Three gutless Maori, Labour MP’s

by SB on February 9, 2018 at 1:00pm

What gutless wonders these three Maori Labour MPs have shown themselves to be when it comes to standing up for Partnership schools and their Maori Whanau who benefit from them.

Kelvin Davis: I’ll resign



Peeni Henare

Peeni Henare: But my wife works at a Charter School

In 2015 Little labelled a decision by MPs Kelvin Davis and Peeni Henare to attend a $250-a-seat charter school fundraiser in Whangarei as a “misjudgement”.

He told the MPs it was his preference they didn’t attend, despite both having family connections to the school, but they attended against Little’s advice.


Willie Jackson: Just a change of name

Labour won’t close my charter school

In response to Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ press release yesterday where he made it clear that Partnership schools will be forced to close, Act leader David Seymour had this to say…

[…] “The Government has no clear alternative to Partnership Schools, they know that Maori and Pacific achievement is abysmal, a stain on the promise of opportunity for all, but they are so focused on helping the ‘sector,’ read unions, that they have forgotten about the kids.

The Maori Caucus are missing in action. They are intimately and personally involved in Kura Hourua. The stood indepently of the Labour list and yet are not accorded the mana they deserve in Labour if this decision is anything to go by.

“Today is a bleak day for the Government, who are more concerned with payback to their union backers than pursuing policies that work for the future of our children.

Respectfully Prime Minister, you promised “a government for all New Zealanders”

by SB on February 10, 2018 at 1:00pm


Open letter to Jacinda Ardern:

With due respect to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and all concerned.

I am a 65-year-old grandmother and great-grandmother and this is the first time in my life I have ever written to either the media or the NZ government, and I do so with extreme concern and dismay.

Over my lifetime I have watched both my children and grandchildren struggle to receive an education delivered the way they need to learn. The same opportunity that is given to the 80% of other New Zealand children. My grandchildren are part of the 20% of New Zealanders who have some form of disability. In their case, this relates to their learning. They are wired differently and in the minority, but they do matter. In the past two of the oldest grandchildren with similar challenges passed through their local school with very poor social and educational outcomes, due to a system that failed them miserably with abysmal special needs support. Today both are struggling with their mental health and ability to gain work, at a cost to the taxpayer. It is obvious one size does not fit all.

These children and young people have the right to succeed in life. Two of my younger grandchildren were given this opportunity by the Villa Education Trust. Over the last four years we watched in awe at the progress these young people made while at South Auckland Middle School. They started SAMS insecure, and lacking in confidence in themselves and their ability. Failing miserably educationally and socially, and falling through the cracks at their previous schools, they transformed into leaders at SAMS, achieving regularly at merit and excellence levels. They are now creative, innovative and positive role models.


Most importantly, they have gained a high level of self belief and now have the confidence on which to base their future endeavours. Having now transitioned into senior colleges, SAMS has equipped and prepared them to reach their potential and positioned them to become productive members of our community. One has built their own blossoming business at fifteen-and-a-half, and recently met with you, Jacinda, at the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards dinner.

I am at a loss to understand why you would undo something that has proven to be exactly what these young people need. I see Charter schools as the fence at the top of the cliff instead of the ambulance at the bottom. Please, this is money well spent. As a taxpayer for 50 years, I can’t express enough how much I would pay to see more young people go through Villa Education Trust schools. It is a success story! I realise this is a simplistic way of viewing things, however, future funding for well-run Charter schools could equate to less funding required for prison and mental health services in the future. In my opinion, it must be cost effective to keep these schools running when you consider the possible negative social outcomes these schools are addressing.

When weighed against the cost of our horrendous youth suicide statistics we must ask: What investment are we really willing to make to ensure the future of New Zealand? These young people are as much a part of our future as any others. SAMS has created an extended family environment where young people feel accepted and valued, and can develop an often much-needed sense of belonging. They set high educational standards and expectations and the young people rise to the occasion. Pupils are given respect and become respectful in return. At SAMS EQ seems to be as important as IQ. They attend to the needs of the whole person. My grandchildren now dare to dream and have set high expectations and goals for themselves. Compared with their cousins who were not given this opportunity, the difference in personal growth achieved has been a stark commentary on the inability of our mainstream educational.system to offer an equitable education to everyone.

The staff at SAMS are well qualified and amazingly committed, going way beyond the call of duty to ensure no one gets left behind. There was a genuine sense of aroha at every school event I attended. The school culture encourages empathy, caring and individual accountability, and I consider this a credit to the staff and the leadership of the Villa Education Trust.

I have watched governments come and go in my life time, and have been disappointed many times by short-sighted policies. But, I was hopeful that this government would put ideology aside and sincerely care about every New Zealander, as they promised. I was stunned tonight to hear it reported that Chris Hipkins stated Charter schools cherry pick for success. Well, if that’s true, they cherry pick vulnerable young people who are failing in the mainstream system and, more often than not, come from disadvantaged homes. The fact that they can produce successes only proves that what they are doing is working.

How do we target child poverty? Could one of the ways be by producing independent, solution focussed learners who can navigate life successfully, use their initiative and be productive citizens rather than a drain on our social service system? How anyone could accuse Charter schools of elitism is beyond me.

I am not normally a particularly politically vocal person, but I have always voted as part of my responsibility as an NZ citizen and trusted our system, although not perfect, to be a fair and just one. I sincerely hope this government doesn’t bow to pressure from anyone who holds uninformed or misinformed prejudice against Charter schools. Please let common sense prevail. Why waste possibly ‘up to a million’ to compensate schools, who produce excellent results, for closing? See the investment in Charter schools for what it is – an opportunity to turn lives around. As a society, we will all benefit.

I am not an education professional and may be viewing this from an emotional perspective but, as far as I can see, the results speak for themselves. If you have any doubts, talk to the schools that the senior pupils transition into. Charter schools can and do work under the current structure so why try to fix something that isn’t broken?

I strongly oppose any change that would disenfranchise these young people of the right to an education that works for them, no matter how small their number.

Respectfully Prime Minister, you promised “a government for all New Zealanders, an empathetic government to improve the lives of the country’s most vulnerable people.”  I am struggling to see how this proposed change is congruent with your stated vision?

Yours sincerely,



Jacinda Ardern won’t close school with NO pupils and NO full time staff

by SB on February 10, 2018 at 2:30pm

South Auckland Middle School FB page
PM Jacinda Ardern congratulates a  Partnership school student from a school that she is closing down.

How can Jacinda Ardern’s government call itself Progressive when it allows a school that serves no one to stay open but chooses to close down popular schools with waiting lists like the Partnership schools of the four students that she recently honoured with certificates?

Tuturumuri School, about 30 minutes’ drive from Martinborough, Wairarapa, has no pupils and no fulltime staff.

[…] There are no fulltime staff or pupils at the rural Wairarapa school, but it remains open, with the Ministry of Education continuing to pay its annual operating costs of about $250,000.

The school’s roll has steadily fallen, from 25 in 2008 to just three last year. Those three have left, and there have been no enrolments so far this year.


The school was down to three pupils last year. It now has none.

But there some enrolments pending, and there were no plans for closure, acting board of trustees chairwoman Jocelyn Busby said.

I can tell you the school’s still open, and the ministry and the NZSTA [New Zealand School Trustees Association] are in support of the board of trustees,” she said.

[…] Tuturumuri School soldiers on, with Ministry of Education support, in the hope of future enrolments.

Yet Partnership schools which are full with waiting lists have been told to close or be forcibly closed by Jacinda Ardern’s government. Despite being promised consultation, negotiation, transparency, openness and a way to transition the schools were instead left in in limbo in an information vacuum over the holidays. They were then blindsided by Education minister Chris Hopkins’ brutal Press release. As one person commented, it was a bit like telling your wife you want a divorce via Facebook.

[…] Ministry spokeswoman Katrina Casey said it was working closely with Busby on its future options.

“Our usual practice is to continue to pay a quarter of their base, heat, light, water and maintenance funding, regardless of whether students are on-site,” she said in a statement.

[…] According to the school’s website, it has a part-time caretaker, release teacher and part-time office administrator.

New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) vice-president Rikki Sheterline said the situation in Tuturumuri was not unusual. “I’ve known of cases before where schools have gone down to no students then gone back up again.”[…]

 – Stuff

So a school with no pupils gets financial support, communication and is not threatened with closure but Partnership schools full of Maori students and other students let down by the State system are being made to walk the plank by Jacinda Ardern.

Where is the compassion she is always bleating on about? Where is her passion for lifting children out of poverdy? Has she forgotten the promises she made to Maori at Waitangi so quickly?


Judith goes in to bat for Partnership schools: “They’re the poor little victims of a big, fat, mean union.”

by SB on February 10, 2018 at 10:00am

Credit: SonovaMin


National MP Judith Collins has fired shots at Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern over the decision to axe charter schools.

[…] “You know what I’d really like to see this Government show a bit of leadership on? That’s protecting those poor little kids in charter schools – kids that these guys are just consigning to the scrap heap,” she says.

“Woman to woman – you know what Jacinda? You’re always talking about compassion, fluffing on about it. Tell you what – show some. Protect those kids and stand up to those union bullies.”


Host Duncan Garner agreed with her, telling Labour MP Phil Twyford he was damaging the students’ futures.

“You’re closing schools that are helping young people that have failed in state schools actually get ahead,” he says.

“These are your people. These should be your families.” […]

[…] Alwyn Poole, academic advisor for Villa Education Trust, which operates three charter schools in Auckland, says he feels blind-sided by the Government’s decision.

“The first few weeks after the election, Jacinda Ardern in the house promised an easy transition,” he told The AM Show on Friday morning.

“Hipkins has promised an easy transition for a long time, so his operation yesterday in throwing out that ‘if you don’t close, we’ll close you for you’, was a huge surprise.”

And Ms Collins says the model works for the children who need it.

“I’ve listened to Phil. He’s doing his best to defend the indefensible,” she says.

“These school kids have been in the school system for long enough that it’s failed them and they’re railed in it. They need something else.

“They’re the poor little victims of a big fat mean union and a Government that will do whatever that union wants. It’s just disgraceful.”


Click here or on the above screenshot to watch the AM Show where National MP Judith Collins defends Partnership schools and their students. Labour minister Phil Twyford repeats the lie that only a few things will need to change for the schools to remain open. He names two key things that he says will have to change, which the schools are already doing! They already use registered teachers and they already teach the New Zealand curriculum.

This is the same smokescreen blown by PM Jacinda Ardern. Twyford ignores that there is no pathway to becoming a special character school because of the flaws in the legislation; flaws that Jacinda Ardern promised would be fixed but haven’t been fixed. He denies that the schools will be closed even though Education Minister Chris Hipkins released a press release on Thursday categorically stating that he will forcibly close them if they don’t agree to close.

Robbo spends nine years complaining about rising debt, and now he’s in charge public debt is low

by Cameron Slater on February 8, 2018 at 8:30am

(Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Grant Robertson is a complete twat. He’s spent nine years complaining about National’s economic management, constantly issuing press releases criticising rising public debt.

Then, yesterday, he decided that we actually have low public debt:

Low public debt and a strong labour market will buffer the economy from current turmoil, Finance Minister Grant Robertson claims.

Treasury officials were recalled from their day off on Waitangi Day to brief Robertson on the global turmoil, but indicated they believed the economy was resilient.

Robertson told RNZ on Wednesday that while there may be some turmoil on the sharemarket this week, that he was confident the wider economy would cope.

​”When you look at the fundamentals of global economic growth, and indeed of the New Zealand economy, I’m reasonably reassured by that,” Robertson said.

Essentially the low level of public debt is a really important part of it,” Robertson said.


Just two months ago in parliament Robbo was saying:

This from a man who said that under National debt had “skyrocketed”. Barely two months ago he told Parliament he “will not be lectured” by his predecessor Steven Joyce about debt levels.

“If there is anyone in this House who needs to take responsibility for debt levels, it’s that member,” Robertson said of Joyce, which presumably now means he is in awe of his arch-rival.

And he said this on 23 May 2016:

Long term the economy should be able to generate solid operating surpluses on a consistent basis, and certainly that should be our goal. But there will be times when it is not reached, when the need is greater to give people some hope and opportunity and make the long term investments in our future well-being. The same applies to reducing debt. We are fortunate, in part due to the excellent work of Dr Michael Cullen, that we survived the Global Financial Crisis with relatively low levels of government debt. The failure of the Government to put much of a dent into that debt is concerning, even bearing in mind the Canterbury earthquakes.

And on 23 May 2015:

We’ve got a government that will not be paying down any debt until 2019, and the consequence of that – no money for the Super Fund, either.

And on 22 November 2016 he said:

Don’t believe the hype – debt has skyrocketed under National

The reckless dangling of tax cuts by the National Government is all the more irresponsible when it is put alongside the failure to pay down debt or put money aside for future superannuation costs, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.


Debt has actually risen by more than $50 billion on National’s watch. In Parliament on the 11th of October, Bill English acknowledged in response to a question from me that they have not paid down any net debt in dollar terms.

And on 14 October 2015 he said:

First surplus a blip on radar screen of debt

Bill English’s first surplus is just one black drop in a sea of red, with New Zealanders still paying over $10m a day in interest payments, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

“The Finance Minister has finally found a surplus needle in his haystack of debt. Despite promising a ‘significant’ surplus, it’s just $414m. That’s less than 0.2 per cent of GDP – a rounding error, not a surplus.

Gross debt is more than $86 billion – the highest since Rob Muldoon stalked the corridors of the power. Interest payments alone are now $13 million a day and rise to $15m a day in three years.

And on 1 March 2016 he said:

NZ’s $60b debt big concern for possible recession

New warnings of a global recession places the spotlight on New Zealand’s $67b net debt, leaving the economy in a much worse state than before the 2008 downturn when net debt was zero, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“Despite claiming the figleaf of fiscal responsibility the latest government accounts show that National has racked up over $67b in net debt. With Citigroup warning of a global recession that level of debt will be an albatross around the neck of the government if the downturn occurs.

“Bill English likes to pretend New Zealand will be insulated from any international downturn, saying we came through the previous one better than other countries. That’s because Michael Cullen had reduced net debt to zero – for the primary purpose of preparing New Zealand for a ‘rainy day’.

After seven years of National, the finances are in a much worse state to deal with any recession.

As you can see, Grant Robertson is someone who says one thing in opposition and once he is the Finance Minister it turns out that the apparently parlous state of the country’s finances is actually not bad at all.

There are plenty more examples; those are just the first few I found when searching.

What amazes me is how the media fail to hold blatant rubbish like this to account. What is even worse is that the muppets in National aren’t holding the fool to account either.

NBR caves to ‘outrage’ over an opinion column, now censoring Bob Jones’ pearls of wisdom

by Cameron Slater on February 8, 2018 at 9:00am

Bob Jones is a living treasure, and his columns are rippers. Presumably NBR used to think that way which is why they ran his columns.

Well, they did until they showed abject cowardice in the face of outraged snowflakes who don’t like other people’s opinions.

A column calling for a day in which Māori serve the British has been deleted from the National Business Review‘s (NBR) website.

The Sir Bob Jones column argues that instead of a day in which Māoritanga comes to the centre, we should have a day in “appreciation” of the Brits.

Why? Because Sir Bob believes there are “no full-blooded Māoris in existence”, ergo, he argues, Māori should thank the British for their existence on Waitangi Day.

Sir Bob Jones is a property investor, avid opinion piece writer and former politician.

When contacted by Newshub about the removal of the column, NBR had “no comment”, but a statement on Twitter said the column was pulled due to “inappropriate content”.

Why did they publish it then? Obviously, an editor didn’t think it was “inappropriate” when deciding to publish it. It seems it only became “inappropriate” after some snowflakes melted.

I asked about this censorship well before media picked it up.

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Hey @TheNBR why have you hidden Bob Jones’ latest column? Censorship? His other columns are still there. Was it because some snowflakes were offended? If it was ok to publish why take it down? Is NBR caving to Twitter bullies?


That “inappropriate content” was signalled by Sir Bob himself, with the subheading “Time for a Troll”.

“As there are no full-blooded Māoris in existence it indisputably follows that had it not been for migrants, mainly Brits, not a single Māori alive today, including Professor Temaru, would have existed,” he wrote.

“I have in mind a public holiday where Māori bring us breakfast in bed or weed our gardens, wash and polish our cars and so on, out of gratitude for existing.”

On Twitter, the column was called “incredibly racist” and “hate speech”.

Sir Bob was called a “fossil” and a “blatant white supremacist”.

Others dug up NBR‘s sponsors, calling on them to stop advertising with the publication.

In response, NBR pulled the article, saying “Sir Bob Jones’ latest column has been removed from NBR‘s website, due to inappropriate content.”

The Press Council says it has not received any complaints about the article, “but since our complaints procedure requires that complaints are taken to the editor in the first instance it may be that complaints are simply at that stage”, a spokesperson said.

The NBR are gutless. They chose to publish the article – an editor had to decide that –and then, when the perpetually outraged got hurty feelings, they pulled it down.

Bob Jones is only bringing a bit of balance to the market of ideas, after all. It seems that there are no conservative voices left in media these days except us. All the rest are slowly being silenced by virtue-signalling weirdos who seem to be outraged over almost anything.

The answer to inappropriate speech isn’t banning, blocking, withdrawing or censoring it, it is reasoned debate or mocking.

Why can’t the “outraged” debate with Bob Jones on the issue? Instead they want him shut down.

I think Mark Richards hit this on the head.


Always wondered why she acted like that when it was a valid question.

She was pregnant at the time, and didn’t want it out yet.

You might say, straight from the Horses mouth (well with those teeth you could eat an apple through a tennis racket).

Labour’s 100 days claims busted

by Cameron Slater on February 4, 2018 at 8:00am

Labour has been claiming they’ve achieved a pile of things in their 100 days.

Lloyd Burr has busted those claims:

An email arrived into my inbox a few days ago with the subject line “We did this!”. It was from Labour, about its 100-day plan.

It was a nice line. From ‘Let’s do this!’ to ‘We did this!’. Clever. Hats off to the spin doctor who came up with it.

But there’s a problem.

The email claimed the plan had been completed. And it mostly has. Mostly.

But the subject line didn’t read ‘We mostly did this!’. It shouted from the rooftop how Labour had proven itself in government.

It talked about how it had done what it had promised to do. It used words like “delivered”, “achieved” and “commitment”.

That’s called spin. It has massaged the truth. Massaged its promises. Embellished what has really happened in 100 days.


Spin is a beltway term for lies.

And that annoys me. Not just from a journalistic point of view, but because this Labour-led Government has promised to be open, honest and transparent.

Snort. They waited the full 20 days for my OIA to DPMC, then kicked it to Winston’s office. That is hardly open, honest, or transparent.

So let me clear things up.

What Labour Has Not Achieved

1. “Ban overseas speculators from buying existing houses”

It hasn’t banned them yet. It has just introduced a Bill that will ban them, but that Bill is months off from becoming law.

2. “Introduce legislation to make medicinal cannabis available for people with terminal illnesses or in chronic pain”

It has introduced changes to the law regarding medicinal cannabis, but those changes are minor and conservative. It won’t make products available to terminally ill and chronically ill patients. It will just prevent them from being prosecuted. The Prime Minister admits she would’ve liked more changes – but New Zealand First’s conservatism meant she couldn’t change the law properly.

3. “Hold a Clean Waters Summit on cleaning up our rivers and lakes”

This never happened. Winston Peters vetoed it.

4. “Set the zero carbon emissions goal and begin setting up the independent Climate Commission”

The target has not been set and it hasn’t begun setting up the independent Climate Commission. All that’s been announced is a period of public consultation on what the target should be and how the commission would be structured.

Booking meetings, consultations and forming committees isn’t achieving anything. Unless of course your benchmark is just having “conversations”.

The idea of a 100-day plan is completely arbitrary. It’s a line in the sand that has no true significance.

It’s just a marketing tool by Labour to make it look like it is working hard to quickly implement the changes it promised to Kiwis.

Now that the deadline has passed and Labour’s claimed its victory, it’s fair to say it’s no longer a new Government.

Its ministers have got their feet under the desk and their teeth into stuff. They have their offices sorted and changes to roll out.

My hope is that there are no more XXX-day SPAM Plans that see rushed changes rolled out to reach a fake deadline for the sake of claiming to be progressive.

Still not a single tree planted, not a single affordable house built…can’t wait for the excuses to start flowing on those two promises.

Lloyd Burr will be getting the pointy finger next.

SCHOOL – 1950s versus 2018

by SB on February 4, 2018 at 4:30pm

The New Zealand Journal: April 2010 Auckland school children knocking back half a pint.

Scenario : 
Johnny and Rangi get into a fight after school.

The 1950s – Crowd gathers. Rangi wins. Johnny and Rangi shake hands and end up best friends.

2018 – The Police are called and they arrest Johnny and Rangi and charge them with assault.

Both are expelled even though Johnny started it.

Both children go to anger management programmes for three months.

The school board holds a meeting to implement bullying prevention programmes.


Teacher, cane and gown

Scenario :
Robbie won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.

The 1950s – Robbie is sent to the Principal’s office and given six of the best.

He returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt the class again.

2018 – Robbie is given huge doses of Ritalin, becomes a zombie and is tested for ADHD.

Robbie’s parents get fortnightly disability payments and the school gets extra funding from the government because Robbie has a disability.

Country Living Magazine:

Scenario :
Billy breaks a window in his neighbour’s car and his Dad spanks him.

The 1950s – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2018 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care, joins a gang and ends up in jail.


Bonfire Night in our collection –National Science and Media Museum blog
Boy carrying fireworks …

Scenario :
Johnny takes apart leftover fireworks from Guy Fawkes night, puts them in a paint tin and blows up a wasp’s nest.

The 1950s – Wasps die.

2018- The Police and the Anti-Terrorism Squad is called.

Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism, parents investigated, siblings removed from the home and computers confiscated.

Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly in an aeroplane again.

Huffington Post

Scenario :
Johnny falls over while playing rugby during morning break and scrapes his knee.

He is found crying by his teacher, Mary.  She hugs him to comfort him.

The 1950s – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing rugby. No damage was done.

2018 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in prison.

Johnny undergoes five years of therapy and ends up transgender.

Is ending child poverty even possible?

by Cameron Slater on February 5, 2018 at 9:00am

Jacinda Ardern stated before the election that she was going to end child poverty.

Now, after making it to PM, she has walked that back somewhat… now she is only going to halve it.

But is that even possible with the silly and unattainable measured based on a percentage of a median? I don’t think it is possible. Neither do others, like Kate Stewart:

Publicly stating that you will halve childhood poverty in 10 years is a big call to make, regardless of your political leanings. But just how realistic and doable is it, honestly?

We would all love to believe it and I’m sure that, with the help of some creative accounting, the less cynical may be swayed, like the fact that in 10 years time most 8-10 years old experiencing poverty now will be classed as adults and will no longer fall under that huge 18-year-old umbrella that recognises them as a child.

So, just how is this going to be fairly achieved and who is actually going to benefit?  


Good question.

Is there some magical way, with the help of fairies and unicorns, that 50 percent of those affected, get a lucky golden ticket that somehow entitles them to be plucked from poverty and mysteriously transported on an enchanted cloud, to the land of the more fortunate while the remaining half get to wallow in their continued squalor for the unforeseeable future.

Where is the line going to be drawn and who will tell those left behind that it’s just too bad, Jacinda didn’t want to lift YOU out of poverty? After all, if she can lift the other 50% out why not the rest?

Perhaps the cold hard truth will be buried in semantics and no-one experiencing poverty today will actually be helped because all the resources will, in fact, be going towards those who have already been predetermined to be born into poverty for the next ten years.

If I’m wrong, then can someone please explain how the escaping 50 per cent are to be selected and on what basis, and what makes them more deserving than those that get left behind?

More good questions.

This is where politicians need to choose their words very carefully. Will childhood poverty really be reduced by 50 per cent overall or will we be halfway towards its eventual alleviation – there’s a freaking gigantic difference between each statement.

It’s a real shame that all policy is never as easy or black and white as when they pass their own ginormous annual salary increases in near record time, or a government department approves mega-thousands for a swanky conference at a 5 Star resort.

I wonder how many of these events will be held to discuss the issue of poverty, while gorging on king prawns, chilled Rose and salmon steaks?

Lots I’d say. Lots of conferences, lots of conversations, lots of virtue-signalling. Not much action.

The money for any initiatives should be going directly to the coalface … not the coals that stoke the conference BBQ, but I’m picking that like almost every government “fix”, the initial bulging budgets will be blown on administrative and set-up costs, worthless studies and research, workshops, and nonsensical ad campaigns that will invariably fail to reach their target audience.

This woman knows a thing or two.

But hey, we’re playing personality politics these days. We have a new, young, pretty-ish PM, adorably pregnant with a budding stay at home dad firmly in tow. Lets all knit booties and sing, John Lennon’s, Imagine and believe because we want to.

Please, be my guest and prove me wrong. There’s nothing I’d love more.

Take a note of my email address and in 10 years time, I want to hear from the affected 50 per cent.Attach the pics of your new affordable housing and healthily stocked fridges, your glowing work references, clean criminal records and proof of non-benefit supplied incomes.

Bonus points will be given for home ownership and proof of world travel, rental properties, boats and bitcoin plus there’s a free gift for those who include photos of the leprechauns, pixie dust and magic wands that helped them on their mystical journey.

Forgive me if not entirely convinced by the claim … I’m failing to reach 5 per cent, let alone 50.

Believe in the personality all you like, I’m convinced her intentions are honourable, but sheer logic tells me that, as a policy,(the only doable bit) it can’t be done without, somehow, fudging the numbers and we all know that fudge is usually the colour of bullsh*t.

Who knew such a person existed… and wrote at the Herald. I can’t wait for the howls of outrage and witch hunts and pitchforks from the Wellington Twitterati and Area64 people trying to get Kate Stewart sacked.


-NZ Herald

Blog owners point of view is that you cant. There is a race in this country that wont work, always with their hand out and moaning that they are picked on. This lot will never work, and to work is the only way to get ahead in life. After all “it’s the white thing to do”