• New Zealand Needs To Deport Foreign Criminals

    Opinion
    Dieuwe de Boer

    For many years the Australian “returning offender 501” legislation has had a significant strain on the New Zealand justice, welfare, and corrections systems.

  • Tradition is not an Ideology

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    Amie and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this week, and her 30th birthday the week prior. The celebrations were a bit low-key as we're going to take an extended holiday together in a few months, without the three kids for the first time.

  • Education System Working As Intended

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    The School Strike 4 Climate NZ campaign has had a bit of scope creep: it's about Palestine, honouring the Treaty, lowering the voting age, and changing the weather.

  • Converting Protest Into Political Victories

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    One of the hard problems for the new right to grapple with is how to turn dissent and protest into real political victories.

  • The Shoe Is On The Other Foot

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    In response to the Rotorua public library cancelling a drag performance for kids, the Free Speech Union released a statement:

  • Justice Not Seen To Be Done

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    The case of unjust judgements is becoming an increasing feature of our society. It's probably been this way for a long time, but the visibility is becoming greater.

  • Where Are Our Scalps?

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    It's been 100-days since the Coalition government started their first three year team. They announced an ambitious 100-day plan with over 40 points of action.

  • Another Turn For The Better

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    This week has been a bit of a wild ride and I have an unexpected follow up on a column from two weeks ago, A Turn for the Better. You will have read about the sudden death of Newshub by now with the organisation slated to close its doors in June.

  • A Turn For The Better

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    My first radio show "The Dialogue" was broadcast yesterday from 10am-1pm on RCR. It was a childhood dream I never truly expected to eventuate. I grew up listening to a lot of talk radio—and I mean a lot. There were years where I listened almost daily.

  • A Tale of Two Presidents

    Opinion
    Dieuwe de Boer

    In case you missed it: I am hosting a summer series of shows on Reality Check Radio starting Wednesday 14th February—the day after my 29th birthday. Thanks to Paul Brennan and Cam Slater who have done some promos for me on their shows this week.

  • The Dialogue Ep.1 on 16 February 2024

    Podcast
    Dieuwe de Boer

    Shows will be embedded here in the future, but for now click through to the RCR website.

    Detailed show notes and some transcripts for featured interview will be posted separately.

  • Government Must Go on the Offensive

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    Before I tackle this week's column, I would like to start with a word of thanks to all the paying subscribers of The BFD and also to Juana, our amazing editor, and to the proofreaders who help her in the background.

  • Google's AI Is Working As Intended

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    Google released its new Gemini AI to the public this week, and the results were… worse than expected. The feature that everyone is immediately interested in when it comes to a new AI tool is the "safety" feature.

  • The Heart of Rhodesia in Tauranga

    Review
    Dieuwe de Boer

    I've wanted to go ever since I found out it existed: the Lion and Tusk Museum of the Rhodesian Services Association.

  • The Fall and Fall of Golriz Ghahraman

    Opinion
    Dieuwe de Boer

    Prior to the shoplifting allegations that led to her resignation, I'd almost forgotten about Golriz Ghahraman.

  • In Memory of Auke de Boer (1947-2023)

    Obituary
    Dieuwe de Boer

    My paternal grandfather ("pake" in Frisian) passed away at home aged 76 in the early hours of December 22nd after a long illness. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer eight years ago and was given nine months to live.

  • Tearing Down the Idols of the Left

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    As part of public religious displays that Iowa allows in its state capitol, The Satanic Temple set up a display of Baphomet. This isn't the first time that has happened.

  • A Good Start

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    A few weeks ago, while the coalition was still negotiating, I wrote about the "measure of success" that the government would need to achieve. After its formation I started work on tracking their commitments.

  • Tracking the Government's Coalition Commitments

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    We have a new government and they've made a lot of promises. The two documents between National-ACT and National-NZFirst contain a total of 213 different commitments with measurable outcomes.

  • A Tale of Two Right-Wing Victories

    Insight
    Dieuwe de Boer

    Javier Milei in Argentina and Geert Wilders in The Netherlands both won big this week. What's in it for us?