Let’s do what exactly, Cindy?

by Suze on September 15, 2018 at 12:30pm

New Zealanders had two votes at the last election, one for the political party whose policies they most liked, and the other for the electoral candidate of their choice.

As it turns out, our party vote counts for absolutely nothing, zilch, nada and it is all because of the cobbling together of deals between NZ First and Labour, and Labour and the Greens, resulting in the coalition government.

Socialist Cindy.Photoshopped image credit: Luke

The important deal between Labour and NZ First was done behind the scenes, out of the public eye and without transparency.  We all remember the agonising weeks where Winnie drew out the decision due to the supposed dialogue between the parties.

Why does it matter? Because voters want to know the compromises made to party policies in the formation of the coalition government.

It is only after decisions have been made that we see the areas of compromise and uncertainty, so how do ministers figure out their position when party policy is contradictory?

They go with Winnie of course, as happens when Cindy backs down. Cindy is pushing to double the refugee quota but Winnie wants to keep the status quo. Little wants to abolish the three strikes, Winnie says no. Kelvin Davis said he would resign if the two Northland charter schools were closed but despite his threat, all charter schools were given an ultimatum to comply with mainstream education or be closed down.

There is an awful lot missing from the seven page coalition document making bedlam for the ministers as they lurch from one crisis to the next. No wonder we are hearing very little of substance from any of them.

Initially, Peters promised we would see the highly guarded 33-page coalition document, but we never did. Cindy decided it was not in Labour’s political interests to disclose it.

It is under wraps and will not see the light of day after the Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier declared it did not have to be disclosed because it did not form part of the final coalition agreement. Quote.

Mr Boshier also asked the Prime Minister’s Office whether the document had been in use since the formation of the new government, and its contents shared with any Ministers, government departments, or anyone else subject to the OIA.

He was advised that was not the case.

“After carefully considering those comments and the nature and purpose of the document, I accept that the document is still held solely in Ms Ardern’s capacity as Labour Party Leader.” End of quote.

Boshier makes his call based on Cindy’s word.  But is this good enough given she been caught out being economical with the truth about Claire Curran’s position in government? There will be very good political reasons why Cindy doesn’t want us to see the full document, but openness and transparency are not among them.

Openness and transparency give the voting public confidence. Hiding issues away results in the current situation, the very thing Cindy expected to avoid by not making the discussions public, the economy is tanking and business confidence is low.

We were given the seven-page document signed on 24 October 2017. A link to the disclosed document is here and the preamble is below.  Quote.

“Together, we will work to provide New Zealand with a transformational government, committed to resolving the greatest long-term challenges for the country, including sustainable economic development increased exports and decent jobs paying higher wages, a healthy environment, a fair society and good government.

We will reduce inequality and poverty and improve the well-being of all New Zealanders and the environment we live in.” End of quote.

Transformational – not for the better.

Sustainable development – yet to see it.

Address long term challenges. – what are they?

Increased exports – exports were temporarily weak in 2017 and early 2018 according to the OECD

Decent jobs paying higher wages – where and when?

A healthy environment – where and when?

A fair society – fair to who?

A good government – yet to see it.

Reduce inequality and poverty – how and when?

Improve the well-being of all New Zealanders and our environment – how and when?

These are idealistic, meaningless words, seemingly written by a public relations consultant because there is no substance to them. No methodology or strategy to explain how these goals will be met, or even exactly what they are.  In hindsight, the writing on the wall for the modus operandi of this government.

But we now know this government’s strategy is to outsource to working groups the research and decision making, over 150 of them to date. Great. The government does not have the confidence to do its own spade work.

But even more to the point, how many of these lofty goals have been achieved in the last ten months? Exactly none.

What are the long term challenges?  Move people off welfare into employment?  Shift people from sleeping on the streets into accommodation?  Move people out of poverty? How do they expect to do this? More taxes, of course, more money for the government will solve every problem.

There isn’t much this government is doing to address the specific items listed in the document which include re-entering the Pike River mine and supporting NZ First’s racing policy. Both are important to some voters but are hardly worth a mention in the big scheme of things except to note the amount of money being thrown at the Pike River mine re-opening for dubious political reasons that could have been better spent.

There is nothing on major policy in the signed coalition document except that the coalition government supports Labour and NZ First policies. But what happens when they contradict each other?  Public debate, you say?

Where was the debate on closing down oil and gas exploration?  Where in the coalition document does it forewarn us that the government intended to close it down?

There is nothing in the document about adding or removing land currently included under Schedule Four of Crown Minerals Act. 40% of New Zealand falls into this category and some land with no conservation value could and should be removed from Schedule Four and made available for mining. Instead, the Greens are quietly muttering about revisiting Schedule Four, not to remove land that shouldn’t be there, but to add in more land.  Little wonder they want to increase Department of Conservation funding.

Which brings us to the Confidence and Supply Agreement between Labour and the Greens, link to the agreement here. Unsurprisingly, their list is long and predictable with no mention of funding for their expensive schemes because they too think chucking someone else’s hard earned money at a problem will fix it. Their list includes the following gems:

  • Aim for a net zero emissions economy by 2050
  • All new legislation to be evaluated for climate impact
  • Government subsidy for low-income earners using public transport
  • 100% renewable electricity by 2035
  • Government-backed Green Investment Fund of $100 million
  • Reduce congestion by chucking more money at walking and cycling options (the mind boggles over this one)
  • Enforce the Resource Management Act (which should be scrapped and rewritten)
  • More money for Department of Conservation
  • More money for endangered plants and animals
  • More money to university students
  • More money to low-income earners
  • Money to reunite refugee families
  • More money for alcohol and drug addiction

More money, more money, more money…spend, spend, spend.  Where are the new developments to fund it?

How can one of our most valuable and undeveloped industries, mining, have any confidence in this government? Now that a death blow has been dealt to oil and gas exploration, is the government considering closing down exploration for coal and mineral resources too?

We will only find out the answers when this non-transparent government is good and ready to do stuff many of us object to.

The undisclosed notes and lack of transparency leading up the final coalition document is just another nail in the coffin of MMP.

Whaleoil post by Cam Slater quotes Tracey Watkins who is critical of Cindy’s defensiveness about her weak coalition government saying: Quote.

As [Cindy] reminded reporters on the way into Parliamentary Question time on Wednesday, hers is the first “pure” coalition government since the introduction of MMP more than 20 years ago. That might as well be code for “hospital pass”.  End of quote.

This is arguably the worst coalition government we have seen. MMP has been put to the test with the current coalition government and been found wanting, wanting transparency.

$100k for the job that wasn’t

by Deb on September 15, 2018 at 9:30am

Credit Mark Mitchell

I thought it was a little strange when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern cancelled two scheduled interviews for this weekend citing a diary mix-up.  I would have thought she had plenty of PR people who could keep those things straight for her, but apparently not. I shrugged and carried on with my day.

Then a few hours later, the latest botch-up hit the news and it made sense. She’s avoiding the media in case they want to ask nasty little questions. Questions like why are we having to pay $107,500 to someone for a job that was, and now isn’t?

Newsie reports the story.  Quote:

Govt to pay Derek Handley $100k after CTO offer retracted.

Tech entrepreneur Derek Handley was offered the role of the country’s first Chief Technology Officer, but will now be paid out $100,000 after the offer was retracted by the government.

The government has called a halt to the appointment process for the position.

Megan Woods, the Minister for Government Digital Services, said a full-stop had been put on the process as the government reconsidered its approach to digital transformation.

Mr Handley, a New Zealand entrepreneur, will be paid out $100,000 – three months of the one-year contract for services – and $7500 for any set-up expenses.

In a message posted on LinkedIn, Mr Handley said it had been a distressing time for his family who moved to Auckland from New York for the role.[…]  End of quote.

I can’t say I blame him being disappointed, that’s quite an upheaval bringing the family from New York back to New Zealand for a job that has now, well, vanished.

But this all gets very murky and confusing.

As you will recall, Clare Curran was sacked from her Open Government and Government Digital Services portfolios because she failed to record a meeting she had with Derek Handley back in February this year and failed to disclose the meeting in answer to a written question.

In an article in a Newspaper on 24th August about Ms Curran’s sacking, Ms Ardern was quoted as saying:

The State Services Commission will examine the CTO appointment process to ensure the Handley-Curran meeting had no bearing on process or outcome. The SCC will report back before the appointment is made.

Handley remains a candidate for the CTO position. An appointment is expected to be made shortly.  End of quote.

Yet when we read the statement from Derek Handley posted on LinkedIn today, he says:  quote:

One month ago I was offered and accepted the position as the first Chief Technology Officer for New Zealand.  End of quote.

So if I get my diary out, one month ago from 14th September would mean that Derek was offered and accepted the job on 14th August. 

And yet we have Ms Ardern saying on 24th August that Handley remains a candidate for the CTO position.

This is very confusing, and there are a number of questions that Ms Ardern absolutely needs to address.

Ms Ardern, can you please clarify exactly when Derek Handley was offered the job. If the date given in answer to that question doesn’t match your statement from 24th August that ‘an appointment is expected to be made shortly’, please explain.

What I’m also confused about is why this role is now suddenly not required. It was created back in December 2017 and signed off by the prime minister. Months were spent screening potential candidates, conducting interviews, only for the job to be pulled nine months down the track, after an appointment has finally been made. That just makes no sense.

Let’s go back to the Newsie article.  Quote:

Ms Woods, who took over the ministerial role from the embattled Clare Curran, said she had asked officials to review the CTO position and to make sure there were no overlaps with any other existing roles.

“Today we’ve put a full stop on this process.

“What’s clear is that we need to step back and have a good look at the role and see how it fits in with the other work being done in the digital transformation space.[…]

[…] “However as the new Minister I have asked officials to review the CTO role and provide advice on the best ways to drive a forward-looking digital agenda for New Zealand.  End of quote.

Sure Megan, that all sounds very plausible.  About as plausible as Jacinda having a diary conflict.

Nick Smith sums it up pretty well in the Newsie story:  Quote:

National Party state services spokesperson Nick Smith said the process around appointing a Chief Technology Officer had been “a shambles from the beginning”.

“It involved secret meetings and emails, the resignation of Minister Clare Curran and now we’re paying Derek Handley around $100,000 for a job he never even started.

The government must now come clean with the hidden emails from Clare Curran and the Prime Minister so we know the full story of how badly this was handled.

“The Government should apologise to taxpayers for wasting their money and Mr Handley for wasting his time. He’s right to have criticised the process for lacking in transparency.”  End of quote.

All this from what was promised to be the most open and transparent government ever.

Who’s the daddy lion?

by Cameron Slater on September 15, 2018 at 9:00am

Cindy on Winston’s knee.
Photoshopped image credit: Luke

On The AM Show Kris Faafoi was trying out some new lines to try and describe the NZ First-led government: Quote:

A Labour MP says political commentators are yet to figure out what much of the public already has – that this Government is the first “pure” MMP Government.

This Government is not the same as the previous Government,” new Minister of Broadcasting Kris Faafoi told The AM Show on Friday.

“The previous Government had a lion and a lamb, and when the lion said ‘jump’, the lamb said, ‘How high?’ In this Government we’ve got more than one lion, and we have agreed… to a whole lot of stuff. And if we want to do other things, instead of answering ‘how high’… we say, ‘Why should we jump? Let’s have a discussion about those kinds of things.’” End quote.

 

I think we all know who the lion is, and boy is he roaring.Quote:

Critics of the Government have latched onto disagreements between Labour and NZ First, the two parties which make up the formal coalition, over issues such as the refugee quota and justice reform.

National MP Judith Collins, perhaps unsurprisingly, is one of those critics.

The party needs to actually work out who’s in charge,” she told The AM Show. “As Kris says, there’s three lions there – which one of them’s the big daddy lion?

She said it’s clearly NZ First leader Winston Peters. End quote.

Yup.

Puppet master Winston.
Photoshopped image credit: Luke

But here is the sledge of the day, from Judith Collins:Quote:

“It’s really great that Jacinda’s going to dump all her TV bookings for this weekend so she can do a speech on Sunday to tell us all what’s happening… We’ve got Winston Peters off the reservation on various issues, the Greens off on the other side and we’ve got Jacinda in the middle, saying: ‘What the hell is going on here?’” End quote.

Can anyone imagine Simon Bridges being able to say that?Quote:

Ms Ardern was due to appear on Three’s Newshub Nation and TVNZ’s Q+A this weekend, but pulled out of both, her press secretary claiming it was a “simple diary issue”. National leader Simon Bridges will appear on Newshub Nation in her place.

Mr Faafoi said instead Ms Ardern will deliver a speech to outline what the Government has achieved in its first year, and “what we intend to do for the next 24 months and hopefully beyond”. End quote.

It will be a short speech then. Quote:

Clare Curran’s resignation last week saw Mr Faafoi pick up the broadcasting portfolio. While Ms Curran was a member of Cabinet, Mr Faafoi has been left outside, with Cabinet shrinking to 19 with Ms Curran’s demotion.

Ms Collins said if Mr Faafoi wants to take Ms Curran’s spot in Cabinet, he knows what he has to do.

“Kris just has to become a woman and he’ll get into Cabinet – that’s the problem, you see? I’ve told him what he has to do. I don’t know if he’s prepared to do it.”

Mr Faafoi didn’t respond to Ms Collins’ suggestion. End quote.

Two great sledges in one 15 minute slot.

Faafoi could always identify as a woman. That seems to be a thing these days.

Maori language week: word for the day

by SB on September 13, 2018 at 6:15pm

PHOTO-South Auckland Middle School facebook page

In honour of Maori Language Week, we at Whaleoil have decided to dedicate one post each day to highlight a Maori word that has particular significance to Maoridom.

Today’s Maori Word of the Week is: piki.

Definition: success.

Thanks to the innovation of New Zealand’s Charter schools many Maori and Pasifika children have been experiencing lots of piki.

Sadly the Labour coalition government is forcing the closure of all charter schools and making them conform to an education (one size fits all) system that has been a barrier to piki for so many Maori children.

PHOTO-Supplied to Whaleoil
Dominic Elliot holding a sign: “Jacinda where is your support now?”

Maori language week: Word for the day

by Christie on September 12, 2018 at 6:15pm

Andrew Little with a fist full of dollars.
Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker

In honour of Maori Language Week, we at Whaleoil have decided to dedicate one post each day to highlight a Maori word that has particular significance to Maoridom.

Today’s Maori Word of the Week is: Apo

Definition :  Apo, verb, to grasp greedily, grab, appropriate, acquire greedily.

Usage: very common, particularly in Treaty negotiations or renegotiations.

The above photo was taken during negotiations with Ngapuhi in August (with some assistance from Boondecker). Clearly, the talks were going well.

Once a Treaty settlement has been agreed and signed, however, this does not necessarily mean that the agreement is final and no more money will be paid by the Crown. quote:

Ngai Tahu and Tainui received huge top-ups, totalling $370 million, to their supposed “full and final” Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

Waikato-Tainui received $190m and the South Island’s Ngāi Tahu $180m – more than they originally settled for in 1995 and 1998, respectively.

The Government made the payments on December 15 [2017] without any public announcement, but they were discovered by Stuff and confirmed by the Office of Treaty Settlements this week. e

Tell me lies tell me sweet little lies

by SB on September 11, 2018 at 1:00pm

A reader wrote to me and pointed out that he had noticed that often what New Zealand Muslims say to the media does not match Islamic texts.

His first example was what he called a “puff piece” article from the Otago Daily Timesthat was written not long after one of the many Islamic terror attacks in the Western world. Quote.

Muslim imam Mustenser Qamar said the Quran strongly condemned terrorism, but not everybody realised that.

“There’s no form of terrorism allowed in Islamic teachings,” he said

“These people, I like to call them ‘so-called muslims’, because they’re not acting on Islamic teachings. End quote.

Typically after every such attack, Muslims are interviewed by the media and tell us that “Islam doesn’t support terrorism”.

These two verses from two of Islamic texts, however, contradict the above claim. quote.

Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror, and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.” Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures.

–  (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220)

“Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority: their abode will be the Fire: And evil is the home of the wrong-doers!”

–  Quran  (3:151)end quote.

 

The Islamic Women’s Council  of New Zealand responded to comments made by disgraced Imam Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib  by saying…

While we may disagree with aspects of Jewish theology, and may have political disagreements, we see the Jewish people as closely connected to us through the Abrahamic tradition. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had good relationships with his Jewish neighbours and encouraged Muslims to do the same. We are permitted to eat their kosher food, and we offer them our respect.

These quotes from Islamic texts contradict the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand.

O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.”
–  Quran  5:51

“And well ye knew those amongst you [Children of Israel] who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath: We said to them: “Be ye apes, despised and rejected.”

–  Quran 2:65

“The Jews were made to come down, and Allah’s Messenger imprisoned them. Then the Prophet went out into the marketplace of Medina (it is still its marketplace today), and he had trenches dug in it. He sent for the Jewish men and had them beheaded in those trenches. They were brought out to him in batches. They numbered 800 to 900 boys and men. As they were being taken in small groups to the Prophet, they said to one another, ‘What do you think will be done to us?’ Someone said, ‘Do you not understand. On each occasion do you not see that the summoner never stops? He does not discharge anyone. And that those who are taken away do not come back. By God, it is death!’ The affair continued until the Messenger of Allah had finished with them all.”

–  Al-Tabari, Vol. 8, p. 35, See Also Ishaq:464

In fact, Muhammad’s dying words included a curse on Jews for building their place of worship at their prophets’ graves.

When the last moment of the life of Allah’s Apostle came he started putting his ‘Khamisa’ on his face and when he felt hot and short of breath he took it off his face and said, “May Allah curse the Jews and Christians for they built the places of worship at the graves of their Prophets.” The Prophet was warning (Muslims) of what those had done.”

– Sahih Bukhari 1:8:427

“Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not greet the Jews and the Christians before they greet you and when you meet any one of them on the roads force him to go to the narrowest part of it.”

–  Sahih Muslim 26:5389

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.”

– Sahih Muslim 41:6985,

See also Sahih Muslim 41:6981Sahih Muslim 41:6982Sahih Muslim 41:6983Sahih Muslim 41:6984, and Sahih Bukhari 4:56:791

Finally, a completely different reader contacted me this week to point out how the words reported by the MSM from FIANZ do not match their actions. He wrote…

Taqwa Mosque is still listed on FIANZ. The imam at the mosque is the same who believes he is due an apology for being exposed saying that women should not leave the house without permission and that Jews are the enemies of Muslims. FIANZ spoke against him and stood him down from their board but still endorse his mosque.WTF?

It is hard to escape the feeling that just like in other Western countries Islam is the religion of sweet little lies to prevent non-Muslims from being spooked by the truth. They actually have a special word for it.

al-Taqiyya: 
deception; the islamic word for concealing or disguising one’s beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies.

Maori language week: Word for the day

by Deb on September 11, 2018 at 6:15pm

Credit: AFP

In honour of Maori Language Week, we at Whaleoil have decided to dedicate one post each day to highlight a Maori word that has particular significance to Maoridom.

Today’s Maori Word of the Week is: Tamariki

Definition: children

 

The above graphic was published by Te Puni Kokiri in 2017.

Moko Rangitoheriri – After days of abuse, the final blow which caused Moko’s death was a brutal stomping on his chest and stomach.

 

James Whakaruru: Beaten, stomped, kicked…and dead

As spineless as a jelly bone

by Cameron Slater on September 11, 2018 at 8:00am

Mike Hosking says Jaciinda Ardern lacks a spine: Quote:

I assume no one is missing the irony that poor old Clare Curran could see what needed to be done, but her boss once again couldn’t.

And because of that it raises once again the question as to just what, in Ardern’s mind, you have to do to get sacked.   

She, of course, claims Curran had already been sacked as a Cabinet minister. But we know differently.

Ardern seems to be keen to play with words, Curran was already gone on Friday when she was busy on this radio station giving no indication whatsoever that that was the case.

Oh there was an excuse, some rationale about family members and party officials being told.

But that’s the stuff that looks manipulative and dodgy. It’s the stuff that’s never quite as clean and clear as it needs to be. End quote.

Sneaky and furtive as her ex-minister. Quote:

Now, in her mind Ardern might well still be sitting there this morning having convinced herself she is right, and we are all wrong. And that some sort of touchy-feely approach to discipline is the modern way.

But it doesn’t add up. You can’t, on one hand, stand there talking about the high standards you expect of your ministers, while on the other hand defending a serial offender and refusing to sack them and offering up excuses about having a bad day at the office.

The two don’t gel.

So at least Curran has done the right thing, but in doing so has highlighted how Ardern didn’t.

And that’s before we get to Meka Whaitiri. If it’s true what Stuart Nash told us last Wednesday that she denies it, it’s a “she said, she said” sort of affair. And that is a mess that doesn’t easily get resolved.

And goes further to highlight that, one, it’s the Labour Party that is letting the coalition down. And Ardern’s other excuse that “this is government” and “it’s what happens in government” equally doesn’t wash, given her partners seemingly have nothing like the same trouble Labour has.

And two, both of those in trouble are women in a Cabinet Ardern was desperate to make 50/50 gender-wise and has already fallen short, before she losses potentially two of them.

And three, this increasingly looks like a party that had no expectation of government, has put all hands to the pump, and too many of those hands don’t know what they’re doing. End quote.

They haven’t a clue. They are led by a clueless prime minister. Quote:

And that is before you get to Winston Peters, who increasingly looks like an experienced settled, if not, ever so slightly Machiavellian sort of operator. He’s increasingly offering policy influence and direction for the Government without seemingly keeping the Prime Minister in the loop. End quote.

Winston is actually doing a good job.  Quote:

And all of this was put in to spectacular context on Friday with Curran’s emotional resignation, he talked of her time in Cabinet, the achievements, the areas she worked on.

All of which would have been fine if it encompassed five or six years of service, but in reality it’s not even one.

These guys have just arrived last week, and look how loose the wheels are already. End quote.

Very loose and in danger of falling off. Labour’s problem is two fold. First their leader is an emotional wreck who seems to want to govern on feelz. Just the other day she was saying being criticised for her $80,000 jaunt to Nauru hurt deeply. The second issue they have is their exceedingly shallow talent pool. It is so shallow you could wade through it and not even get close to wetting the hem of your trousers.

Maori language week: Word for the day

by ExPFC on September 10, 2018 at 6:15pm

More than half of New Zealand’s prison population is of Maori descent

In honour of Maori Language Week, we at Whaleoil have decided to dedicate one post each day to highlight a Maori word that has particular significance to Maoridom.

Today’s Maori Word of the Week is: Herehere.

Definition: Whare Herehere, noun, Jail or Prison.

Usage: Very common.

The proportion of people in New Zealand who identify as Maori is around fifteen percent.

Maori males in Herehere

However, according to Statistics NZ, the proportion of Maori people in Herehere in New Zealand sits at 51% for males and a whopping 58% for females.

The Minister of uhms and ahhs has…ahhh…uhmm…resigned…by Gmail?

by Cameron Slater on September 7, 2018 at 12:25pm

Melissa Lee has got her scalp. Clare Curran, The Minister of uhms and ahhs has…ahhh…uhmm…resign. The NZ Herald reports:  Quote:

Under-fire Clare Curran has quit as a minister.

She becomes the first casualty of the coalition government.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a radio interview with Newstalk ZB recorded at 8am this morning that Curran’s job was safe.

 

But it has now emerged the errant minister told Ardern last night that she would quit – and Ardern accepted her resignation.

“Clare Curran contacted me last night to confirm her wish to resign as a minister and I accepted that resignation,” Ardern said today.

“Clare has come to the view the issues currently surrounding her are causing an unacceptable distraction for the Government and immense pressure on her personally.

“I agree with her assessment that resigning is the best course of action for the Government and for her.”

Just this morning Ardern had said Curran’s job was safe. End quote.

Did she resign via Gmail?

Ardern is going to have plenty of questions to answer given her stupid comments this morning. She’s now confirmed that Curran offered to resigned last night so what promoted this fool of a prime minister to make that statement this morning.

The PM endorsed her this morning and now she’s gone? What happened?

Jacinda Ardern is showing a distinct and profound lack of judgment.

Who would ever have thought that Melissa Lee would claim the first scalp.