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In this NZCPR newsletter, we reflect on the Labour Party’s leadership change and examine Jacinda Ardern’s legacy as Prime Minister, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Anthony Willy examines how far down the path towards Marxism Jacinda Ardern has taken the country, and our poll asks whether you think Chris Hipkins can win the election for Labour.
In case you missed it, our Christmas newsletter roundup of key events in 2022 can be read HERE.
Submissions on these important Bills close soon…
In true socialist style, submissions on a number of important bills were called for by Labour over Christmas – no doubt in an attempt to reduce the number of submissions and minimise scrutiny. Here are six that may be of interest. Please feel free to pass this information on to others who may not be aware that the submission deadlines are so close.
- The Natural and Built Environment Bill and the Spatial Planning Bill are radical replacements for the Resource Management Act that enshrine Maori rights and privileges – see HERE. Submissions close 5 February – full details can be found HERE and HERE.
- The Water Services Legislation Bill and the Water Services Economic Efficiency and Consumer Protection Bill are the two further bills necessary for the transfer of three water infrastructure and services from councils to the four new Maori-controlled water service entities. The first bill reveals that the Labour Government is planning to force ratepayers, instead of the Crown, to underwrite the massive debts on which the whole Three Waters model is based! You can read an excellent analysis HERE. Submissions close 12 February – full details can be found HERE and HERE.
- The Therapeutic Products Bill is the third attempt by a Labour Government to regulate the natural health products that are extensively used by New Zealanders. Since the two earlier attempts failed because of strong public opposition to their overly prescriptive provisions, this new Bill establishes a regulator with the powers to restrict access to supplements. Submissions close 15 February – full details can be found HERE.
- The Human Rights (Incitement on Ground of Religious Belief) Amendment Bill is a Labour Party hate speech law that cracks down on the discussion of religion. It is possible that under such a law it would have been illegal to speak out against the Islamic State’s attempt at world domination in 2014! Hate speech laws, which can all too easily be used as weapons of intimidation to punish opponents and shut down debate, should be rejected in an open and free democratic society. Submissions close on 2 February – full details can be found HERE.
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THE ARDERN LEGACY
By Dr Muriel Newman
Appointed as New Zealand’s Prime Minister in 2017, Jacinda Ardern has been described as an iron fist in a velvet glove. She wooed the world with talk of kindness and compassion, while at home ruling like a dictator. No friend of free speech, she had little regard for public opinion and no respect for those with a contrary view.
Using her unmandated ‘Captain’s Calls’, she has destroyed lives, undermined our democracy, and deeply divided our society.
From the time Jacinda Ardern was first elected leader of Labour, the relentless fawning by the mainstream media became known as “Jacindamania”. As a result, she was rarely held to account for her actions, nor subjected to the critical scrutiny usually applied to Prime Ministers.
This cushioning by the media meant that the public remained largely unaware that our new Prime Minister was such a hard core socialist that not only was she the president of a communist youth movement when she was elected to Parliament in 2008, but she continued to hold that position for a further 15 months.
In an article written just before Jacinda Ardern resigned, this week’s NZCPR Guest Commentator, former Judge and law lecturer Anthony Willy, assesses just how far down the Marxist path she has taken the country:
“At the time of her election Ms Ardern was the World President of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) which owes its origins to the ‘Young Communist International’ founded in 1907 with Lenin’s blessing. As social circumstances changed so this Communist inspiration bred a plethora of socialist youth groups one of which is the IUSY. The central philosophy of this movement remains the same: to discard the existing social norms and usher in the new all the while paying lip service to promoting a ‘type’ of democracy.
“To become the ‘world President’ of any organisation, particularly one as extensive and revolutionary as this requires absolute belief in its principles and methods. It also requires considerable personal talents in persuading the members that you are the person to lead them to the new Nirvana. This requires eschewing all ‘petty bourgeois feelings’ and the ‘ideologies of a past age.’ In New Zealand in 2008 those feelings embraced Parliamentary democracy, our personal freedoms, and the market economy. Clearly Ms Ardern had all of the necessary qualities of personality and conviction to seek to impose those aims on our society – aptly demonstrated as they are on the video of her Presidential address to a 2009 IUSY meeting in Hungary. It is an impressive performance – none of the simpering kindness which we have become so used to over the past few years in dealing with the Wuhan flu and the Mosque attack. It is a stirring address which brings the members to their feet on a number of occasions, referring to them throughout as ‘Comrades’ – a term routinely in use in Communist dictatorships.”
Supported by an army of spin doctors, Jacinda Ardern used her considerable PR skills to such an effect that without critical analysis by the media, many New Zealanders were oblivious to the authoritarian manner in which she was ruling the country.
Her record speaks for itself.
Just months into her first term of Parliament, without any prior consultation or even Cabinet sign-off, she announced an end to new deep sea oil drilling – so she could boast about her decisiveness over climate change at a meeting of world leaders she was about to attend.
Anyone well informed could have told her that her actions would not only lead to the collapse of the oil and gas industry, but, by threatening the viability of the Marsden Point Oil Refinery, would render New Zealand totally dependent on imported fuels and by-products like bitumen.
Driven by a seemingly insatiable desire for international recognition, she used the tragedy of the Christchurch Mosque attacks to crack down on the rights of law-abiding Kiwi firearm owners, introducing excessive restrictions and a new registration system that is already failing.
As a globalist, she entrenched the United Nation’s radical Agenda 30 into our regulatory and administrative framework – without telling New Zealanders what she was doing.
She championed wide new powers for the World Health Organisation, informing the UN late last year, that New Zealand supports efforts “to develop a new global health legal instrument, strengthened international health regulations and a strong and empowered World Health Organisation.”
As a graduate of Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum, she began implementing their ‘great reset’ ideas, including the introduction of ‘wellbeing’ budgets.
Throughout her time in office, she honed her socialist technique of using fear to gain control of the public and force acceptance of her agenda – from climate change, where the implication was that the planet would be destroyed unless we sacrifice the farming sector and our economy, to Covid, where we were told that hers was the only truth and that unless we followed her instructions, up to 80,000 New Zealanders could die.
The lockdowns she imposed were the harshest in the world and the cruelty she displayed towards fellow New Zealanders – including those trapped overseas who were prevented from coming home – was unprecedented.
She lied about mandates – promising not to make vaccines compulsory before the 2020 election, only to impose them once elected, forcing people out of jobs and turning the unvaccinated into second-class citizens. She then exacerbated her wrongdoing by misleading the public about the reasoning.
But her deception was exposed by the High Court’s Justice Cook, who, in his determination that the mandates on the Police and Armed Forces were illegal, revealed that the Ministry of Health had opposed mandates because they didn’t stop the spread of the virus. Furthermore, he also rejected the Vaccine Order that claimed their introduction was essential to maintain public services, since only a relative handful of employees had refused vaccination.
In effect, the mandates were imposed as a weapon of coercion to force greater uptake of the vaccine – so our “Covid Queen” Prime Minister could boast on the world stage that New Zealand was one of the most vaccinated countries on earth.
It was the lies and deceit that led to the three-week long tent-village protest at Parliament. But instead of meeting with protesters and showing compassion for the fact that many of these nurses, doctors, police, defence workers and hundreds of others had lost their livelihoods, homes, and families, the PM looked down from her 9th floor Beehive office and allowed her Ministers to mock them.
In choosing that course of action, she set the scene for a conflict with Police that will remain an enduring stain on her legacy.
Throughout her premiership, in the best Marxist tradition, Jacinda Ardern heavily promoted identity politics, establishing appeasement processes for virtually every minority grievance. That, of course, included those pushing for Maori supremacy – a cause she embraced.
Using the excuse of preparing a plan to enact the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a radical blueprint to replace democracy with tribal rule by 2040 was developed. Called He Puapua, this ‘subversive’ document was delivered to the Government in late 2019 but kept secret from Labour’s coalition partner New Zealand First and the public until after the 2020 election.
Having gained an absolute majority in Parliament, He Puapua and co-governance were progressed at breath-taking speed, with the 15-strong Maori Caucus seemingly calling the shots. This transfer of democratic power to the tribal elite – who run multi-million-dollar business development corporations – was carried out with the PM’s blessing, and represents the undermining of one of the world’s longest standing and most successful democracies.
New Zealanders’ right to challenge the introduction of race-based wards in local authorities was stripped away under Parliamentary urgency. In the middle of the pandemic, our community-based health system was abolished and centralised, giving a new Maori Health Authority such power that health prioritisation is now no longer based on clinical need but on race.
And, against the will of the public, local authority water infrastructure and services are now being confiscated and centralised into four mega agencies controlled by Maori.
With the Maori Caucus seemingly in some sort of co-governance arrangement with Jacinda Ardern, the three-waters reforms were expanded to cover all water in New Zealand – including the sea – without the knowledge or authorisation of the Prime Minister or Cabinet.
Such was her obsession with ushering in Maori supremacy, that Jacinda Ardern appears to have passed over her ultimate decision-making power to Labour’s Maori MPs to implement totalitarian tribal rule.
But thanks to New Zealand’s independent media and information channels, the government propaganda being promoted by State funded media began to be challenged and Kiwis started recognising the damage Jacinda Ardern’s toxic agenda was causing the country.
Just before Christmas the Australian Roy Morgan poll painted a devastating picture of a collapsing Labour vote – down from 50 percent at the 2020 election to just 25.5 percent, barely above the 24 percent polling that forced former Labour leader Andrew Little to step aside in 2017.
The polling company’s in-depth breakdown of voter support showed that not only men had deserted Labour, but women were starting to follow suit.
With polls showing her personal popularity also on the decline, Jacinda Ardern had become the most polarising Prime Minister in New Zealand’s history.
For a Labour Party trying to win an election, the so-called hero of the left was turning from a major asset into a liability.
In her resignation speech, she claimed “I have given my absolute all to being Prime Minister but it has also taken a lot out of me. You cannot and should not do the job unless you have a full tank, plus a bit in reserve for those unplanned and unexpected challenges that inevitably come along. Having reflected over summer I know I no longer have that bit extra in the tank to do the job justice.”
It was reminiscent of John Key’s resignation speech in 2016, when he said, “Being leader of both the party and the country has been an incredible experience… Throughout these years I have given everything I could to this job that I cherish, and this country that I love… I gave it everything I had. I have left nothing in the tank.”
The circumstances were very different. John Key was not a career politician, and he stepped down well ahead of election year, with the economy booming and the party riding high in the polls.
Jacinda Ardern is a career politician yet has bailed out with the party polling at historic lows, the country facing a recession, and just months before an election she seemed destined to lose.
Was her decision to resign now aimed at protecting her international reputation from being tarred with losing an election?
Much has been written about Jacinda Ardern having to deal with the Christchurch terror attack, the White Island eruption and the Covid-19 pandemic. It is worth remembering that dealing with crises and disasters is part and parcel of being a Prime Minister. During his time in office, John Key had to deal with the Global Financial Crisis, two Christchurch earthquakes, the Pike River Mine disaster, and the Swine Flu pandemic.
But he could also point to his government’s significant record of achievement in managing the country from recession to a “rock star” economy – by reducing government spending, lowering the debt, freeing up the labour markets, and reforming welfare to support more long-term beneficiaries out of dependency and into work.
And that’s the problem for Jacinda Ardern. When she looks at her legacy, what has she achieved?
She claims to have improved child poverty, but the record shows otherwise. She claims to have built houses, but 1,500 is not the 100,000 promised.
Instead, tens of thousands of families are living in motels, crime is rampant, immigration failure has created a nation-wide shortage of workers, union control has removed flexibility from the labour market, the welfare system has again become a trap for long-term beneficiaries, and the inclusion of employment and house prices in the Reserve Bank’s mandate has taken the focus off inflation, leading to the serious cost of living crisis that is now enveloping the country.
This is the reality that Chris Hipkins, New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, is facing. The MP for Remutaka, who was leader of the House and Minister of the Public Service, Police, and Education – the latter two amongst the worst performing of all portfolio areas – has just a short window of opportunity to make the necessary changes to turn around Labour’s fortunes.
Whether that will lead to him putting a hold on Three Waters and the anti-democratic He Puapua rollout, remains to be seen.
With his more down-to-earth style, Chris Hipkins is likely to attract back Labour supporters who had deserted the party because they couldn’t stomach the ‘Queen of Woke’. As a result, for National and ACT, the election has just become more of a contest.
A lot has been said about Jacinda Ardern’s wonderfulness in breaking through Parliament’s ‘glass ceiling’. Yet, when I was first an MP back in 1996, the glass ceiling had already gone. Thanks to Members who had come before, changes had been made to ensure women MPs had the same opportunity as men.
And as for the dangers and difficulties of the job, it has always been a tough role with death threats and the like. As the former Labour Minister and ACT leader Richard Prebble wrote in an article very critical of Jacinda Ardern’s decision to bail out: “It is nonsense to blame social media and claim things are different today. I attended some of Muldoon’s meetings. To say they were hostile is to fail to convey the atmosphere. Muldoon gave what he got back with vigour. I have had to walk through picket lines of seamen and wharfies to reach public meetings that were stacked with hostile voters. Yes, I received many threats including death threats. I had a Doberman and a huge German Shepard for a reason.”
The writing was already on the wall for Jacinda Ardern in late 2021.
We wrote, “You are leading a government that is stomping on the basic human rights of New Zealanders. This is not the Kiwi way – and it is not what voters thought they were getting when they gave you the responsibility of leading our country for the benefit of all. You have betrayed us, and we have lost trust in you and your Government. That’s why we don’t love you anymore, Jacinda – and why we want you to resign.”
It took 445 days for her to heed our call!
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NZCPR Guest Commentary:
“The Marxists recognised early that because armed insurrection is almost impossible in a mature democracy they needed a better way. The method chosen is to infiltrate many institutions which form part of a liberal democracy and gradually subvert the principles and purposes of the institution until it becomes a mouthpiece for Marxist ideology.
“The country stands on the abyss of a Marxist inspired racially divided future and four more years of this government will be all it takes to realise that dream.
“Indeed, it is worse than Marx could have engineered.
“Jacinda’s lot have married Marxist principles to a social blueprint which accords privileges and status to Maori interests not available to the other eighty five percent of the population thereby fracturing what were our hitherto harmonious race relations.
“This is the bitter harvest which the incoming government will be required to jettison.
“Let’s pray they are up to the task.”
*To read the full commentary please visit the NZCPR.com website.
What’s new on our Breaking Views blog…
Breaking Views is administered by the NZCPR – the views are those of the authors. Here is a selection of this week’s articles…
- John Robertson: Three Waters – the debt is in the detail
Given the massive amount of debt that each of the four water services entities will take on, there has been a question as to what security would be offered to lenders. By shifting the risk to property owners, the Crown avoids the need to offer a guarantee to lenders…
- David Lillis: Education is in Big Trouble
How many of the general public are aware of what is happening in education right now? We should be deeply concerned about the refresh of the national curriculum. We are told that Mātauranga Māori will sit at the heart of the learning areas…
- Barry Brill: For billionaires, climate lobbying is hot
There was once a time when climate change was about science. No longer. It is now about money and politics. The peak event of the worldwide money-politics intersection is the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland…
- Alistair Boyce: Let’s Just Call it Like it Is…
There should be no celebration. There should be an overwhelming sense of relief. Jacinda Ardern has done the right thing by herself, her family and finally the people of New Zealand…
- Owen Jennings: The new normal
Two young guys, hoodie dressed, walked out of a South Auckland supermarket each pushing a trolley heaped with wine, chips and cake. They didn’t pay. No one stopped them…
- Frank Newman: Straight talk – Slogans are not solutions
The Road to Zero: The ambitious aim of reducing road deaths to zero. It’s an admirable aspiration, but delusional – and even the government’s spin doctors know it. That’s why the “zero” goal is in fact a 40 per cent reduction in death and serious injuries by 2030…
- Derek Mackie: An ode to our new PM
To welcome our new Labour PM into office I’ve penned a few limericks which I hope will inspire him to do much, much better than his predecessor and indeed, himself, in his recent ministerial roles…
- Clive Bibby: Government’s response to East Coast flooding is insulting
Normally, when a state of emergency is called, as it was on the East Coast when Cyclone Hale reached its peak, you expect all the local and government agencies who are charged with mobilising the relief effort to be operating in unison to help those in need…
- Lindsay Mitchell: Sepuloni
Hot on the heels of media nonsense about Ardern’s departure – for instance, it was driven by misogyny despite many of her harshest critics being females – comes the fawning over Sepuloni…
- Caleb Anderson: Education – What might we expect from the curriculum re-set?
A number of core assumptions significantly impact policy design in education, and elsewhere, and it is helpful to know what these are. Following the example of Thomas Sowell, I have labelled these assumptions fallacies…
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