The Herald just lost the plot

The New Zealand Herald has decided to nominate a New Zealander of the Year. This is not official, of course, as the real New Zealander of the Year is voted at another time, after actual nominations through a Kiwibank programme and then the count of votes. I understand that Kristine Bartlett was voted the 2018 New Zealander of the Year. The Herald couldn’t do anything so well organised as that, of course, so they decided to do their own award. This would have been perfectly fine, except that they decided that the New Zealander of the year is…

women.

I assume that means that every New Zealand woman is now a New Zealander of the Year.

Where exactly would you like me to start with how absolutely ridiculous this is? quote.

It was the year of #metoo, pay equity, and our Prime Minister becoming a mum. It was the year a female rugby player – at last – gained the sport’s top honour. It was the 125th anniversary of suffrage, a year of celebration. But also a reminder that change does not come without hard work and frustration.

All year, we have watched as New Zealand women have fought for their rights. And fought. And fought.

From campaigning against sexual harassment in the media, to arguing for equal pay through the courts, to addressing our shameful domestic violence record at the United Nations, women stood up and were counted. They raised their voices when others didn’t want to hear. They were empowered in the face of adversity. They persisted despite knowing meaningful change would likely be a long time yet.

That persistence has led us to name women – all women – as our 2018 New Zealanders of the Year.

Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy told us she thought the year was a tipping point, when women decided they’d simply had enough. Jackie Clark, who works with survivors of domestic violence, said it felt like a renaissance of the feminism of the 1970s. The only female chief executive in the NZX50, Chorus head Kate McKenzie, said she thought the year created momentum – and with it an opportunity to keep that momentum going.

Jacinda Ardern, who with the arrival of her daughter Neve in June made history this year as only the second elected leader in the world to give birth in office, said when reflecting on the year she also felt that sense of momentum – around issues that affected women but also wider issues of fairness and equality.

“I’m seeing young women increasingly coming together over these issues… a real wave of empowered young women.” end quote.

Once again, it seems that Jacinda Ardern is honoured, not because she is a great Prime Minister – which she is not – not because she is a ground breaker, because she certainly is not that either but because she had a baby. She is being honoured, recognised and revered because she had a baby while in office.

So what? She took time off, she had a lot of help and she is paid enough so that she can afford to pay for really good childcare.

In other words, she is much better off than most women who have babies and have to go back to work, but this is Jacinda, so it is special. Even though it is not special at all. The race would die out of women didn’t have babies and with all due respect, I don’t think this was a virgin birth.

#metoo is nothing to be proud of either. Bringing sexual offenders to justice is one thing, but ruining men’s careers on suspicion rather than proof of criminal behaviour is not honourable. It is nothing more than mob mentality with public lynchings, and most women do not want any part of it.

As for the gender pay gap, that has been an issue since the 1960s, if the movie Made in Dagenham is anything to go by, so this is nothing new. Equal pay for equal work has been ensconced in law for decades. By and large, women are now paid what they are worth. If that is less than men in general, then that is the way things are. A man and a woman working alongside each other, doing exactly the same job, are paid the same and have been for decades. Nothing new here at all.

So, shall we take a look at some of the women that are now New Zealanders of the Year?

What do you think about his one?

Meka cracking Photoshopped image credit: Luke

Meka Whaitiri lost her ministerial warrants in 2018 for abusing and apparently manhandling one of her staff.

How about this one?

Rouxle le Roux killed a kid on a crossing because she was driving while under the influence of both drugs and alcohol and didn’t stop to help him after she had knocked him off his bike.

How’s that for a New Zealander of the Year?

How about this one?

Scout Barbour-Evans thinks she is a man, but she has just given birth to a baby girl, and instead of acknowledging that she is a woman after all, she is claiming to be the first man to give birth. I think it is probably too late for her to get help, but what about the poor child? What kind of a life will the child have with a mother like that?

Then there is this one.

Marama Davidson decided to ‘reclaim’ the C word in 2018. How respectful to all other New Zealanders of the Year.

 

Eugenie Sage decided to use the C word during a TV interview.

Green party list MP Golriz Ghahraman

Golriz, supposedly a human rights lawyer, decided that she could pick and choose which human rights applied when it suited her.

Need I go on?

There are probably lots of examples of women who deserve to be named as New Zealander of the Year, but there are also lots of women who do not deserve it in any way. The fact that the Herald has decided to simply give the award to all New Zealand women shows that they are pathetic virtue signallers who haven’t a clue what they are doing.

Then again, I have to admit, ?New Zealander of the Year? will look rather good on my CV. I wonder if I can give some interviews, or maybe do a book tour? Eat yer heart out, Kristene Bartlett. There are now 2 million of us coming to get you. Just look at how The Herald devalued your award in one very sick move. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

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