Political Cartoons 2018
"Why can't you Greens stick to selling pretty flowers? I don't need all the other stuff" states National Party leader Simon Bridges to Greens Co-Leader Marama Davidson who is behind a stall selling boxes labelled 'green issues' 'social justice' & non-violence public services.
Cartoon shows Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges, lying on the ocean floor. A drilling rig labelled, TV3, drills into his skull, and dark oil spills out of his mouth. Text reads, 'Exploratory drilling'. Cartoon references an interview on the current affairs television programme, Campbell Live, where John Campbell and Simon Bridges sparred over the potential danagers of deep sea oil drilling.
"How do you like your new standing desks?" asks Prime Minister Jacinda Adern as she is locking in stocks two women named Clare Curran and Clare Curran."
Title - What they didn't say - Sheppard- Savage- Hillary-with speech bubbles containing the phrases - Let's be fast followers - lean back - we're too small to count - nothing you can do will make a difference.
"Sorry no room for refugees until everyone lives in a kiwibuild house" says Winston Peters raising his hand and musket and wearing a blanket and ammo pouch to a small boat load of refugees commandeered by Jacinda Adern wearing the uniform of a colonial captain from the 18th century.
"Everything on this one" says a middle aged pale male denialist as he pushes all his chips on to the square marked 'best case scenario' - "no more bets" says the figure of death labelled 'climate change' - while a blond woman holds the arm of the big spender.
Unnamed pacific island leader holds an aution - " What am I bid for influence over these beautiful stragetic pacific islands?' Leaders of New Zealand Australia China bid while Trmp looks surprised. 2018
A cow wearing a hoodie takes a dump in the street near a camper van. Refers to tourists doing the same in the countryside and scenic spots. 2019
"Agreed - we attack the government for not being inclusive" says a senior pale alpha male to a group of like-minded similarly-gendered individuals all drinking champagne in a lavish boardroom high above a city. 16 August 2018
"Never bag the bagman Simon" says Jami-Lee Ross as he walks the plank and throws the match that blows up the National Party ship - throwing the head of Simon Bridges into the air while claiming "I did nothing wrong"
Title: shortage of dental nurses - News over a cartoon mouth featuring bright white shiny teeth labelled CEO pay MP pay TV Host pay while rotting yellow teeth are labelled seniors workers nurses teachers civil servants & others.
Title: Million $ Smile over a cartoon mouth featuring one bright white shiny tooth labelled 1% while rotting yellow teeth are labelled seniors workers nurses teachers public servants & others.
A well-dressed bank fat-cat on a horse laden with fat profits bags away from a western bank avoids the notice a Lynch mob posse who on the hunt for welfare benficiaries "Quick - catch the villains getting free rides on the coach with borrowed gold cards."
Title: 'World's longest trickle-down slide in NZ' - cartoon shows the scary ride of inequality faced by westerners since the 1980s. Also refers to news of the world's longest slide being built in West Auckland, New Zealand. International version of the cartoon.
A scene at Dunkirk where UK conservative leaders dressed as soldiers wade into the sea and Boris Johnson holds up fingers in the shape of 'v for victory' or 'up yours' and shouts"Victory!"
Cartoon shows two people looking at a river full of logs with labels including ‘Climate Change’, ‘Poor Land Management’, ‘Erosion’, ‘Water Quality’, ‘Clean Green Image’, ‘Agroforestry’, and ‘Carbon Scheme’. One says to the other, “Now we’re only aiming for walkable waterways.”
"Don't worry - the next four will be much easier" - says Prime Minister Jacinda Adern to Winston Peters
Cartoon shows Grant Robertson sitting at a table looking at a marshmallow labelled ‘Increased Expenditure’. He thinks to himself, “Fiscal responsibility… fiscal responsibility… must not weaken.” The banner reads, ‘The Marshmallow Test For Finance Ministers’.
'Father of all Scandals' as Winston Peters emerges naked from the Beehive in flames ( Reference to Game of Thrones )
"Our policy revitalisation process is going brilliantly" says Simon Bridges as he dredges up an old house boat labelled small class sizes.
Minister Winston Peters and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern walk a tightrope over a trade war between President Xia and President Trump.
A balding, jowly, man in plaid pjs, sucking on a blue dummy, is tucked up in a red racecar bed with flames down the side. The ‘licence plate’ at the foot of the bed says CEO, and BUSINESS is written on the spoiler/headboard..There’s a painting of mountains over the bed, a model aeroplane hanging for the ceiling, a toy motorbike, cricket bat, and guitar in the corner of the room, and a rugby ball on the floor. .Jacinda Ardern is leaning over the bed, holding out a teddy bear to the man in the bed, saying:.“Is Bizzy-wizzy feeling a widdle-bit saddy-waddy? You need a big old Huggy-wuggy from Mr Luxon Bear.”..
"The fiscal hole appeared overnight - but the undermining has been going on for years" comments minister Chris Hopkins to Prime Minister Jacinda Adern. A large sinkhole bears the words health welfare housing.
"Bugger off - I've been paddling waka solo much longer than anybody" says NZ First solo rower Winston Peters as he slaps the water above a cirlinging shark labelled with 'N' for National Party accompanied by a yellow pilot fish labelled with 'A' for Act Party.
A male office worker exits the Prime Minister of New Zealand carrying a stinky nappy labelled 'police appointments'' heading towards buckets labelled 'enquiries' containing many stinky nappies labelled 'NZFirst appointments' - Jacinda Adern sits at hers desk worried reading more papers.
A Polar Bear riding on a jet-ski through a melting polar seascape under a brightly shining sun muses to himself -"If only petrol for my jest-ski was cheaper" while a copy of the latest IPCC report floats on top a a tiny iceberg.
"How do you like your new standing desks?" asks Prime Minister Jacinda Adern as she is locking in stocks two women named Clare Curran and Clare Curran.
Opposition leader Simon Bridges - having already abandoned ship - calls to the Coalition crew " Hey Government - why haven't you turned the ship around already?"
Shane Jones says "I'm merely preparing the ground with taxpayer dollars" as he feeds dollars into a mulching machine which sprays the mulch onto a neglected wasteland situated in Northland, New Zealand.
Shows a senior citizen in a home with holes in the roof that spell 'Welfare State'. Containers are on the floor catching leaking water. Minister of Finance, Grant Robertson, is holding bags of money and says, "Sorry, we can't pay for a new roof- we're saving for a rainy day."
A kiwi at home gets a artificial high from inhaling fumes from a bong labelled 'Meth Hose Moral Panic'. Many Housing New Zealand tenants and others were wrongly evicted over tests suggesting the houses were dangerously contaminated with fumes from meth cooking.
NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in scuba gear deals with rubbish labelled with various issues.
Stupid mammals whadda they know? Yeah! The climate has always changed! They're parroting the parrots" say the dinosaurs to amammal Greta Thunberg as a climate change asteroid approaches.
"It's all a big white wash and the leader of their party should resign immediately" announces leader of the opposition Simon Bridges about the government while overlooking his own party scandals - accompanied by a mob of meerkats representing his own party members who photobomb any video interview with their leader.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds baby Neve up in the manner of the Lion King movie - "Behold the great media circuit of life".
Cartoon shows Housing Minister Megan Woods at the bottom of the ocean badly patching up a sunken wreck named 'Kiwibuild' and pronouncing "Rest Done".
"It's entirely legal" states one National Party fisherman to a second while believing they caught a good fish instead it is actually the tip of a tongue belonging to a giant sea serpent labelled 'Foreign Political Influence'.
"It's stuck on lane detection mode - and won't let me cross to either side" says Labour leader and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as her bus labelled 'Labour' drives down the middle of the road - Whanganui sign at side indicates the location of the party conference.
Man struggling to carry heavy buckets of slime labelled 'Vile' and 'Views' is saying "Must Show Everyone How Bad My Enemies Are" towards a fountain of slime with a Twitter logo - illustrates an Iranian proverb that says :
"To provide water for (turning) the enemy's mill"
Cartoon shows man ranting that "unfair - being forced to witness your demonstration of superior bravery and integrity"
Cartoon shows a small herd of fearful wildebeest on a savannah encircled by lions and one says "Let's open up to big cats - I'm sure we will reach herd immunity eventually"
Cartoon shows the Republican Party elephant recovering from a hangover ins an alleyway saying "What a bender -can't remember a thing - hope I'm not held responsible for anything I did" while a dumpster labelled 'Trump Years burns nearby and a donkey democrat street cleaner looks on aghast.
Cartoon shows Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson of the New Zealand Government choosing packages or presents for Christmas peering through a window at a factory - "I want that on" says Ardern - referring to a package labelled 'Transformative Change' while Roberston says "Wait - the next one might be even better" - it is labelled 'Incremental Change' while a third rumpled box is labelled 'Business as Usual'.