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Castle N-ACT. Overseas private prison companies. Corrections. ACC. Overseas private insurance companies. "I believe in rewarding
Castle N-ACT

Castle N-ACT. Overseas private prison companies. Corrections. ACC. Overseas private insurance companies. "I believe in rewarding success"

The Castle N-ACT with two turrets named 'Corrections' and 'ACC' is being 'besieged' by 'Overseas Private Prison Companies', 'Overseas Private Insurance Companies' and 'Finance Companies', but in fact the besiegers are being welcomed to the castle. On top of the third central turret stands John Key being knighted as a reward for his success. On top of the 'Corrections' turret, Corrections Minister, Judith Collins, threatens the Corrections CEO, Barry Matthews, with an axe and on top of the ACC turret ACC Minister, Nick Smith, holds the head of sacked ACC Chair, Ross Wilson, aloft, impaled on a spike. Bags of money are heaped in the castle. Refers to National's interest in using private prison and insurance companies and propping up finance companies during the recession which in effect seems to indicate a general downgrading in public services.

14 March 2009

A businessman has fainted in his office after reading about the 2009 budget and the fact that tax cuts promised in the election
TAX CUTS CANCELLED?

A businessman has fainted in his office after reading about the 2009 budget and the fact that tax cuts promised in the election campaign have been cancelled. A pretty PA tries to comfort him. What particularly shocks him is the notion that the National Party might have lied just get elected. Refers to the cancellation of promised tax cuts mainly because of the recession. 6 May 2009

Shows ACC Minister Nick Smith wearing huge boots that have the words 'creative accounting' on them; he kicks a small car represe
John told me to give the tyres a good kicking

Shows ACC Minister Nick Smith wearing huge boots that have the words 'creative accounting' on them; he kicks a small car representing ACC to bits and says 'John told me to give the tyres a good kicking'. Refers to the intention of the government to reform ACC and turn it into a profit-making enterprise. 23 October 2009

On one side of a door Prime Minister John Key and Finance Minister Bill English sweat and fret over how credible the 2009 budget
I hope we sounded credible

On one side of a door Prime Minister John Key and Finance Minister Bill English sweat and fret over how credible the 2009 budget sounded to a Standard & Poor's delegation because New Zealand's credit rating is at stake. On the other side of the door two men from Standard & Poor's mop their brows and gradually relax as they too worry about their credibility; papers about 'sub-prime AAA' drop out of the briefcase of one of the men. Refers to the fact that New Zealand's AA+ rating was revised from stable to negative watch by Standard and Poor's in January and it said the future rating would hinge on the Budget. A delegation from the powerful credit rating agency Standard and Poor's received an advance briefing on the Budget. 30 May 2009

The cartoon shows Sue Bradford, the Green MP who recently resigned from parliament after losing a bid for the co-leadership of t
Sue Bradford

The cartoon shows Sue Bradford, the Green MP who recently resigned from parliament after losing a bid for the co-leadership of the Green Party when Jeanette Fitzsimons retired. She is shown in colour while a group of people in silhouette accuse her, saying 'Sue Bradford... you're a hard-working, collaborative, successful high-achiever. Get out!' The suggestion is that it not simple disappointment that caused her to resign but perhaps frustrations caused by the inner workings of the Green Party. Sue Bradford was notably interested in social policy while the Greens focussed heavily on environmental issues.

Listener Use
Listener Use

Cartoon

Cartoon depicts Richard Worth, former Minister of Internal Affairs, riding past the pyramids of Egypt on a camel as he heads int
Worth rides off

Cartoon depicts Richard Worth, former Minister of Internal Affairs, riding past the pyramids of Egypt on a camel as he heads into the wilderness. Refers to the sacking of Richard Worth by the Prime Minister John Key because of sexual misdemeanours on top of a number of other questionable pieces of behaviour. 15 June 2009

Cartoon depicts 'The National Extreme Technical Torture Track' which has cyclists attempting to ride from 'the summit' on which
Bad Bike Track

Cartoon depicts 'The National Extreme Technical Torture Track' which has cyclists attempting to ride from 'the summit' on which stand two politicians over a series of horribly complicated cycling challenges that represent the 'credit squeeze', Sealord job drop off', recession ravine', 'bridge of business doom' etc. Refers to National's attempts to manage New Zealand's economic future during the recession. 6 March, 2009

Cartoon depicts a maize farmer driving a trailer full from silo to silo all labelled 'No Vacancy'. North Island maize grain grow
Maize growers face storage issues

Cartoon depicts a maize farmer driving a trailer full from silo to silo all labelled 'No Vacancy'. North Island maize grain growers to prepare for a “perfect storm” this autumn as oversupply issues, few storage options and falling prices hit the industry.

Empty field
Empty field

Cartoon depicts

'Parliament to probe rural banking' - news. Cartoon shows a farmer harvesting a crop by hand, but tapped on the shoulder by a ba
Parliament to probe rural banking

'Parliament to probe rural banking' - news. Cartoon shows a farmer harvesting a crop by hand, but tapped on the shoulder by a banker holding a sign 'Loan Pay. due $$$'. He is tapped on the shoulder by a government official hiding a sign 'Govt bank rate probe'. He is tapped on the shoulder by a grumpy older consumer with a shopping cart holding a sales receipt with $$$

Cartoon depicts a young boy carrying a balloon and a ball into a study, walls lined with bookshelves. His bearded father sits re
Read The Room, Robert.

Cartoon depicts a young boy carrying a balloon and a ball into a study, walls lined with bookshelves. His bearded father sits reading a book without looking up "Read the room, Robert. I did."

Cartoon depicts two graphs depicted as piles of cash spent over recent economic history in New Zealand from 2008 to 2023. "Worst
Finance Minister Truthmaker Trail Movie

Cartoon depicts two graphs depicted as piles of cash spent over recent economic history in New Zealand from 2008 to 2023. "Worst finance minister in history!" Chris Luxon accuses Grant Robertson of being responsible for a mound of total crown expenses as a % of GDP around 2021. Signs include Covid, Ukraine, Cost of Living Crisis. He surprises Bill English who sits next to higher pile incurred after the 2008, signes read: GFC, tax cuts, (bailouts), austerity and Christchurch earthquakes. Box: Source Treasury data 1972-2022, PREFU 2023 ) Cartoon was based on a graph: https://twitter.com/labourcartel/status/1700986659435852219?s=46&t=PxHeK1CgZble5h_mErtKVg ( That graph used figures from https://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/information-release/data-fiscal-time-series-historical-fiscal-indicators )

Cartoon depicts a young couple crossing an old bridge and a voice emerges from under it "You are worse than Hitler" Male comment
Ignore The Troll

Cartoon depicts a young couple crossing an old bridge and a voice emerges from under it "You are worse than Hitler" Male comments to female: "Ignore the troll".

Cartoon depicts a farmer who has opened a box of chocolate as a reward for achieving lowered emissions from Fonterra. Two onlook
Nestle Incentive

Nestle offers sustainability incentives - news' Cartoon depicts a farmer who has opened a box of chocolate as a reward for achieving lowered emissions from Fonterra. Two onlooking cows - one says "We did all the work - where's ours?"

Maui-fish-framedonwall
MauiFishFramedhero
Maui-tikitiki-o-Taranga fishes up Te Ika-a-Maui  From the book  'Maui Legends of the Outcast- A Graphic Novel'  Design, Storyboa
Maui fishes up the great fish original art

Maui-tikitiki-o-Taranga fishes up Te Ika-a-Maui origial art 450mm high x 340mm wide

From the book 'Maui Legends of the Outcast- A Graphic Novel'

March

Maui Softback cover
Maui Softback cover

From the book 'Maui Legends of the Outcast- A Graphic Novel'
Design, Storyboards, Pencils, Inks, Lettering, Colours: Chris Slane.
Script: Robert Sullivan.
Colours: Jonathan Paynter, Bill Paynter.
Technical Direction and Fonts: Bill Paynter.
48 pp colour Hardback
Godwit Publishing, New Zealand
© 1996 ISBN: 0 908877 97 8
1997 Finalist LIANZA Children's Book Awards, Russell Clark Medal, 1997 NZLA Young People's Non-Fiction Award.

Bluffworld Cover
Bluffworld Cover

Book cover illustration by Chris Slane

Bluffworld Book Cover Art
Bluffworld Book Cover Art

Bluffworld
Written by: Patrick Evans
Victoria University Press
ISBN : 9781776563111
Publication date : March 2021
Bind : Paperback
Language : English

Cartoon depicts a bare construction site with topsoil all scraped into a huge pile labelled WELFARE STATE. A developer's sign re
AUSTERITY DOWNS

Cartoon depicts a bare construction site with topsoil all scraped into a huge pile labelled WELFARE STATE. A developer's sign reads: 'AUSTERITY DOWNS - A NAF DEVPT. '
PM Chris Luxon driving a bulldozer: "HUGE ACHIEVEMENT. IN 100 DAYS WE'VE SCRAPED OFF ALL THAT ANNOYING TOPSOIL." Refers to first 100 days of the new government agenda of cancelling many of the previous governments labour, social and environmental measures.

Cartoon: 'Farmers asked to look out for meteorites - news' Farmer man to farmer woman stading beside a crater with  a burning ho
Farmers look out for meteorites

Cartoon: 'Farmers asked to look out for meteorites - news' Farmer man to farmer woman stading beside a crater with a burning hot peice of carbon at the bottom: "Look Martha, this'll probably be worth more than the wool cheque."

Cartoon depicts a dilapidated brick building shaped like a book with birds perched on ledges and the sea eroding the foundations
The New Zealand Dictionary Building

Cartoon depicts a dilapidated brick building shaped like a book with birds perched on ledges and the sea eroding the foundations. It is labelled 'The New Zealand Dictionary' and there is a door at the bottom of the rounded spine. Scafolding for repairs seems to be abandoned.

Refers to article in NZListener 16 March 2024 'CAN WE HAVE A WORD? -
Puzzled by the meaning of something in a piece of local writing? You could look it up in a New Zealand dictionary. If there was one. - By Paul Little

Cartoon depicts a bearded man in a safari jacket and shorts chasing speech bubbles with a large net over a bank towards a river.
Catching Speech Bubbles

Cartoon depicts a bearded man in a safari jacket and shorts chasing speech bubbles with a large net over a bank towards a river.

Refers to article in NZListener 16 March 2024 'CAN WE HAVE A WORD? -
Puzzled by the meaning of something in a piece of local writing? You could look it up in a New Zealand dictionary. If there was one. - By Paul Little

Illustration depicts a taniwha erupting from a river threatening a Māori warrior armed with a greenstone club ( mere ) and a dic
Waka : Canoe, Vehicle

Illustration depicts a taniwha erupting from a river threatening a Māori warrior armed with a greenstone club ( mere ) and a dictionary held as a shield who is quoting the dfinition 'waka: n. canoe, vehicle, conveyance, trough, box..."

Refers to a Winston Peters comment “How can you have a waka on the road?”

Illustrates an article in NZListener 16 March 2024 'CAN WE HAVE A WORD? -
Puzzled by the meaning of something in a piece of local writing? You could look it up in a New Zealand dictionary. If there was one. - By Paul Little

"Drench resistance grows in cattle- News' Cartoon depicts a farmer drenching his cows. Standing in line is a man wearing a t-sh
Drench Resistance

"Drench resistance grows in cattle- News' Cartoon depicts a farmer drenching his cows. Standing in line is a man wearing a t-shirt with a logo saying "no jab' . "I still believe!" he says indicating to his mouth - he wants a dose of drench also.

Maui
Maui

Illustration depicts the Maui trapping the sun Tamanui-Te-Ra pages 42-43 in the book 'Maui Legends of the Outcast'
By Chris Slane & Robert Sullivan
Design, Storyboards, Pencils, Inks, Lettering, Colours: Chris Slane.
Script: Robert Sullivan.
Colours: Jonathan Paynter, Bill Paynter.
Technical Direction and Fonts: Bill Paynter.
48 pp colour Hardback
Godwit Publishing, New Zealand
© 1996 ISBN: 0 908877 97 8
1997 Finalist LIANZA Children's Book Awards, Rusell Clark Medal, 1997 NZLA Young People's Non-Fiction Award.

Maui
Maui

Illustration depicts the Maui trapping the sun Tamanui-Te-Ra pages 42-43 in the book 'Maui Legends of the Outcast'
By Chris Slane & Robert Sullivan
Design, Storyboards, Pencils, Inks, Lettering, Colours: Chris Slane.
Script: Robert Sullivan.
Colours: Jonathan Paynter, Bill Paynter.
Technical Direction and Fonts: Bill Paynter.
48 pp colour Hardback
Godwit Publishing, New Zealand
© 1996 ISBN: 0 908877 97 8
1997 Finalist LIANZA Children's Book Awards, Rusell Clark Medal, 1997 NZLA Young People's Non-Fiction Award.

Dipstick
Dipstick

Cartoon depicts Dipstick

Maori Loans
Maori Loans

Cartoon depicts Maori Loans

Whiskey Neat
Whiskey Neat

Cartoon depicts Whiskey Neat

Cartoon depicts Nippy asking "Baked beans again?"
Baked Beans

Cartoon depicts Nippy asking "Baked beans again?"

Cartoon depicts "PUT IT ALL ON BLUE!" Says Nicola Willis at a giant roulette table representing the economy.  ( Blue square is l
PUT IT ALL ON BLUE

Cartoon depicts "PUT IT ALL ON BLUE!" Says Nicola Willis at a giant roulette table representing the economy.

( Blue square is labelled TAX CUTS. The croupier puts all her chips on to blue )

Other squares without chips are labelled

WAGES
FERRIES
HOSPITALS
SCHOOLS
BENEFITS
3 WATERS
ENVIRONMENT
MAORI
A.T. RAIL
SMOKE FREE

Cartoon depicts "No wool revolution sweeps hill country - news'. A very woolly shueep asks another sheep standing on a farm trac
No Wool Revolution

Cartoon depicts "No wool revolution sweeps hill country - news'. A very woolly shueep asks another sheep standing on a farm track with short wool fall off "Will you be going to the Golden Shears" "No just my annual wiltshire nudist convention."

Illustration depicts the effect of global warming on Wellington, the capital of new Zealand, Prime Minister's office the Beehive
Tropical Beehive

Illustration depicts the effect of global warming on Wellington, the capital of new Zealand, Prime Minister's office the Beehive.

Cartoon depicts Hand Of God touching the Beehive bulding containing the Prime Minister's office, Wellington, New Zealand - a cov
Hand Of God Beehive

Cartoon depicts Hand Of God touching the Beehive bulding containing the Prime Minister's office, Wellington, New Zealand - a cover illustration for NZ Listener

Cartoon depicts Luxon & Willis in a huge castle with flags looking down on a small family of peasants. Luxon: "Love to help but
Fragile In Our Castles

Cartoon depicts Luxon & Willis in a huge castle with flags looking down on a small family of peasants. Luxon: "Love to help but feeling quite fragile..."

Cartoon depicts a bbq with a Chris Luxon onion, a David Seymour chipolata sausage and a Winston Peters sausage finding the bbq h
Kiwi Cooker Waitangi

Cartoon depicts a bbq with a Chris Luxon onion, a David Seymour chipolata sausage and a Winston Peters sausage finding the bbq hot plate too hot. "Not full respect" says Luxon. "More respect!" says Winston Peters. "Hot! Hot! OW! OW! they all cry. BBQ brand name is 'Kiwi Cooker Waitangi BBQ'

Cartoon depicts: NEW POLITICAL TERMS - THE ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY 
BY CHRIS SLANE 

"HEY. SHIT HAPPENS!" Says Bill English

REAS
New Political Terms

Cartoon depicts: NEW POLITICAL TERMS - THE ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY
BY CHRIS SLANE

"HEY. SHIT HAPPENS!" Says Bill English

REASSESSION
n. cancelling promises because of the economic situation.

PLEBISCIDE
n. when a government attacks it's working-class supporters.

VOTE PAS
n. being unable to blame it all on the government because you voted for them.

DEFOLATE
V. spraying an issue with excuses for not doing anything.

SCHADEN FRIEND In . when someone you know is made redundant by the government they voted for.

TREASURY ISLAND
n. immunity from staff cuts.

"YOU CAN FALL ON YOUR SWORDS OR BE PUSHED ON THEM SLOWLY." Says civil service CEO.

PPP - outsourcing
2009

February

Cartoon depicts Gimmie Those Glasses
Jamestown Cartoon Strip - Gimmie Those Glasses

Cartoon depicts Gimmie Those Glasses

Cartoon depicts Billy, Poker Machine
Jamestown Cartoon Strip - Poker Machine

Cartoon depicts Nippy & Poker Machine

Cartoon depicts a field of maize up north growing high and a small boy: "Wow amaizing!"( sic ). A farmer reading a newspaper wit
Amaizing Crop

Cartoon depicts a field of maize up north growing high and a small boy: "Wow amaizing!"( sic ). A farmer reading a newspaper with headlines 'Drought' 'Floods' commenting "This year it looks like we're in for a bumper crop..." "...of puns?" asks a female farmer. Refers to previous season of floods from cyclone Gabrielle, but uninterrupted in 2023-4 growth.

Cartoon depicts an urban-rural health services van stopped at a broken bridge, washed away by Cyclone Gabrielle the year before
Can we borrow your canoe?

Cartoon depicts an urban-rural health services van stopped at a broken bridge, washed away by Cyclone Gabrielle the year before and not yet repaired.. Title: . "Widening gap between rural and urban health-news'. A female medical worker leans out the window calling to a woman paddling across. "Can we borrow your canoe?". Refers to news story of a head nurse who still has to take her own canoe to travel to her workplace at a rural hospital.

Cartoon depicts a dog watching another dog running past dragging his exhausted owner by the lead "I'm his personal trainer."  20
Dog Personal Trainer

Cartoon depicts a dog watching another dog running past dragging his exhausted owner by the lead "I'm his personal trainer." 2011

Cartoon: The title reads 'Hell's Nannies'. ( A counter to the term 'Nanny State' used by conservatives to attack State services
Hell's Nannies State

Cartoon: The title reads 'Hell's Nannies'. ( A counter to the term 'Nanny State' used by conservatives to attack State services & benefits ) Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett and many other National MPs are dressed as 'nannies' in hats, pearls and big boots. Two young people are being stomped on by John Key and Paula Bennett. Context: The government plans to introduce a welfare payment card as part of its benefit reforms. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is refusing to rule out extending the Government's newly proposed welfare payment card to adult beneficiaries. The payment cards to about 2600 young beneficiaries are intended to ensure their benefits are spent on essentials. 22 August 2011

Cartoon - CT leader Rodney Hide stands alone in the middle of a blasted plain that was once the 'Christchurch CBD' and says 'A l
Rodney Level Playing Field

Cartoon - CT leader Rodney Hide stands alone in the middle of a blasted plain that was once the 'Christchurch CBD' and says 'A level playing field, excellent. Now we can leave the rest to the market'. Context - Christchurch after the earthquakes of 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011. ACT explicitly promotes a free market philosophy - a (literal) level playing field in the Christchurch CBD sounds like an excellent opportunity to test the powers of the free market. 21 March 201

Acting Minister of Energy and Resources, Hekia Parata drives a wondrously rickety drilling machine on which are painted the word
Hekia's Tractor

Acting Minister of Energy and Resources, Hekia Parata drives a wondrously rickety drilling machine on which are painted the words 'Fossil Fuel "Shitty - Shitty Bang! Bang!"' Minister for Energy and Resources Gerry Brownlee puts his considerable weight behind the machine and Hekia Parata shouts 'Gerry I love our magic car that turns carbon into dolphins'. Context - The government is determined to continue exploring the environment for fossil fuels. Hekia Parata has expressed her disappointment at the action of Greenpeace protestors who disrupted the research programme being undertaken by Petrobras off the East Cape today (10 April). "Petrobras has been awarded a five year permit to explore what, if any, oil or gas prospects exist off the coast,'' Ms Parata says. (Beehive 10 April 2011)

Prime Minister John Key visits Google and asks  'Can you search for a "plan to get us out of this mess?"' Context: Key's governm
Key at Google

Prime Minister John Key visits Google and asks 'Can you search for a "plan to get us out of this mess?"' Context: Key's government seem to have few plans to grow the economy beyond bike ways and tax breaks for the wealthy. Larry Page, chief executive of Google, mounted a strong defence of the internet search company's controversial investment priorities as it reported earnings for the second quarter that revealed an unexpected surge in revenues. The company disclosed robust growth in its core search business in the three months to the end of June. Its shares jumped 12 per cent on the news in after-market trading, adding some $20bn to its stock market value.

Cartoon: Leader of the Labour Party Phil Goff stands before an array of bottles and containers of various potions like 'Vitalise
Goldielocks Goff

Cartoon: Leader of the Labour Party Phil Goff stands before an array of bottles and containers of various potions like 'Vitalise Polling Cream', 'Anti-aging Mid life crisis milk', 'Rogernome make up remover', 'Career Rejuvinate juice', 'Gaffe mouth-wash', and 'MP Remover - fast-acting'. He holds a bottle of 'Goldie Locks hair colour' and says 'Thanks Darren, you cost me another whole bottle!' Context - Phil Goff is doing badly in the polls and now Darren Hughes, who was a rising star has been forced to resign as Labour's chief whip after a sexual misconduct accusation. 4 April 2011