Friday, March 31, 2023
Graham Adams: Posie Parker blows apart Hipkins’ anti-woke poseLabels: 2023 Election, Cultural Ideology, Graham Adams, Posie Parker protests
Chris Hipkins’ initial success as Labour’s fresh Messiah after Jacinda Ardern’s resignation in January has largely rested on the promise that his party’s focus henceforth would be on “bread-and-butter” issues such as the cost of living.
This recasting of a prominent member of Ardern’s close-knit kitchen Cabinet as a working-class hero (“I’m just Chippy from the Hutt”) was snappily summarised by the mainstream media as a shift from “woke” to “bloke”. But why journalists would promote that view is hard to understand given that even a cursory review of Hipkins’ role as Education minister makes it clear that Hipkins is an ideologue, of the intensely woke variety.
Bryce Edwards: The Astonishing Government suppression of Nash’s emailLabels: Bryce Edwards, Nash scandal, OIA, Suppression of information
Now that Stuart Nash has been fired from Cabinet for leaking sensitive information to individuals who funded his election campaign, the focus has shifted to why this information was kept from the public back in 2021. It turns out that the Prime Minister’s Office knew Nash had given privileged information to donors. Furthermore, the PM’s Office played a central role in preventing that information from being released to a journalist who specifically asked for it, and should have received it, under the provision of the Official Information Act.
Derek Mackie: Want top priority? Become a Minority!Labels: Derek Mackie, positive minority discrimination, satire
Ever feel ignored? Just one of the crowd, crammed in at the back, stuck in the rain with a single row of portaloos and a hotdog van. Cordoned off from the standard covered seating area and the eclectic food stalls.
Peter Dunne: Chris Hipkins' indecision and timidityLabels: Chris Hipkins, Marama Davidson, Peter Dunne, Stuart Nash affair
Net Zero Watch: Net Zero is coming apart before our very eyesLabels: Benny Peiser, Net Zero Watch
In this newsletter:
1) Net Zero ban on petrol cars in chaos after Brussels climbdown
The Daily Telegraph, 29 March 2023
2) Ross Clark: The EU's Net Zero plan is in tatters - and not a moment too soon
The Daily Telegraph, 29 March 2023
Mike Hosking: Posie Parker protestor - why do we cover the attention seekers?Labels: Mike Hosking, Posie Parker protests
The Posie Parker debate was bad enough. We have big stuff going on right now that deserves a great deal more attention.
But it’s a human trait to become preoccupied with high drama so we had the high-drama scrap about Posie and who ended up making a bigger dick of themselves.
But we weren't satisfied with that. We then decided to make a celebrity of the offender, the juice thrower.
Cam Slater: Tell the Chinese Ambassador to STFULabels: Cam Slater, Chinese Ambassador
making headlines in Australia.
Karl du Fresne: It's true, then - go woke, go brokeLabels: Karl du Fresne, Magic Talk, Mediaworks, TodayFM
I’m not going to dance on its grave. No one should rejoice when people’s livelihoods are on the line. But the station’s failure comes as no surprise.
It was conceived and born in unpropitious circumstances. Its progenitor was Magic Talk, which had grown out of Radio Live.
Thursday, March 30, 2023
Rodney Hide: They all told us it was safe & effective, but the medsafe report tells a very different storyLabels: Covid vaccinations, Jacinda Ardern, Medsafe, Rodney Hide
She told us all that the vaccine was safe and effective, and this was repeated by MPs, Principles of schools, business owners, CEOs, influencers and journalists. However, Medsafe's clinical assessment of the vaccine said no such thing. Rather, it found:
Point of Order: Buried beneath avalanche of new laws and bills there’s news from the Cyclone TaskforceLabels: Aviation.Building industry, Coroners, Cyclone recovery, Gangs, ImmigrationLevies, Organic products, Point of Order, police, SchoolsTransport, Vanuatu, Wananga
Whoa, there – we can’t keep up! Suddenly, the PM’s ministerial team has unleashed a slew of press statements.
Sixteen announcements have been posted on the Beehive website since our last check.
This burst of activity (we wondered) might be the result of them responding positively to having a team member red-carded.
Mike Hosking: Could Stuart Nash's mistake bring down the Government?Labels: Mike Hosking, Nash scandal
The revelations that his work via email with donors disclosing cabinet decisions was known by the previous Prime Minister's office is, without question, a scandal.
Bryce Edwards: Is it time for an anti-corruption commission?Labels: Bryce Edwards, Nash scandal
This is one of the extraordinary details to come out of the Nash scandal. Prime Minister Chris Hipkins was forced to admit yesterday in Parliament that in 2021, when Jacinda Ardern was Prime Minister, her office was made aware of the incriminating 2020 email from Nash to his political donors but nothing was done about it because neither the Prime Minister nor the Chief of Staff were informed. If Ardern had been told, surely Nash would’ve been sacked then.
Kate Hawkesby: How does the Prime Minister of our country not know what’s going on inside his own government?Labels: 2023 Election, Chris Hipkins, Chris Hipkins' Labour Government, Kate Hawkesby
I miss the grown-ups.
I’m desperate for some grown-ups, or just someone informed and engaged to be running this country, instead of the malaise and fly by night experience we’re currently having.
Like many of you, yesterday I despaired as I listened to Chris Hipkins on the Mike Hosking Breakfast. It was cringe worthy. He literally could not answer a single question, was so ill informed, offered nothing by way of answers on anything, it was depressing.
Bob Jones: Chris LuxonLabels: Bob Jones, Chris Luxon, Polls
The speech he delivered to a Lower Hutt audience was entirely off the cuff and was as good as I’ve ever heard from any post-war New Zealand politician.
With no notes he moved lucidly without pause, confidently from one topic to another. This was not the image the print media have enjoyed portraying him over the past year.
Lindsay Mitchell: Responding to Marama Davidson's dogmaLabels: Lindsay Mitchell, Marama Davidson, Violence
Last night on TV1 News she said, “…overwhelmingly it is men who are the biggest threat to women and children when it comes to violence and I needed to make that clarification.”
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Guy Hatchard: Sir Ashley Bloomfield is IncorrectLabels: Ashley Bloomfield, Guy Hatchard
Sir Ashley Bloomfield was the Director General of Health and the public face of the government’s Covid policy. He retired last year and is now establishing a Public Policy Impact Institute (PPII) at Auckland University. PPII aims to shape the government’s future public health policy.
Point of Order: Twin blows dent confidence in ministerial ranks.....Labels: Chris Hipkins, Marama Davidson, MinistersStuart Nash, Point of Order
Is the government imploding?
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has had to sack one of his more effective (and likeable) ministers, while another (from the Green Party) has insulted many of the adult population.
Garrick Tremain: Spinning in his graveLabels: Garrick Tremain, Sir Walter Nash, Stuart Nash
Karl du Fresne: New Zealand's most useless public servantLabels: Free speech, Human Rights Commission, Karl du Fresne, Marama Davidson, Moana Jackson, Paul Hunt, Posie Parker, Tina Ngata
weighed in, from his Olympian heights, on the Posie Parker affair.
As usual, Paul Hunt’s opinion is worthless and leaves us wondering once again what we did to deserve this third-rate British import and how much longer we should be expected to put up with him.
The chief human rights commissioner writes, as if we all eagerly awaited his insights, that he wants to provide a human rights perspective on the issues raised by Parker’s visit. He adds, in Uriah Heep fashion, that he does this “from where I sit with my multiple privileges and advantages”.
Oh, please. Breast-beating liberal white guilt has rarely been more cringingly displayed. We can only hope his $365,000 salary eases the pain.
Thomas Cranmer: When Ideology Turns Violent.....Labels: Grant Robertson, Kiri Allan, Max Tweedie, Michael Wood, Paul Hunt, Shaneel Lal, Thomas Cranmer, Tory Whanau
Similar to other countries, the transgender movement in New Zealand is not a grassroots organisation but instead is an increasingly radicalised campaign led by progressive elites.
Chris Trotter: An Ugly Demonstration.Labels: Albert Park, Chris Trotter, Posie Parker
At 11:00am, Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull (a.k.a “Posie Parker”) a small (just 155 centimetres tall) bottle-blond mother of four from the United Kingdom, would have stood behind the microphone set up in the Albert Park band rotunda and delivered a speech.
Bryce Edwards: Nash’s sacking means a deeper probe into Cabinet “insider trading” is requiredLabels: Bryce Edwards, Stuart Nash
A 2020 email from Nash to two of his financial backers was leaked to the media yesterday. It detailed Cabinet decision-making on an issue relating to Nash’s business donors’ property interests – rent relief for Covid-hit businesses. Nash’s email to Wellington businessmen Troy Bowker and Greg Loveridge revealed positions ministers had taken on the matter, and stated he disagreed with the decision they reached.
Cam Slater: Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest WordLabels: Cam Slater, Marama Davidson
She has in fact refused to apologise and has instead “clarified” what she meant as she strode down Princes Street away from Albert Park after supporting the violence against women who were just trying to speak.
Mike Hoskin: What is the point of Commerce Commission reports?Labels: Commerce Commission, Mike Hosking
Do you remember the Commerce Commission and the petrol industry? We were being fleeced by them, so a market study was conducted and, for better or worse, nothing really came out of it.
NZCPR Newsletter: Tribal TakeoverLabels: Labour's co-governance agenda, Marine and Coastal Area Act Claims, NZCPR Newsletter, Tribal Power Grab
Probably the most important court case of recent times was held in Wellington last month, yet it attracted no mention in the media.
It was a Court of Appeal hearing seeking to overturn a High Court decision to grant multiple customary marine titles over a 40 km stretch of coastline near Opotiki. If the Edwards Marine and Coastal Area Act ruling stands, it will set a precedent for almost 600 yet to be determined claims, with the likely result that the ownership of virtually the entire New Zealand coastline – right out to the 12 nautical mile edge of the Territorial Sea – will pass to Maori.
Brendan O'Neill: Brendan O’Neil with an overseas perspective on the madness in our countryLabels: Brendan O'Neill, Posie Parker, The Platform
Brendan O'Neill chats to Shaun Plunket on The Platform about the protest to Posie Parker event in Auckland.
Karl du Fresne: Cartoonists need to realise they too could one day be at risk from the stiflers of free speechLabels: Free speech, Karl du Fresne, Posie Parker, Shaun Yeo, Wairarapa Times-Age
Kate Hawkesby: The balance has tilted so wildly in favour of criminals, if you’re the victim of crime why even bother reporting it?Labels: Auckland, crime, Kate Hawkesby, NZ Police, Police Minister
As crime looks to be a hot election issue this year I worry about two things, well more than two things, but let’s start with these two.
One - the lack of arrests being made and two - the top-down obsession from the police hierarchy with supporting offenders, not victims.
David Fononga, if you don’t know the name, is the Auckland man who went on a shooting rampage in West Auckland firing at Police. They fired back and he was shot dead. But here’s the thing about him – he’d breached bail a month before this happened, and never been arrested for it.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Lindsay Perigo: Woke-Fascism Cancels ItselfLabels: Lindsay Perigo, Posie Parker, Woke-Fascism
Cam Slater: Knock Me Down with a Feather: I Agree with Rachel SmalleyLabels: Anti-Women, Cam Slater, Marama Davidson, Rachel Smalley, The Greens
on rare occasions she does get some things right. This is one of them.
Mike Hosking: Are Marama Davidson and the Greens worth the trouble?Labels: Marama Davidson, Mike Hosking, Social Engineering
It all came crashing down, as it was always going to, but with a number of strands as to how it played out.
Firstly, what she said was unforgivable. It is everything the Green Party should not be.
It is everything that keeps them stuck at five or six percent in the polls as it has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with mad social engineering.
Point of Order: Marama Davidson was reminded of the Maori numbers......Labels: Child support, China, Green investment, Innovators, Judges, Marama Davidson, Point of Order, Satellite positioning services, Transport, treaty settlement, Violence
......maybe – before admitting mistake about who causes violence
Marama Davidson, Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence, has featured in media headlines after being hit by a motorcycle near the scene of the Posie Parker protest and for sharing an inflammatory opinion about the perpetrators of violence.
On The Daily Blog, Martyn Bradbury reports that Davidson was caught on tape claiming …
Karl du Fresne: Let me be very clear about thisLabels: Christopher Luxon, Free speech, Karl du Fresne, Language, Posie Parker, Tova O'Brien
Actually, make that two rules. You should also never trust a politician who says, “Let me be very clear”.
Anyone who begins a statement with the word “frankly” is signalling that whatever he or she is about to say (it’s usually a he) is fearless or radical.
Bob Jones: Another Maori wonderfulness absurdityLabels: Bob Jones, Maori wonderfulness, Real Estate Agents, Refresher course
The Act’s expressed objectives are the regulating of real estate agents, the raising of standards and to provide a disciplinary process to deal with complaints, all plainly worthy.
By law agents must renew their licence to practise each year. Now brace yourself.
Heather du Plessis-Allan: The actions of the protesters ceded the moral high ground to Posie ParkerLabels: Heather du Plessis-Allan, Max Tweedie, Posie Parker protests, Pride Auckland, Violence
Tell you what surprises me today; it's the apparent lack of self-awareness from key members of that protest against Posie Parker at the weekend.
Max Tweedie from Pride Auckland – who wasn’t one of the organisers I believe, but did support the protest – had it put to him in an interview this morning that it was an ugly scene.
And he said, no it wasn’t ugly- there was a lot of joy, a lot of celebration, support for trans communities, and this is what happens when you spread hate and division.
Monday, March 27, 2023
Cam Slater: The Curious Coincidence of Continued ACT Attacks on NZ FirstLabels: ACT, Cam Slater, He Puapua, Labour, Nanaia Mahuta, NZ First, UNDRIP, Winston Peters
telling us that apparently Winston Peters was a liar regarding He Puapua.
Some commenters on Friday night were even running the same shabby lines without even bothering to understand the complexities of how Parliament committees operate, but they ran the lines anyway. This is the second time ACT has attacked NZ First after a key note speech.
Bob Jones: Trans-Rights mobs not just sexually confusedLabels: Bob Jones, Posie Parker protests
Mike Hosking: NSW showed us a glimpse of our electionLabels: 2023 Election, Mike Hosking
My working theory for the October election here is that the damage for Labour is done.
Chris Hipkins can burn as much policy as he wants and the media can write about him being more popular than the predecessor over and over. The key is, the damage is done and the rot has set in.
Bryce Edwards: The Ugly stoking of a culture war in election yearLabels: Bryce Edwards, Culture Wars
The figure at the centre of the clash was the British “trans-exclusionary radical feminist” Posie Parker, aka Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, who attempted to hold a “Let Women Speak” rally at Albert Park in Auckland on Saturday. She was forced offstage by a counter-rally for trans rights and has fled back to the UK.
Saturday’s clash of cultures is a sign of where politics is heading in New Zealand – towards a fully-fledged culture war. This is something normally more associated with American politics – but also increasingly in places like the UK.
Thomas Cranmer: Violent Suppression of Free SpeechLabels: Free speech, Kellie-Jay Keen, Thomas Cranmer
An unruly mob in Albert Park has catapulted New Zealand into the global headlines with ugly images that may become iconic in the debate about the dangers of transgenderism.
Bravo Kellie-Jay. You did the job that needed to be done.
Garrick Tremain: Woke wildfireLabels: Garrick Tremain, Wildfire
Karl du Fresne: Eliana Rubashkyn tipped that bottle of tomato juice over an entire countryLabels: Eliana Rubashkyn, Karl du Fresne
Let me see if I’ve got this straight. Eliana Rubashkyn, who describes herself as intersex and trans, came to New Zealand from a country notorious for its violence and corruption. She has been granted residency in one of the freest, most tolerant countries on earth. She is on record herself as calling New Zealand paradise.
Ian Bradford: Speed reduction to 90 kph for all SUV’sLabels: Carbon Dioxide, carbon emissions, Global Warming, Ian Bradford, Transport
Recently, Len Gillman, Professor of Biogeography at the Auckland University of Technology wrote an article in which he stated that SUV’s should have a speed limit of 90kph. Biogeography is the study of the geographical distribution of plants and animals.
He began his article by changing the name of our major city to Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland and later the name of the country to the fictional name Aotearoa. He seems to have a mandate for doing this from somewhere.
His main point for reducing the speed limit for SUV’s was to limit “Carbon” emissions. Presumably he means Carbon Dioxide emissions as Carbon is either a black solid called soot, a grey solid called graphite, or a hard, usually clear solid, called diamond. Clearly then, Professor Gillman is a climate alarmist, who believes Carbon Dioxide is causing global warming and probably adverse weather events.
A.E. Thompson: Our Non-White and Female Rights CommissionLabels: A.E. Thompson, Meng Foon, racism, Tusiata Avia
Tusiata Avia writes and performs hate-fuelled material such as 'poetry' stating that she and "a car full of brown girls" are going to drive around looking for "white men" or any of the descendants or incarnations of Captain Cook and 'f... them up' with a pig hunting knife.
Meng Foon's belated response to numerous complaints about this poem stands in contrast with his strong, fast public responses to even the most innocuous things that might offend non-white people.
Sunday, March 26, 2023
Alistair Boyce: A ‘Pot Of Tears’ At Rainbows EndLabels: Alistair Boyce, Posie Parker, Protest
Mainstream New Zealand will be in quiet mourning today.
We have witnessed the violent intolerance of mob rule that was countenanced from its elected government and actively supported by a compliant, fomenting media.
There are no winners here, except the forces of division and intolerance.
The tragedy is transgender rights, celebration of transgender humanity and its mainstream acceptance may always be tainted by the violent, self-congratulatory extremism on display in Auckland’s Albert Park.
Don Brash: New Zealand's foreign policy dilemmaLabels: America, Aukus, China, Don Brash, Submarines, war
Reactions in Australia were varied, though there was no push-back from the Opposition Liberal Party because the AUKUS deal had first been agreed while that party was in power. However, the former Labor Prime Minister, Paul Keating, described the treaty as the worst decision Australia had made in a century.
Stuart Smith: A Minister Committed to Her Silver BulletLabels: Pumped Hydro Scheme, Stuart Smith
The potential for pumped hydro at Lake Onslow in the event of a dry year was first identified by Waikato University Professor Earl Bardsley, in 2002. An electricity dry year usually lasts around four months and comes to a head in the colder months when most of the precipitation is locked up as snow and ice and not available to replenish our hydro lakes. Therefore, Lake Onslow was initially seen as a potential solution.
Karl du Fresne: The battle for free speech won't be won by hiding in the shadowsLabels: Free speech, Karl du Fresne, Posie Parker, Speak Up for Women
That means deciding whether to commit fully to the cause or to continue putting up only a half-hearted resistance.
Michael Johnston: Critical failureLabels: Literacy and numeracy standards, Michael Johnston
Structured literacy works because it takes account of the nature of human memory and attention, and its limitations. The Ministry has spent more than two decades ignoring mounting evidence in its favour.
Benjamin Macintyre: Anecdotes don't make for sound evidence - a response to the Kokirihia ReportLabels: Benjamin Macintyre, School streaming
Tokona Te Raki’s efforts are based on good intentions. Māori students are over-represented in lower streams, and in most statistics relating to poor educational outcomes. Seeking to find a solution to end this inequity and ensure that Māori students have the same opportunities as everyone else is a noble endeavour. Unfortunately, there is one major issue with this report – it isn’t very good.
Karl du Fresne: A Day of ShameLabels: Free speech, Karl du Fresne, Posie Parker, transgender people
I doubt that the world was watching what happened in Auckland this morning (it probably wasn’t watching in 1981 either), but anyone who witnessed what happened to Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, aka Posie Parker, saw a mortal blow being delivered to New Zealand’s reputation as a civil, liberal democracy where the rule of law applies.
A violent, angry rabble forced Parker to abandon a public meeting as the police stood by and did nothing. She was drowned out when she tried to speak and had tomato soup and food flung at her.