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She was in her element addressing 8,000 Harvard graduates this past week. Although the 25 minute speech would have been mostly written by her department (the teleprompter containing it regularly failed), she had a big input into it.
The contradictions and inconsistencies of, for example, on one hand proclaiming that abortion is a case of “my body, my choice” and then saying it’s not “my body, my choice” when it comes to coercing people to have injected into them a shonky substance, multiple times, particularly when it is demonstrably ineffective in doing what it’s claimed to, just seem to escape her.
She still seems to think that grabbing guns off law-abiding citizens but not criminals and gangs has made people safer. She refuses to admit that nearly all the violence in Freedom Village outside Parliament earlier this year was committed by her Police force on orders from her and Mallard, and not by the protestors. She won’t admit that her Police commanders told lies which were repeated by her bought and paid Mainstream Media.
Like most in her caucus she only believes in Free Speech for her views on the way society should be controlled and not for those who disagree with her. What they have to say is attacked, vilified and censored. She creates racial divisions by emphasizing the importance of bloodlines and consciousness of them.
She can’t see that that people are tired of being preached to by a Machiavellian sociopathic liar who is simply there to advance her screwball political ideology — which has seen her Government making rich elites richer and poor people poorer — at any and all cost.
Just go away and let others attempt to heal the damage you’ve caused, Jacinda.
The idea growing all of your own fruit and vegies is a very appealing one. Never having to go to the grocery store and instead simply walking out the back door to fill a basket from the garden. Many glossy articles and TV programs promise to have the key to your years worth of growing. […]Vegies for a year…. — Brisbane Edible Gardening
from Bassett, Brash and Hyde
Yesterday someone sent me a spoof of Dad’s Army with Jacinda holding a rifle and looking goofy, Andrew Little and Grant Robertson equally gormless at her elbows, and the sinister Nanaia Mahuta close by. Each was appropriately dressed in military fatigues and it was labelled “Dud’s Army”. It was a celebration, if that’s the word, of the most incompetent government New Zealand has endured for more than 70 years. The best example is Robertson’s spendthrift recent budget stoking inflation, while the Reserve Bank has to push interest rates higher to bring that universal thief called inflation under control. And all this on top of Labour’s failures with Kiwibuild, the missing $1.9 billion dedicated to mental health that miraculously vanished with no sign of any improvements, the dropped Auckland walking and cycling bridge over the Waitemata, and now the gold-plated, not-so-rapid-rail to Auckland’s airport. Projected to cost $29 billion all up, but poorly conceived, that money could underpin tax cuts until the middle of the 21st century.
What explains Labour’s seemingly never-ending incompetence? I put it down basically to a lack of knowledge and insufficient experience. Neither Jacinda nor Robertson has personally lived with inflation. Nor have most of their colleagues. Jacinda turned four years old on the day the Lange-Douglas government was first sworn into office in 1984 and began its arduous, but ultimately successful fight to rid us of more than two decades of rapidly rising costs that emptied ordinary folks’ pockets and reduced their living standards. Robertson only became a teenager in 1984 and seems never to have studied economics seriously. I doubt he’s ever heard the classical definition of inflation – that it is always, and everywhere, a monetary phenomenon, in the sense that it is, and can be produced only by a more rapid increase in the quantity of money than in output. Treasury officials know this, of course, and advised against the $27 per week Budget handout to selected low income people. They realise what Robertson doesn’t, that when the projected time is up to end the payment, there will be such a howl that the Minister of Finance will be obliged to keep paying it, thus continuing to oil his inflationary treadmill.
Many of Jacinda’s cabinet are stumblebums. Where is the Minister of Police as drive-by shootings escalate and ram-raids become fashionable amongst school truants? Six million dollars for unspecified police efforts to counter ram-raids? On the rare occasions she appears on TV, Poto Williams looks like a possum in the headlights. Who does she think she’s kidding? Has she, or any other minister, faced up to the fact that some really tough action is needed to deal with the gangs and the human detritus they seem to spread about the place? Does the grossly overworked Minister of Education who doubles as Covid minister spend any time on what, surely, is the most important portfolio for our country’s future? On any school day, we have it from the Maori Party, only 47% of their children are in classrooms. Yet, there is one thing we know about their parents: they understand incentives. Might they take more interest in their children’s whereabouts if their welfare payments were docked by a sum each day their children missed school?
This cabinet seems to feel that the world will automatically become a better place if they just spray money about. A billion here, $100 million there. Just hire some more bureaucrats. Fourteen thousand more of them, to be precise. Yet policy implementation seems to slow with every new recruit. The Ministry of Health was reasonably efficient when I was minister in the 1980s, but today, with many more staff, no one would make that claim. Ashley Bloomfield’s department’s failings will almost certainly be a factor in his decision to retire. For his minister to be embarking on a root and branch reconstruction of our health services in the middle of a pandemic must surely be the height of stupidity. Even in good times governments are wiser to follow the old dictum “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Deal with worrying failures, but make use of the existing structure to help you achieve the changes.
Chris Faafoi is in a category of his own. His unwillingness to agree to media interviews isn’t surprising, given the hostility that has grown because of his slow processing of immigration applications. As Minister of Justice, he is hopelessly out of his depth, wrestling ineffectually with human rights concepts. He tried to retire before the 2020 election and should be eased towards the door as soon as possible.
But in the midst of cabinet’s ineptitude and confusion there are a couple of devious manipulators. Nanaia Mahuta and Willie Jackson whose political careers are nearing their end seem intent on creating as much mischief as possible with race relations. Armed with their demonstrable misinterpretations of the Treaty of Waitangi, they are intent on wringing as many privileges for the Maori aristocracy as possible before going down with Jacinda Ardern’s sinking ship. Mahuta is insisting on co-governance with her Three Waters and the health restructuring but has managed only to demonstrate its sinister side with her family nepotism. The old Maori way, before democracy was introduced by the settlers, involved chiefly corruption: promotion for his chosen mates. As can be seen from the way Nanaia has been engineering her family into lucrative positions of influence, her vision of co-governance will involve corruption on one side and democracy on the other. A tangled conflicting mess from which ordinary Labour voters will be the principal losers. Willie Jackson’s bizarre reinterpretation of democracy will never disguise the reality; the only beneficiaries from co-governance will be a collection of corrupt Maori aristocrats.
Michael Bassett was a cabinet minister in the 4th Labour government, 1984-1990.
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The Kapiti United States Marines Trust invites you to celebrate the installation of:
Camp Paekakariki interpretation site opening
Tuesday 14 June 2022 at 12 Midday
Enter the site via the northern end of Wellington Road Paekakariki (past the Paekakariki Holiday Park).
The event will finish at 1.00 pm. RSVP to email@example.com
In case of rain the event will be held at 12 Midday Tuesday 21 June. See this site for details.
New WWII U.S. Marines Camp interpretation site to open
Eighty years after the ‘friendly invasion’ of US Armed forces in New Zealand from 1942-44, the U.S.-Kiwi relationship will be celebrated with the opening of a new ‘interpretation site’ in Paekākāriki on June 14.
On this same day in 1942, the US 1st Marine Division arrived in Wellington aboard the USS Wakefield. After leaving the ship, they boarded a train to Paekākāriki, where they disembarked and marched into camp, departing six weeks later for the bloody Guadalcanal campaign in the Solomon Islands.
The Trust acknowledges Ngati Haumia as mana whenua and is grateful to have the opportunity to build the new Camp Paekākāriki interpretation site on what was formerly their land. The site tells the story of Marines based at the camp during WWII. It also shares stories from local residents, including the Marines Māori Mum Jean Andrews and several residents who were primary school children at the time.
The site is situated at the southern boundary of Queen Elizabeth Park, at the northern end of Wellington Road in Paekākāriki on Ngati Haumia land taken by the crown. It includes a dramatic 10 metre long palisade made of 34 corten steel fins supporting seven interpretation panels, each 1.3 meters high. Effectively, it is an outdoor gallery, designed to blend in with the local environment and tell the story of the camp with text and photographs.
Some of the photographs are sourced from the never-seen-before “Norm Hatch Collection” recently acquired from NARA (the National Archives in Washington) and the US Marine Corps Archives in Quantico, Virginia by the Kāpiti US Marines Trust (KUSMT) and local film maker Steve La Hood.
An aerial photograph from 1943 identifies the main features of the camp and helps Paekakariki residents see an earlier history of their properties.
Camp Paekākāriki has been an important project for KUSMT planned over four years and delayed by Covid. It has been made possible by generous grants from the Embassy of the United States of America in Wellington and the Paekākāriki Services Trust.
The project has been managed by KUSMT historian, Anthony Dreaver with professional assistance from: Pukerua Bay graphic designer, Anne Johnston; Riverbank Engineering (Otaki), Baseline Consulting Engineers (Levin) and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
The Trust is grateful for mahi from Ngati Haumia Kaumatua Karl Farrell and is also indebted to Anthony Dreaver for research, writing and photographic selection and pays tribute to the late John Porter (former KUSMT trustee and Paekākāriki resident) for his early enthusiasm for the project.
The opening of the site will complete a series of public story-telling projects the Trust has instigated over the past ten years, including: the ‘Friend in Need’ exhibition at the Paekākāriki Station Museum, the upgrade of the US Marines Memorial and installation of the Sailors’ Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park, the opening of the US Marines Walkway in Whareroa Farm and the restoration of a WWII US Marines Hut.
Trust Chair, Richard Benge says “The completion of the Camp Paekākāriki interpretation site now enables local, regional and international visitors to visit Kāpiti and take a comprehensive tour around all three former camp sites, to learn how the Marines lived and trained and how local people were impacted between 1942-44”.
Members of the public are invited to the formal opening of the site at 12noon on Tuesday June 14. Please dress warmly and visit this website for a wet weather cancellation.
For more information contact: Allison (Allie) Webber – M.021 465 678 or
Anthony Dreaver – M. 0210 257 9171
We assume this is a joke, but given the anti-Russian craziness at present…
In April, Norwegian researchers apprehended a beluga whale that had been harassing local fishermen. According to Insider, experts at Norway’s Institute of Marine Research have come to the conclusion that the whale is likely a tool of the Russian military. The article reports, “[the whale] had an attachment that could fit a GoPro camera and was likely used to hold surveillance equipment like cameras or other marine sensors.”