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  • Russell Brown,

    And in other news, Mike Munro, formerly Helen Clark's press secretary, has joined the Ardern team as strategic advisor.

    This is a pretty big deal.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22584 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And in other news, Mike Munro, formerly Helen Clark’s press secretary, has joined the Ardern team as strategic advisor.

    This is a pretty big deal.

    Very very smart move. Weekly Facebook live events is another clever way to improve the younger vote.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • izogi,

    Yikes. The website overhaul leaps out. http://www.labour.org.nz/ (Front splash page that seeks donations only at this point, it seems. Click through and it's still talking about fresh approaches.)

    Is it meant to pause for a couple of seconds with nothing visible but Jacinda's giant face, or is that just my sub-fibre VDSL connection speed slowing the loading?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Jan Farr, in reply to Sam M,

    I agree it's been hard to find out what Labour's policies are if you're not looking for yourself or attending Labour meetings. Andrew gave an excellent speech to over 200 people in Carterton a few weeks ago and it was a real eye opener to most people there.
    I know it's easy to blame the media - but it does seem rather obvious that Andrew was pretty much starved of media oxygen from the moment his honeymoon period finished.
    And then, I heard Clare Robinson say on radio the other day that Jacinda's honeymoon didn't have long to go, because once we enter the election period the media is required to become fair and balanced! And here was me thinking that that was what they were meant to be doing all the time.

    Carterton • Since Apr 2008 • 395 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Craig Young,

    If the Rainbow Labour Policy announcement is anything to go by, this is going to be an exciting campaign. Despite the trans health policy being so vague that a vote remains tantamount to a prayer, the equal rights stuff is excellent.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2268 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to mark taslov,

    Just want to say, some of us are listening:-) I’m pissed off about how we neglect transgender peoples basic needs.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4046 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    We've got this!
    It may not be important
    but I do note that
    'Let's do this'
    hides a brazen sentiment:
    'Sod the list'

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7771 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Mike Munro, formerly Helen Clark's press secretary, has joined the Ardern team as strategic advisor

    Great to see someone competent back in the role at last.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19573 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Labour’s new campaign slogan just got announced. It’s a lot better …

    Also, the actual advert is very effective. The graphics are simple and uncluttered, the words succinct and to the point.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 758 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to steven crawford,

    Just want to say, some of us are listening:-) I’m pissed off about how we neglect transgender peoples basic needs.

    Thanks steven, that means a lot.

    That a 50 year surgery waiting list seems to have been ruled out as a campaign talking point by all opposition parties speaks volumes about trans erasure in New Zealand.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2268 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Craig Young,

    One does not expect an incoming centre-left administration to resolve everything, so staffing and funding of reassignment surgery will have to wait.

    Hi Craig, given that this is neither a staffing nor a funding issue in that a qualified gender reassignment surgeon, Dr Rita Yang, has been in the employ of the Counties Manukau DHB since January; and given that Labour has reneged on its 2017 promise to enact the recommendations of the Human Rights Commission’s 2008 To Be Who I Am report; "Justice Minister Andrew “Fiscal Gender Reassignment” Little’s office confirmed no action has been taken or planned to enact the recommendations" (possibly unsurprising given the Justice Minister’s previous form in this area); in addition to the Government’s unpreparedness to collect LGBTI data in the census; and in light of the Government’s failure to implement the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s 2016 recommendations, despite the PM standing up before the UN just a week or so ago and claiming before the world "That all people are equal. That everyone is entitled to have their dignity and human rights respected. That we must strive to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom. And we must consistently hold ourselves to account on each"; mightn’t it be safer to assume that at this juncture, mental health week 2018, roughly a year out from their election win, messaging still in the thrall of anachronistic cisgender binary absolutism, the ongoing erasure of sexual and domestic violence against and within the rainbow community still largely swept under the rug, that rather than being stymied by either staffing or funding, that the chief issue might simply be that this Government fucking hates gender minorities and intersex people?

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2268 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

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    nor a funding issue

    sorry I may have fuxt the maths there:

    Thailand are around $16,000 and costs in a DHB could be around $20,000.

    so accounting for:

    three male to female surgeries and one female to male surgery every two years,

    at current rates – which if we’re honest are highly prejudicial – total costs to Ardern’s Government may be hiked by something in the region of $10k per annum.

    Government books reveal a $5.5 billion cash surplus

    as I was saying:

    this Government fucking hates gender minorities and intersex people

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2268 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to mark taslov,

    Thailand are around $16,000 and costs in a DHB could be around $20,000.

    Without accounting for the fact that where 16k was going offshore, now 20k is staying in the economy.

    If my use of simple past/present tense there is a little baffling it’s because memeroll (this one feels appropriate):

    It is my immense pleasure to announce on behalf of the New Zealand Government that contrary to media reports, Dr Yang is in fact being retained "privately" to perform domestic GRS (only vaginoplasty, not phalloplasty at this early stage) funded by the High Cost Treatment Pool.

    To abate any confusion, the situation is such that OIA responses continue to maintain there is "no" surgeon because she’s not technically "employed" due to worries about confidentiality with regard to DHB vs.MoH contract negotiations and around stuff like liability in the case of false information. So officially there’s “no information”, but also “it’s not a secret” that they’re doing surgeries.

    It may not be much just yet – but even at this preliminary point – on World Mental Health day 2018 – it’s a sea-change; this tiny glimmer of hope (the ultimate kindness) will help save lives – certainly (assuming the frequency picks up in a timely manner) it’s vastly preferable to the futureless nightmare that some of our most marginalised citizens have been living with day-to-day since the retirement of Peter Walker.

    As for banning unnecessary state sanctioned and funded genital mutilation on intersex infants – there is still no word as to whether the Government has or will ratify the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s recommendations (above).

    I can’t imagine why there would be resistance to a practice so distasteful.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2268 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to mark taslov,

    As for banning unnecessary state sanctioned and funded genital mutilation on intersex infants – there is still no word as to whether the Government has or will ratify the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s recommendations

    Never one to let facts get in the way of a good story:

    Trump set to abolish intersex people

    memo was recently leaked from the Department of Health and Human Services. In it, the HHS defines sex as a binary determined by chromosomes (presumed to come in only two forms, XX or XY), and states that sex cannot be changed.

    versus science

    Results: Evaluation of the Y chromosome in the daughter and both parents revealed that the daughter inherited her Y chromosome from her father. Molecular analysis of the genes SOX9, SF1, DMRT1, DMRT3, TSPYL, BPESC1, DHH, WNT4, SRY, and DAX1 revealed normal male coding sequences in both the mother and daughter. An extensive family pedigree across four generations revealed multiple other family members with ambiguous genitalia and infertility in both phenotypic males and females, and the mode of inheritance of the phenotype was strongly suggestive of X-linkage.

    timing is everything.

    First and foremost, we recommend avoidance of harmful or unnecessary genital surgery on infants and children. No surgery should be performed unless it is absolutely necessary for the physical health and comfort of the intersexual child. We believe any surgery that does not meet these criteria to be essentially elective cosmetic surgery which should be deferred until the intersexual child is able to understand the risks and benefits of the proposed surgery and is able to provide appropriately informed consent.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2268 posts Report Reply

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