Easter is cancelled and both New Zealand and Australia are aiming to eradicate COVID-19. Infection numbers in both Tasman nations are dropping, but Australia is well in the per capita lead and has far fewer restrictions in place.
Presented in association with The Unshackled. Trad Tasman Talk (TTT) is hosted by Tim Wilms from Melbourne and Dieuwe de Boer from Auckland. The show debuts every Friday at 8pm New Zealand time and 6pm Melbourne time.
Since last week, New Zealand has gone to full scale lockdown, with a total of 368 cases and 0 deaths. Jacinda can now alter any law in the country with the stroke of a pen and parliament has been suspended.
The New Zealand and Australian governments both placed bans on foreign travellers and started to move towards containment of the Chinese virus. Indoor and outdoor gatherings were greatly restricted in both nations.
In 1346, the Mongolian army brought the Black Death to Europe. Laying siege to the Crimean port of Caffa, Jani Beg the leader of the Golden Horde decided to catapult the infected corpses of his comrades over the city walls.
Through millennia of pestilence, war, persecution, and the worst possible disasters and suffering imaginable, the church militant stood like a rock in the social landscape: essential and open, conducting the weekly public worship of God.
Andrew Little described them as "sick" and "extreme", Jacinda said it was not a legitimate way to express your views, and David Seymour described it as "odious". What is it that shocked these politicians into issuing condemnation?
One of my friends and moderator on Right Minds, Matthew McCluskey, received a visit from the friendly local neighbourhood cops on Saturday night at 9pm. He was cleaning his Smith & Wesson M&P22 when the doorbell rang.
It’s been a year since an act of a madman shocked the country. Fifty-one souls lost to a psychopath on an autumn afternoon in Christchurch. Our worst act of peacetime violence shouldn’t be an easy thing to forget.
On this ominous Friday 13th episode, the shadow of the coronavirus taints the rest of the week's news. Toilet paper factories have been working longer hours. Governments are talking about economic stimulus and quarantines.
During question time in parliament yesterday, David Seymour opened up with an intriguing question to Stuart Nash, the Minister of Police. This led to an exchange that revealed something rather baffling.
This episode of TTT covered the bizarre and funny story of Fireman Paul who became famous for his criticism of ScoMo, the investigations of the NZ SFO into two political parties, and the departure of Holden from the Tasman.