Helen seeking new trough to swill in

One thing about ex-politicians is that they know how to sniff out a nice new trough:

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is in the running for another high-profile aid job based in Geneva, according to reports.

The New York Times has reported that Clark is on a three-person shortlist for director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.    Read more »


Helen Clark is coming back. What work will the Devil make for idle hands?

Audrey Young: Helen Clark will leave post knowing she made a difference, with UNDP in better shape than when she started

Helen Clark may not have fulfilled all her ambitions in her eight years at the United Nations Development Programme.

But when she leaves her post in April it will be with the satisfaction of knowing she made a difference and that she leaves it a better place than when she started.

It was not unexpected. She will have completed two four-year terms in April by the time she goes.

She dragged the UNDP into the 21st century.

The old tuskers in the media are responding like Pavlov’s dogs at the thought of Her Majesty returning to our shores.

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Helen Clark sliding further backwards

Helen Clark

Not looking good for hells bells

Miss Clark came in eighth in Friday’s fourth straw poll for the next secretary-general, one place lower than the previous two polls.

The established frontrunner, former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres, came out on top again.

While the vote could swing drastically in the final days with the Security Council’s permanent members – the US, Russia, China, France and Britain – holding vetoes that could strike Mr Guterres and other favourites out, Miss Clark’s slip in the standings is a setback to her campaign.

She was given six “encourage”, seven “discourage” and two “no opinion” votes. Read more »


Running New Zealand as a communist country not good enough for a UN win


Clark has been tireless in her campaign, courting international media, and cultivating a big following on social media. She has done so knowing that she enters the race with a huge handicap – there is a prevailing view that it is Eastern Europe’s “turn” to lead the UN under the so-called regional rotation “rule”, and the odds would appear to be stacked against her given the large number of Eastern European candidates.

The decision will ultimately come down to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – US, Britain, China, Russia and France – and some of them appear to prefer other candidates, which further raises the odds.

But despite that Clark is regularly touted as the frontrunner and that has ruffled feathers.

She has been rated as the best performer, but that may just get her to “most capable loser”, as the fact she wasn’t actually born in a Soviet bloc country will weigh heavily against her. Read more »


Watch Helen get grilled live on TV

Helen Clark might have been a camel jockey but Kind David probably wasn't

John Key is canvassing support for Helen Clark to be the next United Nations secretary-general as he meets national leaders on his trip to Europe and Indonesia but says she faces a “really tough fight” to get the job.

“All the feedback we continue to get is that she is extremely well thought of,” he told reporters in London on Tuesday.

Mr Key said outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron told him on Monday he thought Ms Clark, who is now the head of the UN Development Programme, would potentially be very good in the top UN job.

The first straw poll on the post will be held later this month to narrow down the field.

Mr Key said he would be canvassing support for the “outstanding” candidate Ms Clark when he meets national leaders in Italy, France and Indonesia later this week.

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From 750 a year to 1000 a year. Helen will be pleased


Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says per capita, New Zealand ranks seventh in the world for accepting refugees.

That’s if you don’t count, in his words, “irregular migration” — refugees who aren’t accepted as a part of an official quota.

Mr Woodhouse’s comments come a day after the Government announced the first increase to the refugee quota in three decades — from 750 to 1000. It won’t kick in until 2018, after a temporary increase to take in Syrian refugees has ended.

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Winston on Helen


Winston Peters says if Helen Clark wants to win the United Nations’ top job, she needs to be careful how she deploys her legendary ruthlessness.

Ms Clark’s campaign to be the first female Secretary-General has hit its first serious bump, with an article in Foreign Policy magazine claiming while heading the UN Development Programme, Ms Clark “left a trail of embittered peers and subordinates” and “ruthlessly ended the careers of underlings in her quest to advance her candidacy”.

Ms Clark herself has called the allegations “totally fabricated”.

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Helen Clark steps on people to get ahead? That passes the sniff test

Helen Clark and Trevir Mallard with Labour's biggest donor, Owen Glenn, at the opening of a University building Glen paid for.

Helen Clark and Trevor Mallard with Labour’s biggest donor, Owen Glenn, at the opening of a University building Glen paid for.

Helen Clark, the U.N.’s development czar, has emerged as a front-runner in the race for U.N. secretary-general, inspiring international hopes that a powerful woman could lead the world’s preeminent diplomatic organization for the first time. Back home in New Zealand, where Clark served as prime minister from December 1999 to November 2008, the teenage pop star Lorde declared she was “all in” for her “awe-inspiring fellow countrywoman.” Fans produced T-shirts proclaiming, “Aunty Helen for UN Secretary General.”

But many of her own U.N. colleagues are not rooting for her. Clark’s seven-year stewardship of the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) has left a trail of embittered peers and subordinates, who accuse Clark of ruthlessly ending the careers of underlings in her quest to advance her candidacy and of undercutting the U.N.’s promotion of human rights. In the most controversial move, Clark’s top managers allegedly drove one UNDP official out of her job in retaliation for participating in an investigation that sharply criticized the agency’s response to mass atrocities in Sri Lanka, according to internal U.N. emails and several current and former U.N.-based officials and diplomats. The offices of the deputy U.N. secretary-general and a top aide to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon lobbied Clark’s office to rescue the UNDP official’s career, but they were unsuccessful.

That’s our Hels.  And that’s also why she’s better off with the job at the UN rather than coming back to New Zealand and sorting out the mess she left in her wake.   Read more »


Helen Clark is proud of New Zealand’s religious tolerance

via TVNZ

via TVNZ

New Zealand provided a model of religious tolerance for the rest of the world, Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister and head of the United Nations Development Programme, said today.

“Our world badly needs such models. On so many days now when I see the news headlines I often think how fortunate we are,” she said in Wellington.

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Helen Clark visits Labour’s “war room”


Ok so this “war room” is in Tanzania, but the similarities are remarkable.

Can you spot them?