The Free Speech Union: Hate speech laws will always be applied hypocritically. If some hate is tolerated, because it aligns with the views of those in power, any laws will be a violation of equality.
Ani O'Brien: International Women’s Day has become a farcical parade of corporate pink-washing overlaid by a nepotistic circle-jerk of privileged & influential liberal women giving each other awards
Graham Adams: Wiles faced flak last year for her role in the debate over including mātauranga Māori in the school science curriculum. Now a ruling by the Media Council has her back in the firing line.
Chris Trotter: This was not the speech of a serious – or even a very careful – politician.
Liam Hehir: In New Zealand politics we sometimes talk about the need for politicians not to bark at every passing car. Whether you agreed with the content or not, Luxon did not do this on Sunday.
Dr Bryce Wilkinson: Your freedom to swing your fist must end before it hits my nose.
Geoffrey Miller: Putin’s invasion of Ukraine gives New Zealand a lot to think about
Martyn Bradbury: Far right conspiracy theorists wouldn't have been able to manipulate working class pain if working class pain hadn't been ignored by the Left.
Martin Devlin: I applaud the organisations involved for their grandstanding gestures but seriously doubt they’ll be fully followed through.
Graham Adams: Derision is much more devastating — and humiliating — than criticism. Unfortunately for Jacinda Ardern, a lot is being aimed at her Administration right now.