Confirmed: Key announces Patsy as Governor-General

The NZ Herald reports:

Prime Minister John Key has announced that the next Governor-General will be Dame Patsy Reddy.

Dame Patsy will replace Sir Jerry Mateparae whose five-year term ends on August 31, becoming the third woman to hold the post.

“I am delighted Dame Patsy accepted the role,” says Mr Key. “She is a passionate New Zealander, a well-respected businesswoman and a staunch supporter of our creative sector.

“She is thoughtful, articulate and has a brilliant legal mind. I am sure New Zealanders will be proud to have her as our Governor-General.”

Former Auckland Mayor Dame Catherine Tizard was the first woman Governor-General, from 1990 to 1996. ? Read more »

Key rules out Jim Bolger as next Governer-General

John Key has scotched any talk of a former politician replacing Sir Jerry Mateparae as Governor-General

The Prime Minister has ruled out a former politician being the next Governor-General.

The current Head of State representative, Sir Jerry Mateparae, finishes up his five-year term with a state farewell on August 31.

On Monday John Key hinted a decision could be made as soon as this week but not to expect a former politician to be given the nod.

“As a general rule, and I know it’s happened with Sir Keith Holyoake for instance, but as a general rule that’s not my preference.”

Before Mateparae, there was Sir Anand Satyanand, a judge, an ombudsman (and the victim of Paul Henry’s race comments).?And before him was Dame Silvia Cartwright, another judge, who went on to work for the United Nations.

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"Nice to Have" – $4.12m on a Governor General

Jonathan Marshall has an article about the outrageous expenses of the Governor-General.

Amongst other things there is a bill of $500,000 for photocopying!

I don’t know why we can’t simply outsource the Governor-General’s position to the private sector. Cut the ceremonial bullshit completely, and retain a constitutional lawyer on retainer to cover the constitutional issues if and when they arise.

The retainer would probably only have to be making someone a knight or a dame because it is hard to remember a constitutionally tricky situation that our Governor-General has actually got into in.

A good bloke

Jerry Mateparae has been chosen to be our next Governor-General.

Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae says he has an “unshakeable belief in New Zealanders” and believes he can use his new role as Governor-General to contribute to the country.

Prime Minister John Key today announced that the former head of the Defence Force would replace Sir Anand Satyanand when his term ends in August.

Lt Gen Mateparae’s appointment has been approved by the Queen and he will be sworn in on August 17, beginning a five-year term as New Zealand’s 20th Governor-General.

Lt Gen Mateparae told reporters he was honoured to be asked to accept the role.

Army sources tell me that he is loved by those in uniform. He was always willing to come and have a drink with them and find out what they thought was going on in the army.

A sound, non-political choice.

Rules for some and rules for Hone

Just a week after Paul Henry effectively got the sack for making fun of someones name and Michael Laws had to apologise for calling the Governor-General a “fat indian“, we now get Honest Hone Harawira calling Rodney Hide a “fat little redneck”.

Clearly Honest Hone hasn’t been around the house recently because Rodney Hide is hardly fat, especially compared to Hone Harawira, who surely must now be able to be called a Fat Lazy Hori. Honest Hone must be at least 20 kilos heavier than Rodney Hide.

Somehow I doubt we will see a headline in the Herald tomorrow exclaiming?”Fury over Harawira’s ‘fat little redneck’ insult”.

Such is the hypocrisy of the underlying racism that exists in New Zealand. The same racism that now sees Labour turning their back on the past and now declaring all foreigners holding more than 5ha of land persona non grata.

Hone Harawira’s racism is palpable.

He refused to speak to Pakeha journalists today – and refused to speak in English.

But it wasn’t hard to interpret his feelings in an earlier radio interview.

?This Rodney thing they have us up against the wall and are chocking us to death, my view is to say, ?Look we’ve had a guts full of this shit,’? he says.

Mr Harawira isn’t voting for the bill – ironically neither is ACT – and he wants his four Maori Party MPs to pull their support for the bill.

?We should be saying, ?This is a deal between National and the Maori Party, Rodney Hide piss off,? and there’ll be no new amendments. I don’t see why we should sit back and allow a fat little red neck like Hide put in an amendment at the last minute,? he says.

I just bet we won’t see a peep out of the left wing blogs that were so vociferous over Paul Henry. Their argument then, yes Bomber, you too, was that Paul Henry worked for our national broadcaster. Well that argument holds even more water against Hone Harawira because he sits in our parliament. If Paul Henry spoke for New Zealand by working for a state owned broadcaster then Hone Harawira likewise speaks for new Zealand when he sits in the parliament.

Sometimes this country literally makes me want to puke. Its time for the Maori (race based) to be abolished. that we tolerate racism in our parliament and not from our entertainers shows how out os step our society has become.

Michael Laws is in trouble for why?

Is the Governor-General a big fat Indian?Michael Laws is in trouble. Again someone is in trouble for plain speaking.

By all accounts the Governor-Gneral is a thouroughly decent bloke, nice chap and has a great sense of humour. I wish the same could be said of the rest of the country.

Clearly there a some flat earthers out there that will want to deny the truth. The simple truth for all with a good pair of eyes is that the Governor-General is both fat and someone of Indian descent.

How can you complain about someone telling the truth? Doesn?t there have to be a factual error or a lie or something slanderous before a complaint can be upheld? I mean the last time anyone looked our Governor-General fitted into both the following categories:

Fat (check out the buttons on the jacket)

From the photo (left) it is as plain as Michael Laws’ statement.

Why can we not laugh at ourselves anymore?

Paul Henry offends someone – Yawn!

YAWN, Paul Henry offends someone, I should be offended, but I’m just not. He is paid to offend people, and frankly he is good at it, there isn’t a week that goes by without someone being offended by him.

The frothing and screaming from, mostly the left, and the handwringing of pink righties like Farrar are actually worse than the comments.

Frankly I find the 10:10 campaign ad more offensive, where children are blown up, and employees, for not agreeing to save 10% on their carbon emmissions. Yet the same people crying foul over Paul Henry’s comments are the very ones that support 10:10.

Should I be offended by Paul Henry’s comments, probably, after all he is mocking where Anand Satyanand’s parents come from and that also happens to be where I was born, in Fiji, so technically I’m not ?a Kiwi either according to Paul Henry. he has also slammed me on his show, but hey, who cares, it’s entertainment.

The point is that it takes all types to rock the world, even racists with big mouths. The same people who scream about Paul Henry were absent without leave over Honest Hone’s comments about white people.

To me the biggest cop out though is the stance of @nzben, who chucked his job instead of using his position on the show to slap Paul Henry. That is cowardice. He should have given Paul Henry a serve, but he quit instead. He should have called out the little pommy twit.

Paul Henry is a cock, sure, but crying when someone says something offensive just shows how humourless we all have become.

The world needs rude people, it makes us all examine just where we?stand?on things that matter, and frankly the Governor-General doesn’t matter. The problem I have is I can’t support a republic until both Jim Bolger and Helen Clark are dead and buried, so in the interim we are stuck with a Governor-General.

The discussion we should be having is the parlous state of our constitutional arrangements and the complete?abrogation and side-stepping?of the BORA on a constant basis. But that is boring, when we can be screaming about some?perceived?outrage.