TWITTER WATCH: Paddles the Cat is dead

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…this is a double tragedy for the Labour Party as Paddles the Cat was the only one in the entire Caucus that could count…

Horrifying news.

Paddles the Cat is dead…

Jacinda Ardern’s cat Paddles has died after being hit by a car

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s cat Paddles is dead after being hit by a car.

Ardern’s office confirmed the cat died on Tuesday.

Paddles, a ginger SPCA cat, had become a celebrity in its own right, and a Twitter account had been established in its name.

Ardern had joked that Paddles was a “polydactyl”, with extra claws that look like opposable thumbs, and ran the account itself.

…this is a double tragedy for the Labour Party as Paddles the Cat was the only one in the entire Caucus that could count…

Ummm, can you count Chippy?
No, Jacinda, I can’t count.
Grant, what about you, can you count?
Well, it’s not really my thing Jacinda.
Okay, is there anyone in the Caucus who can count?
Paddles can count!
Okay, get Paddles here…


There will be a memorial Twitter funeral later in the week.

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  1. Michal says:

    I cannot believe that they could have stuffed this up so badly. Where is Dyson in all of this she is the chief whip isn’t she!

  2. savenz says:

    Poor Puddles. Condolences to the Arden’s.

    Check the traffic cams for Paula and Bill in the vicinity around time of death – being less popular than a cat – must have hurt.

    • cleangreen says:


      Sorry about the loss of your cat,

      I do feel deep sorrow for you today as my cat (through another stray) is a real friend today to us.

      Please get another one because the pain will sudside after you have another friend to cherrish again.

  3. Red Buzzard says:

    So SAD about Paddles!

    ….who cares about Nactional’s petty parliamentary protocol storm in a tea cup

    LABOUR Left alliance with NZF and Greens WON!…ha ha!

  4. EE says:

    Farewell Paddles. We are pawer without you.

  5. mosa says:

    Horrible for Jacinda about her pet.

    There are plenty of other cats waiting for a loving home at the S.P.C.A

    I hope she considers that if she is replacing her pet.

    I hope that the Green parties animal welfare policy is given serious consideration by this government as it is an area that needs attention.

  6. Marc says:

    Although I considered ‘paddles’ a bit trivial, I am saddened. Perhaps this is a sad fate, where the PM Jacinda is sent the message, now it is your country that must be you first attention and ‘pet’.

  7. Cemetery Jones says:

    Funny that you picture Paddles and Hipkins in the same thread.

    All I could think of was the caption “This little ginger lad did more for Labour in a few short weeks than the other will accomplish in the decades which are no doubt still to come.”

  8. mary_a says:

    RIP dear Paddles. A bright little star in her own right. Condolences to Jacinda and Clarke in their tragic loss.