The stand-off between Corrections and a group of prisoners rioting at Waikeria Prison appears to be no closer to a conclusion.* Fires continue to be set by the rioters who have made their demands known in a statement via extremist group People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA).

They allege that inhumane conditions are what they are protesting and if their claims of “brown” drinking water, lack of access to clean clothing, and all-round unliveable conditions are correct Corrections must be held responsible. …


In recent years, the Overton Window of acceptable positions to hold on how we deal with crime and punishment has shifted considerably. Campaigning by prison abolition groups — once viewed as batshit crazy by virtually all sectors of society — has gained traction with the academic and activist leftists. Add to that the cries to “defund the police” that emerged from Black Lives Matter protests this year and we see the meta narrative of justice being framed differently by cultural elites.

It is certainly time we review the efficacy of the tools of the criminal justice system by utilising the…


I am going to willingly step into their click-bait advertising trap to ask some questions of their selective virtue signalling. You see, Jane Arthur and Catherine Robertson want you to know that they simply will not stock the books of arguably the world’s best selling author. They “have queer and non-binary friends and family members” and to stock a single book by J.K. Rowling would make people like them feel “unwelcome or unsafe”.

Oh bravo! The lives they will have saved! The safety they have promoted! They truly are heroines of the 21st century.

They also want you to know…


On International Men’s Day I try to ignore the nonsense online and think of my wonderful father — the only true parent I’ve had — and the other decent men in my life. Having a single father who has been incredible to me and my sisters has made me a fierce feminist with an appreciation for good male allyship.

I also think of the things we should be talking about as issues on this day. Most pressing, in my opinion, is the mental health crisis affecting men in New Zealand and around the world. …


There are many interesting political narratives to be explored in this predictably contentious US election. Pollsters once again proved to be entirely out of touch with the American public and some 70 million people voted for the man the media has spent four years treating as a hostile agent. And so, I find myself, again, pushing back on attacks on those 70 million Trump voters. I refuse to see such a huge number of people as a homogenous group of bigots, racists, and selfish idiots. In my opinion, Trump is the symptom, not the cause.

Once again Democratic voters took…


It has been a while since I have done a bit-by-bit response piece, but this weekend Radio New Zealand journalist Kim Hill interviewed Professor Judith Butler on the conflict between trans activists and “TERFs” and I have a lot I would like to say about it. Needless to say, I was practically crippled by the frustration I felt listening to not only the mischaracterisation of gender critical women, but also of the issues themselves. …


Prime Minister Ardern at the second Leader’s Debate

Which human rights count, Prime Minister?

You stood on the debating stage and shrugged as you dismissed rights enshrined in our Human Rights Act.

Whose comfort counts, Prime Minister?

You said everyone should use the bathroom they are comfortable in, but what happens when one person’s comfort creates discomfort for those who sex-segregation is meant to protect?

Why do you think we have sex-segregated toilets, Prime Minister?

You can find the short answer in Section 43 of our Human Rights Act — public decency and public safety.[1] Historically, there were no facilities for women and girls. The public space was…


The danger of woke politics is that the adamant self-righteousness that accompanies it blinds people to the weaknesses of their ideology.

Following anti-woke declarations from both Winston Peters and Judith Collins, the most woke among us have lashed out on their usual stomping ground (Twitter) and in their characteristic fashion (with Mean Girls gifs – looking at you Chloe Swarbrick).

Whether the woke want to acknowledge the moniker or not, most ordinary people are finally gaining awareness and rapidly growing tired of it. …


OPINION: We’ve eliminated Covid-19. According to some experts our Government’s actions have saved tens of thousands of lives. We trudge back to the office — those of us who still have jobs — as the rest of the world continues to battle the virus.

But at what cost? And to what degree has the reception of the measures taken been politicised?

Our liberties have been restricted, businesses and jobs have been lost, milestones and events missed; we quite literally shut the country down. …


OPINION: Kiwis love an underdog. It is a point of pride for our small nation to see ourselves punching above our weight on the world stage. The sports-mad among us love the mana that the All Blacks command all over the world and that we are known not only for our sporting prowess, but for being good sports too.

We don’t like unfairness, or bad sports. Perhaps that’s why the Aussie under-arm bowl and George Gregan’s “four more years, boys” taunt linger in our collective consciousness.

There is potential that another sporting travesty will begin to haunt us should 42-year-old…

Ani O’Brien

Gender-critical lesbian radical feminist. Support me https://www.patreon.com/aniobrien

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