February 2018

Women can do anything

Women’s Minister and Green Party co-leadership candidate Julie Anne Genter has announced she is pregnant.  

The pregnancy did not at all change her intention to stand for co-leader or to carry on as Women’s Minister and associate transport and health minister.

I do believe that there is no reason a woman can’t be a mother and do that job,” Genter said.

Mothers who have it all have to do it all credit Daily Mail

Having a child is a truly wonderful thing, an amazing experience for any woman and both Genter and Ardern are to be congratulated.

So why does Genter’s announcement that her pregnancy will not interfere with her job and her immediate political goals sound flippant?  Because it is.  

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Suze aka Sue Sangster is an avid reader, writer and aspiring novelist with a green thumb.

Oral Questions – 20 February 2018

Credit: Woolf Photography via parliament.nz

Questions to Ministers

  1. Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies?
  2. KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the costs of living?
  3. Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the policy advice he receives?

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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Netanyahu: ‘Mr Zarif…You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran — do not test Israel’s resolve!’

Benjamin Netanyahu is muscling up to Iran:

Brandishing a fragment of an Iranian drone downed over northern Israel a week ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned that Israel could strike the Islamic Republic directly and cautioned Tehran not to “test Israel’s resolve.”

Mr. Zarif, do you recognize this? You should, it’s yours. You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran — do not test Israel’s resolve!” proclaimed Netanyahu at the Munich Security Conference, which was also attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The Iranian drone, which entered northern Israel from Syria near the Jordan border last Saturday, was shot down by an Israeli attack helicopter. In response to the drone incursion, Israeli jets attacked the mobile command center from which it was operated, the army said last week.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Cartoon of the day

Al Nisbet, February 19, 2018.

The ‘Grossest Market’ is no more, liquidation and receivership beset Aaron Drever

Regular readers will know we have been closely following the fall and demise of Aaron Drever.

His latest venture has collapsed.

Aaron Drever’s ‘Grossest Market‘ has tipped into liquidation:

Another piece of wreckage has been added to the pile of former Nosh debris with the liquidation of The Grocer’s Market store in Mt Eden.

The company behind the store, TGM Trading, which acquired some assets of the former Nosh Group last year, was placed in liquidation by its shareholder, Aaron Drever, today.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Does Jacinda Ardern care about these mostly Māori and Pasifika students?

Credit: Luke

The worm has most definitely turned and I am reading article after article in the MSM that is supportive of Charter schools and Charter school students, but is Jacinda Ardern listening and does she care about what will happen to these students as a result of Labour’s wrecking-ball approach to education?

OPINION: Sunday’s “Save our charter schools march” was a moving experience. It wasn’t just the hundreds of people who turned up in torrential rain to protest. Nor was it ACT leader David Seymour’s impassioned chanting. Nor even the Vanguard school students’ valiant haka.

What was moving was the procession of young students, mostly Māori and Pasifika, who strode forward, proudly, to the microphone. If their eagerness to speak caught the protest organisers by surprise, their words did not. They had only one message: a plea to the prime minister and Minister of Education Chris Hipkins not to close their schools.

One student explained that she had been failing at her state school and that she had nothing to live for after her friend had committed suicide. Another described the self-destructive path he had been following at his old school.

And a former charter school head-girl told us how she had felt worthless before starting at her new charter school. The young woman – now a scholarship winner – apologised as she started to speak, saying she was “no politician”. Someone in the crowd called out, “Not yet!”

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

The Human Rights Commission, or the anti-human rights commission

By Robin Grieve

The Human Rights Commission released a statement about Sir Bob Jones’ NBR article saying, “We welcome the NBR’s decision to remove Sir Bob Jones’ article. Sir Bob Jones and those outlets that choose to publish this kind of rhetoric need to be prepared for the public backlash and condemnation they provoke and deserve.”

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! One of their own Commissioners, Dr Jackie Blue, when commenting on the passing of the first reading of the Domestic Violence Victim’s Protection Bill last year, said “domestic violence was tied tightly to inequality because it was the effect of men having greater power over women.”   Read more »

A guest post submitted to Whaleoil and edited by Whaleoil staff.

Incite Politics

Satire died a quick death in New Zealand

Being a free-speech enthusiast, the freedom to offend is important to me, since without it, there can be no satire, no edgy tongue-in-cheek humour, no taking the piss, nor robust debate about any topic where one group of people may be subject to getting their sensitive little feelings hurt.  It’s a hill I’m willing to die on.

So, I entered this muddy fray to tell Renae to pull her dopey head in. You can imagine the response on a thread populated by Facebook Maoris – it got ugly very swiftly.  But in my own mind I . . .

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The “Save Joyce” campaign rolls out in force, but no one told Joyce

There is a group of old guard who are trying to save Steve Joyce. The only problem is that it appears they didn’t bother to actually speak to Steve Joyce about the campaign. They must have been talking over the weekend because yesterday there were several moves that make it obvious that what I signalled a week ago is now a reality.

Steve Joyce, a man blessed with so little courage he has never stood for selection in an electorate for fear that he would lose, seems to have a small group and some board fools trying to keep him on.

They’ve talked to Richard Harman:

Steven Joyce could play a key role in that – either as a contender or as a facilitator because he is a favourite of the party organisation who argue that National did not lose significant support at the last election when its vote fell by 2.6% to 44.5% and that therefore there is no need to radically change the policies of the last Government.

But opinion within the caucus over his future is divided. Two of the leadership candidates — Bridges and Collins — are said to be less likely to keep him as finance spokesperson.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.