Friday, March 24, 2023

Point of Order: What becomes of the broken hearted?.....

.....Nanny State will step in to comfort them

The Nanny State has scored some wins (or claimed them) in the past day or two but it faltered when it came to protecting Kiwi citizens from being savaged by one woman armed with a sharp tongue.

The wins are recorded by triumphant ministers on the Beehive website.

The decision to leave us to protect ourselves from the words and ideas of someone who calls herself Posie Parker (this can best be done by staying out of hearing range) has not been recorded there because it was decided by an official rather than a minister.

The most widely publicised announcement – headlined around the world – is that taxpayers will help comfort love-smitten Kiwis who find they have been dumped by their girlfriends, boyfriends or whoever.

This was announced by the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, and can be found among the latest batch of Beehive posts.

The benevolence of the government is manifest in other announcements –

For example, the Senior Enterprise Pilot Programme, for people aged over 50 with innovative business ideas, was launched today.

It will be offered “free” in five locations, and “tap into the creativity and drive we know exists among older New Zealanders”, said Seniors Minister Jenny Andersen.

She brays about “free”, but taxpayers will pick up the tap.

Significantly, the cost is not stated in the press statement.

The Beehive records these new announcements:

After three years of COVID-19 disruptions schools are finally settling down and National want to throw that all in the air with major disruption to learning and underinvestment.

People aged over 50 with innovative business ideas will now be able to receive support to advance their ideas to the next stage of development.

A cross government target for relevant government procurement contracts for goods and services to be awarded to Māori businesses annually will increase to 8%, after the initial 5% target was exceeded.

Measures taken by the Government during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic shock have avoided more children falling into poverty according to official statistics released today.

The Government is continuing to invest in projects in the Central Otago District as part of an ongoing strategy to diversify its economy beyond tourism, Regional Development Minister Kiri Allan announced today.

Transport Minister Michael Wood has today launched the first national EV (electric vehicle) charging strategy, Charging Our Future, which includes plans to provide EV charging stations in almost every town in New Zealand.

Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Priyanca Radhakrishnan has today launched the Love Better campaign in a world-leading approach to family harm prevention.

Hon Rino Tirikatene, Minister for Courts, welcomes the Ministry of Justice’s appointment of Dr Garry Clearwater as New Zealand’s first Chief Clinical Advisor working with the Coroners Court.

The news which quickly was spread by media around the world is that our government will involve the state in the affairs of lovelorn adolescents.

Priyanca Radhakrishnan proudly launched the “Love Better” campaign, describing it as a world-leading approach to family harm prevention.

Love Better will initially support young people through their experience of break-ups, developing positive and life-long attitudes to dealing with hurt.

The minister is talking about calling on taxpayers to help heal the wounds from a romantic rebuff.

But by saying Love Better will “initially” do this, she seems to have more nannying in mind.

Priyanca Radhakrishnan referenced the results of a survey which encouraged the Hipkins Government to come to the rescue:

“Over 1,200 young kiwis told us they need support to deal with early experiences of love and hurt, and break-ups were identified as a common challenge,” Priyanca Radhakrishnan said.

“We know that break-ups hurt. We want to support our young people to deal with the hurt and know that there is a way through without harming themselves or others.”

What might come of this?

“By supporting young people through these formative experiences, we can positively impact how they approach future relationships.”

Love Better asks young people to ‘own the feels,’ Radhakrishnan said, employing an expression that is new to us.

She describes it as

“… a primary prevention campaign that features young people sharing real stories to help their peers who may be going through similar experiences.

“This is an authentic way to inspire others to build their own strength, self-worth, and resilience.”|

When it comes to claiming this as a famous first, Radhakrishnan said:

“This approach hasn’t been trialled by any government around the world.”

This presumably means it has not been trialled by the Hipkins Government, either. Our young people will become lab rats.

But, hey. Look at what’s at stake:

“ New Zealand has shameful statistics of family and sexual violence and we need innovative approaches to break the cycle,” Priyanca Radhakrishnan said.

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson welcomed the innovative new campaign as a positive way of getting rangatahi talking about the tough emotions of relationships and break-ups.

The news was headlined around the world –

The Guardian

‘Own the feels’: New Zealand government tries to help teens recover from breakups

New Zealand government launches Love Better campaign

South China Morning Post

‘Break-ups suck’: New Zealand campaign comforts …

Manila Times

New Zealand drive comforts brokenhearted youth

Borneo Bulletin

New Zealand campaign comforts forlorn youth – Borneo Bulletin

La Prensa Latina

‘Own the feels’: New Zealand to help youth mend broken hearts

We found nothing on the Beehive website to tell us (or warn us) about Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, also known as Posie Parker, being allowed into the country.

That’s probably because this wasn’t a ministerial decision.

The statement came from Immigration New Zealand general manager Richard Owen, who said:

“I can confirm that Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has now finished reviewing the case involving Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull.

“After reviewing all publicly known information about Ms Keen-Minshull and seeking advice from other agencies we have concluded that there is no reason to believe that she is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to the public order or public interest.”

Immigration Minister Michael Wood presumably was approached by news media, because RNZ quoted him as saying he condemned Keen-Minshull’s ” inflammatory, vile and incorrect worldviews” and stood alongside New Zealanders who used free speech against those who wanted to take society backwards, but the assessment was she met the criteria.

“Like many New Zealanders I would prefer it if Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull never set foot in New Zealand. I find many of her views repugnant, and am concerned by the way in which she courts some of the most vile people and groups around including white supremacists,” he said in a statement.

“The decision on whether to suspend her NZeTA sits with Immigration New Zealand and they have assessed that she meets the criteria set out in the Immigration Act and regulations. This assessment took into account the events in Melbourne that occurred last weekend. I have been advised that this case does not meet the threshold for ministerial intervention.

Posie Parker is due to address rallies in Auckland and Wellington this weekend.

Attendance is not compulsory. Those who fear they might be wounded or somehow harmed by whatever comes out of her mouth should stay away.

Point of Order is a blog focused on politics and the economy run by veteran newspaper reporters Bob Edlin and Ian Templeton

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