Armstrong rates Labour-NZ First Cabinet Ministers

John Armstrong has rated the first year performances of the Cabinet Ministers in the Labour-NZ First government (Greens are missed, presumably because their ministers are outside Cabinet).

Labour ministers:

  • JACINDA ARDERN, Prime Minister, Arts, Culture and Heritage, Child Poverty Reduction. Score: 9/10
    In short, Ardern is a class act. The public is entranced by her.
  • KELVIN DAVIS, Corrections, Maori Crown Relations, Tourism. Score: 2/10
    …has been a huge disappointment in Government.
  • GRANT ROBERTSON, Finance, Sport and Recreation. Score: 8/10
    As solid as the proverbial rock. Has done much to dispel Labour’s “spend, spend, spend” reputation
  • PHIL TWYFORD, Housing and Urban Development, Transport.  Score: 7/10
    And he may well get close enough to claim victory from the jaws of defeat.
  • MEGAN WOODS, Energy and Resources, Christchurch Regeneration, Research, Science and Innovation. Score: 6/10
    Smart and feisty, she is one to watch.
  • CHRIS HIPKINS, Education, State Services. Score: 6/10
    Walking a tightrope on teachers’ pay.
  • ANDREW LITTLE, Justice, Courts, Treaty Negotiations. Pike River Re-Entry.  Score: 8/10
    Little has flowered into being one of Labour’s ministerial stars.
  • CARMEL SEPULONI, Social Development, Disability Issues. Score: 5/10
    …it is taking a long time for anything to happen in her portfolio.
  • DAVID CLARK, Health. Score: 6.5/10
    …is not looking like ending up being a loser.
  • DAVID PARKER, Attorney General, Trade, Environment, Economic Development. Score: 7.5/10
    Labour’s wise owl. Not just smart, but street-smart to boot.
  • NANAIA MAHUTA, Māori Development, Local Government. Score: 5/10
    Pretty much invisible media-wise. But has quietly worked away…
  • STUART NASH, Police, Fisheries, Revenue. Score: 6/10
    Has hardly set the world alight. 
  • IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY, Workplace Relations, Immigration, ACC. Score: 5/10
    Prior to this week’s snafu over his decision to grant New Zealand residency to a Czech kick-boxer serving time for drug-smuggling, he had impressed as someone solid, careful and unflappable in portfolios…
  • JENNY SALESA, Building and Construction, Ethnic Communities. Score: 3/10
    Who? 
  • DAMIEN O’CONNOR, Agriculture, Biosecurity. Score: 7/10
    So far, his decisions seem to have been all the right ones.

NZ First ministers:

  • WINSTON PETERS, Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, State Owned Enterprises, Racing. Score: 8.5/10
    Deserving of huge plaudits for refocusing New Zealand’s foreign policy…Deserving of equivalent-sized brickbat for his obvious, but yet-to-be explained, reluctance to admonish Russia…
  • TRACEY MARTIN, Children, Internal Affairs, Seniors. Score: 6/10
    Martin stumbled badly in her handling of the inquiry into the appointment of Wally Haumaha…Far more important as far as her party is concerned is that the flow of bad-news stories seeping out of Oranga Tamariki…
  • RON MARK, Defence. Score: 6/10
    At long last, New Zealand has a defence minister who actually wanted the portfolio.
  • SHANE JONES, Regional Economic Development, Infrastructure. Score: 8/10
    …a Comedy of Errors or All’s Well Which Ends Well. On his current form, you have to lean towards the latter.

More details: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/john-armstrong-s-opinion-rating-ministers-in-labour-nz-first-cabinet

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44 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  November 4, 2018

    Will Armstrong also do the Opposition?
    Hang on, they’re already done!

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    • Gezza

       /  November 4, 2018

      Well, he probably will at some point, maybe when they’ve recovered a bit from the shit-splattering that’s gone on. Generally journos tend to be more interested in what the government’s doing and how well or otherwise. I might have a read of PG’s post soon.

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  2. Blazer

     /  November 4, 2018

    rarely rate Armstrong…but his ratings are quite accurate imo.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 4, 2018

    Santa Claus hands out smiley faces. Still, an interesting view.

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  4. PDB

     /  November 4, 2018

    “PHIL TWYFORD, Housing and Urban Development, Transport. Score: 7/10”

    Stopped reading after that – utter nonsense. Twyford has been appalling.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 4, 2018

      Yes I find that rating very suprising. I’d like to see his reasonings for that one.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 4, 2018

        Ah – soz – it was in the linked article:

        “Unlikely to meet Kiwibuild target of constructing houses at a rate sufficient to meet target of 100,000 new “affordable” homes over 10 years. But it won’t be for lack of trying.

        And he may well get close enough to claim victory from the jaws of defeat.”

        Well, maybe, but man he’s got a hell of an uphill climb, and he seems to be trying to do it by sniffing around & snaffling up just about any building project going and trying to find some way to count it against his target even, it really isn’t anything like Kiwibuild or an affordable home.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 4, 2018

          *,even if it really isn’t … etc.

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        • PDB

           /  November 4, 2018

          Buying existing developments in Auckland and selling them at a discount to people that don’t represent the people who can’t afford even a basic house and buying houses off a developer in Wanaka who couldn’t sell them and then having trouble selling them even at a discount is hardly winning. 2/10.

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          • Gezza

             /  November 4, 2018

            He is also Minister of Transport. What’s your rating there, and why?

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          • High Flying Duck

             /  November 4, 2018

            I guess there is a difference between “delivering on policy” – in which he seems to be making headway, and may be the justification for his rating; and “delivering good policy” in which your rating would be more appropriate.
            As I posted yesterday, the conference will be upbeat, because they are delivering policy and starting to implement their agenda, without any significant issues other than beltway crises that get politics followers and journo’s all hot and bothered, but don’t register with the populace.
            You and I would agree the actual policy being implemented is rubbish and will have many unintended negative consequences.
            Robert however is positively fizzing that graduate doctors & marketing execs are FINALLY getting a fair deal.
            This is why next year will be interesting. They will wear the consequences of their policies and the impact will start being felt – for better or worse.

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            • Gezza

               /  November 4, 2018

              robert is an environmentalist. That fizzing might be something to do with the fact that he helped me yesterday to establish that environmentalists are apparently particularly prone to apoplexy.

            • PDB

               /  November 4, 2018

              Kiwibuild has changed since the election campaign – the value of the houses being offered has gone up and ‘building’ now includes buying existing developments. Not sure if he’s even delivering the policy everybody thought (or even himself) would be. It appears that any old house will do if it makes up the numbers that can be considered one of the 100,000 promised.

              He would get a slightly higher rating for transport but his progress/ lack of progress there will become more visible over time.

            • robertguyton

               /  November 4, 2018

              Gezza is an environmentalist.

            • robertguyton

               /  November 4, 2018

              I’m guessing HFD meant “Robertson” – yes?

            • Gezza

               /  November 4, 2018

              Gezza is an environmentalist
              Just a mentalist I reckon. I don’t get apoplectic.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  November 4, 2018

              PDB – absolutely right. The policy was never deliverable based on what they sold during the election, so they made it into a facile mess. But a deliverable facile mess.
              Robert – no I definitely mean you. You seem to get as excitable as a puppy and run around the blog in little circles wetting yourself at every nugget of Government news. You also call DOOM and MISERY at every piece of opposition news.
              As long as PG keeps the litter box full you’re fine though.
              After all, who can stay mad at a puppy?

            • Gezza

               /  November 4, 2018

              robert’s good at plonking.

            • Gezza

               /  November 4, 2018

              I think of him as our regular plonker.

            • Gezza

               /  November 4, 2018

              (Don’t tell him I said that. The last thing I want to see is more plonking)

            • robertguyton

               /  November 4, 2018

              “Robert however is positively fizzing that graduate doctors & marketing execs are FINALLY getting a fair deal.”
              HFD – sorry to bother you. Can you link to where I expressed any opinion at all about these issues? Cheers.

  5. Gezza

     /  November 4, 2018

    DAVID CLARK, Health. Score: 6.5/10
    …is not looking like ending up being a loser.

    Maybe not, but watching him in Parliament quite often he does always seem to end up looking like a dickhead. Compete strongly with Phil Twyford for the Dickhead’s Gumboot of the Week award, usually.

    JENNY SALESA, Building and Construction, Ethnic Communities. Score: 3/10
    Who?

    I think he’s under-scoring Jenny. She’s put in a solid effort on the teev for her comms about ramping up the Building Trades Training options and came across as surprisingly well-versed in that topic and the state of trades training and the construction sector needs.

    And in the ethnic communities my bet is she’s scoring very high in popularity and communication ability. She is very articulate.

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  6. PDB

     /  November 4, 2018

    Ardern: 7/10 – only person really holding together the Labour portion of the col govt vote, mask has slipped a bit recently with some question marks on her leadership ability and honesty. Baby getting a mention in the MSM when the chips are down gives her an extra point.
    Robertson: 7/10 – hasn’t done anything much to change the upward progression the economy took under National – real test will come when he actually does something.
    Twyford: 2/10 – Found wanting and has changed Kiwibuild into kiwibuy.
    Davis: 1/10 – even his own party try to hide him.
    Hipkins: 5/10 – trying to explain to teachers why race-horses and diplomats are more important than them is a thankless job.
    Woods: 5/10 – ok but not overly convincing talking about the oil and gas ban.
    Little: 6/10 – ok, but had a rough start after Winston put him in his place over the 3 strikes law. Fluffing about with Pike River mine. One point for the beard.
    Parker: 6/10 – thinks he is smarter than he really is. Failed to get a steel/aluminium tariff exemption from the US.
    Lees-Galloway: 3/10 – Only had to do one thing right and has fluffed it.
    Clark: 6/10: still looking for shit in the walls at a hospital near you.

    The rest of the Labour cabinet ministers: 5/10 or lower – not sighted.

    Winston: 7/10 – Seems to love Russia and will waste billions of taxpayer money getting spanked by the big spending Chinese in the pacific. Looked ok filling in for Ardern.
    Martin: 4/10 – Wally Haumaha.
    Jones: 6/10 – Doing what he does best – big noting and looking after himself. Looked sick at the oil and gas ban announcement.
    Ron Mark: 7/10 – done ok.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 4, 2018

      Lees-Galloway: 3/10 – Only had to do one thing right and has fluffed it.

      I’d add a point – so, 4/10 – for letting Southern and Molyneux so they could get abused by outraged lefties and have their event cancelled by threatening to attack their venue. Given that some of those violently abusive outraged lefties trying to shut down free speech might vote Labour, and not Green, letting them in took a certain amount of rational decision-making and intestinal fortitude.

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    • robertguyton

       /  November 4, 2018

      PDB’s rankings; worthless.

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      • PDB

         /  November 4, 2018

        I must be on the right track then Robert if you disagree. Thanks for the confirmation, they seemed pretty sound.

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        • robertguyton

           /  November 4, 2018

          Quite right, PDB, I made a mistake. It wasn’t your rankings that were worthless, it was your snarky comments. Sorry about that.

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          • Gezza

             /  November 4, 2018

            Actually his ratings aren’t that bad. He’s using an acerbic style of ironic wit to explain his rationale but it’s followable to anyone without any particular political bias (such as yourself) who’s an equal opportunity critic (such as moi).

            Your description above that they are worth is basically just plonking. If you disagree with any of his rankings can you explain where each one is actually incorrect – give your ranking and explain why?

            Or is that actually beyond you?

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            • Gezza

               /  November 4, 2018

              *Your description above that they are “worthless” is basically just plonking.

              (Honestly I reckon my effing proof-reading is getting worse by the day. If was my Editor I’d feckin sack me !)

            • PDB

               /  November 4, 2018

              I thought I was quite generous actually – no doubt Robert would have really added to the debate by predictably marking the last govt all 0/10.

            • robertguyton

               /  November 4, 2018

              “an acerbic style of ironic wit ”
              Bona fide, that? Sweet!

            • Gezza

               /  November 4, 2018

              Bona fide, that? Sweet!

              Sure is. Has to be genuinely funny though, that’s the tricky part. But even Sir Alan hits the spot very occasionally, and my good friend Blazer can even manage it about 2 tries out of every 10.

              If you ever manage it, that would be good. Beats plonking any day.

    • lurcher1948

       /  November 4, 2018

      Does Simon Bridges lie

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      • Gezza

         /  November 4, 2018

        Not as often as Jacinda from what I’ve seen. Certainly hasn’t been caught out as often yet.

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      • PDB

         /  November 4, 2018

        I think he may be too honest to make it I reckon, Ardern is fitting right in now she has her lying groove on.

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        • PDB

           /  November 4, 2018

          Ardern thinks she may have made an error in judgement…

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          • robertguyton

             /  November 4, 2018

            Hamish Price – PDB’s go-to attack-dog. He’s a bore. Drones on. Entirely predictable. Hey! PDB!

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            • Gezza

               /  November 4, 2018

              So now you’re basically abusing a centenarian for telling Jacinda not to tell lies. Pretty low of you robert. Lying PMs is something we shouldn’t have to put up with but sadly do.

    • Corky

       /  November 4, 2018

      Excellent. Real world ratings for an incompetent government.

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  7. duperez

     /  November 4, 2018

    Facile player ratings happen after All Black matches. Some tight forward comes on with 13 minutes to go, is buried in the play, might make a tackle in the mid-field or find the ball in his hands to get his name mentioned and gets a Rattue rating of 6/10. (Christopher Reive this week.)

    I wonder if John Armstrong would give Jenny Salesa a higher or lower rating if he followed her around from 6.00am on a Monday morning until 5.59am the next Monday.

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