First day back and Jacinda is back on her media charm offensive. Why?

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern she clearly either wants or needs the exposure…she is doing naff pieces for Fairfax now about her culinary skills.

I’ve sure the luvvies of Auckland Central will be getting sticky knickers over these revelations.

What did you do for Christmas?

I had a totally traditional Christmas with my partner’s family in Gisborne. I spent a bit of time in the kitchen, which is one of my favourite things to do over the summer. We had ham and beef for Christmas – that was so many meals ago.

Can’t imagine you’d spend too much time in the kitchen preparing ham…slices of that come easy. All she is really saying is she made a guts of herself like every other Kiwi at Christmas….except Grant Robertson…he’s told us he’s stayed trim.  Read more »

Why are we even surprised at the holiday carnage?

The holiday season has turned to carnage and it should be no surprise, really, that people are dying on the roads and in the waters of this country.

So far the roads aren’t killing as many as the seas, lakes and rivers, but there is plenty of time for catch up.

All sort of spokespeople are coming out talking about preventable deaths and other such nonsense.

Speed tolerance is down.  Alcohol tolerance is down.  Road toll is up.  Why do they keep lying to us?  Seven die before the “holiday period” and the police were crowing “only one” died before yesterday. Now a few more have died despite all the Police presence and speed tolerance and everything else.

The Police do this every year…claim their policies are working and then statistics bite them.   Read more »


Ka Ching, the cash registers ring


Well done you spendthrifts – NZ sets a new Christmas retail record.

Last-minute Christmas shopping is setting new records with New Zealand’s largest electronic transaction company processing more sales than ever before.

New Zealanders have spent more than $147 million up to 1pm on Christmas Eve according to Paymark, with more than half a million transactions an hour during the shopping peak.

The company processed 157.46 transactions per second at 12.21pm, a new record.  Read more »

No religious tolerance in Somalia and Brunei: Christmas is illegal

Somalia has issued a ban on Christmas celebrations in the Muslim-majority country after the Southeast Asian sultanate of Brunei announced a similar prohibition earlier this month with the threat of five years in jail.

Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow, director general of Somalia’s religious affairs ministry, said on Tuesday that Christmas and New Year celebrations threatened the country’s Muslim faith.

“There should be no activity at all,” he told reporters, adding security forces had been ordered to break up any such festivities.

“All events related to Christmas and New Year celebrations are contrary to Islamic culture, which could damage the faith of the Muslim community.”

Let that sink in.   There is no need for tolerance.  In fact, Islam considers itself under threat from the mere existence of celebrating Christian holidays.   Read more »


Christmas nightCap

Sleep well. Hope you had a good one.  Be careful on the road.  Better late than dead on time tomorrow.

Thanks for your support this year.  Back to regular programming tomorrow.

All the best from the extended Whaleoil team that help you bring this every day:

  • Cam, Juana, Pete, Lux, Nige, Shiree, Alex, George, Anthony, Mary, Neil, Andrew, Bill, Roger, Peter, Wayne, Greg, Dallas, Regan, Rachel, Stephen, Bart and Steve.

White wine, in the sun

This is my favourite Christmas song.  It’s bitter sweet.

Every year, all proceeds from the sale of of this song during the months of November, December and January, go to the National Autistic Society.


A White Christmas? Not for us it’s not

What Christmas is complete without Dean and Rudolph?

Mental Health Break (the “I hate Christmas” version)

Caution:  Language, adult themes

So this is Christmas. And what have you done?