Ardern absolutely overdone

Quotes from Jacinda Ardern in Parliament’s question time on Tuesday:

Hon Chris Hipkins: Does the Prime Minister think it is tenable for the Government to threaten to cut funding for universities when they make decisions that the Government disagrees with?

Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: Absolutely not.


Rt Hon Winston Peters: Regarding the international influence upon New Zealand’s economy, is the Prime Minister encouraged by all of a sudden the number of highly-placed European Union officials and representations with respect to a free-trade deal with the European Union?

Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: Absolutely.


Hon Simon Bridges: Does she accept the collapse of multiple construction companies to be a reality for those businesses, their workers, and their customers?

Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: Look, absolutely we’ve acknowledged that’s happened.


Hon Simon Bridges: No, we’re not—not on anything.

Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: On things like the employment rate, we absolutely are.

Hon Simon Bridges: Does she accept any responsibility in terms of her Government’s policies such as industrial relations reform, shutting down the oil and gas sectors in terms of new exploration, higher taxes, and banning foreign investment, and the hurt they’re causing business confidence, and therefore the direct impact they’re having for families all around New Zealand?

Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: Look, as I’ve said, I absolutely acknowledge that businesses have shared with us via the confidence surveys that there are issues they wish us to work on.

But Ardern isn’t on her own in absolute overkill.

Hon CHRIS HIPKINS: The member’s question contained a number of things in it that are certainly on the table. Reducing teacher workload is absolutely one of the things that I imagine will be discussed as a result of the current bargaining round. I’m not ruling out changes to class sizes over the term of this Government, but, as I indicated in my answer to the primary question, they will be considered alongside all of the other priorities that the Government has in the education area.

Hon Nikki Kaye: Why will he not absolutely commit to reducing class sizes, and what action will he take against Labour list MP Ginny Andersen, who distributed this pamphlet, which said Labour believes class sizes are too high and will absolutely invest in class sizes?

Hon CHRIS HIPKINS: I’m not sure which election campaign that flyer came from, but what I can be clear about is that the Government is absolutely committed to employing more teachers. We put funding aside for 1,500 more teachers in this year’s Budget, and that will have an effect on class sizes, that would have been going up had we not put that funding aside in order to fund that.

Hon CHRIS HIPKINS: First of all, I absolutely reject the premise in the last part of the member’s question. The Government is absolutely committed to negotiating in good faith with the teachers, both primary and secondary, and we will continue to do that. There are a range of priorities in the education portfolio that the Government will be endeavouring to meet over the term of Government. I absolutely reject any suggestion that we’ve broken any promises with regard to class sizes, and I’m absolutely committed to delivering on the commitments made in the Speech from the Throne, the coalition agreement we have with New Zealand First, the confidence and supply agreement with the Green Party, and the other commitments that the Government has signed up to through the Budget.

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  1. NOEL

     /  9th August 2018

    I’m surprised at the replies to the patsy questions. They usually give the pollies an opportunity to waffle on about their Governments perceived achievements.

    • Gezza

       /  9th August 2018

      They usually are. And what has been happening is that the principal & supplementary replies have been getting read off from a pre-prepared script & are sooooo boringly long Speaker Trev has quite often intervened to say “that’s enuf!”

      He did it two days ago IIRC by saying something like: “Before the member answers, ok, the last two replies were interesting but this one had better be short!”

    • Gezza

       /  9th August 2018

      (From Tuesday)
      Question No. 7—Building and Construction

      7. PAUL EAGLE (Labour—Rongotai) to the Minister for Building and Construction: What are the outcomes of yesterday’s meeting between Ministers and representatives of the construction sector?

      Hon JENNY SALESA (Minister for Building and Construction): The outcome of the meeting was very positive. My colleagues the Hon Phil Twyford, the Hon Shane Jones, and I sat down and met with leaders from the construction sector to discuss the issues that are longstanding issues. While Government contracts only represent 18 percent of the vertical construction work, the Government has made the decision to take leadership on this issue. I’ve asked the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for advice on options for ensuring a whole-of-life contracting approach to construction, especially for Government projects. We agreed that Government and industry need to work together to address these issues. I took an oral item to Cabinet, and a Cabinet paper will soon be taken for our colleagues to agree that Government agencies must demonstrate that MBIE’s Government procurement document is actively taken as part of the decision-making process. Industry representatives acknowledge that there are improvements vertical construction can make in providing guidance on construction contracts and the risks that they take, as well as collaborating and sharing good practice.

      Paul Eagle: What other steps is the Government taking to support the building and construction sector?

      Hon JENNY SALESA: Maintaining a healthy construction sector is very important to all of us in New Zealand. I’ve instigated an ambitious cross-Government programme of work to address the construction sector issues I inherited when I took this portfolio on. I’ve established a ministerial group on the construction workforce, working across nine portfolios. That group has developed a construction skills action plan, and we’ve consulted with industry. In the very near future I will be announcing the initiatives we will be pursuing to address the skills gap and to support a strong, competitive, and efficient sector.

      Paul Eagle: What new initiative has the Government announced that will contribute to addressing issues of concern in the construction sector?

      Hon JENNY SALESA: On 1 August, my colleague the Hon Chris Hipkins, the Minister of Education, and I launched a new system called the micro-credentials system, which is an important step towards addressing some of our skills shortages, as well as assisting workers to maintain and to update their skills. Micro-credentials are a stand-alone education product, and I’m delighted that the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation has taken micro-credentialing and piloted it, and now they’re expanding its implementation. Micro-credentials are an employment- and industry-driven initiative, which means workers can upskill in specialist areas while they’re working. This approach will also—

      Mr SPEAKER: Order! Order! Order! This was really interesting the first and second times the House was told about this. I think we’ve had enough of it now. Thank you.

  2. Ray

     /  9th August 2018

    The Labour Caucus voted a light weight, nothing achieved in 9years leader and we end up with an absolutely light weight Prime Minister but, but she has had a baby 👶

  3. Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: I’m absolutely admitting my govt has no idea about how to govern, absolutely no idea how to build 100,000 houses over ten years, absolutely no idea how to build business confidence, absolutely no idea how to eliminate poverty, but on raising a family, I’m absolutely confident people on incomes of half a million can survive if they can find enough donors with second hand furniture.

  4. Blazer

     /  9th August 2018

    is this an improvement on the last lot?


    • PDB

       /  9th August 2018

      Remember in Ardern speak ‘absolutely’ means ‘fat chance of it happening and/or being correct’.

      • Blazer

         /  9th August 2018

        akshully,all I can say is….’we could be on the cusp…of something ..special’….report..that,would you!

  5. alloytoo

     /  9th August 2018

    This is becoming an absolute farce absolutely.

    • Absolutely.

      It’s reached a stage where one isn’t listening to what she says, just waiting for her to say ‘absolutely.’ It shows an absolute paucity of vocabulary, and is becoming a weasel word.

      Someone I knew cured herself of a bad habit that she had when she was speaking by asking her husband to make some sort of sign every time she did or said whatever it was.

      • alloytoo

         /  9th August 2018

        “Absolutely Ardern” is about to become a Uni drinking game.

        • Blazer

           /  9th August 2018

          so is ..’Soiman says’.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  10th August 2018

          What an absolute shame 😀

          She ought to do what someone I knew did to cure herself of something she did when she was speaking in public (I forget what) This woman asked her husband to signal to her every time she did/said whatever it was.


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