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September 29, 2016

New Cardinals

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 9:53 am

Via Stuff:

Dame Patsy Reddy has been officially sworn in as New Zealand’s 21st governor-general at a ceremony in Wellington.

Hundreds of people, including film-makers Sir Peter Jackson and Reddy’s former neighbour James Cameron, were at Parliament’s grounds on Wednesday morning.

Maybe I’m overthinking this, but it seems very symbolic that people like Peter Jackson and James Cameron now oversee the swearing in of the new head of state. Like, a couple decades ago it would have been the clergy who represented a higher power sanctifying the occasion, but now that role is played by celebrity members of the trans-national elite.


  1. Aren’t popularly anointed celebrities better than clerics for this role?

    Comment by Matthew Hooton — September 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am

  2. Maybe? I guess so. It’s probably not a bad thing, just worth noting.

    Comment by danylmc — September 29, 2016 @ 10:22 am

  3. Yeah, I wondered about that too when I read that report. Out of “hundreds” of people, Jackson and Cameron were the only two worthy of mention? Further down they quote Cameron saying something bland so perhaps this was a clumsy attempt to make the quote relevant?

    This argument works until you notice that there is an accompanying photo of Jackson and Cameron taken from a distance with the back of two heads obscuring what isn’t a great shot to begin with and then you realise, yep, Danyl has called it correctly.

    Comment by Eh? — September 29, 2016 @ 10:26 am

  4. I think such aristocratic exercises in noblesse oblige have always attracted the nouveau riche in search of a grace and favour cure for the scrofula of their low birth, and for those in a position of high birth it offers an excellent opportunity to scrutinise the audience for potential reinforcements of the family coffers.

    Thus, the establishment fucks.

    Comment by Sanctuary — September 29, 2016 @ 10:49 am

  5. I think is just the media looking for a ‘hook’ to engage people


    Comment by Antoine — September 29, 2016 @ 11:48 am

  6. How long before they’re actually appointed by Hollywood?

    Comment by Rich d'Rich — September 29, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

  7. The Order of New Zealand should be the new cardinals, there ready to accept their new Chancellor.

    Comment by James Green — September 29, 2016 @ 1:51 pm

  8. Isn’t the more salient thing that it’s not considered odd that the people of Wellington are building Jackson a place to keep all his toys at a cost of $150mil?

    Comment by Robert Singers (@glassfugue) — September 29, 2016 @ 2:55 pm

  9. Get with the programme, Robert!

    Every town of stature needs its own white elephant, spruiked by a huckster with a flaky business case and funded by the ratepayer.
    In fact, we might be lucky enough to have two if Infratil gets there way.

    Comment by Gregor W — September 29, 2016 @ 3:35 pm

  10. Oh come on, Cameron and Jackson didn’t play any part in the actual ceremony; they were simply the only notables present that some numpty journalist could recognise.

    Comment by Son of Dad — September 29, 2016 @ 3:36 pm

  11. Son of Dad

    Dead right. Would any journalist recognize the CEO of Fletchers or the head or the boss of the State Services Commission if he fell over the chap?

    Naaaah. They are airheads for whom the world starts and ends with movies.

    Comment by Adolf Fiinkensein — September 29, 2016 @ 4:29 pm

  12. On the nail, Danyl.

    Comment by Jake — September 29, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

  13. Would any journalist recognize the CEO of Fletcher’s or the head or the boss of the State Services Commission if he fell over the chap?

    I’m pretty certain you wouldn’t recognize them either. Does that make you an airhead, too? Or, just a tool?

    Comment by Phil — September 29, 2016 @ 5:14 pm

  14. @13 Phil. But Adolf isn’t a journalist (I presume). Journalists who are entrusted with the serious duty of reporting on government should know who the State Services Commissioner is (they should also know he had no place in the swearing in). They should be able to identify the members of the Diplomatic Corps. They should even, maybe, know a little bit about our constitution and the role of a Governor-General, and, maybe, think about reporting on that instead of fizzing at the bung after spotting a celebrity.

    Comment by Son of Dad — September 29, 2016 @ 6:45 pm

  15. “…But Adolf isn’t a journalist…”

    No, he is a very bitter, nasty old man.

    Comment by Sanctuary — September 29, 2016 @ 7:09 pm

  16. Billy T James attended the swearing in of Paul Reeves during his second term as Governor General in 1986.

    Comment by Ortvin Sarapuu — September 29, 2016 @ 7:35 pm

  17. I think Patsy will be great as the Governor-General! I look forward to some of her great country hit songs enlivening otherwise dull state ceremonies!

    Comment by Simon Johnson — September 30, 2016 @ 11:11 am

  18. They should be able to identify the members of the Diplomatic Corps

    That would be easier if they still wore court uniform.

    Comment by Rich d'Rich — September 30, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

  19. *laughs weakly*

    Dame Patsy Reddy got her gong for moderating Micheal Cullen’s influence on the review of our bumbling spooks, after the Kitteridge report recommended such a review.

    Her elevation to G-G is a nice piece of theatre to deflect from Jerry’s departure plans, and also to install someone from a bureaucratic background, who won’t ask the awkward questions of GCSB that Jerry was prone to do.

    Remember the débâcle around Ian Fletcher’s appointment as head of SIS, when it was discovered he’d gone to Burnside High with JK, and was not the SSC’s fav appointee but JK just keep recon ing the appointments committee until Fletcher was selected?

    I doubt very much that anyone at Stuff was allowed to report on the finer details of that theatrical event, in case the general public got wind & disputed JK’s behaviour in this instance.
    For someone with no military standing whatsoever our new GG was extensively upholstered in very military stylings. I’m surprised Stuff didn’t include the bespoke designers name, they managed to breathlessly report the event as though it was a Hollywood red carpet awards ceremony.
    Parliament Twitter account gave a better, and more sober, description of the proceedings!

    Comment by anarkaytie — October 5, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

  20. @19. Anarkaytie. Hang on, are you suggesting that there’s something untoward about Sir Jerry Mateparae’s tenure as Governor-General ending, and that this has to do with his asking of ‘awkward questions’ of the intelligence agencies? Are you also implying that Dame Paty’s appointment is intended to distract from some skullduggery at the retirement of Sir Jerry?

    Do you think that the finely-honed investigative skills and street smarts of Stuff’s best reporters were suppressed or malevolently deflected to cover up Dame Patsy’s nefarious appointment process?

    I’ve never thought of the position of Governor-General as having that much power over the state security apparatus, but if you’re right this is a massive, a massive, consitutional scandal. Please share your evidence and thought processes. This could lead all the way to the top. To Her; to Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. This could be the big one.

    Comment by Son of Dad — October 6, 2016 @ 6:03 pm

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