Dear Winston – acting Prime Minister arrangements

Jacinda Ardern announced today:  Working arrangements with Acting PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today released a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters regarding working arrangements while she is on maternity leave.

“Mr Peters will act as Prime Minister while I am on maternity leave from later next month and will work with my office while staying in touch with me, as he does on other occasions when I’m away,” said Jacinda Ardern.

“While it’s no different than other times that he is Acting Prime Minister, because of the public interest in these particular arrangements, I have set them out in a letter to Mr Peters.”

The letter:


  1. Gezza

     /  May 14, 2018

    Beehive Letters

    • Beehive letters have been going for quite a while.

      A while ago I saw someone claiming that something they saw on Facebook must have been true but it was one of these.

      Is it legal to use Prime Ministerial or Ministerial letterheads?

      • Gezza

         /  May 14, 2018

        Probably, when it’s clearly satirical. They always show comic porfolio responsibilities & I don’t know if the Labour Logo would be on the real thing. If it raised any legal issues I’d expect that after all this time they would have surfaced, & some tiny modification would’ve been made so that it still appeared reasonably authentic.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 15, 2018

          Dear Win,
          Oh, how I hate to write,
          Dear Win,
          Now your hair is snowy white
          You’re too old to be PM,
          Just think of the rest of them,
          And put yourself out to pasture,
          Dear Win….

          A look at the letterhead above shows that it’s a send-up.

  2. Trevors_Elbow

     /  May 14, 2018

    leash applied… will he slip the leash a la his hero Rob Muldoon, and call a snap election while under the say of a post lunch tipple???

    • Gezza

       /  May 14, 2018

      You’re wondering if he’ll try and elbow his way in to the top job? I very much doubt it, trev. Jacinda was shown on 1ewes saying she’d be getting Cabinet Papers and daily briefings. She’ll be closely watching the old silver fox while wotsisname is watching Forsythe Apirana Bruce Iosefa Wayne Moana Miranda Gayford-Ardern I (or whatever his or her name eventually is.)

      • Gezza

         /  May 14, 2018

        Bloody hell. Her signature looks like her pronunciation.

  3. PDB

     /  May 14, 2018

    Dear Winnie,

    Whilst I’m gone just keep running the country as you have been since I signed full control over to you in order to put ‘PM’ on my résumé.



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