her have been about policy and not her looks (with a side of “is ugly ergo LEZZZBIAN”). Yep.

  18. iheartmjs 18

    Talk about not being able to win!

    I’ve lost count of the number of time I’ve heard people say “I’m voting national because I don’t like Helen Clark”. Well, okay, but when I challenge them about the reasons, the answers often include “she’s such a man” and “she’s a lesbian”.

    If she chose an unretouched, plain photograph as her campaign photo this is exactly the kind of crap people would throw at her, but when she appears in a photo which is more aesthetically pleasing, she’s criticised for being “too glamorous”.

    We might as well be saying “I don’t like John Key because he is such a man”. That would be just as relevant and intelligent as the Herald’s article.

  19. iheartmjs 19

    sorry QoT, great minds think alike 🙂

  20. Tim Ellis 20

    Speak for yourself QoT. The portrait photo of Helen Clark at the Beehive website looks perfectly nice and representative to me. I don’t know why they didn’t use it for the billboards.

  21. Dom 21

    Let’s pose an equally useless question about Key – does John Key look manly enough in his campaign photo?

  22. Tim Ellis 22

    That isn’t the question, Dom. The question is whether the picture of John Key looks like he does, and represents how we see him. I think the answer is yes. As to whether the picture of Helen Clark looks like her, or whether it looks substantially manipulated, I think the answer is the latter.

  23. Felix 23

    So we have a slightly manipulated picture of Helen Clark vs an entirely artificial construction of a person in John Key.

    Hmmmmm.

  24. Bill 24

    Welcome to the good old US of A. May the most photogenic/handsome/attractive leader of the various party leaders win the right to fuck us over for a term on Nov 8th.

    Only pretty people know how to rule and make the ugly masses obey.

    Maybe the NZ election campaign should comprise of a catwalk with a couple of asinine questions thrown in at the end before the judges select their overall winner?

    How DOES this captcha work? ‘pretty’ and ‘ugly’ were randomly generated?

  25. weka 25

    Clark’s billboard photo is too poncy for my taste. But then so are most people in the public eye who have to present well (I’m thinking of last week’s NZ film and TV awards, where you used to see ordinary looking NZers, and they now all look like they’re at the Oscars).

    But really who cares. It’s not news. The Heraldfox is misogynist and stupid (that’s probably not news either).

    Captcha: supervis boxoffice

  26. Pat 26

    I think Labour’s marketing people were wrong to try and tart Helen up. She is a long-serving Prime Minister and should be proud of what she looks like and what she represents. This is not a beauty contest and she has nothing to hide. I think Labour would be far better served to portray a quality “normal” photo of her. It would reinforce the Trust message, rather than undermine it.

  27. Dom 27

    Tim – “The question is whether the picture of John Key looks like he does, and represents how we see him. I think the answer is yes. As to whether the picture of Helen Clark looks like her, or whether it looks substantially manipulated, I think the answer is the latter.”

    Um, so have you heard of makeup? Women wear it to make themselves look better. So do some men for that matter.

    And for the record, I saw Key last week. He doesn’t look half as good as his campaign photo does.

    But if you want to define the question I think the real issue here is why we are all wasting our time talking about a photo.

  28. weka 28

    I broadly agree Pat. But if that’s the case then the news item is about how election advertising is changing in NZ. Not if Clark is too glamourous.

    Steve, can you please put up a link to the actual Herald article, as I can’t seem to find it.

  29. Phil 29

    The ‘Hutch’ made a good point on Campbell live a couple of nights ago.

    If make-up and a nice hairdo can make Helen look this good on billboard, why doesn’t she take the time to do that every day?

  30. Vanilla Eis 30

    Phil: Does it occur that she might actually be working pretty fucking hard? I’m quite certain that make-up and a nice hairdo aren’t at the top of her priority list when she gets up in the morning after a couple of hours sleep.

    It’s not a job you could pay me to do, and I’m certain that if I was in her position I’d look considerably more haggard than she often does. Seen any unedited photo’s of Key recently? He looks like shit. Why not just slap one of those up on all of their billboards?

    (P.S: I can hear the cries in the House if they found out that HC had employed a professional makeup artist to attend to her every morning, and she’d probably need a touch-up after lunch/before evening appointments too.)

  31. Draco T Bastard 31

    Here you go weka. Doesn’t have the same headline as what SP screen shotted.

  32. Julie 32

    Thanks for posting on this Steve. Sometimes I just despair about the underlying sexism still in our society, and the denials that it still exists at all. Today looks likely to be one of those days.

  33. Scribe 33

    Applying some makeup and getting a nice hairdo for a photo is fine. Even removing a few wrinkles is no problem, IMHO. Replacing someone’s teeth is just plain weird, and bordering on dishonest.

  34. Tim Ellis 34

    Dom, I’ve never said that Helen Clark should look haggard. It’s a portrait photo, so she should wear make-up. What interests me is why the picture is so very different to her other portrait photos: her picture at the Beehive website clearly casts her in a good light, as it should. But it looks very much like her.

    The Labour Party billboard picture of her doesn’t. I find this strange, since clearly Helen Clark is a very big part of the brand. To put up a picture that doesn’t look a lot like her just diminishes the Labour Party brand.

  35. scribe. fuck off. have you got nothing less pathetic to add?

  36. weka. the headline was different on the frontpage and on the actual article, that link Draco TB gave goes to the article

  37. weka 37


    If make-up and a nice hairdo can make Helen look this good on billboard, why doesn’t she take the time to do that every day?

    Yeah Phil, and all women in NZ should look like they stepped out the pages of Vogue. *rolls eyes*

    You do realise that most people don’t actually look like that?

  38. Scribe 38

    SP,

    What’s the problem? It’s on topic and seems like a reasonable opinion, albeit one that others would disagree with. Regretting posting this thread?

    Thanks for the kind wishes, though.

  39. weka 39

    ok, the Herald was actually talking about someone who took a complaint to the advertising standards authority that got rejected at the first hurdle. And the Herald linked that off the front page with the headline about Clark’s billboard being too glamorous. Because a baseless complaint is news too!

  40. Scribe. the post is about how pathetic it is that The Herald would be obsessed with a politician’s photo, how this wouldn’t happen if Clark were male, and how they are looking more like Fox in their bizarre attacks.. her teeth aren’t even ‘replaced’

  41. Phil 41

    F*ck, and Steve complains that his humour is missed by people commenting here…

  42. Scribe 42

    how they are looking more like Fox in their bizarre attacks.

    Some of the posts on The Standard are looking more like the Daily Kos or the Huffington Post.

    her teeth aren’t even ‘replaced’

    So those are Helen Clark’s own teeth on the billboard photos? Wow, they look different to me.

  43. G 43

    This is too funny… all Helen’s suitors chipping in to protect her ‘honour’… kinda cute.

    Except of course she lost the last shred of honour she had left when she stole our money to steal an election and introduced retrospective law to make the crime legal. Now that’s what I call airbrushing!!! 🙂

  44. G 44

    … and c’mon, Steve, are you so love sick you’ve gone blind?!! She’s been artificially enhanced from smash-mouth to pearlers!! You can add this to her growing list controversies: Paintergate, Corngate, Motorcadegate, Electiongate, Winstongate and now Colgate!! 🙂

  45. r0b 45

    she stole our money to steal an election and introduced retrospective law to make the crime legal.

    G gets his knowledge of electoral process from the back of the same cereal packets as his understanding of climate change I see.

    Just a quick history lesson G. After the last election one party lost its leader due to the piublic outcry at its despicable tactics during the campaign. That party was National.

  46. Anita 46

    G,

    … and now Colgate!!

    🙂

    That is the first use of -gate which hasn’t made me cringe this year 🙂

  47. G 47

    Are you a denier, Rob?! Are you saying she didn’t steal the money, didn’t use the stolen money for a last minute campaign that nabbed the crucial 1%, and didn’t rewrite the law to make the theft legal and avoid a court case that would have convicted her?

    I understand the process perfectly well. You’re the one who needs to be taught a lesson.

  48. randal 48

    gee you are a kreep. I know that and you know that but you dont want to do anything about it. just fuck off.

  49. Anita 49

    G,

    Yes, you’re wrong.

    There are two different issues:

    1) Whether Parliamentary Services misspent

    2) Whether political breached their spending caps by using the PS misspend.

    The first one was the subject of the retrospective validation. No-one could have been charged with theft whether or not the spending was validated.

    The second one could have been the subject of court action (although not for theft) but wasn’t because (from memory) the Police didn’t choose to prosecute within the statutory time limit. A number of parties could have been prosecuted for this.

    Out of interest, where are you figuring National’s broadcasting overspend in? Similarly could have been prosecuted but wasn’t.

  50. r0b 50

    Isn’t it cute to see G so excited? He thinks he’s on to a winner here!

    Are you saying she didn’t steal the money

    Correct.

    didn’t use the stolen money for a last minute campaign that nabbed the crucial 1%

    There was no stolen money.

    and didn’t rewrite the law to make the theft legal

    There was no theft.

    I’m sure you’re going to now bang on and on about this forever. Sigh. Perhaps you could begin by saying who this money was “stolen” from, what law was broken, and by whom?

  51. r0b 51

    With fixed tags:

    Isn’t it cute to see G so excited? He thinks he’s on to a winner here!

    Are you saying she didn’t steal the money

    Correct.

    didn’t use the stolen money for a last minute campaign that nabbed the crucial 1%

    There was no stolen money.

    and didn’t rewrite the law to make the theft legal

    There was no theft.

    I’m sure you’re going to now bang on and on about this forever. Sigh. Perhaps you could begin by saying who this money was “stolen’ from, what law was broken, and by whom?

  52. Anita 52

    Actually, I regret that comment. I am tired of relitigating the 2005 PS spending debacle.

    r0b and burt – can you remember where the epic thread on this is? Maybe we could point to that each time and not have to start from scratch.

  53. randal 53

    anita, egburt and co rely on the fact that fools can ask more questions than a wise man can answer and that you are too nice to give him a friggin slapping which he so justly deserves…I actually think he is colon from twiedme with another id but we will let that one go for the moment. what ever in the long run he’s just another kreep.

  54. Anita 54

    randal,

    Yeah, I just need reminding of that from time to time. Thanks 🙂

  55. G 55

    Inconvenient truths:

    1) The funds were ‘misappropriated’ for electioneering purposes: the money was not theirs; it belonged to the taxpayer.

    2) Labour promised to pay back the $800,000+ then promptly reneged the moment it regained power.

    3) There was yet another prima facie case which the police failed to act upon. (Tui: Helen didn’t strong-arm the cops.)

    4) The Libertarianz leader would have successfully prosecuted her if the court case had been allowed to proceed. It was invalidated by emergency retrospective law – in other words, the illegal made legal.

    Corrupt as corrupt gets.

  56. G 56

    BTW, Anita, National were also guilty (and should’ve been proportionately prosecuted), though theirs appears to have been a genuine oversight of a mere $11,000 as opposed to the massive $824,524 that Labour pinched.

    Anderton and Darnton were the only ones in the clear.

  57. Jasper 57

    Why is John Key hovering over the shoulder of all his MP’s in each and every one of their campaign billboards?
    Is he worried he might get overshadowed by someone that looks less insipid?

  58. r0b 58

    I am tired of relitigating the 2005 PS spending debacle.

    Me too. But I don’t like people spreading lies either.

    1) The funds were ‘misappropriated’

    I thought you said they were stolen G? So that’s the first back down from your lies.

    2) Labour promised to pay back the $800,000+ then promptly reneged the moment it regained power.

    That’s another lie.

    3) There was yet another prima facie case which the police failed to act upon.

    Was that the National GST overspend prima facie case you were thinking of?

    4) The Libertarianz leader would have successfully prosecuted her if the court case had been allowed to proceed. It was invalidated by emergency retrospective law

    He would not have successfully prosecuted “her” because she was not guilty of anything, and the case was thrown out by a separate deliberate vote in parliament – only National voted in favour of the court case proceeding.

    Corrupt as corrupt gets.

    That would be National, who lost their leader as a result of their tactics in the 2005 election.

  59. r0b 59

    I should have attributed comments better in by previous. “I am tired of relitigating the 2005 PS spending debacle’ was Anita, everything else was G.

  60. Anita 60

    G,

    Here is an awesome thread in which all possible variations of the 2005 PS election funding issue is canvassed: http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=2289

    All your questions will be answered, all your facts checked, all your illusions shattered, all your nightmares arrived at once.

  61. G 61

    misappropriate |ˌmisəˈprōprēˌāt|
    verb [ trans. ]
    (of a person) dishonestly or unfairly take (something, esp. money, belonging to another) for one’s own use : department officials had misappropriated funds.

    i.e. stolen. These funds were NOT allowed to be used for electioneering. End of story.

  62. r0b 62

    Anita, I didn’t think G would have the attention span to digest that thread, but now I guess we’ll see!

  63. G 63

    “He would not have successfully prosecuted “her’ because she was not guilty of anything, and the case was thrown out by a separate deliberate vote in parliament – only National voted in favour of the court case proceeding.”

    That’s like asking the Mongrel Mob to rule on legitimate charges against them: “Hands up youse who think we should be prosecuted… Passed! No case to answer for, eh!”

    Hilarious.

  64. r0b 64

    i.e. stolen.

    Still lying G. Read the thread that Anita linked to above, then get back to us.

  65. randal 65

    jasper…he has been taking lessons from the squibber rodney hide!

  66. r0b 66

    <i. That’s like asking the Mongrel Mob to rule on legitimate charges against them

    Parliament is the highest legal authority in the country G, and you’re comparing them to the Mongrel Mob? That’s a good start.

    Only National voted for the court case to proceed. No other party saw any worth in it.

  67. r0b 67

    G: That’s like asking the Mongrel Mob to rule on legitimate charges against them

    Parliament is the highest legal authority in the country G, and you’re comparing them to the Mongrel Mob? That’s a good start.

    Only National voted for the court case to proceed. No other party saw any worth in it.

  68. G 68

    Right, Rob ~ the highest legal authority in NZ is asked to rule on whether they should be prosecuted for using taxpayers’ money for electioneering purposes. “Ahhh… hands up those who think we did anything wrong?”

    Banana republic stuff.

  69. G 69

    I note that none of youse have denied that the funds were misappropriated for the purposes of electioneering — a direct contravention of the electoral rules.

  70. r0b 70

    Go read the thread linked to by Anita G, all covered there. Bye for now…

  71. G 71

    Run Spot run. 🙂

  72. QoT 72

    *waves back up at iheartmjs* See, now I’m just wondering which of the two MJSs I, too, heart, you mean.

  73. r0b 73

    Run Spot run.

    That’s very good G, well done. Now try the next page.

  74. G 74

    Yeah, look, I know it’s an indefensible position, Rob — Labour broke the electoral rules and stole funds that didn’t belong to them to electioneer a 3rd term — so let’s just leave it at that.

  75. DeeDub 75

    Dammit! Who let G off his string?!

  76. r0b 76

    Yeah, look, I know it’s an indefensible position, Rob

    The only one in an indefensible position after the 2005 election was the National Party and Don Brash. That’s why Don was forced to resign.

    The claims you have made above are not true (some of them are simply blatant lies), and all the issues were thrashed out in detail in this long thread here: http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=2289

    And there I am certainly happy to leave it at that.

  77. lprent 77

    It is a pity that G never seems to actually read any of the material that people point him in the direction of. Gets a bit boring after a while, so you stop engaging with it.

    I’m kind of viewing it as a surrealistic parody of a human at present. Too intelligent to be a troll (defined as I could program their responses). Too boring to engage with because it spouts lines taken from inaccurate sources and ignores questions about the accuracy or interpretation of the data. That means it doesn’t engage.

    As an viewpoint it beats getting wound up and leaves more time for more interesting personalities.

  78. G 78

    … Jesus that was boring. Okay, read it and I see none of you denied Labour misappropriated the funds for electioneering purposes.

    Excellent, we can move on now in the knowledge your party literally stole the last election.

  79. Dean 79

    “Just a quick history lesson G. After the last election one party lost its leader due to the piublic outcry at its despicable tactics during the campaign. That party was National.”

    Yes, those despicable scumbags, aligning with the chinless scarf wearers who spent their own money to pervert the course of democracy!

    Nothing at all like unions helping Labour candidates erect billboards, is it?

    Sometimes I wonder if you’re not just playing devil’s advocate, r0b, because I honestly don’t believe you’re that naiive.

    But if you like, have another rage against the EB machine. It’s been entertaining up until now to see Labour members and advocates splutter their way through it – including Helen and everyone’s favourite Labour membter, Trevor – so I don’t see why it should stop now.

    For bonus points, get Trev to fly to Rome at the taxpayers expense and give the pope the bash. Even SP would sppreciate that.

  80. Felix 80

    lprent

    It could be a dog. Or a chimp.

    So cute, it thinks it can read.

  81. lprent 81

    G: I missed out the essential smugness level. Probably goes with having a binary personality and knowing it is ALWAYS right.

  82. lprent 82

    Dean:

    Nothing at all like unions helping Labour candidates erect billboards, is it?

    Have you asked the union members if they they were doing it on a voluntary basis or were they forced to do it? I bet no-one has. Instead we have jerk-offs like yourself attempting to denigrate people doing voluntary work.

    I mean what exactly is your point? What can you actually show is a problem in electoral law? People have been volunteering to help political parties for centuries.

    If you have a point to make – then make it. Don’t just sit there and make a comment that is simply a smear of people working. That is simply pathetic.

    a) unsupported in your comment – where is the reference.

    b) doesn’t have a point. What is wrong in the electoral law with people in unions helping a party. For that matter what is wrong with a union helping a party. In both cases the 3rd party rules of the EFA come into effect. They’re easy enough to check on.

    What is wrong legally with union members deciding to help the NZLP or the greens or whomever. Of course they are providing actual voluntary labour, and as we’ve observed, national party and act party members don’t like getting their hands dirty. They prefer using anonymous trusts to launder money from god knows where.

    BTW: Do you have the same attitude to people doing charitable work? To the people who do the ambulance duty like womans refuges? For PTA’s. For me to contribute my time to supporting the NZLP or womans refuges or my nieces or for that matter this blogsite?

    Why not try something different – go and do some voluntary work yourself. From your attitude it doesn’t seem to me like you have.

    Basically there are those who do, and then there are some who just moan.

  83. Dean 83

    “Have you asked the union members if they they were doing it on a voluntary basis or were they forced to do it? I bet no-one has. Instead we have jerk-offs like yourself attempting to denigrate people doing voluntary work.

    I mean what exactly is your point? What can you actually show is a problem in electoral law? People have been volunteering to help political parties for centuries.”

    Have you asked the union members if they were driving union cars at the time? Have you asked them what time of the day it was?

    Have you asked Field if any takeaways may or may not have been purchased?

    No, thought not. Save your desperation for those who are willing to overlook it.

    “BTW: Do you have the same attitude to people doing charitable work? To the people who do the ambulance duty like womans refuges? For PTA’s. For me to contribute my time to supporting the NZLP or womans refuges or my nieces or for that matter this blogsite?”

    You just compared union employees erecting Labour billboards to women’s refuge volunteers. I’m lolling.

  84. Dean 84

    Missed this one:

    “Why not try something different – go and do some voluntary work yourself. From your attitude it doesn’t seem to me like you have.”

    You might just be very, very surpised there, lprent. But I’d hate to shatter your world view.

  85. marco 85

    Billboards and placards are there to create an instant impression as you drive past. Helens billboard barely resembles her, but at the end of the day its her scatter gun policy thats got her into trouble this election not her airbrushed image. National are not much better with their constant pandering to the swing voter. It might be time to get in behind a party that actually fights for what it believes in, now I’m very much a centerist so voting for the Greens isnt an attractive option but at least they have the b#lls to stand up for what they believe in.

  86. lprent 86

    Dean: It was more reaction to the rest of the threads comments on the topic.

    What I was asking was “what is the problem?”. I saw a lot of people saying it was bad – my question is why?

    I expect voluntary work to go on in election campaigns. I do it all of the time for political parties and other organizations. Essentially I saw a lot of comments attacking the concept for no apparent reason.

    Good to hear that you do voluntary work. It is what maintains a lot of essential services (including politics).

  87. Jasper 87

    Randal – Thought so.

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  • Funding boost for sustainable food and fibre production
    Twenty-two projects to boost the sustainability and climate resilience of New Zealand’s food and fibres sector have been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The $18m funding will deliver practical knowledge to help farmers and growers use their land more sustainably, meet environmental targets, remain prosperous, and better understand ...
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    8 hours ago
  • Mature Workers Toolkit launched on business.govt.nz
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson welcomes an initiative that assists employers to get mature workers into New Zealand small businesses. The disadvantages that older people face in the workplace was highlighted in the whole of Government Employment Strategy.  In order to address this, a Mature Workers Toolkit has been developed and ...
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    8 hours ago
  • Trans-Tasman cooperation in a COVID-19 world
    New Zealand and Australia reaffirmed today the need for the closest possible collaboration as they tackle a global environment shaped by COVID-19, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said. “In these challenging times, our close collaboration with Australia is more vital than ever,” said Mr Peters. Mr Peters and his Australian ...
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    9 hours ago
  • Pike recovery efforts now in unexplored territory
    The recovery and forensic examination of the loader driven by survivor Russell Smith means the underground team are now moving into an area of the Pike River Mine that has not been seen since the explosion, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little said. “The fifth and last robot ...
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    9 hours ago
  • Government confirms CovidCard trial to go ahead
    The Government has confirmed a community-wide trial of CovidCard technology as it explores options for COVID-19 contact tracing. “Effective contact tracing is a vital part of the COVID-19 response,” Minister of Health Chris Hipkins said. “While manual processes remain the critical component for contact tracing, we know digital solutions can ...
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    9 hours ago
  • Enhanced process for iwi aquaculture assets
    The government is proposing changes to aquaculture legislation to improve the process for allocating and transferring aquaculture assets to iwi. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has introduced the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Amendment Bill to Parliament. It proposes a limited new discretionary power for Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited (ToKM). ...
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    10 hours ago
  • Bill introduced to fix National’s Family Court reform failures
    The Minister of Justice has today introduced the Family Court (Supporting Children in Court) Legislation Bill – the next step in the ongoing programme of work to fix the failed 2014 Family Court reforms led by then Justice Minister Judith Collins.  The Bill arises from the report of the Independent ...
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    10 hours ago
  • DOC takes action to adapt to climate change
    A new Department of Conservation (DOC) action plan tackles the impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s biodiversity and DOC managed infrastructure including tracks, huts and cultural heritage. Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage says extreme weather events around the country have really brought home our vulnerability to changing weather patterns. ...
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  • Reduced international Antarctic season commences
    A heavily scaled back international Antarctic season will commence this week, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods have confirmed. “Antarctica is the only continent that is COVID-19 free,” Mr Peters said. “Throughout the global pandemic, essential operations and long-term science have continued at ...
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    10 hours ago
  • New high performance sports hub for Upper Hutt
    The Government is providing up to $30 million to help fund the NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport in Upper Hutt - an investment that will create 244 jobs. “The sports hub is designed to be a world-leading shared service for a range of sports, offering the level of facilities ...
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    11 hours ago
  • Govt keeps projects on road to completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today transport projects currently in construction will continue at pace due to extra Government support for transport projects to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. To keep the $16.9 billion 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme going the Government has allocated funding from the COVID Response and ...
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    12 hours ago
  • First project utilising $50 million ‘shovel ready’ fund for rural broadband announced
    $50 million for further rural broadband digital connectivity has been allocated from the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the COVID Response and Recovery Fund has been announced by Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure and Kris Faafoi, Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media. The investment will go to boosting broadband ...
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    13 hours ago
  • Ultra-fast Broadband programme hits major milestone with more than one million connections
    The Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has congratulated the Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) programme on its major milestone of connecting more than 1 million New Zealand households and businesses to UFB. “This milestone has been 10 years in the making and demonstrates the popularity of the UFB network. “Uptake ...
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    14 hours ago
  • Vaping legislation passes
    Landmark legislation passed today puts New Zealand on track to saving thousands of lives and having a smokefree generation sooner rather than later, Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill regulates vaping products and heated tobacco devices. “There has long been concern ...
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    22 hours ago
  • Government repeals discriminatory law
    A discriminatory law that has been a symbol of frustration for many people needing and providing care and support, has been scrapped by the Government. “Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced under urgency in 2013 by a National Government,” Associate ...
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    1 day ago
  • More competitive fuel market on the way
    Kiwi motorists are set to reap the benefits of a more competitive fuel market following the passing of the Fuel Industry Bill tonight, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says.  “This Act is where the rubber meets the road in terms of our response to the recommendations made in the ...
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    1 day ago
  • Government delivers on rental reforms promise
    The Government has delivered on its promise to New Zealanders to modernise tenancy laws with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 today, says Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing), Kris Faafoi. “The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our ...
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  • New rules in place to restore healthy rivers
    New rules to protect and restore New Zealand’s freshwater passed into law today. Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor welcomed the gazetting of the new national direction on freshwater management. “These regulations deliver on the Government’s commitment to stop further degradation, show material improvements within five years and ...
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  • Foreign Minister announces new Consul-General in Los Angeles
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Jeremy Clarke-Watson as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Los Angeles. “New Zealand and the United States share a close and dynamic partnership, based on a long history of shared values and democratic traditions,” Mr Peters said. “Mr Clarke-Watson is a ...
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  • Rental reforms provide greater support for victims of family violence
    Victims of family violence can end a tenancy with two days’ notice Landlords can terminate tenancies with 14 days’ notice if tenants assault them Timeframe brought forward for limiting rent increases to once every 12 months Extension of time Tenancy Tribunal can hear cases via phone/video conference Reform of New ...
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    1 day ago
  • Apprenticeships support kicks off today
    Two employment schemes – one new and one expanded – going live today will help tens of thousands of people continue training on the job and support thousands more into work, the Government has announced. Apprenticeship Boost, a subsidy of up to $12,000 per annum for first year apprentices and ...
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    1 day ago
  • Infrastructure to transform Omokoroa
    The Government is funding a significant infrastructure package at Omokoroa which will create 150 new jobs and help transform the Western Bay of Plenty peninsula, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the Government is investing $14 million towards the $28 million roading and water package. This ...
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    1 day ago
  • Bill passes for managed isolation charges
    The Bill allowing the Government to recover some costs for managed isolation and quarantine passed its third reading today, with charges coming into force as soon as regulations are finalised. Putting regulations into force is the next step. “The COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill and its supporting regulations will ...
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    1 day ago
  • Unemployment drop shows Govt plan to protect jobs and support businesses is working
    Today’s unemployment data shows the Government’s plan to protect jobs and cushion the blow for businesses and households against the economic impact of COVID-19 was the right decision, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ said today that New Zealand’s unemployment rate in the June quarter – which includes the ...
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    1 day ago
  • New role to champion reading for children
    A new role of New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people is being established, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Internal Affairs and for Children, Tracey Martin announced today. The Reading Ambassador, announced at a Celebration of Reading event at ...
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    1 day ago
  • Funding boost for Community Law Centres
    Community Law Centres will receive a funding boost to meet the increased need for free legal services due to COVID-19, Justice Minister Andrew Little said. The $3.5m funding is for the next three financial years and is additional to the almost $8 million for Community Law Centres announced in Budget ...
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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand joins initiative to boost women’s role in global trade
    New Zealand has joined Canada and Chile in a new trade initiative aimed at increasing women’s participation in global trade. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker, together with Canada’s Minister for Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrés Allamand, and Chile’s Vice ...
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  • Government provides $2.2m to heritage buildings for quake strengthening
    Building owners around New Zealand have benefited from the latest round of Heritage EQUIP funding with grants totalling $2,230,166. “The Heritage EQUIP grants for seismic strengthening assist private building owners to get the professional advice they need to go ahead with their projects or support them to carry out the ...
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  • Better hospital care for Northland babies and their whānau
    •    New paediatric facilities, including a Special Baby Care Unit •    Up to 50 extra inpatient beds  •    New lab facilities  Northland babies and their whānau will soon have access to improved hospital care when they need it with Health Minister Chris Hipkins today confirming new paediatric facilities and more ...
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  • Green light for Wellington and Wairarapa in $220m nationwide cycleways package
    People walking and cycling between Featherston and Greytown, or along Wellington’s Eastern Bays will soon have a safe shared path, as part of a $220 million shovel-ready cycleways package announced by Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. “During lockdown we saw many more families and kids out on their bikes, ...
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand expresses condolences on passing of Vanuatu High Commissioner
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today extended New Zealand’s condolences following the death of Vanuatu’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Johnson Naviti, who passed away yesterday afternoon in Wellington. “Our thoughts are with the High Commissioner’s family and colleagues during this difficult time. This is a terrible loss both to ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government announces allocation of three waters funds for councils
    The Government has today set out the regional allocations of the $761 million Three Waters stimulus and reform funding for councils announced by Prime Minister Hon Jacinda Ardern this month.  "I want to thank Councils around the country for engaging with the Central Local Government Steering Group who have been ...
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    2 days ago
  • Funding boost for students with highest learning support needs
    Students with high and complex learning needs, as well as their teachers and parents, will benefit from a substantial increase to Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) funding, Associate Education Minister Martin announced today. “Nearly $160 million will go towards helping these students by lifting their base support over the next four ...
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    2 days ago
  • Govt connecting kiwis to affordable, healthy food
    Funding for innovative projects to connect Kiwis with affordable, safe and wholesome food, reduce food waste, and help our food producers recover from COVID-19 has been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “COVID-19 has seen an increasing number of families facing unprecedented financial pressure. Foodbanks and community food service ...
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    2 days ago
  • Getting infrastructure for housing underway
    Eight shovel-ready projects within Kāinga Ora large-scale developments, and the Unitec residential development in Auckland have been given the go-ahead, Minister for Housing Dr Megan Woods announced today. Megan Woods says these significant infrastructure upgrades will ensure that the provision of homes in Auckland can continue apace. “The funding announced ...
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    2 days ago
  • Napier walk and cycleway to improve safety
    The Government is funding a new separated walking and cycleway path along Napier’s Chambers and Ellison streets to provide safer access for local students and residents across Marine Parade and State Highway 51, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today. Funding of $2.7 million has been ...
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    3 days ago