I really should not deal with political issues apart from when my employers request me to do so. But there is much going on right now. Some of which seems to get into the press, and some of which does not.
Let's start with something I did not grow up with. In Auckland, the Dustmen ran and picked up rubbish tins, and hit them against the side of the truck to empty them. In Wellington they used sacks and emptied the bins. This is from the NZ national film unit.
And yes, this job made you very fit. In Auckland, most of the jobs were held by first grade Union and League players.
Covid Pink Slips.
Well, if you don't get the jab it appears that the government will sack you. From Radio NZ. This is going to lead to litigation and a question as to if the NZ Bill of Rights has any teeth at all.
The right for Customs workers to refuse medical treatment has been breached, an employment law advocate has said.
Nine staff, all in fixed-term employment at the maritime border, had their contracts ended early.
Customs deputy chief executive for people and capability Jacinda Funnell said the decision was taken to comply with public health regulations that came into force this month.
From 1 May, all workers in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities and government agencies at the border had to be vaccinated.
Advocate Ashleigh Fechney, representing four of the Customs staff who have consequently lost their jobs, said it equated to an unfair dismissal.
"Our question is, do these particular people in their particular workplace, do they need to be vaccinated?
"The conclusion we came to, was probably not, because they don't actually have any interaction with international passengers or crew at all."
The staff were told on Friday they were losing their jobs, and paid out a month in lieu.
But the act of firing them is a breach of their rights, she said.
"Because they've been terminated, and there isn't a high enough risk of contracting Covid-19, I really think their rights have been impinged on, and that's the right, under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, to refuse medical treatment."
Fechney added the staff were never given the opportunity to discuss with Customs management higher up about their decision to not get vaccinated, and what implications it could have.
"We did raise concerns and write to Customs, but Customs took a very blanket approach, and said, 'We believe that you are high risk and therefore you need the vaccine, and if you don't get the vaccine, we're going to terminate your employment'.
"But we didn't actually get to have robust conversations about their role, and what the risks were, and what we saw it as."
Funnell said Customs did look into redeploying the workers into other positions, but that such options were not available.
For the overseas readers, NZ is not a fire at will place. To get someone fired they have to either be obviously unfit for work and then the employer has a duty to redeploy them. The employment court finds against the employer even when there are fairly irreconcilable differences. The usual thing would be, in a large organization. to redeploy a person, not dismiss them.
But this is just the beginning. The Government has mandated the vaccine by means of regulation.
Thirteen people working in Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) facilities may be fired for not receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
Since Saturday, it has been mandatory for anyone working at the border to have had at least their first jab, under the Covid-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order.
It has already been revealed that nine Customs workers have lost their jobs as a result of their decision to not receive the vaccine.
New figures provided to RNZ from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) showed 97.4 percent of the nearly 5000 people who work within MIQ have received the vaccine.
MBIE said of the 127 workers who had not yet been vaccinated, 23 were booked in to receive their first dose.
That leaves more than 104 workers. Fifteen of these were unable to be vaccinated for a health reason. Thirteen were undergoing a "process that may lead to termination".
Woke and Kind Apartheid.
There is an internal document that the Ministry of Maori Affairs commissioned in 2019/19 under the then minister, Nadia Mahuta. It was not released before the election, it was not part of the Labour Party Manifesto, but it has now been released under the offical information act. Which as got Labour Seething.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accused National leader Judith Collins of playing politics by using Māori co-governance concerns to pick up support in the polls.
Collins immediately shot back, describing it as "sad" that Ardern has "chosen to lower the tone of the debate by brushing it off as playing politics" rather than sharing her position on expanded co-governance for Māori.
Collins' concern is based on an un-redacted version of He Puapua, a report commissioned by the Government in 2019 that sets out a roadmap to co-governance between the Crown and Māori by 2040.
"I'd say she's on that path': Collins predicts greater co-governance for Māori under Ardern
It proposes a Māori Health Authority and Māori wards in councils, which the Government has acted on. It also suggests separate court and justice systems, Māori ownership over the foreshore and seabed a Māori Parliament or Upper House.
In a speech to National Party supporters over the weekend, Collins called for a public conversation about the proposals in the report before any more of the recommendations are implemented.
"If Labour believes that the Treaty intended two systems for everything, and that this is the model we want in 2021, then this is a fundamental change to our society. We cannot accept this via a health reform, via Māori wards, and via justice changes... It cannot be snuck through."
Ardern said on Monday the paper has not gone to Cabinet. She accused Collins of trying to start a conversation around concerns of expanded co-governance for Māori under Labour to garner support for National.
This is a legitimate Debate. Judith Collins leads the opposition: playing Politics is what she does and it is precious for Ardern, who played politics throughout the COVID 19 lockdown year and called the election a "COVID election", say that Collins should not use similar tactics. But the question is why the hid this. Michael Basset is an older ex Labour minister, and he comments:
How come therefore that He Puapua has now emerged as a political issue? It seems clear that some people with Maori ancestry perceive in the UN Declaration an opportunity to propel themselves into elite status over and above the rest of their fellow Kiwis. Ancient Maori society, as Mahuta well knows, was very hierarchical with its own royalty, chiefs and slaves; the modern He Puapua Maori agitators aren’t happy with equality that is everyone’s current lot and want to entrench themselves in superior positions. Whether all of Jacinda Ardern’s cabinet share this aspiration for Maori isn’t yet clear, although they haven’t denied it, and we are entitled to suspect they do. One thing is clear: when Judith Collins gave her very carefully worded speech to the Auckland National Party conference last weekend, no minister denied that He Puapua was the Labour government’s long-term intention. Speaking for the government, Kelvin Davis’ only contribution was to abuse Collins. Shouting “racism” at anyone who questions anything to do with Maori seems now to be a universal comeback, no matter whether a sensible answer is needed or not.
The mere fact that this government is contemplating entrenching racial divisions in New Zealand society reminds us how young and inexperienced the current ministry is. The New Zealand Labour Party invested a lot of energy forty and fifty years ago fighting on behalf of those subjected to racial oppression in South African society. The Third Labour Government opposed the planned Springbok Tour to New Zealand in 1973 because its players were selected on the basis of race, and the entire Labour caucus in 1981, the year after Jacinda Ardern was born, protested vigorously against the arrival of a Springbok team in New Zealand, again because it was selected by race. Few if any of the current ministry seem to have any memory of what was once a key article of Labour faith: all people, irrespective of their racial origin, have a right to equal treatment.
Ardern and her woke acolytes response would be to call Basset, Brash and Hide Racist. This is not an answer. Nor is calling this hate speech. It's worth noting that Labour now has but 42% support, a 14% drop since the last poll.. The wheels of the woke bus are falling off as they bring in what is functional apartheid that does not even benefit the majority of Maori, who lack the requiste chiefly blood in their veins.
Wisdom for these times.
The short version comes from the late, lamented, uncle remus. Stay away from crowds. The long version is quoted by Peter Grant and needs wider distribution.
The best way to handle any potentially injurious encounter is: Don’t be there. Arrange to be somewhere else. Don’t go to stupid places. Don’t associate with stupid people. Don’t do stupid things. This is the advice I give to all students of defensive firearms. Winning a gunfight, or any other potentially injurious encounter, is financially and emotionally burdensome. The aftermath will become your full-time job for weeks or months afterward, and you will quickly grow weary of writing checks to lawyer(s). It is, of course, better than being dead or suffering a permanently disfiguring or disabling injury, but the “penalty” for successfully fighting for your life is still formidable.
Crowds of any kind, particularly those with an agenda, such as political rallies, demonstrations, picket lines, etc are good examples of “stupid places.” Any crowd with a high collective energy level harbors potential catastrophe. To a lesser degree, bank buildings, hospital emergency rooms, airports, government buildings, and bars (particularly crowded ones) fall into the same category. All should be avoided. When they can’t be avoided, we should make it a practice to spend only the minimum time necessary there and then quickly get out.
Have a low profile. Unless you have to, do not be a public figure. And be careful out there.