Key and kids

January 25th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The prime minister’s yearly pilgrimage to Ratana took a detour this morning as he called into a Manawatu early childcare centre for a chat and some cookies. …

Childcare co-founder Lorelei Dekker said the children have been prepping for the prime minister’s visit all week, learning the 101 of New Zealand politics, preparing questions and baking biscuits.

”Their confidence was incredible,” she said.

”He was great at interacting with the kids, he made it all about them and he wasn’t afraid to get down and get dirty, even eating an apple with the children.

”He provides a good role model for our children and at the end of it he was just a normal guy that can talk to kids and that’s just fantastic.”

The PM genuinely loves interacting with kids. I’m not sure if he still does it, but I know his first few years in office, he would always do hand written replies to letters from kids.

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27 Responses to “Key and kids”

  1. lolitasbrother (744 comments) says:

    excellent, this is how Key is, expected PM NZ for at least one more term.

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  2. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    Exactly. Key is a good communicator. I got into a heated debate last night with a Green devotee who was adamant that the so called right didn’t care about kids. Bullocks. The Greens and Labour do not have exclusivity when it comes to caring for kids. Shifting the responsibility for kids for parents to the state without consequences is not the solution.

    But then again this person believed National didn’t understand economic policies. Just because no-one understands Green economics does not mean everyone is wrong.

    As soon as this stranger attacked me personally, the lost.

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  3. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Cunliffe will outdo him. He will personally send birthday cards to every kid in NZ up until November 2014! :)

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  4. kowtow (8,721 comments) says:

    Why do National pollies bother with Ratana?

    The vast majority of Murries don’t vote National.

    Photo op?

    Scared of the media reaction of not going?

    What?

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  5. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    I agree kowtow. There is only 60,000 Ratana’s. Key should head off to the Rasta church to get more votes! :)

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  6. big bruv (14,122 comments) says:

    But Bomber told me that John Key eats kids?

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  7. big bruv (14,122 comments) says:

    Joanne

    “Exactly. Key is a good communicator. I got into a heated debate last night with a Green devotee”

    That was your first mistake. Don’t allow the Green scum to wind you up. Just smile at them and shake your head as if they don’t know what they are talking about (which of course they do not)

    Nothing pisses off the left more than to think that you are not taking them seriously. There is no point using fact with them as they are corrupt by their very nature. Just smile and laugh, it drives them crazy.

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  8. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Asking them where they parked their horse tends to get a flummoxed response too bb! :)

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  9. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    big bruv

    …thank you. I will in future take your advice. They really do believe they are the chosen. By whom I have to ask. Then they congratulate each other for their ignorance which they think is highly developed thinking.

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  10. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    johnboy

    I’ll use that one.

    They can’t argue rationally so they get nasty.

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  11. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    Johnboy

    The personal birthday cards will not be signed personally.

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  12. Keeping Stock (10,404 comments) says:

    @ Joanne – another way to upset Greenies is to ask how their superannuation scheme is, or comment about the size of Gareth Hughes’ carbon footprint. Almost guarantees you a non-principled response :D

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  13. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    KS,

    Not much more amusing than the parody flyer with Gareth Hughes saying we don’t need Anadarko here, while kitted out in diving gear that could not have been made without oil exploration.

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  14. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    Thank you everyone. I can see that instead of getting frustrated this year at the lack of intelligent debate, I’ll do some Green baiting.

    I have asked someone who was against oil drilling if they were oil free. Everything relies on oil.

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  15. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    All the Greenie folk I’ve ever met are greasy little pricks. That should give a good guide in your quest Joanne! :)

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  16. Duxton (657 comments) says:

    Joanne, another good wind-up is to sniff and frown, as if you’ve just encountered the worse case of body odour ever (which would probably be true!).

    Then stare are their teeth, as if they still have the remains of the past weeks’ meals trapped there (ditto). You can reinforce this by casually waving your hand in the space between their mouth nose (as if trying to fan off an incredibly foul smell) every time they talk.

    Gets them every time!

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  17. big bruv (14,122 comments) says:

    Joanne

    When you are unfortunate enough to have to spend a bit of time in the company of Green scum you may as well have a bit of fun with them.

    Another thing that you should always remember is that they are ALL hypocrites, they simply have to be to exist in todays society. I remember well an enjoyable discussion I had with a Green female, the topic of conversation was her husbands job, this smelly and very hairy wimin had a hubby who has spent over two decades working in the motor industry.
    Like others have already mentioned the tactic of the Greens is to brush the hypocrisy aside and move on, this wimin had managed to overlook her hypocrisy (for the greater good I think she said) and was desperately trying to get me to forget about her husbands job and engage me in debate about the so called “poor”.

    Needless to say I was having none of that, in the end she swore at me and stormed off.

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  18. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    Election year just got better!

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  19. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    Thank you big bruv. I know why you name yourself that.

    Another interesting debate I had that left me FTW. I believe that it is not the governments job to feed kids breakfast. It’s not a lot for some weetbix or the supermarket brand alternative, milk and a bit of sugar. It’s a basic function of being a parent. A couple of pieces of toast even. If there is a need for the state to feed the kids, then we need to employ more social workers to go into homes and find out why and educate parents if needed and in cases where it is legit ensure they have additional funding.

    One person said it is important for a child’s learning to have breakfast. I couldn’t agree more. Then when I said send in the social workers, the person said it’s not important enough to bring social workers in. WTF.

    If the state continue to take on basic parental responsibilities like breakfast then we are digging ourselves into a hole.

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  20. Viking2 (11,547 comments) says:

    Question. why is joanne on 90 comments the entire thread?

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  21. Kimble (4,442 comments) says:

    Viking2, previous comments get updated.

    Why do National pollies bother with Ratana?

    Can you name an equivalent for Labour?

    If there isnt one, then maybe that is your answer. Its the difference between Labour and National; one takes the responsibilities of leadership seriously, the other just views them as a means to retain their leadership positions.

    People for whom being a politician isn’t the best they could possibly hope for in life make the best politicians.

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  22. itstricky (1,880 comments) says:

    The PM genuinely loves interacting with kids.

    God save me. We’re not even anywhere near the election yet and we’re into the baby-head-kissing routine. Pass me the sick bucket…

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  23. Kimble (4,442 comments) says:

    Not anywhere near an election.

    Think about that.

    Not. Anywhere. Near. An. Election.

    What sort of politician wastes their time doing public relations crap when the electoral payoff is going to be bugger all?

    Maybe the sort of politician who doesnt see it as public relations crap, and isnt looking for electoral payoff? Could you imagine the likes of Helen Clark doing this?

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  24. cha (4,076 comments) says:

    Nah, he’s cooking snaggs, no kissing babies and shit.
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    http://news.msn.co.nz/article.aspx?id=8789183

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  25. itstricky (1,880 comments) says:

    Nah, he’s cooking snaggs

    LOL. Yeah, I hear he’s a farmer as well. Those are his own homekill that he generously donated to the festival. And he’s a fisherman. Quite good cricket player too, and I hear he played age grade rugby in high school in his earlier years. All that, AND he loves kids. He’s the perfect Kiwi bloke.

    Now let me just find that picture of him on the 80’s trading floor again… …curiously he looks quite like Helen Clark in that one.

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  26. duggledog (1,576 comments) says:

    John Key is good with kids because he has had two of his own and clearly raised them successfully. Kids can spot phonies a mile off, which is why Helen Clarke used to look distinctly uncomfortable around them with her smile a cadaverous rictus.

    But I digress.

    Joanne, one of my great pastimes is winding up Greenies, especially the metro ones. They are such great sport, like legitimate bear-baiting, and they get so upset so quickly.

    At one dinner party in particular I managed to get one to storm out early leaving her poor bastard husband behind. Once she’d gone he cheered up immensely and had a great time. I busted him in the kitchen scoffing down leftover pork which turned out to be verboeten at his house of no joy

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  27. wikiriwhis business (4,114 comments) says:

    Politicians and kids go back to Adolf Hitler.

    How base to compare a politician with kids

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