Happy Waitangi, Sorry About the Dildo to the Face. The Alternative Flag Burning and Nurse Butler

A couple of weeks ago we wished our Australian readers Happy Australia Day, today we’re wishing our New Zealand readers happy Waitangi celebrations.

This year’s festivities have already been marred by John Key’s “mickey mouse” insult to the people of Te Tii Marae following yesterday’s strong Maori turnout at anti-TPPA rallies. A disgruntled Key then refused to attend the marae, no doubt fearing that his presence could lead to violent confrontation.

Having lost their sovereignty once when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, Maori are understandably aggrieved at losing it a second time when NZ signed the TPP agreement yesterday.

A dildo welcome for Steven Joyce

Therefore, it came as no real surprise to hear that the National Party’s Minister for Economic Development  was greeted with a dildo to the head at Waitangi. But, it could have been far worse than raining dildos if Key had shown up…

That’s for raping away our sovereignty.  “That’s for raping our country, because of the TPPA and selling away our rights and our freedom. I did it for our country.”

The woman was later named as Christchurch nurse Josie Butler. Ms Butler has protested frequently against the TPP and had been at the Auckland protest the day day before. Mr Key merely dismissed the 20,000 protesters as rent a crowd.

Josie Butler in Auckland

From nurse Butler’s Facebook.

 

Nurse Butler told the MSM at a previous protest

“I’m here as a nurse because I’m worried about the patient rights and how many people will essentially die if this goes through because the price of medications going up, it’s something I feel really strongly about”

WATCH the video of her interview here: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/the-dildo-thrower-has-been-found

“The TPPA is the rape of our tino rangatiratanga,” she said.

“We already have over 300,000 children living below the poverty line, I don’t want to live in a country where families have to choose between potentially life saving medication or feeding their children because of the increased price of medications under the TPPA.”

Appalling

John Key later said what she did was “appalling” but Nurse Butler was that was rich coming from a man who cuts funding from domestic and sexual violence services, and engages in rape jokes.

Here’s the gif

Anarchy and the alternative flag burning

However, there were anarchic overtones as the day took a darker turn with the symbolic burning of John Key’s alternative flag design in Whakatane.

Watch the video here. Key was seen wearing a lapel pin of the alternative flag at yesterday’s TPPA signing ceremony. There are fears it could spark a wave of flag burnings and civil disobedience across the country. Yesterday, National Minister Anne Tolley’s office in Whakatane was firebombed with molotov cocktails thrown through a window.

nz flag burned

 

 

During Australia day we took a look at the reaction to the event in New Zealand. Today we’re looking at Australia’s perception of Waitangi. So far we’ve yet to find anything other than yesterday’s coverage of the TPPA protests.

In the meantime, here’s some more Waitangi Day tweets from New Zealand.

Powhiri for political parties except for the government

Claire Trevett wrote:

Labour leader Andrew Little and Labour MPs are standing outside the Te Tii Marae gates in the rain after the Green Party went on ahead of them.

The Opposition parties were to be welcomed on at the same time, but instead the Greens have been taken on for a separate powhiri. That has left Labour standing in the rain for an hour.

Although they are not supposed to talk politics on the marae, they are apparently happy to show their colours – the Labour group is a blaze of Labour branded umbrellas and flags.

Meanwhile Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell is at the marae to listen to the powhiri, having been welcomed on himself before the Prime Minister’s decision to pull out.

He was going to go on again as a Government support partner, but the Government powhiri never happened – all other ministers and MPs followed John Key’s lead and pulled out.

Mr Flavell said that was disappointing on both sides but did not believe it would mean the Prime Minister would not return to Te Tii in future.

more to come…

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Happy Australia Day to all our Australian readers, sorry about the Kiwi xenophobia

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7 thoughts on “Happy Waitangi, Sorry About the Dildo to the Face. The Alternative Flag Burning and Nurse Butler

  1. The silver fern flag…….yawn ,like N.Z is the only country which grows ferns ,you’d have to be somewhat of an expert to tell the difference between a N.Z fern and one from most any country in the world,yet pathetic kiwis cling to this in their ignorance ,really like anybody would suddenly associate N.Z with a weed they have in their garden ,or maybe they would.

  2. Anybody notice that the Herald ran a story today about N.Z residents in the U.K having their health care benefits axed.How convenient that the whole article was responded to by John Key saying how disappointing it was based on the history of our countries.Seems to me this gels very well with his flag change agenda ,it also shows that the Herald will do John Keys propaganda P.R at the drop of a hat.Interesting that John Key has axed everyone’s health care and welfare entitlements to a point that now security guards are posted outside every WINZ office in N.Z just in case anyone gets hostile about being denied their cancer medications or sickness benefits.

  3. Admin,

    You would really have to search carefully to find any mention of Waitangi in the Australian MSM, most Australians don’t give a rat’s about NZ politics. Certainly there’s no Waitangi Day bashing that’s equivalent to the Australia Day bashing from Kiwis.

    I’d never heard of the Treaty and the controversy around it until I visited this site and the NZ MSM.
    I’ve also decided to stop reading the NZ newspapers because of the relentless negative articles about Oz from the country’s ‘opinion leaders’. Some of my recent comments criticising NZ’s Oz bashing weren’t posted on the NZ Herald, I don’t troll or make ad hominem attacks, so perhaps it was a technical problem. Sure.

  4. The fact that the flag burning was done by guys wearing Guy Fawkes masks should send out a massive warning to the New Zealand government. This is the signature of Anonymous, and you do NOT want to aggravate these guys. The fact that in the article they do not even mention the connections to Anonymous speaks volumes about the way they are trying to hide this.

    • Lawn mowing is a good alternative to rugby which must be one of the most boring sports ever invented. NZ must be the only nation where rugby is the national game, that’s probably significant.

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