by Guy Hatchard
Our island nation has a remarkable history of both tolerance and morality. We are far away from most of the world with a natural need for self-reliance and self-sufficiency.
Like survivors cast away on a desert island, our safety and progress depends on our capacity to cooperate and assist one another—all of us are in the same waka.
In 1893 for example New Zealand became the first nation to grant votes to women. Until recently, successive governments have sought to maintain equality before the law.
We were early adopters of a universal national health policy. Our accident compensation insurance scheme is a no-fault system that acts as a safety net for everyone.
In a nation prizing self-reliance, homeownership at 74% in 1991 was among the highest in the world.
We have stood up to nuclear proliferation and sought to contribute to global initiatives in favour of peacekeeping and fairness.
We believe we are independent thinkers. As a trading nation we expect to be well informed about global trends.
Our government’s draconian response to Covid-19 has come as a huge shock to many of us.
We are asking ourselves “Why and how did this happen to us?”.
Our situation has a history. We certainly underestimated the effects of Globalisation and the national vulnerabilities it has created.
In 2009/10 Jacinda Ardern, a newly elected MP, gave a Q & A session at Auckland University Law School, my daughter asked her ‘How does she manage if she disagreed with her party on an issue?’.
Ardern replied that it is unimaginable that such a situation would arise. Every single thing my party thinks, I think. I couldn’t entertain a different opinion than my party.
No surprise then that Ardern expects absolute obedience under her leadership.
She micromanages her government and MPs. No surprise also that having formed opinions, Ardern does not feel a need to reconsider them.
An End to Open Government
Ardern’s legacy in New Zealand is the closure of open government.
The Ministry of Health is busy hiding outcome statistics.
OIA requests are treated in a cavalier fashion as Andrea Vance at Stuff reported.
The Broadcasting Standards and Advertising Standards Authorities have both ruled that their supposed watchdog role is subservient to Ministry of Health policies—no need to look beyond government advice.
The courts have summarily dismissed suits against mandates and ruled that the New Zealand Bill of Rights can be circumvented.
The Ministry of Health has denied requests for mandatory reporting of ‘vaccine’ injuries, thereby hiding their extent (which is 30 times greater than any prior vaccine).
Children 12-18 can be ‘vaccinated’ at school without their parents permission, government advertising encourages them to do so.
Given the constant slick saturation advertising which we sit through every day and night on YouTube, television and radio telling us that the Covid Pfizer ‘vaccination’ including the booster is safe, desirable, essential, and protective against all variants, it is no surprise that this has split New Zealand down the middle.
Footage of teens concluding ‘sweet as’ and ‘safe for summer’ only encourage scapegoating of the ‘unvaccinated.’
Children are offered free food and treats to present for ‘vaccination’ [$50 cash has also been given –Eds]. ‘Unvaccinated’ children have been denied access to school activities as a further incentive to ignore their parent’s wishes.
Doctors asking questions are deregistered or prevented from consulting, one was recently for ‘too vigorously promoting the concept of informed choice’.
A Hermit Kingdom
Our borders have remained all but closed for two years, cutting off one million Kiwis living overseas from their families and roots.
Ardern has hinted that there will be a permanent quarantine arrangement to enter New Zealand.
If you read international reports you are asking why is our policy so out of step with other countries like Sweden, UK, and Denmark?
If you follow the government’s advice and limit your sources of information to official announcements, you are fearful of a killer illness, outraged that not everyone has ‘vaccinated’, and disturbed that our government may not be able to afford a fourth booster for everyone.
Families, including mine, have been split down the middle and ceased talking.
Most remarkably New Zealand has all but given up keeping track of the implications of Covid science publishing for government policy.
Ministry of Health websites display discredited information eight months out of date and stoke fear of the dreaded Omicron.
Our Doors Open to Billionaires
It doesn’t stop there. During the last year house prices have risen by 30% as commercial money seeks safe-havens.
What is the government’s response—strict new lending rules which have denied housing loans to people who do even one of the following:
- subscribe to a streaming service
- eat takeaways twice a week
- attend therapy
- have a gym membership
- or buy one coffee a day.
The length of paid maternity leave is curtailed from nine months to three months if you want to qualify for a mortgage.
To police this, banks have been required to troll through minutia of their customer’s spending, intruding on formerly private personal information, and they are liable for a $200,000 government fine if they make a lenient assessment.
Our homeownership rate has fallen to its lowest level in 70 years.
Our tourist industry formerly worth $38 billion a year has disappeared along with the solvency of our hospitality assets.
The Government’s response is that they now wish to go upmarket and designate New Zealand as an exclusive destination for the rich.
Accordingly, billionaires like Peter Thiel are welcome to buy property and settle here to prep for the apocalypse.
A Bad Case of Inflexibility
There is a famous psychological experiment known as the anomalous card experiment. Subjects are presented with playing cards quite rapidly and asked to identify them.
But the pack being used contains a few false cards like a black ten of hearts of a red seven of spades. Subjects start by identifying all cards as real.
They will comfortably assert that the red seven is in fact a spade with no sense of ambiguity. This reaction is known as dominance.
As the pace of presentation of cards is slowed a period of confusion can result, subjects might say I am damned if I know what that one is.
This gets resolved when the subject realises that there are such things as incongruous cards that you would not find in a normal playing deck.
Some subjects however have great difficulty reaching this experience of resolution. Their dominant reaction may continue.
You already know where I am going with this.
Ardern has a dominant personality. She has now reached a stage where the obvious deficiencies in Covid policy and the changed data landscape evident in journal publications are not going to change the course she has already set.