BOOM – Jacinda Ardern blows Town Hall apart with Labour launch

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I’ve been to a lot of these Labour election launches now.

A lot of false starts in terms of Leaders. A lot of polite clapping. A lot of, ‘his heart is in the right place’.

In short, lots of false hope over the last 9 years.

Today was fucking something else.

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The Town Hall was packed out, the concert chamber was packed out, even Q theatre was packed out and there were still hundreds who couldn’t get in.

Inside the Town Hall before the place filled, mainstream media pundits who were writing Labour off looked nervous…

…and when Helen Clark entered the room before the public came into the town Hall, the massed MPs exploded into spontaneous applause…

…once the Hall filled and they realised Helen was sitting in the front row, they exploded into even more spontaneous applause, chants and cheering. From the very start it was magical. A Maori woman gave a full throated cry to the opening of the launch which left the spine tingling.

Michelle A’Court was sharp and witty, Hollie Smith soulful, Don McGlashan was thoughtful and insightful and then boom, Jacinda was there…

it was one hell of a speech.

She presented a vision for NZs future by going back to Labour’s greats. Kirk, Savage, Fraser, Lange and Clark. She showed she understood the values of the Party she now leads and she added her own aim to that arc of history by stating she wanted to build a country where every child grows up free from poverty, and is filled with hope and opportunity.

She then announced that she would change the Public Finances Act so that every budget had to announce not only the surpluses and deficits, but how many NZ children had been lifted out of debt.

Fuck me!

Somewhere Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams all spontaneously burst into tears.

That’s a symbol you can’t ignore.

The most important insight from her speech? Talking about growing up in her rural childhood watching the pain and economic dislocation of the 1980s and how she was influenced by compassion for those the system failed well before she was ever politicised.

Treasury will have their hands full trying to reign her in.

She spoke with passion on suicide, on poverty, on housing, on opportunity, on infrastructure, on health, education and climate change with an emotional depth and meaningfulness that was far ranging, intelligent and utterly compelling.

I’ve never seen a politician talk with such authenticity on the issues that really speak to our human condition.

If she brings this to the debates against Bill English, we will have a new Prime Minister in September.

From 23% to just 3 points shy of National, Jacinda Ardern is on the verge of pulling off one of the greatest come backs for a Political Party in NZ political history.

Spare a thought for David Farrar, Ben Thomas and Matthew Hooton who will only have jobs at Radio NZ and the Spinoff after Labour win.

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  1. Goodness me Bomber! This all sounds rather messianic. Good to see you putting out a message of hope for us low-lifers!

  2. … ” and then boom, Jacinda was there ” …

    Wow ! , – it certainly seems like Labour are back, judging by this :

    … ” She spoke with passion on suicide, on poverty, on housing, on opportunity, on infrastructure, on health, education and climate change with an emotional depth and meaningfulness that was far ranging, intelligent and utterly compelling ” …

    And in the words of General George Patton , .. ” I really feel sorry for those bastards we are going up against , I really do ”… but seriously , Adern is going to dismantle all the apology’s English will try to use on so , so many issues…

    Matter of fact , – if we had a ‘ worm’ like we did appear on our TV’s years ago it would be game over for National.

    This is great news.

    BOOM !

  3. Do you mean “lifted out of poverty”? Debt is bad too…. but most kids haven’t got a mortgage or instant finance loan…

    Reporting on it is a very good thing… but even better would be giving the WFF in-work tax credit to all children regardless of the work status of their parents.

    I hope they come around to doing that. More likely to if they are reliant on the Greens.

  4. Goodbye National I saw Jacinda speaking to a very large crowd at the Auckland town hall today, in an inspiring uplifting speech that almost bought tears to my eyes.

    The words touched my heart, as finally we have a new leader for labour who is caring about “every person and every region of NZ,”.

    Jacinda said she and Labour will listen to every person who has something to say.

    It has been nine hard painful years since we used to talk by email to Helen Clark & Michael Cullen about our HB heavy truck gridlock problems as a community group.

    National have since 2008 have ignored our pleas for help, & they simply turned away from working with our community groups.

    Bill & Steven, now where is a new party about to take over the treasury benches and evict you Bill English and Steven Joyce, so farewell and go pack your bags.

    Jacinda wants climate change addressed & roads wont do that!!!!!

    Today National was trying to sell another round of road building as they are now closing regional rail down!!!!! Silly fucks; = more roads more road pollution.

    Trucks use 32 tyres.

    Trucks use 8 times the fuel as rail does to move one tonne one km.

    National plan result is;

    More carbon emissions.

    That will cost us as the cost goes on “Carbon tax” in future.

    No more roads for cars/trucks. = “road runoff” pollution from diesel, & tyre dust pollution washes off roads into our rivers, lakes, and aquifers, and finally our drinking water.

    More rail is the way. = Rail has no tyre pollution. ail uses far less fuel and we have less trucks on roads.

  5. Hi Martyn

    These two sentences sold me on her, as in the regions we feel deserted now even the media stay away from us in Gisborne or HB

    “That we can build a confident and caring nation if we include each and every person, in each and every town and region. That is New Zealand at its best.”

    When Jacinda said this I almost wept with joy, – as for nine years the National government has refused to come and talk with us after repeated emails over six yrs for help from them goes unheeded about our lost rail service that was washed out in 2012 by government funding cut for rail maintenance!!!!

    Now due to no rail the roads now are falling apart as 2400 trucks a day drive right through Napier within 9 metres of many homes at 100 kms an hour all night long and all residents cant cope now with no noise walls who the hell can sleep now there???

    Jacinda’s winning words here;

    “That we can build a confident and caring nation if we include each and every person, in each and every town and region. That is New Zealand at its best.”

  6. Goodbye National I saw Jacinda speaking to a very large crowd at the Auckland town hall today, in an inspiring uplifting speech that almost bought tears to my eyes.

    The words touched my heart, as finally we have a new leader for labour who is caring about “every person and every region of NZ,”.

    Jacinda said she and Labour will listen to every person who has something to say.

    It has been nine hard painful years since we used to talk by email to Helen Clark & Michael Cullen about our HB heavy truck gridlock problems as a community group.

    National have since 2008 have ignored our pleas for help, & they simply turned away from working with our community groups.

    Bill & Steven, now where is a new party about to take over the treasury benches and evict you Bill English and Steven Joyce, so farewell and go pack your bags.

    Jacinda wants climate change addressed & roads wont do that!!!!!

    Today National was trying to sell another round of road building as they are now closing regional rail down!!!!! Silly fucks; = more roads more road pollution.

    Trucks use 32 tyres.

    Trucks use 8 times the fuel as rail does to move one tonne one km.

    National plan result is;

    More carbon emissions.

    That will cost us as the cost goes on “Carbon tax” in future.

    No more roads for cars/trucks. = “road runoff” pollution from diesel, & tyre dust pollution washes off roads into our rivers, lakes, and aquifers, and finally our drinking water.

    More rail is the way. = Rail has no tyre pollution. ail uses far less fuel and we have less trucks on roads.

  7. Goodbye National I saw Jacinda speaking to a very large crowd at the Auckland town hall today, in an inspiring uplifting speech that almost bought tears to my eyes.

    The words touched my heart, as finally we have a new leader for labour who is caring about “every person and every region of NZ,”.

    Jacinda said she and Labour will listen to every person who has something to say.

    It has been nine hard painful years since we used to talk by email to Helen Clark & Michael Cullen about our HB heavy truck gridlock problems as a community group.

    National have since 2008 have ignored our pleas for help, & they simply turned away from working with our community groups.

    Bill & Steven, now where is a new party about to take over the treasury benches and evict you Bill English and Steven Joyce, so farewell and go pack your bags.

    Jacinda wants climate change addressed & roads wont do that!!!!!

    Today National was trying to sell another round of road building as they are now closing regional rail down!!!!! Silly fucks; = more roads more road pollution.

    Trucks use 32 tyres.

    Trucks use 8 times the fuel as rail does to move one tonne one km.

    National plan result is;

    More carbon emissions.

    That will cost us as the cost goes on “Carbon tax” in future.

    No more roads for cars/trucks. = “road runoff” pollution from diesel, & tyre dust pollution washes off roads into our rivers, lakes, and aquifers, and finally our drinking water.

    More rail is the way. = Rail has no tyre pollution. ail uses far less fuel and we have less trucks on roads.

  8. great stuff

    its interesting looking at the latest pole if adern pulls another 3 percent the greens keep there vote winstone will not be the king maker on todays performance the left is right on track to over take national

  9. The speech and the Helen Clark appearance are all inspiring, but Jacinda Adern needs to convince undecided voters that, despite her inexperience, she can run the country. The ppolicy background won’t cut it. John Key was inexperienced ( oh it was cringe material) but his team was not. Jacinda Adern is Labour’s single asset. I’d vote for Labour in three year’s time IF there is a decent team. There isn’t now. National is tired and the Greens are dead; it’s all a bit woeful.

  10. All Checkbook Bill knows is to promise more highways.
    Nothing changed there..

    Takes a lot of brains eh !!
    And that will be their story until the election for National.

    Today Jacinda claimed the high ground with the complete vision of the future.

    And just out of interest, where is Paula , has she been Zipped Up. ?

  11. Jacinda. Simply the best!
    Better than “fuck the homeless, the poor and all those other losers,
    I’m gonna build more roads for my truckie donors”
    Bill English.

  12. “ Talking about growing up in her rural childhood watching the pain and economic dislocation of the 1980s and how she was influenced by compassion for those the system failed well before she was ever politicised.”

    Intriguing.

  13. Very happy you saw what I did Bomber! The buzz in the queues outside just built and built. Jacindas ability to connect and demonstrate her compassion made the old place explode, literally. I know I wasn’t the only one wiping away some wet spots on the cheeks.

  14. I sense, the direction is to ‘unite’ the left of centre with the centre, and to make the Greens more or less obsolete.

    The political division on the left has been exactly one main stumbling block during the last three elections, as the voters want unity, a strong, united alternative, not a three headed or even more headed hydra.

    I truly believe Labour under Jacinda and her ‘friend’ Grant are now out to make the Greens irrelevant, taking over policies they used to push as main ones, and also making New Zealand First less relevant, gaining back former Labour voters who drifted there.

    Add an element of soft light blue Nat voters, who may be female and youngish, and some former non voters, and the deal is struck, the win is possible, and we will have a 40 plus percent Labour Party lead the next government.

    I feel sorry for the Greens more, than for Farrar Hooton and others. The Greens must now be really afraid, the MoU is DEAD.

  15. I predict a Labour government with a green contribution to the cabinet with Winston having a role as deputy PM for the first term , Jacinda and Winston will work well together and make major changes in the first three years.

    This is the end of the John Key government.

    • There’s policy. However, it largely falls short, thus fails to match up with the rhetoric.

      For example, Labour’s commitment to build 1000 state homes a year, yet (as the Salvation Army’s report pointed out) we need 2000-2500 a year.

      Labour’s plan to introduce a regional flat tax on fuel, opposed to utilizing progressive income tax. With the flow on effect of this indirect flat tax (as like GST) impacting upon lower income households the hardest.

      Those in hardship that don’t have young children are only being offered a mere $450 a year winter energy payment. Which, along with Labour’s compulsory Kiwisaver desires and regional flat tax on fuel, will be largely eaten away.

  16. Bill looks flustered and desperate. Trying to sell Public-Private Partnerships and Toll Roads as policy will not strike a chord with the electorate.
    His epic fail in Dunedin shows this “man of the people’ is a corporate lickspittle, afraid of confronting the real problems.
    Check out the video of the coward running away https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/health/visiting-hour-not-without-upsets
    Bye Bill. Maybe your former boss can give you a job cleaning his swimming pool in Hawaii?

    • 100% QUICKSILVER
      Yes Bill go find a real job you corporate lickspittle!!!!!!

      Pity Jacinda hasn’t yet put you in a box by asking you;

      “National what publicly owned assets have you lined up to sell if you get to govern again?”

      I venture you will say. “we haven’t planned on anything specific there”.

      That means you will sell more of our assets later.

      Best we vote you out before we loose everything.

      Goodbye Bill and Steven. Enjoy your retirement.

  17. According to Bill English, he hasn’t seen any mood for change … ha ha … funny man!

    The mood for change is definitely out there. The amazing turnout at the Labour campaign launch yesterday was a sure indication of that. There’s a positive groundswell gaining momentum, towards Jacinda and Labour.

    Jacinda’s speech was from the heart and she was talking to the people, not at them, something not seen in a NZ politician for a very long time. Good to see Andrew Little being received well too. Pays to keep in mind, by stepping down, he has given Jacinda to NZers.

    I’m so looking forward to the night of Saturday 23 September now, when the announcement will be … ladies and gentlemen, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern 🙂

  18. National’s response (predictably) is more of the pork barrel.
    Now “more roads of national significance”.
    But they are actually roads of National significance, note the capital N because that is what they are: National’s vote buyers.
    People always vote for flash new roads.
    The Kapiti expressway was primarily intended to keep Guy Smiley as National MP for Otaki.
    Some are going to be public-private partnerships. Does that mean toll roads or what? No details there but Suzy Ferguson neglected to ask Bill English that question this morning, she was more concerned about Bill commenting on “The Jacinda effect”.
    Just a sample of the kind of crap we are going to get on the radio for this election campaign.
    Note that a proper health system, clean rivers and lifting people out of poverty is not significant to National.

  19. Yeah right Martyn, I cannot help but notice the online Herald also seems to have slurped the kool aid, which tells there is unlikely to be much real difference from the current status quo should Ardern’s push prevail.
    Lots of meaningless things like a few extra lines on budget reports and, doubtless in the Clark tradition of talking but not doing, plenty of seemingly heartfelt ‘apologies’ for injustices long past, but no effort to address the current crop of injustices. In other words standard neolib claptrap.

    The Herald has switched largely I suspect because of the Corbyn effect. That fishwraps middle to senior management positions are chocka with desperates from failed englander regional dailies, who have reasoned that giving the hoipolloi a an ersatz left government now is preferable to the people succeeding in building a genuine humanist political movement from the ruins of neolib labour tomorrow. So sandwiched between the Daily Fail reprints you now find nice things about kiwi Labour – although of course some of the local Natz diehards remain, they are given less emphasis.

    Where is the policy? What is the go on TPP with Ardern? The current mob have decided to continue to kowtow to DC even though DC won’t make any of the paltry concessions to Aotearoa it promised, yet AFAIK we haven’t heard a dickie bird from Labour on what they plan on doing – and that is bad, the greatest threat to Aotearoa sovereignty is just ignored by Labour? It seems that corporate rape is still on the table.
    Remember as much as the Natz can seem like the enemy, in reality they are only the front for the real enemy and changing the front without demolishing the back will achieve SFA apart from a very short-lived feel good.
    e.g. How can Aotearoa’s poisonous waterways be restored if doing so creates a mass of lawsuits from all the corporations the Natz flogged off kiwi farms to?

    That is just one example, another would be that any developer who registers a corporation offshore will be able to sue should government policies push down the cost of residential properties. If you find this difficult to swallow talk to Canadians about what has happened there since NAFTA and how Trudeau’s neolibs promised much to fix that but have actually done bugger all.

  20. Spare a thought for David Farrar, Ben Thomas and Matthew Hooton who will only have jobs at Radio NZ and the Spinoff after Labour win
    I was rather hoping that any incoming government might want to purge the public broadcasters of any journos who show decided bias for or against anybody….Hoskings goodbye please!

    • Think the same as you James, would like to see a purge of a number of shameless National party media sycophants.

    • If Labour win the next election they should cut Hosking off at the knees . . time for our hard-earned tax payer dollars to stop ending up at his local Ferrari dealership.

  21. Truly amazing, dont think there has been anything like this Labour election launch. I think Jacinda and the Labour party are going to make history and I couldn’t be more pleased, particularly when I thought it was all over some weeks ago. man am I glad I was so wrong!!

  22. Key was light on policy all he did was grin, smile and sell and look it got him a knighthood when he is was the complete opposite of Robin Hood

  23. All the way Jacinta..Voting for her will be so satisfying!! New Zealand needs a female leader to run the country. Her speeches are amazing and sounds so promising compared to any other Prime Minister we have ever had..!!

  24. All the way Jacinta..Voting for her will be so satisfying!! New Zealand needs a female leader to run the country. Her speeches are amazing and sounds so promising compared to any other Prime Minister we have ever had..!!

  25. And will we get back real public broadcasting also, so we do not have to put up with the crap of reporting and infotainment stuff that dominates the TV and airwaves these days?

    I notice Labour are a bit silent on this.

  26. Lifted my heart. Thnks Jacinda. (and Michelle, Holly, Don G!) Good to hear the climate change message, and No, it’s not a bid for the Greens votes but a cooperative and mutual realisation of the truth! Education, health, housing, rail (built in NZ, please). Way to go, Labour.

    You said it: BOOM !

    It will be a sad lolly scramble of bribes from Bill next week, with all the music that nashnull can steal and the charisma of an acne scar

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