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Brash the brave at Waitangi

FOTOPRESS A history of conflict at Waitangi – then National leader Don Brash is targeted by protesters in 2004.

Dr Don Brash appeared at Waitangi this year for the first time since his infamous 2004 visit where he had mud thrown at him. This year he accepted an invitation by organizer Reuben Taipari to speak at Te Tii marae.

Brash greeted his hosts and visitors in Te Reo, then switched to English for his speech, but listeners missed parts of it due to the constant loud heckling that he was obliged to speak over.

His speech, titled “Where to Now?”, is reproduced in full on the website of the New Zealand Centre for Political Research and can also be read on Whaleoil. Quote.

Rueben suggested that as Ngapuhi wait, and wait, for their turn at settling with the Crown, I should make some observations about how to improve the economic status of Maori New Zealanders, and Ngapuhi in particular.” End of quote.

Brash the brave! He would have known that some Maori would be violently opposed to his ideas for improving their economic status as they are the ones who won’t work, preferring instead to sit on the couch with their hands out, with oodles of time to protest and heckle. Quote.

Most Maori New Zealanders will never become economically prosperous through Treaty settlements. 

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Sean Plunket & Dr Jordan B Peterson on the millennial snowflake generation

Magic Talk starts at 19:23

Sean

In general terms, Jordan, and we have it in this country and indeed everywhere we look at the millennial generation – they get a bit of stick here – they’re called snowflakes – they seem to get outraged, not only on their own behalf but on behalf of others at the drop of a hat, and they use social media, as elsewhere in the world, to call out the things they find offensive, or that hurt their feelings. Do you think there is a collective generational psychosis occurring because of social media?

Jordan

Ah… I don’t know if the millennial generation is any less sane than the baby-boomers. I mean the baby-boomers had plenty of trouble and they caused plenty of grief and misery in the 1960s and experimented, you know, crazily with psychedelic drugs and the wild life style and promiscuous sex and all of those things, and I don’t think the millennials are any worse or any better.

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Sean Plunket & Dr Jordan B Peterson on proposed sex Self-ID legislation

JOSEPH MCCRAY/ELEIKO Laurel Hubbard lifts in the snatch at the world championships in Anaheim, California.

Magic Talk begins at 14:40

Sean

I want to come back to that point. Look, the other thing… bill… ah… proposed bill we have before our parliament is the idea of self-identification to make it easier for people to alter their birth certificates if they choose to identify as anything other than the sex they were born as. Your views on…on that sort of legislation?

Jordan

Well, the first thing I would say, it might be useful to really address some important problems, that would be the first thing. You are dealing with an absolutely tiny minority of people, not that that’s completely without import.

But the second thing is it has to be thought through. And its not. I mean, I don’t know if you’ve been fol… (line goes dead)

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Was it appropriate for Winston Peters to make fun of Simon Bridges accent?

Mike Hosking.

Mike Hosking spoke with Winston Peters this week.

Recording starts at 14:35

Mike

Is saying “Choyna” taking the mickey out of Simon Bridges or being funny?

Winston

Aww, look… ah… if you want to get up and speak to (indistinct). Why don’t you go and look at the speech that he made? He spent half of his speech attacking me. And I thought, listen, with the greatest respect, Simon, you are not going to get away with it. If you want to….

Peters is unrepentant over this juvenile tactic.

The adult way to respond to Bridges’ criticism would be to debate the points, one by one.  Instead Peter’s chose to be petty and vindictive which is not a good look for a minister.

Winston has not come out of this skirmish looking pretty, instead he presents as petty and vindictive. 

The prime minister’s promise that isn’t a promise

Photoshopped image credit: Technomage

When is a promise not a promise? According to Phil Twyford, a promise Ardern made before she became prime minister doesn’t count as one.

Why is that, you ask? Well, silly, Ardern wasn’t prime minister at the time was she?

Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH (National) to the Minister of Transport: Is he committed to building light rail from the city to the airport in Auckland and if so, when will work begin?


Hon PHIL TWYFORD (Minister of Transport): Yes. Light rail will be a game-changer for Auckland. It will be a magnet for private investment in urban renewal, and each line will be able to carry 11,000 commuters per hour, the equivalent of four lanes of motorway. The light rail project will extend Auckland’s rapid transit network, a core part of our plan to build a modern transport system for the city. There is a procurement process under way now, so work has already started.


Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH: Is the Government on track to have built light rail from Wynyard Quarter to Mount Roskill within four years of becoming Government, as promised by Jacinda Ardern in August 2017?


Hon PHIL TWYFORD: At that point, Jacinda Ardern was not the Prime Minister.

Oral Question No.8 Parliament 13 February 2019

This is a doozy of an excuse from dear ol’ Phil, who would do his public persona a huge favour by putting a sock in his mouth. 

And is there a reason Ardern’s minders keep running interference for her whenever pressure is applied over her non-delivery? Quote.

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Whaleoil Transcript: Sean Plunket & Dr Jordan B Peterson on diversity, Julie-Anne Genter & equality

Magic Talk starts at 7:48

Sean

All right. I want to talk about a few things going on in New Zealand which is, you know, part of the culture war, we are part of the global community and we’re connected online. First up, we have a cabinet, um… the Labour Party, the largest member, or part of our coalition government, it has a quota, a male/female quota, for cabinet posts.

Jordan

Now, Canada too…

Sean

Yeah, what do you think of that?

Jordan

I think there is absolutely no excuse for it. I think that it’s a… it’s a… you know the radical leftists are always yammering on about biological essentialism which they associate with something akin to fascism. You know, the idea that there are mutable biological characteristics that define people and yet they are the first people to insist that if you are going to have a cabinet that is, let’s say more competent than representative, that you have to divide it according to identity categories. And first and foremost, perhaps the ones of sex. And to pick your cabinet by genitalia is not an acceptable technical move.

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Whaleoil transcript: Sean Plunket & Dr Jordan B Peterson on Auckland Peace Action & other anti-free speech dullards

“CRAZY ol Val gets down and dirty with poop” Valerie Morse Auckland Peace Action

Magictalk

Sean

And we are with Dr Jordan B Peterson, cultural phenomenon, and according to Auckland Peace Action the biggest threat to New Zealand’s way of life and civilisation, that oh, don’t know, since we’ve seen since the last earthquake. They came out earlier this week and threw a lot of labels at Dr Peterson and their spokesman, Iris, or spokesperson, Iris, came on with me yesterday simply so I could ask them to, well, provide the proof of their accusations. Um.. I didn’t think he did that well, or they did that well, Jordan?

Jordan

Oh, well it was quite a remarkable interview. I think that… I don’t know how many people watched it, or listened to it, but I suspect quite a few and it’s no wonder because it’s… um… a real feat of journalistic persistence, I would say, on your part. You didn’t let your interviewee off the hook for a moment and there wasn’t much content there. There was a lot of exactly the same sort of thing that’s been happening for the last two years. Really quite appalling and what seems to happen generally in the journalistic sphere, on the negative side for me, is there’s a list of epithets that are… it’s like all the radical leftists have a list of epithets that are sort of “at hand.” Maybe they have them on a little sticky on their computer. Misogynist, homophobe, Islamophobe, transphobe, ah… bigot, racist… ah… then there’s often some Nazi ah….

Sean

Don’t forget your cocaine addiction, either.

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Is this mummy brain?

Photoshopped image credit: Pixy

Mike Hosking had to chase Jacinda Ardern down for straight answers to many of his questions this week. He failed. But is it too much to expect the prime minister to have answers at her fingertips?

Hosking asked why Ardern has not met with, and has no immediate plans to meet with China, our largest trading partner. When will she visit China?

Ardern

 “Um. I wouldn’t want to speculate on that, that only sets up arbitrary time lines.”

Hosking asked who in the Inland Revenue decided that a political poll was appropriate.

Ardern

 “Um… yeah… they had a question… um…. I…. I… don’t know who made that decision. Certainly, the minister didn’t know.”

Hosking reminded Ardern that the government has signalled last week that an announcement on polytechs was imminent. When would it be?

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Whaleoil transcript: Ardern on NZ First’s absence from her speech & KiwiBuild

Mike Hosking.

Newstalk ZB recording starts at 12:54

Mike

Did you read Fran O’Sullivan’s piece on your state of the nation speech last week?

Jacinda

Ah… I’ve… I’ve had a precis of it. (snorts)

Mike

Woolliness will not cut it. She ends the…

Jacinda

And I have to say that I really disagree with that assessment and that was not the feedback I had from those in the room and from members of Business NZ.

Mike

Why were there no NZ First ministers there?

Jacinda

I simply had ministers there who um… ah… had relevant portfolio areas to some of the issues that were discussed at that business breakfast… actually…

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Hosking & Ardern on Maori unemployment

Mike Hosking.

Newstalk ZB starts at 2:09, finishes at 3:15

Mike

The numbers you gave at Waitangi on Maori unem… the, the Maori numbers that you gave at, ah, Waitangi claiming for the first time in a decade Maori unemployment was trending down, why did you say that when it wasn’t true?

Jacinda

Because at that time um… uh… it absolutely was.

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