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Muller's Great Chance To Ditch The Diversity Dichotomy

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There are calls from people who will never vote National in their lives for Todd Muller to reshuffle his caucus based on identifiers like race and gender.   What better chance for National and Todd Muller to stand up to the foolish woke political correctness sweeping the world, than to tell journalists: "I do not and will not promote in my caucus based on gender or race".  Follow this by doubling down and NOT APOLOGISING FOR IT.

There you go.  Easy......and among National's core voter. Happy days.
National has a long and difficult winding road with diversity.  Let me show you the ways.  Diversity Disasters.
1. Winston Peters.  Maori
Never in my lifetime has there been a better example of a disaster in National than in 1979 promoting Winston Peters to a candidacy.  Targeted as the first Maori PM as he wooed the blue rinse brigade, the issue was he started to believe it possible, then has ended up many times in history having a better job than the PM as "kingmaker"…

Hate Paying For NZers Managed Isolation But Happy To Pay Their Dole?

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The political left never cease to amaze me.

Over the weekend we have seen steaming piles of vomit emerging  from the public and some politicians about paying for the forced confinement of returning New Zealanders placed in the new incubation centres for Covid-19.  Reports today from the PM match the anecdotal evidence I have been receiving from friends in unmanaged isolation now.  Returning New Zealanders from Australia are the majority of the clientele.
Remember New Zealand demands this of people entering the country because it has a "Covid-elimination strategy".  Everyone is subject to this regardless of your opinion on how silly the overall strategy is and that New Zealand has backed itself into a ridiculous situation of sitting there waiting for a vaccine and to then wait again to all receive it.  This is NOT a one year or two year proposition folks.  It is quite probable that three years from now New Zealand will still be in this situation.  New Zealand is currently Pl…

New Zealand's Covid-Free Status Is An Election Year Fraud

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The events of the last 48 hours show that New Zealand is not testing at the border its incoming passengers.
Sir David Skegg has dared to bring to the attention this probability: "There's clearly been less testing than we were promised." There was a big mis-match about what was happening and what the country had been told regarding those in quarantine being tested after day three and day 12. The run of more than 20 days without a Covid-19 case may be because testing of travellers was not being carried out. In Australia, positive tests of travellers were being detected almost every day. As I wrote last week, Chinese students will not be allowed back primarily because New Zealand does not a) want its Covid-free status interrupted and b) has a diplomatic nightmare in publicising that the situation in the Mainland is worse than they admit.
But it seems New Zealand is also economical with the truth and is not playing on the same field as the rest of the world in testing incomin…

Team of 5 Million Finally Breaks Its Own Bubble

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The team of 5 million are starting to stand up and tell the Empress she is wearing no clothes.


The older members of the New Zealand media are starting to break out of the bubble they have been in and finally are calling bullshit on the Cindy and Ash parade.  
Sacking David Clark will not solve this.  It is clear he hasn't had anything to do with his portfolio for months! 
David Farrar has come out of his bubble and listed helpfully just yesterday's debacles coming to light in the crowdfunding session from the team of 5 million, with media now looking for the best clickbait in town. I suspect it’s taken this long for people to speak out about their horror stories as they are afraid of looking ungrateful for being in New Zealand not to mention the very unhealthy pitchforks at dawn mentality operating in the country against anyone critical of what’s happening.  DPF has called it a Clayton's Quarantine System.  That is too hard on Clayton Cosgrove really, even he wasn't thi…

Triple Dipping Iwi - New Zealand Tourism's $400m Dump then Demand A Pump Scam

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STAPP (Strategic Tourism Asset Protection Programme) is a new trough in the $400m Tourism slush pond. Part of which is to keep "Strategic Assets Protected" after the affects of Covid-19.  The rest I can describe as subsidies to Instagrammers, colouring-in marketing departments and advertising agencies to sell New Zealand to well New Zealanders who have nowhere else to travel to!
As with anything, there are rules and qualifications published to justify handing out dollops of cash that are entirely pre-determined, so let us have a look at them using the recent case study of Whale Watch Kaikoura who were given $1.5m.  They already look as dodgy as the Covid alert level materials.

Here is the press release claiming the venture is now protected.  From what is my first question?  Where was it going to go? The whales will still be there surely?  And a bit of a rest from being perved at has probably done them the world of good.  It cannot be that hard to run as first up it is a mono…

Aotearoa - The Land Of The Long Flaccid Ure

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So New Zealand is now at level 1, the PM has danced with her little Neve, you are all free. 
Only you are not.
New Zealand has never been less free in my lifetime, and that includes the entire period of Muldoonism.
New Zealand is now a country of 5 million people where without 14 days in confinement on return, the residents cannot travel anywhere outside the borders. Winston Peters can talk about it all he wants but the Transtasman bubble to any State a New Zealander wishes to travel is a very long Covid moment in time away. 
Bubbles to the Pacific Islands are hardly going to be of relative benefit to New Zealand as money will flow out of the New Zealand tourism sector, and as discussed the other day - about the only thing that could lose Jacinda Ardern an election is a bubble with a country that today just had 2 cases, in China.
New Zealanders have firmly shifted mindset in two months to a people wanting to keep certain persons away from them.   Not just the usual suspects for xenoph…

Why Isn't NZ Creating A Travel Bubble With China First Instead of Australia?

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Australia still has Covid-19.  Well parts of Australia do, all the parts New Zealanders would ever wish to travel - Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland (they do not really but they won't even let in other Australians for the foreseeable future).


As I discussed the other day, Mainland China per head of population and even recent raw numbers, has less Covid-19 than Australia.


- They are New Zealand's largest trading partner. - We have a Free Trade Agreement with them and special status. - They are New Zealand's second largest spending tourist market and added to Australia, the largest market, could instantly almost save it along with large sections of hospitality. - They have already gone through Covid-19, having "first mover advantage".
It should be very easy to travel bubble with China.
They are already looking at Singapore and South Korea.
So why is New Zealand not?
Either:
a) you believe their statistics and Covid-19 has gone from China, or  b) you do not and they are…