Showing posts from October, 2017

61 Ministerial Positions In The New Zealand Government

And here there are in order of

Most are inside the cabinet, some are out - I don't know which will be which in the newly appointed 2017+ Government.

Prime MinisterMinister of National Security and IntelligenceDeputy Prime MinisterMinister of State ServicesMinister for WomenMinister of TourismMinister of PoliceMinister for Climate Change IssuesMinister of FinanceMinister of InfrastructureMinister of Foreign AffairsMinister for Economic DevelopmentMinister of TransportMinister for CommunicationsMinister of JusticeMinister for CourtsMinister for Social HousingMinister of HealthMinister for Sport and RecreationAttorney GeneralMinister for Treaty of Waitangi NegotiationsMinister of ImmigrationMinister for Workplace Relations and SafetyMinister for ACCMinister for ChildrenMinister for Social DevelopmentMinister of Local GovernmentMinister for Primary IndustriesMinister of Civil DefenceMinister of EducationMinister for YouthMinister of …

MMP: Don't Let Yourself Be Split

This perfectly valid MMP result is still confusing and clearly "unfair", "gamed", or "bulshit" as it causes a lot of anger amongst many. It will take time for the FPP mentality to fade away and so be kind to those struggling with this change.

It is NOT a competition, despite what anyone will tell you - there are no winners or losers, there is a bunch of people sitting in Parliament trying to work out how to ensure NZ is safe, prosperous and fair. Check out the Committee work to see how Parliament truly works and not the bun fight at PM Question Time or the hangers-on "reporting". And definitely don't pay credence to anyone that is blinded by dogma.

If you are goaded into a "them" vs "us" discussion question where people are putting the split - Miramar v Wellington, South Island v North Island, union v league, urban v country, people v companies, humanity v aliens, you v the person, gang v gang, male v female ...

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Me too

It's no use being called brave, as I was recently, unless I do things that make my breathing shallow, my chest tight and my heart race a little.

As many of you will have seen on Facebook, and on Twitter and possibly many other on-line places, there is a LOT of "Me too" posts from women. These are women from all walks of life, all ages, all work types, all economic circumstances, in or out of relationships, and from all over the world. That's what I'm seeing from my friends on Facebook, so I know.

In fact, as I look at that FB search, it's almost EVERY SINGLE WOMAN I am FB friends with.
Every. Single. One.

The "Me too" posts come in light of the amazing women who have recently called out a powerful movie producer for disgusting behaviour towards them and other women. It is not a one-off though. with previous reports of repulsive behaviour going back decades including people at the BBC, comedians on TV, US Presidents and I'm sure in the music indu…