Monday, February 28, 2022
Stuff on 5th February 2022 written by one Philip Matthews and evidently endorsed by Claudia Orange, whose picture appears within it, carries the headline:
Was the Treaty of Waitangi an act of love or a vast deception?
The answer to that question is neither of those alternatives!!
It is indeed a common trick of hucksters and even, sadly, of politicians, to present false alternative answers to a question (sidestepping the correct answer) and inviting the audience to choose between them. We should be decidedly naive if we fell for that trick on this occasion.
I am not a hugger but I could not help myself. I hugged at Freedomville. I felt human. I was a person not a biohazard.
It was so unbelievably joyful.
To step into the camp is to step into freedom. Stepping out was to cross back into tyranny where people fear each other and wear filthy hankies tied across their faces in a madcap attempt to stay safe.
It's the lack of fear that makes for freedom and provides joy. Having left the Camp, I want back. The Camp is normal life to me; outside is weird, miserable, irrational and tyrannical.
Sunday, February 27, 2022
In a week when Russia invaded the Ukraine, and when the protesters in Wellington scored a major victory with the removal of vaccine mandates for children, the Government has embarked on a charm offensive to quell the growing public opposition to its racist He Puapua agenda.
The Polynesian people from our local region arrived first, followed by the British from half a world away. Then people came from other European countries and – in the last half-century – from all the Asian/Pacific countries. The 2013 census noted that we now have more ethnicities (213) than the UN has countries (196).
The glue that holds this polyglot of peoples together is not a common culture, but a shared national idea of what it means to be a “Kiwi”.
This vision of our nation isn’t built upon some theoretical melting-pot of brown, almond-eyed poms who can all play footy and do a haka. Instead, it relies upon a mosaic of multiple cultures continuously living and working together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and affection.
The very idea is challenging. It defies the parable of the Tower of Babel.
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Veteran old-school leftist Don Franks deftly skewered the hypocrites in a poem published on this blog, but it hasn’t deterred them from continuing to recoil in disgust at the sight of the “rabble” (a word suddenly much favoured by the illiberal Left, as opposed to those like Franks who believe in free speech) on the lawns outside Parliament.
There’s an unmistakeable note of panic in the posturing of the woke Left. They suddenly realise they no longer control the public debate and are wildly lashing out at the scruffy mob that usurped their right to make a nuisance of themselves. How dare they!
The most informative News Org I have to say - and it makes me squirm to say it - is Al Jazeera. and I have also been watching Fox and RT (Russia Today) and the wackos at the BBC - and some of the others that I have on my TV. I have also been interested in History all my life - and I never did get indoctrinated in any 'University' 'political science class' - and this below is what I think about all this.
Get on Google Earth first - and see where the Ukraine actually is in relation to the European Union and Russia. (And TRY to remember - that Russia and China are joined at the hip by tradition - landmass - politics - and the future.)
God forbid I would be on Russia's side in this - but in terms of stupid I find it difficult to be on NATO's side.
Saturday February 26, 2022
Advertising Standards Authority says its hands are tied after racist pamphlets return to Auckland letterboxes
The authority's chief executive Hilary Souter told Open Justice that the lack of media platform in this instance made it harder to enforce the ruling to have it removed from circulation.
Normally, a media organisation would comply with a request not to run an advertisement found to have breached advertising standards.
Through its obsession with “climate change,” the west handed Putin his greatest weapon
Western nations are shocked — shocked! — by Russian president Vladimir Putin’s onslaught against Ukraine.
There are many reasons why the west must bear considerable responsibility for this crisis. As I wrote here, these include the fantasy indulged in until this week by western nations that Putin posed no threat and was instead a person through whom westerners could enrich themselves.
Thus Britain’s capital has been dubbed “Londongrad,” because British governments have allowed so many of Putin’s fellow oligarchs to use its infrastructure to launder stolen Russian funds — contributing in the process so much to Britain’s GDP.
Then there’s the European embrace of pacifism, which has led Britain and other European states to cut their defence spending and rely instead on America’s protective umbrella which they all took for granted.
You don't have to be a brain surgeon to understand what the cranium of someone in cognitive decline looks like.
Consequently, those of us who have watched the recent press conferences involving the current President of the USA - particularly those since the Russian invasion of Ukraine - are alarmed to finally realise the fate of the Free World is in the hands of someone who has difficulty remembering where he lives.
Let's examine the reality of the relative positions of the two major super powers involved in this conflict.
Friday, February 25, 2022
This has been a big day for the protesters in Wellington, for two things that have occurred away from the Freedom Village.
First, the government has announced, "All school students would now be able to participate in school activities despite if they were vaccinated or not and gathering limits would no longer apply when unvaccinated students were participating."
In other words, mandates for kids have been dropped. Clearly, the government did not say it that simply because they did not want to be seen to be backing down to the protesters, but that's exactly what they have done.
Thursday, February 24, 2022
But if you’ve been following the story of Te Urewera National Park, you’ll know that's not strictly true.
Te Urewera National Park – as in Lake Waikaremoana, one of NZ's great walks – has been closed since August and only reopened again 9 days ago.
Why? Because it’s no longer run by DOC only.
For the last eight years, it’s also been run by the local iwi tuhoe under a co-governance model.
The problem is that most of the huts and many of the swing bridges were in dire need of repair but the iwi wouldn’t allow the repairs.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Chief Human Rights Commissioner
23 February 2022
Thank you for providing the opportunity to present to yourself and staff yesterday afternoon. I did so as an individual scientist but on the invitation of Voices For Freedom. I remain independent of groups, but maintain communication with many groups and colleagues on scientific issues. I am not a protestor, nor do I have any history prior to the pandemic of publicly opposing vaccination. I am formerly a senior manager at Genetic ID a global food safety testing and certification company (now known as FoodChain ID). I am a long standing advocate of the benefits and safety of those natural approaches to diet and medicine which have been adequately scientifically verified. I have my own website, HatchardReport.com. At the conclusion of the meeting you said that the HRC would make a public statement and left the participants free to make public statements themselves. Thank you.
A Stuff article on 6th February 2022 by two Victoria University of Wellington academics, Maria Bargh and Luke Fitzmaurice is one of many to appear within a few days around 6th February (our “Waitangi Day”) which talks about They possibly hold the record by mentioning “tino rangatiratanga” no less than sixteen times – by my count anyway.
Now who are these people and what is this “tino rangatiratanga’ that they and so many like them keep talking about so repeatedly?
The Prime Minister is clearly rattled. She doesn’t understand that it is not for her to decide when the protesters go home (other than by her repealing the mandate orders).
She also fails to appreciate that the protesters aren’t outside her window to make a point: they are there to end the mandates.
In that one distinction we see the difference between the protesters and the Prime Minister. Everything the Prime Minister does is to make a point -- and only to make a point. She promises to build 100,000 houses or to plant a billion trees or to end child poverty. The promise serves only to make a point: that she cares. That’s it. It is never her intention actually to build the houses or to plant the trees or to feed the kids.
She clearly doesn’t know how to. She doesn’t know how to swing a hammer or to wield the massive machinery of government to make houses. If she did know, she would have done so.
But for her it doesn’t matter. She shows she cares by making her promise. She makes her point. And that for her is enough.
It’s the same with modern day protests. They make their point. And then go home.
The protesters that I know outside Parliament aren’t like that. They have gone to Wellington to end the mandates. They have a purpose. They have a job to do. And they will stay until it’s done.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
J: Come in Trevor. Take a seat. Leave those big steel toe-capped boots at the door, please.
Monday, February 21, 2022
I wonder how long it will take the NZ Main Stream Media to report the latest findings of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigations into the activities of US political parties leading up to and following the inauguration of President Donald Trump in 2017.
Last Friday Durham published his latest provisional report which makes explosive reading for all who might be concerned about the criminal activities of those opposed to the Trump Presidency - the bulk of the MSM, the Democratic Party governing body and the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Committee.
Let’s be clear about the main points of what his investigations actually found.
Listening to Newsroom’s co-editor Mark Jennings rail against people who accuse the mainstream media of having been bought by the government’s $55 million Public Interest Journalism Fund, it was impossible to not think of the Five Stages of Grief.
Fifty years ago, Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross outlined the now-famous stages of denial, anger, depression, bargaining and acceptance to describe how people cope with illness and dying.
Since then the stages have been used to describe everything from divorce and drug rehab to political upheavals (such as the profound grief experienced by many Democratic Party supporters after Trump won in 2016).
It has also become evident that the stages often don’t follow a linear progression, and people might experience only a few of them, or several at the same time.
is handling the situation in Wellington, commendably.
Police are the meat in the sandwich.
This not the first time in recent history that police have found themselves in the middle of civil disobedience created by politicians and which, in the case of where Red Squad found themselves in 1981, civil war.
Commissioner Coster did not create the problem in Wellington.
The Government created the cause for the original protest in Wellington last week where former National M P Matt King was the stand out among a crowd of mostly reasonable Kiwis registering their disapproval of MANDATES.
In this newsletter:
1) Ukraine turmoil could mean more UK energy firms going bust, ministers fear
The Sunday Telegraph, 20 February 2022
2) Putin sabre-rattling causes a seismic shift in views on North Sea energy
The Sunday Times, 20 February 2022
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Almost a year ago, the Government was being accused of working at a glacial pace on fixing Māori unemployment. A $50 million training scheme had created just four new Māori jobs in eight months.
Stuff explained the Māori Trades and Training Fund – the scheme in question – was a contestable, grant-based initiative from the Covid-19 response and recovery package in Budget 2020.
They could have described it as race-based, too. Proposals (the Stuff report said) must be by-Māori and for Māori, aiming to upskill participants and provide “meaningful opportunities into employment”.
I spent time among the protesters on Thursday evening, then Saturday and several hours in the terrible rain on Sunday. I mainly wanted to see how the Police were handling it – since they plainly decided years ago to waive the law when private landowners (including Maori) sought protection against forceful Maori intruders – Shelly Bay being the latest local example.
But I’ve been radicalised into hoping the protesters win (conspicuously by the end of mandates outside high transmission risk roles). That is by simple disgust at the bizarre RNZ and other MSM state propaganda vilifying the protesters. In my many hours there, I’ve seen nothing to support the calumny aimed at the protesters. Sure, its attracted some dingbats and potentially menacing individuals. But in my view a lower proportion than in most protests.
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Saturday February 19, 2022
$15.7 Million Allocated In Latest Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund Tranche
A further 12 proposals totalling $15.7 million have been approved by Ministers through the Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund (MCCF) to build resilience and continue to support vaccination uptake.
The Ministers involved are Minister of Māori Development Willie Jackson, Associate Health (Māori Health) Minister Peeni Henare, Minister of Māori Crown Relations Te Arawhiti Kelvin Davis and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson
Friday, February 18, 2022
Thursday, February 17, 2022
What is the difference between a car and a cow? Both can get you from A to B but the car adds Greenhouse Gas (GHG) to the atmosphere doing so while the cow doesn’t. The GHG produced by the car hangs around in the atmosphere for centuries, apparently, whereas the GHG from the cow is largely gone in 10 years.
The car’s contribution accumulates. The cow’s contribution revolves – she simply replenishes what is lost. The car’s contribution keeps building up, adding to the quantum of GHG as the car goes further. The cow’s contribution stays static with no additional GHG produced.
In this interview with internationally renowned Dr Shankara Chetty from South Africa, Jean-Pierre Kiekens from Covexit.com discusses the Omicron variant, which is taking the world as a storm. Is this variant to be feared, or could it actually be a positive development in this pandemic, as mostly inducing mild disease, yet conferring post-covid natural immunity? These are among the timely and critically important aspects we discuss.
Dr. Chetty is a Family General Medical Practitioner in South-Africa, with considerable experience with the outpatient treatment of COVID-19, having treated so far nearly 8,000 patients, in his outpatient practice, without any deaths or any need of hospitalisation or even oxygen. Dr. Chetty holds a degree in medicine and surgery and also has advanced education in genetics, advanced biology, biochemistry and microbiology.
In this newsletter:
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Former Labour Cabinet Minister and Vice-Chancellor of Massey University, Steve Maharey, wrote a piece last weekend that should have sent the alarm bells ringing in the corridors of power – see HERE.
Given that it was a holiday weekend, it may have been that no one in the Prime Minister’s Department was reading the daily journals that masquerade as publishers of respectable journalism these days and may have missed it.
But you can bet that those with responsibility for keeping an eye on potentially dangerous material in the media would have been quick to poke Maharey’s offending words under Saint Jacinda’s nose first thing Tuesday morning. On sighting it, she may even have choked on her coffee. It was a shocker.
Political Reporter, Audrey Young, has penned a piece in this morning's NZ Herald called "Inside the mind of Trevor Mallard".
One could be forgiven for assuming that would be a short article. It isn't. It's well worth a read, simply because it exposes the mentality of the man who holds one of the highest and most respected positions in our Parliament. Regrettably, while many respect the position of Speaker, few respect the man who holds the position.
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
In this newsletter:
1) Tory grandees urge Boris Johnson to lift ‘unconservative’ ban on fracking
The Sunday Telegraph, 13 February 2022
2) A revived British shale gas industry will secure jobs and energy for generations
The Sunday Telegraph, 13 February 2022
Monday, February 14, 2022
■ A fascinating political and sociological fault line has opened up – one that defies the normal understanding of New Zealand’s political dynamics. People at the bottom of the heap, as political scientist Bryce Edwards describes them – many of them working-class and provincial, with no formal organisational structure – have risen up in defiance of the all-powerful political class, the urban elites who are accustomed to calling the shots and controlling political discourse. I would guess most of the protesters outside Parliament have not previously been politically active and may not feel allegiance to any particular party. They appear to be angry about a number of things. Covid-19 and the vaccination mandate galvanised them into action, but it’s possible there are deeper, less easily articulated grievances – such as perceptions of powerlessness and exclusion – simmering beneath the surface.
Ha! More fool me. I intended to drive up Molesworth St but found my way blocked by protest vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from massive trucks down to cars that looked as if they were rarely driven further than the nearest supermarket. Most were bedecked with flags - New Zealand flags, tino rangatiratanga flags and others that I didn't recognise - and slogans.
The area around Parliament was hopelessly clogged. No one was directing traffic (I didn’t see a single cop), but an escape route opened up through the bus marshalling area at the bottom of Lambton Quay and I followed a line of cars through to Thorndon Quay and the open road.
Yes, they actually do.
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Grant Robertson was interviewed today on TVOne’s Q & A by Jack Tame and was asked why inflation is “soaring” in New Zealand.
MSM MEDIA: BREAKING NEWS
- Manilow fans join protest
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Leighton Smith Podcast Episode 142
February 9, 2022 • 81 min
On this week's podcast: Marxism could not happen here... could it? After decades on the bench, covering four different courts, retired Judge Anthony Willy expresses his concern for the future of democracy in New Zealand.
For the fourth time in seven years, the Forum is considering a recommendation to seek legislative changes to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act as outlined in the report ‘Updating and strengthening the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act’.
This report recommends several significant changes.
In this newsletter:
1) The Great Climate Backslide: How governments are backtracking worldwide
Bloomberg 11 February 2022
2) Europe’s Net-Zero Carbon crackup begins ahead of schedule
“I support the protest 100 percent. I don't agree with you that my rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are extinguished by a government declaring a pandemic. To me those rights are absolute. If anything, I would wish the protest be more intense given the damage Parliament has inflicted on the people I love and the community of which I am a part.”
- Rodney Hide’s letter
to the ACT Leader.
Friday, February 11, 2022
Friday February 11, 2022
Christopher Luxon changes National's direction on Māori issues
His comments suggest he wants to draw a line under the leadership of his predecessor Judith Collins who attempted to stoke separatist fears through the contentious He Puapua report.
They are also part of his ambitions to modernise the party, drawing it back from the right and securing support from Māori and those who think the party is anti-Māori. But how National appeals to these voters amid the current culture wars is a question now facing the party.