The guy’s tired already

Written By: - Date published: 1:55 pm, March 13th, 2009 - 65 comments
Categories: john key, national - Tags: ,

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If there’s one thing that strikes you about John Key’s post-cabinet press conference this week, it isn’t the scintillating prose or erudite diction. It isn’t even the brilliant plans brimming with enthusiasm, intelligence and vision. What’s remarkable is that the guy looks exhausted.

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He’s been in the job all of 3 months, extended holidays in Hawaii not withstanding, and already he looks completely buggered. What ever you think of Clark, after 9 energetic years in the job she was still up for another term, even if some of her ministers weren’t. Key on the other hand looks as if he won’t even last the full term, let alone 3 terms.

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Where’s the dynamic powerhouse leadership? A few weeks as PM and Key’s already worn down to looking and sounding like a wrung-out hack. Where’s the stamina? 

I’d be a bit worried if that was my pony.

(It really is worth looking at the performance in the link if you can – at times Key seems barely able to keep awake. Funnily, because it’s so telling, Key perks up noticeably when demonstrating his remarkably detailed knowledge of the British honours system, then deflates once again when he reveals his comprehensive ignorance of any details about The Great National Cycleway for which he’s taken personal responsibility.)

65 comments on “The guy’s tired already ”

  1. gingercrush 1

    At least one doesn’t have to suffer the hair and the brown wonky teeth of our former Prime Minister. Regardless, Key looks healthy to me.

    • Tigger 1.1

      Look GC, if you want to roll in that gutter then lets be honest, Key’s hair ain’t his strong point. It’s receding faster than New Zealand’s employment rate.

      And anyway, I’ll take wonky teeth over unintelligible speech any day. The accent is so impenetrable that I have NO idea what Key is saying when he speaks. Is it even English?

      • gingercrush 1.1.1

        You call it unintelligible speech. I call it New Zealand speak. And it beats listening to Helen Clark whose voice I couldn’t stand.

        Really this comes down to partisan politics as always. The left don’t like John Key. The right does like John Key. The left liked Helen Clark. On the whole the right didn’t like Helen Clark.

        • The Sprout 1.1.1.1

          yet both the left and right agree that for 9 years Clark was tireless while Key is worn out 3 months into the job

        • Felix 1.1.1.2

          I call it New Zealand speak.

          Nonsense. I live in NZ so you’re going to have a hard time convincing me that our local dialect consists of using words in the wrong order, the wrong context and the wrong tense which is what Key does every time he opens his mouth.

          Either you’re too thick to notice or you just have very low standards.

    • Quoth the Raven 1.2

      Ginger – I have to agree that this a pretty poor post. There are many reasons why someone may look tired. But you Ginger are doing yourself no favours sewer trawling talking about Helen’s god given appearance. I don’t care what the fuck someone looks like it’s what they’re doing that counts. And Key is up to fuck all as are you with your perverse little comments.

  2. Snail 2

    The common human thread: in the most part two ears, two eyes, one mouth..

    and what does ‘gingercrush’ make of it.. one wonky toof an’ bad hair, according to this commenter. FFS if tired-looking is “healthy” what are ya! Don’t answer that.. mindless seems to say it all..

  3. giggles 3

    Quick, someone get the airbrush out…..

    Honestly, each appearance looks more desperate than the last.

    • giggles 3.1

      Why did you amend what I said?
      I said “each post looks more desperate than the last”
      You changed it.
      I rest my case. You are desperate.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    He looks damn tired there – I almost feel sorry for him.

  5. higherstandard 5

    Ye Gods the world must be coming to an end …….. Key looks a bit tired ………quick lets call a snap election.

  6. DeeDub 6

    He looks like a late Picasso in the last pic….. those eyes are almost going in opposite directions!

    Perhaps he’s trying to keep one on Wodney and one an Sharples & Turia?? Don’t forget to keep an eye out behind you for that English chappie, eh John?! 😉

    • gingercrush 6.1

      Eh its Goff who should be looking out. Look even most people here think Keys popularity will last for another year or two. That will undoubtedly put huge pressure on Goff.

      Mind you I think Key’s popularity will remain the same as now and will easily get a second term. Labour meanwhile will self-destruct till the old guard are gone and replaced by their talented backbenchers (most of whom are far more talented than anyone on the front bench).

      What will undoubtedly be evident is that those stimulus packages so heralded in some parts here that the US, England, Japan, China and Australia are doing will be shown to be largely ineffective. And for the US at least will sometime in the future put them back in recession. Because the debt their government is carrying is far too large for their economy to absorb and will bring pain to them. In fact its so funny how much those countries are putting into their stimulus packages. Yet all those countries still expect unemployment to rise and for some of them rather dramatically.

      The idea that you can have these huge stimulus packages and that somehow they will save jobs is at best optimistic and at worse pathetic.

      • DeeDub 6.1.1

        GC, you are such a humourless little gimp sometimes?

        Was that SERIOUSLY a reply to MY post???

        If so get a life, buddy.

        • gingercrush 6.1.1.1

          That post was suppose to be humourous? Really? Well fail. Next time try harder or wait don’t try at all. There are some very clever people that commentate here. You are not one of them.

          • DeeDub 6.1.1.1.1

            Jeez, lighten UP GC?!!

            You might lose your ‘nice guy’ status ’round here.

          • Felix 6.1.1.1.2

            gc you patronising little fuck, you’re not smart enough to throw that sort of shit around. Even an undernourished moron like yourself should understand the sense in which the word “humour” was used (zOMG I thought humour meanz funneeez like bugz bunnneez!!).

            Your predictable cheerleading bullshit is getting a bit tired anyway gc, but the very least you could do would be to learn some basic English and fuck off while you’re doing it.

          • BLiP 6.1.1.1.3

            Twat!

            [lprent: was there a point attached to that? Accidental humour I know.. However dropping into toilet humour is a bit pointless unless you associate it with some actual discussion]

  7. Tanya 7

    This is absolutely splitting hairs, anyone can look tired in a photo, it’s just scraping the barrel for something to say. Is this is the best you have? Come on, picky, picky.

  8. gobsmacked 8

    “Yeah, look, coupla things, quite frankly, I’m of the view that, if you take a step back, there’s a coupla issues here, and frankly, I mean, look, if you look at the bigger picture, the reality is, there’s no silver bullet in a rolling maul, but going forward, there are some issues around that, frankly.”

    He’s tired? What about the rest of us, having to listen to him?

  9. Reg 9

    No surprise really- he has never known hard work before. What a loser. He has just had an extended holiday in Hawaii too. Wonder how many people are starting to regret voting for National .What with him and mad dog Nick Smith- what a pathetic excuse for a government.

  10. gomango 10

    Of course he’s tired. Up all night plotting how to introduce slavery. Carving up the worlds resources with his illuminati mates. And if you want to eat a baby for breakfast you need to turn on the oven no later than 3AM, so of course he is tired. Duh.

    • higherstandard 10.1

      I think you’ve cracked it.

    • Snail 10.2

      hi gomango,

      the use you make of baby’ in this comment lacks some contextual understanding. Originally it was used satirically by an anglican priest to ‘attack’ both poor governing attitude and poor law/s.

      As I recall you have used it quite inappropriately several times.. and now risk insulting informed anglicans. not least.

      this advice in your interest since I know you capable of good grace in such matters.

  11. Rachael Le Mer 11

    What a silly thread. Yawn.

  12. sweeetdisorder 12

    Gotta love the political analysis at the standard. What do you call this , poli-photo analysis?

    • lprent 12.1

      Ummm wasn’t this a staple at most of the wingnut sites for the last 3 years or so?
      We have no brains therefore we must attack people because they were female? Or the fact that they had high voices. Or that they were gay? Or almost anything that meant they were not a cretin who comments in a sewer.

      From memory you were one of the offenders. Now you want to stifle the same kind of debate. Don’t be such a dipshit. At least here the dog whistling will remain on topic.

      Looking at the PM being tired has some relevance to the political system. Certainly a lot more then the misogynist jerks at the sewer ever bothered to find.

  13. Pascal's bookie 13

    “What do you call this…”

    I call it 3 pictures of a guy looking pretty rinsed.

  14. sweeetdisorder 14

    What debate Lynn, its a photo. Thats all it is. But please, make up you own story to go along with it. Using that logic, we might as well turn he sound off question time and just make up stories to go along with that as well.

    • Pascal's bookie 14.1

      So you’re not one of the chaps that kept bleating about perception being reality in politics?

    • lprent 14.2

      It is a video. Those are just three shots off it. The video is about 30-45 minutes. He looks like a zombie except for a couple of places where he raises a smile. Those almost creak into position and then his face drops again.

      He does handle the questions ok most of the time, but sometimes he seems to want to answer, but doesn’t understand the questions. When he gets the right questions (ie one that he has been briefed on), he then trots out the answer.

      It is either fatigue or he is sick. I suspect it is fatigue in that he is having to cram a lot of stuff in his head. He has to be one of the most monumentally unprepared PM’s that I know of, and coming in the start of a deep world recession. I think he’ll burn out.

  15. Rachael Le Mer 15

    Who is the king hitter for National? Trevor Mallard was a good puncher for Labour.

  16. sweeetdisorder 16

    Pascal, yes, perception is reality is very true in politics. Thats different from some ‘debate’ about a photo. There is no debate, its just attach your own story. If you had 6 months worth of ‘tired’ photos then you might be having a debate (and constructing a new reality), however, to adjust the metaphor, one picture doesn’t make an photo album.

    • Pascal's bookie 16.1

      It makes a start though sweeet, and whatever you want to say about those photo’s, he does look tired. Sprout noticed and did a post about it. Now you’re crying about it. Point to sprout.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.2

      perception is reality is very true in politics.

      And people wonder why the world is going hell in a hand-basket…

    • the sprout 16.3

      Look at the link to the press conference, as I’ve recommended.
      Don’t just rely on 3 screen grabs from the feed – see it with your own eyes. In the conference it’s very obvious Key’s completely exhausted.

      That doesn’t mean that much in itself, but it is surprising to see such signs of fatigue so early on in Key’s tenure. Clark set a far more edifying example of someone that can go the distance in that respect.

  17. Snail 17

    there’s no silver bullet in a rolling maul

    mebbe there’s a tight scrum.. nick et al sounding like skin on an ACC board drum..

    hey gc this is funnee.. okay.. about funny business

  18. gingercrush 18


    gc you patronising little fuck, you’re not smart enough to throw that sort of shit around. Even an undernourished moron like yourself should understand the sense in which the word “humour’ was used (zOMG I thought humour meanz funneeez like bugz bunnneez!!).

    Your predictable cheerleading bullshit is getting a bit tired anyway gc, but the very least you could do would be to learn some basic English and fuck off while you’re doing it.

    Real mature Felix. How clever that you are able to use the word fuck I wouldn’t expect anything less from you here. Because if you actually said any substantive anywhere on this blog, it is most certainly news to me. Now I’m sorry if you find that crap humourous but quite frankly I find it pathetic. Its as pathetic as the same crap the right spout off with their ridiculous spelling of Liarbore.

    And last I looked you were in no position to tell anyone to “fuck off”.

    • DeeDub 18.1

      Ginger,

      Firstly, are you bipolar perchance? I only ask because you do exibit a few of the classic symptoms ie. you are very easily annoyed and angered (what my Grandmother would call a ‘Hapuka Head’), and you also seem to think you are somehow superior to others in intelligence – indeed to the point of obsession at times – shall we go back and count how many posts there are at the Standard where you call others’ intelligence into question? Your reaction to my post was arrogant and petty. If you can’t see that I suggest you get help.

      Secondly, Felix is quite right. Your posts are generally not much more than predictible ‘cheerleading’ for the right, and yet you seem somehow so swept up in your own ‘genius’ that it has escaped your attention that I’m sure most people here find your tired, angry rhetoric excruciating.

      Thirdly, go look at the video. Key looks SICK. It’s not just the photos.

      • gingercrush 18.1.1

        Um I really do not think I am superior to others in terms of intelligence. I have faith in my opinions as I would hope other people have in theirs. But that doesn’t mean I think my intelligence is somehow above others. Such thinking would be at best absurd. As Felix rightly points out my english isn’t the greatest. So no I do not think I am somehow more intelligent than others here. And it was you who actually started that crap. With statements such as “GC, you are such a humourless little gimp sometimes?” Yet you call me arrogant and petty?

        If my postings are somehow predictable cheerleading for the right. Then surely that same response can be given to many of the left here who merely cheerlead for the left.And if people find my postings excruciating. Then I would recommend they don’t read my posts. As I’m sure some do already.

        • Felix 18.1.1.1

          gc you boring troll.

          You can’t construct sentences. Because you’re not very smart. And your mock civility. Is a transparent and obvious facade. Which slips fairly regularly. So shut the fuck up. About others not being smart and/or polite.

    • Felix 18.2

      gc,

      Thanks for the excellent example of the “patronising little fuck” iness I spoke of earlier.

      Now be a good little fuck and go learn some manners.

      [lprent: Please don’t drink and write – it is pointless]

  19. Snail 19

    just make up stories to go along with that as well.

    Since when didn’t they..? Front bench and all that.. testimony to responsibility..wot!

  20. gomango 20

    snail. You’re so clever you make points I don’t understand. Well done. I must say I do enjoying hobnobbing with the intellectual elite from time to time. Maybe. It’s the stunted and. Grammar lack. Of. Mixed vocabulary and grammar. Insulted Anglicans. Care I not.

  21. Kevin Welsh 21

    Maybe the poor sap is finally realising the potential damage Crusher and Mad Dog could have on his Government?

  22. Janet 22

    He’s obviously got something on his mind, and being Prime Minister is not fun any more. Perhaps he is being black mailed?

  23. infused 23

    Slow news day eh?

    Seems the standard is getting rather tired with the same old shit.

  24. ak 24

    Good spotting sprout. Yes, the sheen is noticeably crumbling in this clip, and in view of the facts that he had just emerged from a cabinet meeting and that his keyfellating media lapdogs are minutely relaxing their lip pressure of late, one is reminded again of this pearler from last year’s Herald hagiography:

    One of Key’s own MPs thinks there is another, perhaps less ingratiating, element also propelling him toward the 9th floor of the Beehive. Speaking on condition of anonymity the MP says Key seems to harbour a deep instinct to be the most important guy in the room. Generally now that he is leader, he is exactly that. But if an outsider comes in who might challenge that status, Key is said to almost physically transform to take up the challenge.

    Perhaps that “deep instinct to be the most important guy in the room” (read: fundamental insecurity) also explains the early drive for personal wealth; the absolute lack of any evidence of selfless public service; the late decision to enter politics; the bizarre, puerile glee of election night; the obsessive “me too”, poll-driven, policy mix; the personal motto “whatever it takes”; the petty, “please everyone” PR desperation of late; and the palpable increase in animation and detailed knowledge when the subject moved to honours, knighthoods etc. (any bets on how many times the words “Sir John” have ricocheted around the trembling neurons behind those opaque, tranzrail eyes?)

    All of which, of course, is relatively harmless in the face of the ogre just round the corner. It matters not a titular that our most important guy downloads poll-porn in his underwear as the Black Death knocks at our door: Nice ol’ goober ain’t about to risk a telling-off from anyone just now, and as an intimate participant and beneficiary at the incubation of cyanocapitalism, he knows better than most the futility of resistance.

    What is a worry, is the standard reaction when our slippery narcissist is challenged. Looking tired is one thing: the likely full-blown tantrum when wee Johnny receives the inevitable trillionth of the heat that Helen endured, could kill us. He’d have taken us into Iraq, remember.

    And deprivation is just behind smoking as a cause of preventable death.

    Douglas, Thatcher and Reagan have the blood of millions on their hands: and their local ilk have just coldly engineered unbridled power for a like-minded individual with the emotional maturity of a 13-year-old.

    On the eve of a cataclysm.

    Gospel this sunday: Jesus forms a whip and casts the money lenders from the temple.

    How about this time round we reject the opium Jesus and embrace the real deal.

    Start plaiting. And be prepared to use it.

  25. RedLogix 25

    Ditto ak. Show stopper. Love it.

    What is a worry, is the standard reaction when our slippery narcissist is challenged.

    An old piece of wisdom tells us that anyone can look good when things are going well; it is only when events turn adversely that a man’s true character is revealed.

    So far JK has not been challenged in any major way, although his reactions to several minor incidents have been telling.

    And deprivation is just behind smoking as a cause of preventable death.

    Agreed, although I suggest that the while deprivation is the obvious driver, it is gross social inequality that is the more powerful force that erodes a man’s self-worth, his belief in a purpose in life.

    How about this time round we reject the opium Jesus and embrace the real deal.

    Oh yes. Only a lot of folk are not looking anymore; their collective arse stands sorely in need of one mighty kicking.

    (PS. It’s quite likely Key is sick. Lots of people, myself included, are under the weather with a bug right now.)

  26. Shona 26

    ak superb! set me up for the day many thanks.

  27. Ianmac 27

    I have the real reason that John Key is shattered! Due to a world wide economic downturn, John Key’s huge personal wealth has slipped down to almost nothing. He is said to be reconsidering his instruction to hold the MP Salary Review, and word has it that he would like a 15% increase- soon. Its true I tell you!

  28. Andrew W 28

    Initially I thought this post was just intended as a wind-up to Nats, it was only later that I realised that it was genuine, and that sprout really doesn’t understand that those of us with real jobs (and I included HC when she was PM) do from time to time get tired.

  29. Snail 29

    gomango,
    hobnobbing with the intellectual elite from time to time

    Yet if the satirist were also a famous author your misuse of the ‘baby’ content might leave you somewhat ruefully exposed..

    hence my interest in your interest.. and not so much my “clever” ness

    regards

  30. Snail 30

    ak,
    as an intimate participant and beneficiary at the incubation of cyanocapitalism

    firm phraseology.. vg. Tell me though, the ‘cyano’ pre was that intended relate color and its imagery or prussic acid (toxicity).. or both..?

  31. mike 31

    Gee – the lickspittles are getting desperate now. Attack the apperance when all else fails. Grow up FFS

  32. Excellent, three months and you have descended to this.. it is nice to see the left has developed a wing nut end to rival the one at the other end.

  33. xy 34

    Stealing political techniques from Dr Who again?

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    4 days ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    5 days ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    6 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    6 days ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    7 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    1 week ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 week ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago

  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
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    6 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    6 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    7 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
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