Garrick Tremain’s cartoons can be found here.
National promised eight policy papers this year and they’ve delivered.
The government promised this year would be their year of delivery and they haven’t.
You’ll find National discussion documents here.
You’ll find the government’s broken promises here.
They include: child poverty heading in the wrong direction, the level of homelessness is appalling, elective surgery numbers have dropped, economic growth has dropped from 4% under National to 2.1%; job growth has fallen from 10,000 a month under National to just 3,000 under Labour; per capita growth is only 0.5 per cent a year compared with average of 1.7% a year during the last five years under National; the number of people on the dole is up by 22,000, the number of New Zealanders heading overseas has increased by 10,000 a year, the billion trees promise isn’t being delivered and won’t be, not a single cent of the the $100 million Green Investment Fund that was supposed to kick-start $1 billion of investment in ‘low carbon’ industries has been invested, the commitment this year to making the entire Government fleet emissions-free by mid-2025 was dropped, the government hasn’t been able to find a credible way to introduce a royalty on bottled water exports without trampling all over trade and other agreements with countries New Zealand does business with, yet another working group was set up to address waste minimisation but hasn’t come up with anything yet, the bold goals for housing have been dropped, The 4000 new apprentices target has been quietly dropped. Only 417 have started the Mana in Mahi programme and 32% of them dropped out . . .
Rodney Hide sums it up saying the year of delivery got lost in the post:
This was supposed to be the turnaround year. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared 2019 her Year of Delivery. Nothing has been delivered. Her promise has proved, like her government, empty and meaningless.
The tragedy is that we accept it. It’s enough that politicians feel and emote; there’s no need to do or achieve anything. We should perhaps rename the country New Feel-Land. . .
That’s the Year of Delivery done and dusted.
But there’s always next year. The prime minister has plastics again in her sights. She says it’s what children write to her about most. There are news reports she’s planning on banning plastic stickers on fruit.
I scoffed when we had government by focus group. We now have government by school project. . .
Garrick Tremain sums it up:
What’s all that hot air doing to our emissions profile?
Reducing those is another failure, in spite of the commitment to reducing them being the PM’s nuclear-free moment, they’re increasing and will continue to for the next five years.
A new government ill-prepared for the role might have been excused a first year finding its feet but there’s no excuse for failing so badly to deliver in on its promises in what was supposed to be its year of delivery.
New Zealand’s best political cartoonist, Garrick Tremain, is still in coventry after the eruption of outrage over one of his cartoons.
Readers of the ODT are missing out as a result of that but he is still cartooning and you can go here to enjoy gems like this:
Nominating Garrick Tremain for Cartoonist of the Year on the strength of this:
You can see more of his cartoons here.
Southern mayors are asking people to join an e-mob today to save Roxburgh children’s village.
Message from Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan: the people of the South are being asked to join in an e-mob protest (possibly the first of its kind) to get the message that failing to increase funding so the Roxburgh Children’s Village can remain operating is unacceptable to the people of the South.
Those who care about the Village and the children and families of the South that have used its services since 1949 are asked to join an “e-mob” protest, sending the very poignant Garrick Tremain cartoon (with his permission) to Jacinda Ardern this Tuesday 29 May.
The cartoon attached (is available and instructions for where to email it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
May 29 has been chosen as it is one month until the doors close on the Village. It is very important that you know that the residential therapeutic service that the Village offers will no longer be available to the children of the South, while it does remain in place for other parts of New Zealand. This is service by geography at its worst.
May 29 is also the anniversary of Mabel Howard being made our first female Cabinet Minister in 1949. Ironically, she was made Minister of Health and Children’s Welfare.
The cartoon (is available and instructions for where to email it by emailing email@example.com
The ODT answers questions about the village and the service it provides for children in desperate need here.
Cartoon of the week:
For a bigger image and more of Garrick Tremain’s wonderful cartoons click here.