The Herald thinks Jacinda Ardern is a Marxist

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It is going to be a long three years plus if this keeps up.

The Herald has suggested in this article the author has not put their name to that Jacinda Ardern is a Marxist, but the logic used is sadly lacking.

The evidence that our Prime Minister wants to socialise the means of production?  To put it mildly it is pretty tenuous.

First up was a reference to Dr Richard Horton who wrote recently for the medical journal the Lancet.

From the Herald:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is being used as a poster-child for Marxist ideas in a prestigious British medical journal.

In a November editorial for The Lancet, editor Dr Richard Horton discusses the impact of Marxism on the health sector. He doesn’t actually call Ardern a Marxist, but suggests that she has opened the door for Marxist ideas to be debated.

“More and more people, especially younger generations, believe that economies based only on free markets are not necessarily the best means to deliver fairer or healthier societies,” Horton writes.

“New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, noted last month that, ‘When you allow markets to decide the fate of your people … that does not serve a country or people well.’ Marxist ideas have re-entered the political debate.”

But is Jacinda really a poster child for Marxist ideas?  What she was saying and Horton was highlighting was that rampant free market capitalism does not serve the best interests of our society.  Horton said that it was good that marxist ideas are debated.  And I agree with him because the evidence is perfectly clear that rampant market forces can be socially disastrous.  The logic of the market is that your kids should be working for a pittance cleaning chimneys.  Or your grandmother.

That was the most sensible part of the article.

It then quotes Carlos D’Abrera who writes for the Australian Spectator.

That the millennial Ms Ardern should be considered a ‘go-to’ authority on such matters should trouble Kiwis and Marxists alike.

I think the Herald should read it again.  I don’t think it says what the Herald writer thinks it says.  D’Abrera was saying that Ardern clearly is not a Marxist.

Then failed Health Minister and cigar smoke blower Jonathan Coleman chipped in, claiming that ruling out of PPPs makes you a communist.

National’s health spokesman Jonathan Coleman brought up The Lancet editorial during Question Time [yesterday] while asking about whether the Government would support a public-private partnership for building Dunedin Hospital.

In ruling out a PPP, Coleman asked if that was why “the world’s oldest medical journal says in its November editorial that, with Jacinda Ardern, Marxist ideas have re-entered the political debate in health?”

PPPs are a disaster because they always cost the taxpayer more in the long term than they do in the short term.  Investors expect a premium.  If you are the Crown and can borrow at cheap interest rates you should always do this.  Unless the goal is to enrich the top 1%.

Strange though that being fiscally responsible should be equated with being a marxist.

Intellectual giant Leighton Smith was quoted:

Newstalk ZB host Leighton Smith made similar observations after watching a speech from 2009 when Ardern headed the International Union of Socialist Youth, where she used the word “comrade” several times.

“Comrades this, comrades that. Comrades means something,” Smith said.

“She said this morning it doesn’t mean anything, it’s just – I’m sorry, it does. Comrades means something. It is actually a Marxist term. And you don’t pick that sort of thing up because you’re not a Marxist.”

Some of us on the left of the Labour Party still use the phrase “comrade” as a term of endearment.

The idiot farmer that had the “she’s a pretty communist” sign during the election campaign gets a mention.

And a Rupert Murdoch publication The Australian is referred to with its headline in “Kiwis now led by a commie as Ardern attacks capitalism and embraces socialist roots.”

So a misinterpretation of a UK medical article, a failed cigar blowing former Health Minister, a talk back host who thinks if you use the word “comrade” you want to line the owners of capital up against a wall and shoot them and take their shares, a farmer who would not know a communist if they polluted one and the rantings of a right wing paper owned by a megalomaniac are relied on by our major daily to claim that our current Prime Minister wants to nationalise the means of production.

The article concludes with a statement that the Prime Minister’s office declined to make a statement.  Probably because they could not believe how banal and crazy the article was.

Please Herald can’t you do better than this.

204 comments on “The Herald thinks Jacinda Ardern is a Marxist”

  1. Ad 1

    What we will see tomorrow in the budget prioritization is a pretty strongly redistributive government. A socialist government.

    – Big increase in accommodation supplement
    – Winter fuel allowance
    – Generally big expansion of welfare, particularly on child welfare
    – Huge expansions in health spending
    – Huge expansions in public housing spending

    I don’t think they have the first clue what to do about the business or exporting communities. Robertson in particular gives me absolutely no confidence at all that he has a will to transform the economy.

    But with headline unemployment so low, GDP growth sustained, and a seriously massive surplus, they really don’t have to have a clue for quite a while.

    Prime Minister Ardern is going to spend money on poor and struggling families.

    That’s what I voted for.

    A socialist.

    • BM 1.1

      -Big increase in accommodation supplement

      Landlords will be stoked, they’ll be able to raise rents significantly.

      • paul andersen 1.1.1

        havent you got kittens to drown?

        • greywarshark

          Cut that, this is a blog that chooses what and who o offend and kittens aren’t it.

      • cleangreen 1.1.2

        BM= Bullshit Master.

      • Priss 1.1.3

        “Landlords will be stoked, they’ll be able to raise rents significantly.” – BM, @ 13.12.17 9.35am

        You’re right, BM. Instead we need to implement a capital gains tax (set it at 24% min), raise taxes on the rich, and tax corporates like Apple, Google, FB, etc.

        Then spend the money to build 50,000 new states houses.


      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.4

        Innumerate parrot thinks market prices are set by suppliers.

        • BM

          Andrew Little:

          As a means of assistance it is pretty crude and in times of a housing shortage … simply ploughing more money into assisting people to pay their rapidly rising rent actually in the long run is going to force rents up.

          Any increase in accommodation supplement is a green light to put up rents as much as you can.

        • Michael

          When it comes to rented acommodation, the suppliers do set the market price because they can manipulate it. On the demand side, everyone needs somewhere to live and, if the supply is limited (whether artificially or not), tenants have to pay what the landlord demands. Or else they sleep in their cars (if they are rich enough to own one, that is). I think these factors explain why the laissez faire approach to housing has been such a miserable failure (except for landlords, letting agents and other sundry parasites) and why we need central government to resume its role as the primary supplier of social accommodation. Not that I’m really expecting anything substantive along those lines to be announced tomorrow, mindful as I am of how many Labour/NZFirst MPs are landlords.

          • One Anonymous Bloke

            tenants have to pay what the landlord demands. Or else they sleep in their cars

            …and demand diminishes every time that happens…

            Theoretically, that is (cf: ghost houses, property speculation, and population increase via permanent migration).

            • BM

              Demand is far outstripping supply, it’s still a landlords market.

              The white knight that is Kiwi build is still years away if it actually ever fronts.

              In the meantime, people will grizzle and moan and blame whoever is in power for their predicament.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                I agree. Demand still outstrips supply.

                That’s why the government, citing its obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, should declare a state of emergency and employs emergency powers to house people.

                That would be a bold step to take, and I don’t think they have it in them. It would, however, be very, very popular: too many ghost houses John.

      • Adrian Thornton 1.1.5

        +1 “-Big increase in accommodation supplement
        Landlords will be stoked, they’ll be able to raise rents significantly.”

    • alwyn 1.2

      You nominate that the mini budget tomorrow will include a winter fuel allowance.
      It will, apparently, be available to anyone getting National Super. Those eligible will, apparently, have to go through the hassle of having to apply.
      Why can’t they just pay it to every person getting National Super? The only reason I can see for making people apply is to give Robbo a chance to provide forms saying how kind the Labour Party are being to pensioners or alternatively having WINZ try and shame people into not applying.
      Why waste millions on the application process? Just pay it out directly.

      • Pat 1.2.1

        Perhaps to allow those without the need to decline the offer….after all we’re all for freedom of choice are we not?

      • JanM 1.2.2

        All very well, but I, for one, am not on the grid

        • alwyn

          “All very well, but I, for one, am not on the grid”

          What does that have to do with it?
          You don’t have to spend it on electricity or anything. They are just going to put some money into your account. It is just a way to be able to claim that they are keeping the poor old pensioner from getting cold in an incredibly inefficient way.
          I wouldn’t be surprised if the cost of administering the scheme is 20% of the cost of the grant, if you take into account the work having to be done by the people applying for it.
          Just pay it to everyone and stop wasting time and effort on trying to get publicity for themselves.

          • Cinny

            Not on the grid still means a person has to grow/gather/find/collect/cut/split/dry/stack and even buy fire wood to heat their home and often their hot water. JS

          • lprent

            Compared to what?

            Things like unemployment benefit have overhead costs in the order of 50% overhead cost. Let’s fix up the idiotic punitive overhead costs instead.

            Quite where you get 20% from is beyond me (please do not describe it – I have no interest in your large colon). It sounds like a simple single application to receive it. Just like the superannuation. And if you think that takes 20% overhead then I’d have to consider ghat you really do have your head up your large colon (and I know where you can get a bridge with a simple upfront down payment).

            Were you born this stupid? Or did you have to work hard to become it. It sounds like you did the hard yards to downgrade your inate abilities to become typical (stupid) national support..

            • alwyn

              Wow! What went wrong with your morning?
              And my colon is just fine thanks.

            • cleangreen

              100% Iprent summed up beautifully.

              Some people just dont get it.

              They live only in a ficticious parallel ‘world.’

      • David Mac 1.2.3

        Many folk won’t apply for it. Nor would they send it back if it appeared in their accounts. Means testing by WINZ appointment reluctance.

      • Obtrectator 1.2.4

        “Why waste millions on the application process?”

        ‘Cos I for one wouldn’t need that allowance – and there’s plenty of others as well.

        • alwyn

          Then just send the money back. You are allowed to make donations to the State you know.
          I think it would be far more efficient if the few people who get National Super and don’t want the extra money to simply donate it back than that the people who want it, and need it, should have to waste all the time and effort on applying for it.

          As far as your comment about “plenty” of others, I doubt it.
          There seem to be only about 10,000 people in New Zealand who are not in the work force who have an income over about $98,000/year.
          There are about 40,000 people over 65 in New Zealand on the same income.
          There seem to be only a very few (less than 3%) of people over 65 who do not get either National Super or a Veterans pension.
          I think that most people would take and, if they are not working, who would need the extra money.

          I can’t give you a good source for those numbers I’m afraid. They are what I see in a variety of Google enquiries on NZ statistics. It isn’t a field that I have anything much to do with.

          By the way. Do you qualify for National Super, and if so do you claim it. If you don’t qualify I suspect your views may change when you become eligible. You do, unless you are very rich, need it when you retire. Things like maintaining you home have to be paid for. You don’t climb ladders the way you used to.

          • David Mac

            Your comment starts by suggesting people just send the portion of their pension they don’t require back to the government and ends with the reasons why they won’t.

            • alwyn

              I was suggesting that one specific person, Obtrectator, could send it back if he/she didn’t need it.
              Oh, damn it. I’ll use “he” from now on.
              He stated “Cos I for one wouldn’t need that allowance”.
              I then extended it to show that I very much doubt that the second part of the statement
              “and there’s plenty of others as well”
              probably isn’t true.

              Of course most people won’t send it back, for the reasons I gave.
              It doesn’t prevent our adequately earning individual doing whatever HE likes though.

              • David Mac

                There are many elderly that live in rest homes etc. Their heating is a component of a package deal. Granny flats and family picking up the power/firewood bill.

                Yes there will be admin, training etc costs to put an honesty box at the gate. Rather than sending it to every 65+er, I think the money saved will outweigh the overhead.

                • alwyn

                  Have you seen what the charges are in many rest homes?
                  I have heard figures of $1,000/week as being quite common.
                  They would probably need the money the most.

      • The only reason I can see for making people apply is to give Robbo a chance to provide forms saying how kind the Labour Party…

        I recall National doing exactly the same. And, in fact, often claiming what the previous Labour government had done as their own on their PR.

        I don’t recall you whinging about it then.

        • alwyn

          I don’t actually remember National doing such a thing but it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest.
          The main reason it wouldn’t stand out is that it would be in the nature of a “dog bites man” type of story and wouldn’t be at all memorable.
          The “Man bites dog” story would be if a Government didn’t do such a thing.
          What occasion did you have in mind of National doing it?

          • Draco T Bastard

            The “Man bites dog” story would be if a Government didn’t do such a thing.
            What occasion did you have in mind of National doing it?

            the most obvious was Blinglish telling the country that it was all because of the previous government that we had such great economic strength.

            And then, within a month, claiming that it was all because of National’s great economic handling.

    • DH 1.3

      “I don’t think they have the first clue what to do about the business or exporting communities. ”

      The $NZD has held 5% lower since the new Govt came into power. Ask exporters what they’d like for Xmas

      • Ad 1.3.1

        Agree with that.
        Nothing to do with this government.

      • alwyn 1.3.2

        And you could also ask importers, and the people who have to pay for imported goods what they think about it.
        Petrol could be cheaper, for example. So could the computer you are using to make your comments.

        There seems to be a great deal of confusion about the benefits of exporting goods, The reason we want to export things is solely so that we can buy imports. The less we can export, and the higher the price in foreign currency we can get for those exports the better off we will be.
        Exporting for the sake of exporting is not “good” for us. The “good” is the imports we can buy.

        • DH

          That’s a weird argument. We need to export more to help fund our balance of payments deficit, it’s not just about exports and imports.

          • alwyn

            Of course it is about exports and imports.
            The reason we export things, if we are being sensible, is only so that we can import things. Sure it may be desirable to have a balance of imports and exports overall but that’s all that we need.
            Why would we really want to export more that we import?
            The only thing we will end up with is foreign currency in overseas accounts. In the meantime we will have a lower standard of living than we could have achieved.
            I can see no reason at all for that to happen just so that we can invest in other countries economies.

            • DH

              You’re just being silly there alwyn. Look up NZs balance of payments data, it’s downloadable from stats.

              • alwyn

                I don’t see the point you are trying to make.
                Are you simply saying that we don’t export as much as we import, which certainly is a reason for exporting more.
                On the other hand I read your comment above, where you say “it’s not just about exports and imports” as being an argument for exporting more as being a justification for increasing exports even if they already cover our import bill.
                What exactly are you arguing for? Please enlighten me as to your point of view.

                • DH

                  Is it that you can’t see my point alwyn, or that you don’t want to admit you haven’t thought it through.

                  It was simple enough, I reminded you that exports don’t just pay for imports. The export earnings can also help service NZs overseas debt and pay the dividends to overseas investors.

                  • alwyn

                    I was talking about what a country should do. They only need to export enough to pay for the imports they want.
                    They do of course have to export enough to do that. If they don’t export enough they get into the situation you are talking about. We only have to pay interest, and capital on our borrowings, and dividends on foreign owned businesses because we imported MORE than we exported.
                    You will note that I wanted to export enough to pay for all our imports. Not doing so has caused the problem you mention, and we are going to have to clear it up but once we have done so my prescription certainly applies.

        • Nic the NZer

          Your already on pretty shaky ground arguing that exporting more makes imports cheaper. If we have a negative current account balance this implies we are ‘exporting’ NZ currency overseas. In the event overseas holders are unhappy to hold $NZ then our exchange rate may depreciate, but NZ’s exchange rate and ability to import more goods typically implies overseas exporters are more than happy with their end of the deal.

          While equilibrium theoretical economics models may imply that this shift in the exchange rate will occur there are plenty of counter examples of countries running multi-decade balance of payments deficits without depreciating exchange rates. This implies the theoretical result is scientifically speaking, wrong.

  2. Ed 2

    Liked this comment by Tautoko Mangō Mata

    Open Mike 13/12/2017

  3. roy 3

    Someone used the word ‘I’. You don’t pick up that sort of language without being some kind of Hyper-Randian, Neo-libertarianist, every-man-is-an-island, sociophobe.

    • cleangreen 3.2

      Agreed, Roy hit the nail on the head.

      “I” represents a self interested ‘self centered’ person.

      It fits exactly like that one that often uses “I” such as you said.

      Some can’t get over loosing can they.

      They must grind away relentlessly arguing to the point of stupidity it must be habitual every time they see Labour in charge now.

  4. JanM 4

    Just as well we are over the election – we might have been treated to dancing cossacks again!

  5. Matthew Whitehead 5

    It’s really stretching of the Spectator to call Ardern a millenial, by-the-by. Born in 1980, she’s really at the tail end of Gen X, as she had already come of age before the new millennium. I’ve seen the cutoff as high as my own birth year, before, and as low as ’82, but never at ’80.

    As for her being a marxist- we can talk if she ever agrees to nationalize anything, okay? Until then it’s off the table for discussion, and is just a flat “no.” She’s not radical enough to be a marxist.

  6. patricia bremner 6

    Micky, to say the “Herald thinks” is an oxymoron. LOL.

    They just quote the latest meme.

    Ask “Who does this garbage help?”

    Then “Follow the money trail all the way to the gingerbread house”.

  7. DH 7

    That article is nearly incoherent, a child could construct a better argument.

    The Lancet refers to Ardern once in an article discussing marxism and that makes her a marxist. It must be true because Leighton Smith called her marxist back in 2009. Whoops, no, she’s a communist. A farmer and an aussie newspaper called her that so she’s a commie. Seriously?

  8. Anne 8

    I’m making an assumption here, but that article has the footprint of John Roughan.

    The huge irony is that these home-grown right-wing media lunatics grew up in an apparent “Marxist” state. According to their interpretations, NZ was a Marxist state for 50 years (1935 – 1985) under both National and Labour governments.

    I don’t believe the Prime Minister’s office should remain silent if this type of absurd claptrap continues. There are too many uninformed and gullible people who will swallow it if there is no response – especially those who were born after the introduction of neoliberalism.

    And btw, Phil Goff still frequently uses the word ‘comrade’ at Labour functions. Just saying.

    • comrade mickysavage 8.1

      Me too. Think I might change my name for the day …

      • Anne 8.1.1

        Good one. There’s no better response than to laugh at them.

        • OnceWasTim

          I don’t think the NZ Herald has got the memo yet – there’s a new king in town and she often wears a dress.
          Tanz and others are still wanking themselves over JFK and his disciples whilst singing ‘hark the herald Angels sing’

        • cleangreen

          Yes laughter sooths the soul Anne, spot on.

      • Ed 8.1.2

        Comrade is a lovely way of greeting people.

      • alwyn 8.1.3

        I think it suits you. Not just for the day. Change it by deed poll.

        Actually if you wanted a good laugh the funny sight from the British Labour Party in the old days when Harold Wilson was leader used to be at the end of their conference when the leadership were all up on the stage.
        They then sang the Red Flag. Harold, an Old Oxonian, clearly hadn’t got the slightest idea of the words.
        Corbyn can get away with this but Harold certainly couldn’t.
        From 1969.

    • JanM 8.2

      But does the Marxist description produce the same ‘nervous nellie’ reaction it would have once? Aren’t most of those old duffers dead or senile by now? (with the notable exception of a few Waikato ferals and a stray right wing commentator or two).
      I really think this is going to turn out to be a very damp squib – I don’t sense waves of horror and outrage emanating from the populace at large.

  9. savenz 9

    Even though Jacinda is being labeled a ‘marxist by right wingers she still beats Bill in preferred PM. Ha ha.

    • cleangreen 9.1

      Point well taken savnz.

      Jacinda is a good soul with a well meaning humanistic compassion.

      Wer should all embrace her care for us all.

      Even the naysayers.

  10. One Two 10

    Does Murdoch still own The Lancet?

    • alwyn 10.1

      Your imagination is running away with you.
      The Lancet has been owned since 1991 by the Dutch publisher Elsevier.
      As far as I know Murdoch has nothing to do with them.
      Mind you, they are even more avaricious than is our Rupert.
      Good try at distraction, by the way, but no cigar.

      • Anne 10.1.1

        One Two was just asking a question alwyn.

        • alwyn

          Yes, he did put a question mark on the statement.
          However when you ask “Does Murdoch still own The Lancet?” you are certainly claiming that he did own the Lancet at some point in the past.
          When was that?

      • One Two 10.1.2

        I should have been more explicit through use of the word ‘own’

        It was more a question of conflicts of interest between former CEO of Reed Elsevier, GSK board members including Murdoch, and the papers owned and controlled by Murdoch as mentioned in the article being discussed..

        It was, as pointed out to you by others..

        Just a question!

        • cleangreen

          No poiint treating some as human beings it seems One two,

          Some are showing such ‘bitterness’.

          They are so very very sadly ready to tear into anyone who shows humanity as you just have and I fro one are with you as you are not alone. We are many.

          • One Two

            Hello cleangreen

            I genuinely believe that we must be the change we wish to see in this world…

            Individually we must continue to self reflect and self evaluate, make adjustments to our reactionary mechanisms as necessary..

            Until ‘we’ become accepting of even the most emotive triggers in this life, and be able to manage those triggers with dignity and mindfulness..

            As you point out, there are many, but not yet enough for the tipping effect..

            It is happening, and the chaos and confusion is an indicator of that…

            All the best

  11. These arseholes wouldn’t know Marxism if you gave them a copy of Marxism for Beginners and quizzed them on it after they’d read it. It’s just lazy abuse, like calling everyone right of Metiria Turei ‘neoliberal.’

  12. Stephen Doyle 12

    To be honest, I don’t think the Herald can do better. They are now the Daily Mail of NZ. The likes of decent journalists like Matt Nippert and David Fisher must struggle to justify their employer sometimes.

  13. Enough is Enough 13

    And her being a Marxist would be bad for what reason Greg?

    We can only dream about her being the person that destroyed capitalism and the selfish and dishonest society that it creates.

    Sadly I think she will be bullied by the National Party and corporate media into embracing capitalism.

    • David Mac 13.1

      If capitalism was crushed tomorrow, by Saturday the loudest noise in NZ would be rumbling tummies.

      Me swapping some of my apples for your apricots is not fundamentally wrong. The government doesn’t need to own our trees. We’re doing it wrong.

      • mauī 13.1.1

        If the world was shrunk down to a total of 100 people current capitalism would not be at all acceptable. The bottom 50 people being as wealthy as the top 1 person, 5 kids living without some of the basics, 10-20 people living in extreme hardship. The entire village working under hard conditions put in place by that wealthiest 1.

        There is no way with people knowing eachother those conditions would be allowed to remain.

  14. David Mac 14

    I think as a breed our nation is too socially aligned to warm to the idea of walking in to be healed under a SERCO HEALTH sign.

    SERCO HEALTH….it’s an oxymoron.

    If desiring a health system that rotates around an axis of compassion and care rather than money makes us red and under the bed, label away.

  15. Bill 15

    I think Bryan Gould’s has two articles from October that cover this (and more!) off quite well. I’ve linked them before, and I’ll probably link them in the future too.

    when the left does somehow overcome the odds, and wins power (perhaps by promising not to “tax and spend”), they spend most of their time trying to prove that they are just as cautious and “responsible” as the most doctrinaire of free-marketeers. Ministers of finance in left governments, from Michael Cullen in New Zealand to Gordon Brown in the UK, have almost always staked their reputations on “earning the trust” of the business community, thereby foregoing the possibility of implementing a left programme that would serve the interests of working people. Grant Robertson, Finance Minister in Labour’s incoming New Zealand government, has committed himself in exactly these terms.

    I’d say that’s the reality, and certainly when compared to John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn, Grant Robertson and Jacinda Ardern are way off to the starboard. And the job of vested interests is to keep reminding them that any notion they may have of tacking to port would be a very bad idea.

    Best way to ensure they keep to their present course is to keep them running and defending themselves from accusations that they’ve already turned. How long (it might have already happened) before Ardern and/or Robertson shite all over suggestions they are in any way Marxist in a way that disavows Marxism and makes it well nigh impossible to do anything that might be tainted with even the most spurious comparison to Marxism…including then, just fairly run of the mill social democratic priorities (not that I believe NZ Labour has any ambition in that direction anyway)?

  16. red-blooded 16

    This Herald article is basically just a fluff piece, pulling together a little bit of gossip from here and linking it to a bit of uninformed ranting from there. It’s the kind of thing newspapers save up for the slow news days. Nobody’s going to be influenced by it – there’s no argument put forward and no coherent line of thought explored. People who assume any Labour leader is communist with a big “C” are going to have their assumptions reinforced and others are going to turn away with a sneer (or a sigh), knowing that it’s a vacuous bit of crap.

    • Bill 16.1

      It serves a purpose. (See above)

    • Ed 16.2

      Sadly some people still fall for this nonsense.
      The medi needs urgent nod rdical reform.

      • cleangreen 16.2.1

        I put it to you that the media needs urgent radical reform.

        Corporate media is trying to change our Government at their will, and I think this is equal to foriegn intervention in our democracy and they should be a taken down legally for this.

        No Media should be intervening in our political system, it should only provide information but not slander our elected politicians.

  17. Philg 17

    Is this the beginning of MSM smearing of our PM? It’s rubbish, but repeat it many times and people will start believing it.

  18. jcuknz 18

    I have never been particularly worried about communism because the concept is good.
    The problem is the basic human element of wanting to be top dog although there are a few who do not bother. This means that you find a similar structure of haves and have-nots in both capitalism and communism. In government and private employment.

    • Anne 18.1

      This means that you find a similar structure of haves and have-nots in both capitalism and communism.

      Yes. I go along with that. In fact it was an observation of mine as a young woman in the 70s… they’re both as bad as one another.

      • David Mac 18.1.1

        Yes, it’s a beaut idea. Colonies of ants and bees achieve astounding feats. It fails because we just can’t help from being human. Hopefully we’re on a path of getting better at managing that.

        • greywarshark

          A bit of philosophy about the individual that is still questing for meaning beyond consumerism and capital accretion.
          (I put in meanings as these words are not in the daily throng of words we use as a rule.)
          ontological – dealing with the nature of being
          exigency – an urgent need or demand

          On Gabriel (Honore) Marcel
          Thus, ontological exigence is a need and a demand for some level of coherence in the cosmos and for some understanding of our place and role within this coherence. It is the combination of wonder and the attendant desire, not to understand the entire cosmos, but to understand something of one’s own place in it.[4]

          Note that, for Marcel, ontological exigence is not merely a “wish” for being or coherence, but is an “interior urge” or “appeal.” “Otherwise stated, the [ontological] exigence is not reducible to some psychological state, mood, or attitude a person has; it is rather a movement of the human spirit that is inseparable from being human” (Keen 1984, p. 105).

      • Ross 18.1.2

        Or as someone once opined: Under capitalism its a dog eat dog world; under commumism it’s the other way round.

  19. Kevin 19

    I wonder if that farmer was a dairy farmer supplying the neo-communist organisation Fonterra.

  20. halfcrown 20

    Who gives a fuck what that pathetic excuse for shithouse paper thinks!

  21. Comrades means something. It is actually a Marxist term.

    Yes, it does mean something but perhaps Smith should pick up an English dictionary and actually check out what the meaning of the word comrade means:

    old-fashioned UK comrade-in-arms a friend, especially one who you have been involved in difficult or dangerous, usually military, activities with:
    Many of his comrades were killed in the battle.

    Not a Marxist term at all.

    Please Herald can’t you do better than this.

    They probably think that they’re doing great in getting in an attack in on Ardern and raising the fears of the populace.

  22. Anne 22

    In the nine years of the National-led government, I don’t recall a single instance where the Herald writers or any other MSM writers wrote articles suggesting that John Key led a Fascist government. So why the imbecilic notion that the Labour-led government is a Marxist government.

    It is no more a Communist (which is the intended inference) government than National was a Fascist government.

    • cleangreen 22.1

      True Anne,

      Media has an agenda clearly to provide a shelter from critisism from the press as long as they are told to do so = ‘corrupt media’.

    • jcuknz 22.2

      The trouble is that somebody made the quip about “that communist chic from down under” when she was a much younger person.
      I am reminded the other quip about “if you are not a socialist in your twenties you have no heart and if not a right-winger by your forties no brain”
      I doubt either I have no brain or am in my twenties … in a second childhood perhaps 🙂

  23. ropata 23

    It’s just a baseless ad hominem attack, the #dirtypolitics machine is looking desperate. One minute the RWNJs are moaning that the Coalition is just a pretty face with no substance, the next they are making shit up with even less substance.

    The last thing the Herald wants to print is anything about the real issues facing the country; water crisis in Hawkes Bay, China threatening our trade agreements, TPPA shenanigans, climate change, housing, overfishing, …

    • Ed 23.1

      How about some threads on these subjects.
      I posted some interesting stuff on the sale of our water yesterday.

    • It’s just a baseless ad hominem attack, the #dirtypolitics machine is looking desperate.

      Well, still working hard anyway.

      The last thing the Herald wants to print is anything about the real issues facing the country;

      Of course they don’t want to do that – that would highlight just how bad National is for the country and the world in general.

  24. OnceWasTim 24

    Have you ever watched a goldfish in a tank?
    It has Trump-like lip movements as it sucks up its fluffy bits of weed and other things it feeds on. NZ Herald hasn’t yet realised the bits of food it is so accustomed to are no longer able to survive under the environment they helped create. And Tanz and others are still deciding which stage of grief they’re in.
    50 years ago they’d have recommended that mischievous little Clare Trevett and others would benefit from a reform school, or perhaps forced adoption. I’m not sure they would have been wrong
    Oh Dear, How Sad

  25. Michael 25

    I read and downloaded the Lancet article after the exchange during question time yesterday. To my surprise, the writer believes Marxism is relevant to medicine in the 21st century and provides good reasons for his belief. While I’m quite sure no one in the current Labour caucus subscribes to Marxism (neither do I), it is worth looking at its analytical framework and seeing whether it provides a useful way of devising socially just solutions to problems.

  26. greywarshark 26

    Is this Horton mischievous? Is he a relation of the old Wilson and Horton of NZHerald fame I think? It’s a jump from editing a medical journal to casting economic opinions about other countries’ politicians. Does he want Marxist ideas to be debated in the UK? Why then does he bring NZ into it, why not get on with the job in his own country? Or has he antipathy to Marxist ideas, and their application to the health sector? There would be plenty of opportunity for discussion and examples in the USA of how Marxism would be disadvantageous to health there to some people.

    In a November editorial for The Lancet, editor Dr Richard Horton discusses the impact of Marxism on the health sector. He doesn’t actually call Ardern a Marxist, but suggests that she has opened the door for Marxist ideas to be debated.

    The Horton that I feel drawn to is the creation of a doctor – Dr Seuss. His Horton was careful, and considerate, and reliable, and had a slogan – Horton meant what he said and said what he meant, an elephant’s faithful 100 per cent.

    That describes the sort of person I would like as a politician. So Horton in the UK should hold onto his scalpel and carve something uplifting into his desk where he learns about the world and Marxism.


    This is all about Horton and the egg found on youtube – a sideline but interesting.
    Here is the First Lady in President Obamas time reading out Horton and the Egg!
    Lovely way of getting closer to the people from the exalted Presidential stance.

    And a President that reads stories to children is uncommon. Here is ex-President Obama reading Green Eggs and Ham. Trump would not be drawn to this sort of reaching out to the peeps!

    • cleangreen 26.1

      You may be on to something there thanks Greywarshark.

      A doctor becomming political????

      Must have an agenda eh?

      • greywarshark 26.1.1

        But whose agenda cleangreen? And why rope our newly elected PM into Marxist machinations in his mind? Now if it is Dr Beaglehole talking about the damage that sweet drinks do to teeth I agree with that sort of activism.

        • greywarshark

          And I must mention that the words ‘Marxist machinations’ is echoing the likely thoughts of the RW not my own. And how we have seen them picked up and conflated into emotional labelling as with Ian on TS!

          McCarthy-like the RW will use threats of communism to confuse the punters. McCarthy was almost an alcoholic and wanted to build a higher profile so he could get back into his political sinecure. He planned a dramatic gesture to gain notoriety, and waved an incorrect and outdated list in the air as evidence to his political cohort that he had information about communists. They were secretly planning to undermine the proud, good USA state. Which went into a state of paranoia which he milked for all he was worth.

          Horton needs to be careful if putting his toes into the hot politics of health, there be big money, as well as dragons.

  27. Ed 27

    It is interesting to see the characters holding the National Party banners behind the Morrinsville McCarthyite.
    They hardly look like lads from the Hauraki Plains.
    More like immigrants from Parnell and Remuera.

  28. greywarshark 28

    That guy in the image could be called Crafar. The busy business involving millions of dollars below was no doubt what that cow cocky? was anxious to protect. He probably things CC is short for cow cocky!

    Google comes up with these :
    The Big Read: Crafar farms saga over – NZ Herald › Business
    Dec 22, 2015 – The Crafar farm saga has finally concluded, with receivers officially signing off from the troubled dairy empire leaving banks licking their wounds after being left $143.3 million short. The collapse of the Crafar farms in 2009 had triggered a national debate on farm leveraging and foreign land sales that …

    Shanghai Pengxin puts all its farms up for sale |…/shanghai-pengxin-puts-all-its-farms-up-for-sale
    Jul 21, 2015 – The 16 dairy farms totalling 7885 hectares are the former Crafar family farms, bought controversially for $200 million in 2012. They were listed for sale on Trade Me on Sunday on a “price by negotiation” basis and by Tuesday had been viewed 657 times. A spokeswoman for Shanghai Pengxin said the …

    • ropata 28.1

      Damn shame, the banks are down $143 mill of money they didn’t have in the first place.

      Could be the beginning of the end of speculation on rural land. No more farming for capital gains.

      Fingers crossed.

  29. Pat 29

    The only marks-ists I’ve heard of recently are those advocating ‘National standards’ – line them up against the wall, in accurate measured order?

  30. Priss 30

    ““More and more people, especially younger generations, believe that economies based only on free markets are not necessarily the best means to deliver fairer or healthier societies,” Horton writes.”

    And those young people would be right. It seems that wisdom has skipped a generation and is now esconced safely in our children.

  31. Peter 31

    Fake News – All Ardern has said is the markets are not perfect and sometimes fail society. Anyone who believes in markets, as the only was to run an economy, also knows this to be true.

  32. feijoa 32

    The right wing, I have to say are absolute masters of spin and messaging. They don’t just hold the narrative, they create it.
    They create the message and the sheeple repeat it back.

    And here is the latest Jacinda is a Marxist. It will keep on coming til it gets in peoples heads.

    The left really need to step up with their own counternarratives

    • Anne 32.1

      The left really need to step up with their own counternarratives.

      Couldn’t agree more. From the last term of Helen Clark through to the present, Labour has lost out due to NOT responding in kind. They may be in govt. now but only by way of NZ First.

  33. NewsFlash 33

    I was once acquainted with a Herald reporter, he was the sports writer, there had been a poor fishing period in the Waitamata Harbour during the winter, almost no fish being caught in the reports, one Saturday morning Herald had a picture of a fisherman holding up several snapper around the 5kg mark with the caption just caught off Rangitoto yesterday. I spoke to this person, saying what a great catch and he responded, yeah, it is, only thing is the picture was from last year, so manipulation of the reality is easy, and from that day on I never believed a single thing I ever read in the Herald, and that was in 1994

    • greywarshark 33.1

      Well you are an extremist NewsFlash. First you believed everything, then you believed nothing – how can NZ advance if people don’t learn about human nature, deviousness and how to read between the lines. Dealing with us would be like taking candy from a baby if we all thought as you do. Some people tell a lot of lies, some middling, and some rarely. Spot the difference?

  34. Ian 34

    I have waded through all the dribble and no one has convinced me that Jacinda is not a marxist .Could some one explain to me Why she became the world leader of socialist youth if she is not a marxist ?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 34.1

      She’s a Marxist. Soon she will collectivise your farm and everything else your low-life family owns. You will deserve it, and I will laugh at you, just like I’m doing now, you bitter paranoid old fool.

      • ropata 34.1.1

        I for one welcome our communist revolutionaries, and as a centre-left politics nerd I can be useful in rounding up bourgoisie capitalists and neoliberal flunkies for the gulags of the Soviet Republic of Aotearoa.

        Maybe you (Ian) need to go back to school and figure out that NZ is a mixed social democracy not a communist dictatorship. Any decent critique of capitalism or the neoliberal crap we swim in daily, will use Marx’s ideas, because the dude was a goddamn genius.

        PS: Fonterra is a worker owned co-operative. Farmers are commies too!

        • Ian

          Don’t get too cocky mate.Just remember Jacinda has to run everything past Winston for his approval.The drunken dwarf seal of approval on everything. Good times are coming folks.

      • Ian 34.1.2

        I know who you are and bitter paranoid old fool is a phrase you must be familiar with,every time you look in the mirror.Answer the question if you can. Your princess is a fake ,a flake and a marxist.

        • ropata

          You want someone to prove a negative for you?

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          You answered it yourself; cf: Socialism ≠ Marxism. Were the Prime Minister a Marxist she would not be the leader of the NZLP. She looks like a liberal democrat to me.

          It’s nice of you to offer me rent-free space in your head, but frankly it’s unsanitary: I wouldn’t keep my dog there.

          • Ian

            She looks like a frightened little girl that is totally out of her depth to me. Whoever talked her into this maskarade will have blood on their hands. Take another look in the mirror and ask yourself. Was it worth it ?

            • One Anonymous Bloke

              Like I said: unsanitary.

              Was it worth it ?

              I have no idea. Can you be more specific?

              • Ian

                Got to go. Welcome rain but still need to shift the irrigators to keep the business in profit ,and keep up all the tax payments that keep this great country moving forward. Grant Robinson needs to take heed. Drought will blow his aspirations into shit and small stones.

  35. feijoa 35

    Yes Ian . Try reading the whole thread

    • One Anonymous Bloke 35.1

      He’ll have to learn to switch off his amygdala first.

    • Muttonbird 35.2

      Ian is too busy poisoning New Zealand waterways in the name of personal profit.

      • Ian 35.2.1

        Can you prove that ? Just explain to me why Jacinda is not a marxist.

        • ropata

          First prove you aren’t a fascist.

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          Can you explain to me why you stopped beating your favourite sheep?

          Edit: no, that’s too subtle for you. Try this: loaded questions, such as yours, are often associated with Stalinism. When did you become a Stalinist?

          Pretty sure that’ll go over your head too. So be it.

          • Ian

            Just answer my original question. Your too clever for your own good ,which probably explains why you float around this cesspit like a high fiber turd. Get out and enjoy yourself. You will feel a lot better for it. I just had a few weeks travelling in the USA and the experience was life changing.

            • One Anonymous Bloke

              Your question is:

              “Why is Jacinda Ardern not a Marxist?”

              Answer: how the fuck should I know? Social Democracy makes more sense to her? She made the bad choice to choose Liberalism instead?

              As a Stalinist you probably have more insight into such things than I.

              • Ian

                She certainly made a bad choice in letting Winstons puppet hand take control. All your fancy words mean jack shit to me mate. Comrade Jacinda is a fixture now in Kiwi lexicon.I gotta go and shift that irrigator and make some more money for the country.

                • Can’t help noting Ian has nothing in answer to the question of whether he can prove he’s not a fascist. Guess that one’s answered, then.

                  • Ian

                    Good try mate. I am just a hard working,family man . Call me what you like, but I know in my bones that Jacinda is a dead women walking. She was catapulted into her current role 20 years too early ,which is a shame because she has a nice smile and maybe could have got a few points on the political success scoreboard ,given time .Winston Peters saw her naievity as a crooked pathway to gaining the power he has craved for 30 years. It is going to end up in tears,but lizards like Winston don’t cry.

                    • With your attitude no wonder you’re a shit farmer – always moaning – I though the industry got rid of your type ages ago.

                      Quick go and move your irrigator again lol.

                    • In Vino

                      Ian, since you are calling Ardern a Marxist, could you please explain what Marxist means? Do you have any idea? I have read Das Kapital, and some other writings by Marx, but I cannot see how she is in any way Marxist. She is very middle-of-the-road, unfortunately.
                      I wish she were Marxist – but you don’t even know what that means, do you? (I am calling you bloody ignorant, in case you had not noticed.)

        • Carolyn_nth

          Can you read and digest more than a paragraph at a time?

          Try Reading the Maps, who explains……

          Edit: Does Ardern want to nationalise everything? Cos that’s what a communist would do.

          Ardern is a centrist leftie, that aims for caring capitalism. I wish she was more of a socialist!

          Time to reclaim socialism. It’s had a bad press in the neocon era.

          • ropata

            +1 brilliant link. Probably too many big words for Ian though. Seems he has just been to the land of Trump for some good old Fox News brainwashing

            • Ian

              3.5 % GDP growth,Unemployment at 17 year record lows,Petrol $2 .00 a gallon,isis wiped out in 12 months ,the place is booming. Illegal immigration has fallen by 70 % without building a wall. Enforcing existing border controlls is very effective. I think Trump is doing a very good job and am taking bets that in 3 years he will get another term.

              • dv

                Of course unemployment is low, the criteria of employment was changed by the Natz to ‘warm and walking!’

                • Ian

                  You really need to read more. The National party of NZ has very little influence over The unemployment rates in the USA. And you probably get to vote ,no wonder we have the coalition of the bewildered and the bemused.

              • ropata

                Mass shootings, white supremacists in government, protest marches everywhere, White House in chaos, deranged tweets every day, threatening wars in North Korea and Iran, grabbing women “by the pussy”, grotesque inequality, widespread poverty in the world’s richest nation, Wall Street crooks unpunished and infesting Washington DC, corrupt dealings with Russia

                The USA has been hollowed out by the 1%, but I’m sure the tourist spots were nice. Lucky you.

        • David Mac

          Marx said: “The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.”

          Sleep easy, Jacinda won’t be coming for your dirt bike, farm and Play Station any time soon.

          • Ian

            I don’t own a dirt bike or a play station . The problem I have with her and parker is that they used us dairy farmers as voter bait. They projected the lie that irrigation is evil.
            If it doesn’t rain for the next 6 months perhaps the green party and the labour party will start to understand the benefits of irrigation. But I am holding my breath , cos they are stupid.

            • David Mac

              So you’re not concerned about Jacinda going all Trotsky on us, more her Govt making life tough for farmers.

              I’m sure you’re a best practices farmer Ian and have little to be concerned about. There are plenty of ratbags to collar before Jacinda’s Farm Squad need to start hopping over your gate.

              You might get charged a token amount for your irrigation water. You’ll be ok sport, the Hilton Presidential Suites are not all they’re cracked up to be hey.

            • McFlock

              Meanwhile three people were hospitalised quite possibly because they forgot to check Environment Southland’s river shitometer.

              • Ian

                Good try mate. I am just a hard working,family man . Call me what you like, but I know in my bones that Jacinda is a dead women walking. She was catapulted into her current role 20 years too early ,which is a shame because she has a nice smile and maybe could have got a few points on the political success scoreboard ,given time .Winston Peters saw her naievity as a crooked pathway to gaining the power he has craved for 30 years. It is going to end up in tears,but lizards like Winston don’t cry.

                • McFlock


                  How oh how did the best government in NZ political history lose to a young, dead, naive marxist being eaten by a lizard?

              • Ian

                Check your shitometer. Nothing to do with dairy farmers. Fake news.
                Why are you a WANKER ?

                • McFlock

                  Oh, the article was very clear that there was no proven link between swimming in that river and puking their guts out.

                  Just that it might have been.

            • JC

              WTF. You been on the piss Ian….?

  36. newsense 36

    A start of the shit river of dirty politics. The government needs to fight back. Some kind of strategy. Not just smile and hope.

  37. Tanz 37

    I agree Ian, she is totally out of her depth in the PM role. She does come across as a frightened little girl, and she did in the TV debates, also. Also agree that she is too young to be PM. Ardern has no real world experience and is all about virtual signalling and slogans. It’s as though she does not think for herself at all. So far, she has antagonised Australia, and is still doing so. Who does she think she is? Height of arrogance, but petulant too. Of course she is a Marixist, leader of Socialist Youth, was filmed uttering the world ‘comrade’ over and over. Labour are also Marxist in their views, and even National, to a certain extent are as well. For me they are the lesser of the two Marxist evils, simply as there is no one else on the right. But to say that Ardern is not a Marxist is nuts. The left is about Marxist ideals through and through.
    Karl Marx; man not God, yet worshipped still. What a world! Failed hard left Marxist ideals, now being shoved down our throats, no mandate, at the whim of Winston!!
    Australia is looking good right now.
    Watching the Labour Ministers in the House is very amusing, as they keep saying over and over
    ‘people voted for change’. But numbers don’t lie and the huge National Opposition is demolishing the new govt
    with energy and passion. Silver lining is how well they are doing, looking like a govt in waiting should. It won’t be long…

    • ropata 37.1

      Capitalism is offensive to God. Take a break from Kiwiblog and Fox news and Breitbart and actually study your Bible.

      Here’s a giant wall of text from the Bible in support of the idea that the character of Jesus as portrayed in the New Testament was a left-wing socialist liberal, bordering on communist:

      Here’s extreme RWNJ superhero Ayn Rand

      “No social system can stand for long without a moral base. Project a magnificent skyscraper being built on quicksands: while men are struggling upward to add the hundredth and two-hundredth stories, the tenth and twentieth are vanishing, sucked under by the muck. That is the history of capitalism, of its swaying, tottering attempt to stand erect on the foundation of the altruist morality. It’s either-or. If capitalism’s befuddled, guilt-ridden apologists do not know it, two fully consistent representatives of altruism do know it: Catholicism and communism.”


      Have you even read the bits where Jesus talks about “love thy neighbour” and “it’s harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom on heaven than a camel to enter the eye of a needle” and “woe to those who do not help the poor, the sick, and the prisoner” etc etc etc

  38. Tanz 38

    Marxism is anti-God and Karl Marx was of course, an athiest.
    ‘God helps those who help themselves’, and Capitalism is the best system, not that it’s ever really been tried here in NZ. We are a leftie Nation, no matter who is in charge.
    Marxism is the narrative, even if it’s not mentioned.
    Socialism is just Marxism wrapped in another name.
    Labour and National are both PC and left, but National are better economical managers and slightly more to the right. We should have had a grand coaltion, that is what voters actually voted for. Winston would have had nil power, and the majority votes would have been honoured. But it seems Nat and Lab would rather be at loggerheads forever.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 38.1

      Hi there moran. Looks like you’re trying to bargain your way out of being a loser now. I think denial and anger suit you better.

      Which god creature are you referring to? Thor? Lord Krisna? Shiva the destroyer? Pangu? Ārohirohi? Astarte? The Toad of Nazareth?

    • dv 38.2

      “National are better economical managers

      Yah reckon

      That will be up there with 44% is a majority

      • Tanz 38.2.1

        A much better result though than Labour’s final 36 percent at the polls, which as of right now, is pretty much the same. More people still prefer National over Labour. Thanks Santa!

    • ropata 38.3

      a) “God helps those who help themselves” is not Scriptural.
      b) “Capitalism has not been tried in NZ” yes it was during the NZ Wars when the settlers stole all the Maori land that was the purest form of capitalism.
      c) We have a majority coalition,
      d) There can be no peace with the National Party nest of vipers.

      • Tanz 38.3.1

        You have a minority government. Many NZ First supporters wanted them to go with Naitonal (as Winston implied pre-election), therefore you can’t count NZ First as left. He/they captured votes from both sides.

        • ropata

          Correction, *some* NZF supporters wanted to coalesce with the Nats but according to Winston’s own internal polling (and his many critical comments of the last 9 years) *most* of the NZF membership wanted a change of government. Winston called it correctly, most NZers voted for change.

          And yes you *can* call NZF left, they are socially conservative but economically interventionist. And strongly critical of Nat cronyism and failing to act on homelessness, housing, and poverty.

          I know you kiwiblog loonies are pretty septic at Winston, but this is a democracy and the arrogant born to rule silver spoon tories need to learn how to play with others.

    • ‘God helps those who help themselves’, and Capitalism is the best system, not that it’s ever really been tried here in NZ.

      That sounds remarkably like the excuse a psychopath would use while stealing and killing people.

      Capitalism always destroys the society it arises in. This is all of recorded history. So, obviously not the best system.

      but National are better economical managers and slightly more to the right.

      History shows that National are the worst economic managers and are radical right-wing nut jobs.

      We should have had a grand coaltion, that is what voters actually voted for.

      No, that is not what they voted for. They voted for change but I’m sure that they’re not getting what they actually want or need.

      Winston would have had nil power, and the majority votes would have been honoured.

      The majority of voters have been honoured which is why National are no longer in power. Note that their support parties, except ACT, no longer exist.

  39. lurgee 39

    Were you “slightly merry” when you wrote this, Mickey?

    The Herald isn’t does not suggest or think Ardern a Marxist – the article highlights an article in The Lancet that identifies her as such. The whole thing has a lighthearted, gee-look-at-them-talking-’bout-little-old-us tone. There are a few other cases to highlight how silly this idea is getting, but the Herald – contrary to your claim – isn’t making any judgement about Ardern’s knowledge of Das Kapital.

    Also, when you chide them about D’Abrera’s comments (“I think the Herald should read it again. I don’t think it says what the Herald writer thinks it says. D’Abrera was saying that Ardern clearly is not a Marxist”) … I am afraid to break it to you that the Herald is already perfectly aware of that. That’s why they wrote:

    In a response in the Spectator Australia, Carlos D’Abrera addresses Horton’s use of Ardern as a champion for Marxism.

    “That the millennial Ms Ardern should be considered a ‘go-to’ authority on such matters should trouble Kiwis and Marxists alike.”

    I know you feel you need to do everything you can to maintain Trumpian level of persecution and paranoia about the MSM and Fake News and bias and the like, but, really, that was a pretty poor effort.

    • Incognito 39.1

      – the article highlights an article in The Lancet that identifies her as such.

      No it doesn’t; it said “Marxist ideas have re-entered the political debate”. I thought the article in The Lancet by Dr Horton was actually very good; he’s an interesting character.

      • lurgee 39.1.1

        Fair enough but I am affronted – blackly affronted – that you pick me up on that slip while ignoring MS’s arse-over-tit tumble.

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  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 day ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 day ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 day ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 day ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    4 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    4 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    5 days ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    6 days ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    6 days ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    7 days ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    7 days ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    1 week ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • 2018 – Submission to the NZ Government Tax Working Group
    Read our submission here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Guardian: Poll shows DISASTER for Corbyn and the End of Times
    The Guardian - ever eager to forewarn of doom and disaster on the left - are leading with a new poll from Opinium, which puts the Conservatives 15% clear of Labour.Con 38% +2Lab 23% -1Lib Dem 15% -5Brexit 12% +1Green 4% +2This isn't good news, and it would be very ...
    1 week ago
  • How prostitution became the world’s most modern profession
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Clever legal fellow on Scottish challenge to Brexit
    I make no claims to having much legal knowledge,  so I defer to those trained in this area.I am very much enjoying this twitter stream from m'learned friend in Edinburgh, deciphering the legal arguments around the Scottish court challenge to Boris Johnson, based on the charmingly obscure principle of Nobile ...
    2 weeks ago
  • An Open Letter From Closed Minds.
    Ivory Folly? The University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, upheld the right of the radical nationalist group, Action Zealandia to exercise their freedom of speech – not matter how distasteful that speech might be. A wiser community of students and scholars would have nodded their agreement and moved on. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Extinction Rebellion members want to “eat babies”
    If you are not convinced terrorist Organisation ‘Extinction Rebellion’ is very, very dangerous – watch this video at one of their recent meetings. Not only is this obviously mentally ill Woman begging the other terrorists to promote killing and “eating” babies and children, if you watch carefully other members nod ...
    An average kiwiBy
    2 weeks ago
  • The government needs to tell people about the OIA
    The Ombudsman has been surveying people about their knowledge of the OIA and the right to information. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that widespread:The Chief Ombudsman says too many New Zealanders were in the dark over their right to access official information. Peter Boshier said an independent survey released yesterday on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Join the rebellion
    In the wake of last Friday's climate strike, Peter McKenzie had an article in The Spinoff about protest strategies. The school strike movement is "polite" and cooperates with those in power because that's its kaupapa - its led by schoolkids who understandably don't want to risk arrest. But there's more ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Jermey Corbyn, I don’t like GNU (sorry)
    So, the latest ruminations on the gnews from Westminster (Again, sorry; I'll stop making that pun right now).  This follows on from, and likely repeats bits of, my last post, on the suggestion that a Government of National Unity (GNU) should be set up and then oversee a referendum before ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • About time
    New Zealand likes to think of itself as not a racist country (despite being founded on the racist dispossession and subjugation of Maori). But for years, we've had a racist refugee policy, which basicly excludes refugees from Africa and the Middle East unless they already have relatives here. Now, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Legal Beagle: Vexation, or Something Too Long for Twitter
    Several people have asked me whether a particular repeat litigant could be declared a vexatious litigant, in light of their recent decision to appeal an adverse High Court ruling. My nascent tweet thread was getting ridiculously long, so it became this blog post instead.The short answer is: no. The particular ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Zealandia’s Lost Boys.
    Appealing To The Past: Action Zealandia, like so many of the organisations springing up on the far-Right, across what they call the “Anglosphere”, is born out of the profound confusion over what a man is supposed to be in the twenty-first century and, more importantly, what he is supposed to do.THE STATUE OF ...
    2 weeks ago
  • British trade union and political activists defend women’s right to speak, organise
      The attempts of anti-democratic transactivists to (often violently) disrupt women’s rights organising is largely ignored by those sections of the left most prone to misogyny and authoritarianism in New Zealand.  In Britain, however, scores of trade union and left activists added their names to a letter in July, defending ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Turning their back on justice
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill. The Bill would establish an independent, quasi-judicial body to investigate and review potential miscarriages of justice, and refer them back to the Court of appeal if required. It would be a vital backstop to our judiciary, help ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • US imperialism’s 40 years of war on the Iranian people
    by The Spark On September 14, a total of 22 drones and cruise missiles struck two oil installations in Saudi Arabia, the Abqaiq processing facility and the Khurais oil field. Abqaiq is the largest oil production facility in the world. For a few days afterwards, Saudi Aramco, the Saudi national ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • $47 billion
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    3 hours ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    5 hours ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    5 hours ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    5 hours ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    7 hours ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    7 hours ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    7 hours ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    10 hours ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    1 day ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    1 day ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    1 day ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    2 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    2 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    2 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    3 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
    4 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
    5 days ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    5 days ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    5 days ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
    5 days ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    5 days ago
  • Further details of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit to New Zealand
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed further details on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand next month. Their Royal Highnesses will visit New Zealand from 17-23 November – their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years. They arrive in Auckland ...
    5 days ago
  • O’Connor in Thailand to push for RCEP deal
    Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, heads to Thailand today to attend the final Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting, as negotiations enter their final stages. “The RCEP Agreement would anchor New Zealand in a regional agreement that covers 16 countries, ...
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