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Maori commentary on the Iwiocracy

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What are Iwi doing for the vast majority of Maori? Because it’s one thing to be calling out the government on their bullshit, but how about we start looking at our own?

Preach it sister!

You can only drive around in flash Range Rovers and Mercedes for so long before the people who look to you for help starting noticing the gap between you and themselves.

We don’t need more Maori lawyers and Treaty of Waitangi experts. We need more Maori working the trades, starting businesses and getting science and management degrees if they do insist on going to university – something I think is increasingly questionable for many people as I look around at debt-laden, over-educated idiots “communicating” with me.

I’m also going to add Julian Batchelor’s blog site, Stop Co-Governance, to the reference list of blogs on the Right side of our home page. This opening announcement on its home page is exactly what Aunty Heihei is talking about.

Chris Trotter sees it too:

Thanks to thirty years of Treaty Settlements, the NICF (National Iwi Chairs Forum) is both well-positioned and well-resourced to flex its muscles. Between them, the Iwi represented at the Forum command assets valued in the billions. That buys them all the big law firms and all the big lawyers they need. It buys them top-of-the-line lobbyists and public relations experts. It buys them influence in the news media and the universities. It means that, when the NICF whistles, serious politicians from all the major parties tend to come running – up to and including prime ministers.

Make a handful of Māori aristocrats and other assorted high-flyers rich and powerful, and not only can they then be relied upon to keep the urban Māori poor quiet, but also to co-opt anyone of a mind to stir them up.

For a while.

The great risk of re-establishing a well-resourced and powerful indigenous elite is that, a generation or two later, those responsible will be faced with confident, highly educated young Māori who can think of no good reason why they – the privileged beneficiaries of the Treaty Settlement Process – should continue to provide a buffer between the heirs of their colonial conquerors and the tens-of-thousands of Māori families made poor, and kept poor, by colonisation.

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Written by Tom Hunter

February 2, 2023 at 12:30 pm

ON CARMEL SEPULONI

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Carmel Sepoloni would have to be rated as one of Labour’s best performing ministers …. sarc. Under her watch at MSD the number of working people receiving a benefit have increased by over 22% since National left office; those on a benefit more than twelve months increased by 26%; Maori beneficiaries up by 26%; Pacific people (her people) by 35%: numbers on job seeker more than twelve months up 49%; Maori on job seeker up 41% and Pacific people on job seeker up 67% … source https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/statistics/benefit/index.html. And we won’t even talk about educational attainment

Some might see her appointment as a cynical attempt to shore up Labour’s PI support base given that by virtually every metric the statistics for PI people are going south at a rate of knots. I couldn’t possibly comment.

And consider this … good enough to be Deputy Prime Minister but not good enough to be Deputy Leader of the Labour Party … such is the power of the Maori caucus. Got to keep the troops happy I guess. Turn that around … Kelvin Davis … good enough to be Deputy Leader of the Labour Party but not good enough to be Deputy Prime Minister …. hmmmmmmm

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January 23, 2023 at 3:59 pm

Accuracy in fiction

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I swear that the first episode from the 1980’s comedy series, Blackadder The Third, titled Dish and Dishonesty, which is about British politics in the Georgian era, gets more accurate with every passing year.

Probably worthy of a post in itself but I was reminded of this by a comment over on Kiwiblog in the post about our new Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins, where there’s a quote from the scene where the new British Prime Minister, William Pitt The Younger, is introduced to the Prince of Wales.

Looking at this picture of Hipkins, the quote is perfect:

Blackadder:Mr Pitt is the Prime Minister

Prince George: Oh, go on! Is he? What, young Snotty here?

Younger readers may have a different person in mind.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 21, 2023 at 4:37 pm

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Dare we hope? (A return to blogging)

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I have been remiss in not writing in this blog for a while now – some health challenges, moving house (and city), the military posting cycle and exhaustion from an extremely busy couple of years (the 17.7% attrition rate in the army is a contributing factor to that!) have meant that I ended last year a burnt-out shadow of my former self.

I shall rectify this, and shall recommence blogging.

I must also admit to having an overwhelming sense of pessimism about NZ which hindered my motivation to write NZ. More than any other Western country, NZ has thrown away any sense of work ethic and personal responsibility, and our institutional elites seem hell bent on destroying what was once a very good education system, military, public sector and an economy which was once the envy of the world.

With the resignation of Ms Ardern, a figure I regard as so completely overhyped and overrated as to quite possibly be one of the most ineffective country leaders of the last 70 years, dare I feel some more hope about this country?

I certainly don’t rate Chris Hipkins as being able to turn anything around – he has played a starring role in the continued degradation of our education system. And he has just as much experience outside politics as Ms Ardern and Mr Robertson and all the other student politicians turned political advisors turned politicians. But he will bring some more energy and optimism to a Labour caucus who were very much seeing the writing on the wall about their inevitable defeat.

Nor do I actually rate Christopher Luxon. No policy announcements, very little I can see in the way of idealism and no mongrel to take on a hostile media establishment trying to force woke religion down his (and our) throats.

But there is an election this year, and there is a swelling dissatisfaction amongst NZ about what has happened to our country not just in the last five years, but the last couple of generations (blame to go towards both major parties).

So I shall return to blogging. My main motivation is to analyse what sort of country my son is going to be born in and grow up in – he is only a couple of months away now. Will he go to a school with a teacher trying to convince him behind my back that he is actually a girl? Will his school teach him anything about maths and physics, or will it all be about post-colonial stress disorders which he owes reparations for? Will he be able to find a decent job? Will the taxes on his income cripple him? Will he ever be able to afford a house? Will I ever be able to afford a house for that matter?

Should I call it early and emigrate before he needs to start school? Or should I hold out in hope for this country of ours?

Written by Major Star

January 21, 2023 at 2:04 pm

Jacinda’s inflection point?

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There is good and bad luck in politics, and good luck for a leader is when their strengths perfectly fit the circumstances.

In Jacinda’s case it was her empathy – or at least her perceived empathy (perceived because I don’t know her personally and I’m aware of the fake personas usually adopted by politicians) – that fit perfectly with the 2019 mass shooting and then the C-19 pandemic.

In his TV series, A History of Britain, Simon Schama said the following of Winston Churchill in 1940:

The qualities which made him so impossible – his pig-headed obstinacy, his low boiling point, his romantic belief in British history – were now, in the black days of May, exactly what the country needed.

Something even Labour voters appreciated at the time. But in 1945 those were not the qualities needed and so he and his Tory Party got booted in a landslide.

I see something similar here with Ardern, when it came to actually getting things done, and I think she knew it too, as did others like “Bomber” Bradbury and Chris Trotter:

She never appeared to grasp that announcing policy is not the same as implementing it. Press releases do not build houses. Speeches do not end poverty. In the end, it was Jacinda’s constant failure to deliver that made it impossible for her to go on.

If you say “Let’s do this!”, then, Dear God, you have to do it!

But even with the empathy super power I think it began to turn against her with the announcement of the vaccine mandates. Not only had she said a little earlier that there would be no such thing, there was no empathy this time as there had been during the lockdowns. Not even a grim, reluctant admission that this was a terrible breach of civil liberties but something she felt necessary to do. Even in disagreeing with her, I would have appreciated that she at least saw the dangers.

Instead we got the breezy, almost amused, announcement that one class of citizens would have rights that others did not as a way of coercing people: the now infamous, “That is what it is.. so …Yep. Yep”. Even the reporter asking her had not expected that: in fact he hesitatingly suggests that she won’t agree with his take on creating two classes of people:

Polling is not conducted frequently enough for us to ever know if that was the inflection point of her popularity vs unpopularity, and of course she was by then nowhere near as popular as she had been in 2020. But that was more a gradual slide and since empathy was her main power it should surely have been significant in the eyes of the citizens when it was so noticeably absent at the very moment when it was most needed. As I said in this post in December 2021:

Politicians rise and fall, and it’s surprising how often in history you find that the things they won on are the very things that kill their careers in the end.

And among many things she did that should not be forgotten….

Written by Tom Hunter

January 20, 2023 at 12:32 pm

All the right connections

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“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

I’ve been meaning to write a post on our Administrative State, a cancer that has metastasised across the Western world in the last twenty years. The following is more like an introduction to the subject, courtesy of recent events in the USA and an unhappy column from a New Zealand writer last year.

It’s now causing problems even for left-wing governments that generally love the idea of an ever-larger and ever-more centralised State, as they realise an increasing failure to deliver on their policies to help the people who voted for them.

This was recently pointed out by Green-Party member, writer, and former blogger (The Dimpost), Danyl Mclauchlan, in a Spinoff article, An Administrative Revolution. He records the incredible sums of money that have been spent on bureaucracies by this Labour government at the same time that things are going backwards:

… industry experts estimated the health system was about 4000 nurses short. Yet, oddly, the Labour government was at the same time defending a decision not to fast-track nurses into the country via their new immigration system. 

The crisis in the health system is happening alongside an $11 billion project to reform the health bureaucracy. Also underway is the centralisation of the polytechnic… So far the merger has cost $200 million, and the government is cutting back teaching and administrative staff at the polytechnics to pay for it all

the next phase of the government’s Let’s Get Wellington Moving transport infrastructure project – “a detailed business case involving no construction” – would cost more than $120 million and take three years to complete.

[In the case of the fire service] … spending on contractors and consultants increasing from $4.5 million in its last year as the fire service, to more than $140 million over the past five years, since it was centralised as FENZ. “FENZ had $468m capital expenditure in the last five years and firefighters are questioning where the money has gone,” Muller said. “There has been no improvements to resourcing over that period… We are witnessing fire trucks breaking down across the country.”

And on and on and on. Danyl did not even touch the $1.9 billion mental health spend-up that appears to have not produced extra beds and it’s only recently that the polytech disaster has revealed the need for another $500 million. Billions of dollars spent on consultants and plans and “structural stuff”. Where has the money all gone? Danyl points at a new class of people – actually an old class recognised by Leftists decades ago but now seemingly newly enriched and empowered:

It’s almost as if the primary role of the administrative state is shifting from serving the people to the redistribution of wealth to the staffers, lawyers, PR companies, managers and consultancy firms that work in them, or for them. A billion dollars a year in public sector consultancy is an awful lot of money when you’re running out of teachers and nurses because you don’t pay them enough, and the fire trucks are breaking down.

In 1994 the US historian and cultural critic Christopher Lasch died, and a year later his final book The Revolt of the Elites was published. Lasch started his career as a socialist and ended it as a hard-to-categorise hybrid of anti-capitalist, anti-consumerist pro-environmental conservative. The revolting elites in his book are the professional managerial class: the educated technocrats who occupy a commanding position across post-industrial economies, not by direct ownership of capital or overt command of the political system but by managerial  control of all our institutions. They run everything. 

I’ve had that book on my shelf ever since. I regret to say that it pretty much describes me, or at least what I used to do. The following also strikes home from almost thirty years in the past:

Firstly, the PMC are “symbolic analysts”: lawyers, media professionals, academics, programmers, bankers, brokers, consultants. They work with information; they manipulate words and numbers and other abstract symbols. Because the markets for these skill sets are international, they are a wealthy yet transient elite. They travel for their educational credentials, their careers and their holidays, which means they have more in common with other educated elites across national borders than they do with the majority of their fellow citizens, whom they generally regard as ignorant and parochial. 

Mclauchlan goes on to talk about this class in the NZ context, especially in the context of asking where all those billions of dollars of taxpayer dosh have gone while services definitely have gone backwards.

But given that this class easily mixes and matches between the public and private sectors, the following background to another recent tale of lost and wasted billions fits right in with his article: in this case the recent collapse of the crypto-currency fraud company FTX, run by one Sam Bankman-Fried (referred to as SBF for short), seen here in the centre of a crowd of similar worthies – though I should add that NFL quarterback, Tom Brady, (middle left) is there merely because he promoted FTX, not because he’s got anything else in common with others.

Writer and blogger James Howard Kunstler draws a quick outline of SBF’s connections:

The Bankman-Fried extended family is the quintessence of Woke aristocracy. Dad Joe Bankman and mom Barbara Fried are both law professors at Stanford. She also acted as a money-bundler for the Democratic Party and ran two non-profit “voter registration” orgs (against the IRS laws which only permit non-partisan organized voter registration). Brother Gabe Bankman-Fried headed a non-profit named Guarding Against Pandemics (funded by Sam), which lobbies Congress to construct new platforms for medical tyranny. Aunt Linda Fried is Dean of Columbia U’s Public Health school, and is associated with Johns Hopkins, which ran the October 2019 Event 201 pandemic drill (sponsored by the Gates Foundation) months before the Covid-19 outbreak.

Sam’s girlfriend, Caroline Ellison, ran the Alameda Investments arm of the FTX empire (that is, FTX’s own money laundromat). Her dad, Glenn Ellison, is chair of MIT’s Econ School. His former colleague on the MIT Econ faculty, Gary Gensler, who specialized in blockchains there, is now head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that Sam Bankman-Fried was attempting to rope into a regulation scheme to eliminate FTX’s crypto-currency competitors. Caroline’s mom, Sara Fisher Ellison, is an MIT econ prof specializing in the pharmaceutical industry (fancy that!).

Is that not all so fucking perfect? Is it any wonder this little asshole could get meetings with venture capitalists to get FTX started. Unmentioned by Kunstler is that his law professor mother had a very cool philosophy of legal morality and ethics:

A 2013 paper by Barbara Fried titled “Beyond Blame.” The paper is summarized as arguing that “the philosophy of personal responsibility has ruined criminal justice and economic policy. It’s time to move past blame.”

What are the odds that her philosophy wasn’t just taught in class but at home? It would certainly explain the incredibly cynical comments that SBF made in the aftermath of the collapse of his ponzi schemes.

But this is what we’re facing nowadays; this intertwining of the public and private sector in intimate ways that is the Professional Management Class, the new Establishment. As Kunstler summarises:

The sum total of all this professional and academic accomplishment is also the quintessence of Woke-Jacobin turpitude in service to a political faction that seeks maximum moneygrubbing while acting to overthrow every norm of behavior … in American life generally. That’s some accomplishment.

It’s also a lesson in why the managerial elite of our country are no longer trustworthy. They have gotten away with crimes against the nation for years, which has only made them bolder and more reckless.

Here in NZ the Labour Government is definitely the most useless, incompetent shower of shit in my lifetime, and that includes Muldoon. But looking at our “managerial elite” as Mclauchlan does, you have to wonder what any government is going to achieve as the PMC “run everything”.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 4, 2023 at 4:56 pm

“Not a single person in any of the emails raised an ethical problem…

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… with putting New Zealand citizens in jail for coming back to their own country,” said lawyer Tudor Clee.”

A comment from a news article about the Chief Ombudsman concluding that the MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) acted “unreasonably” in its advice to ministers about the managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) voucher allocation system.

As in the USA with Twitter censorship or the corruption of the Biden family most people already knew this, and nobody will ever suffer any consequences, but still it’s interesting – if useless – to have it confirmed by the Chief Ombudsman:

“We ended up with a lottery – a system that did not fully allow for the consideration and prioritisation of individual circumstances of people trying to come home during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Peter Boshier said on Monday.

“Key decisions about the allocation system were made by government ministers and I do not have jurisdiction under the Ombudsmen Act to recommend they apologise,” Boshier said.

“Not a single person in any of the emails raised an ethical problem with putting New Zealand citizens in jail for coming back to their own country,” said lawyer Tudor Clee.”

Meh! Much as I loathe this government, that is the key point because it could be applied to millions of Kiwis.

And Australians…

I loved this little detail

Dimension, aka Robert Etheridge, was on his third pandemic-era trip to New Zealand, before returning a positive test for Omicron after breaching isolation rules.

Immigration NZ confirmed 564 arts and entertainment workers – including some DJs – had been given permission to enter New Zealand between June 18, 2020 and December 8, 2021.

Or this…


“In the article, the Prime Minister extolled the importance of being together as a family – especially in challenging times.Well, times didn’t get more challenging than they did at the height of the Covid pandemic. Imagine how those hundred of thousands of Kiwi citizens who found themselves locked out of their country by a totally unfit-for-purpose MIQ system, felt seeing the PM finally acknowledging that being together as a family was important.

Kindness…. Team of Five Million… Family…. blah, blah, blah..

Written by Tom Hunter

December 13, 2022 at 6:03 am

Watch this heartfelt video on control

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I hope we don’t get sick

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The last time I was in hospital was to be in attendance for my youngest son having his appendix removed.

I’ve actually never been in hospital for anything myself; no sickness, no disease, not even any broken bones or dislocated shoulders or …. well anything.

I’ve been remarkably lucky considering years of farm work, tramping, rugby, hunting and fishing and so forth.

After reading this story I’m hoping that my luck holds, ‘Beyond crisis’: A Wellington woman’s harrowing ED ordeal:

“I rang my bell a couple of times and just said look, I’m really haemorrhaging here you need to check and I felt like I was lying in a pool of blood and really wasn’t being taken that seriously until they tried to give me something to stop the bleeding and I crashed – I literally said to them that I could feel myself going.” 

The woman at the heart of the story is one Emma-Kate Woodham, who has a congenital heart condition and founded the Brain Garden Trust to help people also living with long-term health conditions, so she’s familiar with hospitals. In this case she turned up with very bad vaginal bleeding.

But as close as she came to dying it’s the following passages that caught my eye:

“I saw the charge nurse repeatedly on the phone just pleading for more staff. They didn’t have enough nurses. She kept saying our nurses are going in half an hour and we don’t have anybody to replace them. My nurse stayed an extra two hours and she had no breaks to make sure I had care.” 

The system is basically being held together by doctors and nurses going beyond their limits, which is dangerous in itself:

“It’s worse than a crisis … it’s beyond crisis. Every single person including my surgeon, every nurse I came into contact with – they are at breaking point. Some of the nurses are scared to come in because they’re just so overtired. Mistakes have been made. Well-being’s down, they’re not getting enough time off, some of them are going straight back the next morning to cover. 

“Honestly the only reason I think I’m here is because the nurses and surgeons and doctors just care so much. They put their own needs and mental health well below their patients’.”

Then there’s this story about an Australian GP who came to NZ twelve years ago and works in the Huut Valley suburbs, This GP is signing out:

The health system is fundamentally broken and I can’t see how it is going to be fixed. Patients who need to be managed in secondary care aren’t, instead being pushed back into primary care. Patients going to Emergency are not getting the imaging they require on presentation; they are given pain relief and told to see their GP in the morning and get referred for an ultrasound. 

Seeing terms like “crisis” and “fundamentally broken” is par for the course when it comes to the MSM, so I dismiss it as the hysterical clickbait that it is. But these are not journalists but people in the belly of the beast:

One Friday evening at 5.30 I logged out of the patient management system. By Saturday afternoon when I logged back in I had 105 inbox documents waiting to be checked. Dinner table conversation is taken up with stories of patients I can’t help. Sometimes I can share a win, however those are getting fewer by the week. My 14 year old son says I look tired, and work too much. He says outright he will never be a doctor.

I have sold my house and put in my notice. I fly back to Australia on Boxing Day. I have a new job lined up – it really wasn’t hard to find one. GPs are just as scarce as they are here. The Australian system is different. It has its pros and cons. All I know is that I can’t stay here.

The New Zealand health system is broken, and it has broken me.

I’m not prone to hysteria or hyperbole either, as I’ve lived through a few “crisis” in my time in NZ and overseas, and they never seemed to be as bad in hindsight as they were portrayed at the time.

But in reading all this I have to say that I have very low expectations for the future of me and my kids in NZ.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 7, 2022 at 7:29 am

Half Measures

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The following is from some NZ MSM source. I’ve removed the word, “allegedly”.

“I need justice for my brother,” Patel’s sister told the Weekend Herald via an intermediary last night.

Mourners are set to gather tonight for a candlelit vigil near the scene of the death of Patel — a man remembered as a “cherished loved one” — as shock waves about the “heinous” fatal stabbing continue to be felt in communities throughout the country.

Patel died on Wednesday night after being stabbed by a man who stole a cash register from the Rose Cottage Superette.

He was fatally injured after following the robber and then getting into an altercation with him about 100m from the store.

Six months ago the Government set up a $6 million fund to protect businesses from violent robbery – but less than a quarter of that fund has been used.

Police have committed $1.488m for assessments and installations. So far 240 stores have been contacted by officers, but just seven stores have had work fully completed.

The “work” includes such things as fog cannons. No word on whether leaflets will be printed and distributed containing the following advice from a 16 year career cop who is now in charge of the new National Retail Investigation Support Unit:

“We know this from speaking to offenders, that if they’re greeted at the door it has a large deterrent effect on them

I don’t think this is convincing the actual dairy owners:

Meanwhile, among retailers, another slaying of one of their own cuts deep.

Christchurch dairy owner Mukesh Patel has decided to shut his dairy and leave the country entirely.

We are not here to be killed. We will probably go back home.”

The Kiwi corner dairy is no longer a safe or successful option.

The following is from some famous TV series. Somehow it feels more real than all of the above.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 26, 2022 at 1:27 pm