This week, Beehive Diaries checks Judith Collins' claim she wouldn't call anyone a 'wokester', and which MP got a donation from John Key in the 2020 election - and which MP turned one down
Tuesday: Sir John Key puts his money where his mouth is
Election returns revealed Sir John Key donated $2000 to his former staffer, National MP Nicola Willis for her campaign in Wellington Central.
Willis was once an advisor and speech writer to Key, and Key has tipped her as a potential future leader.
However, no donation was listed from Key to his other pick of leader: Christopher Luxon because, Key said, Luxon told him he did not need it.
Luxon, now Botany MP, got the fourth highest sum from other donations - $73,000 - although Willis was also fairly high up with just under $51,000.
The only donation PM Jacinda Ardern declared in her Mt Albert campaign was $6540 from a fundraising debate.
Wednesday: Wokey, wokey!
National MP Simon Bridges' claim the Police Commissioner was a "wokester" resulted in his boss Judith Collins advising him to target ministers rather than public servants, and virtuously claiming "I wouldn't call someone that".
Beehive Diaries checked her claim.
In July last year, Collins deemed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern too woke: "Perhaps maybe she should stop being quite so woke and wake up a bit," she said to Magic Talk.
On October 5, she told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking the Reserve Bank Governor (yes, a public servant) needed to be careful of his embrace of "wokeness".
In the same interview, NCEA was also too woke: "There's too many photography classes, too much media studies, too much woke stuff."
Farmers, however, were a different story. "Farmers will never be woke," she declared in Parliament.
In the Stuff election debate , she even defined "woke" as "people who want to talk a lot of nonsense, and never actually do it".
Wednesday: Who escaped the dog box?
National MP Nick Smith led the charge in trying to draw out the seemingly endless debate in Parliament on Maori wards legislation, speaking time and again as it went through under urgency. One phrase caught the ears of Beehive Diaries.
"And I will say it sticks out like dogs' balls," Smith declared.
Minister Nanaia Mahuta was having none of it and argued "you shouldn't be able to refer to dogs' balls".
Deputy Speaker, Adrian Rurawhe reflected on dogs' balls before deciding he would not pull Smith up on it since it had not resulted in offence to anybody in particular.
Thursday: Chris Hipkins gets a present
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has been taking a disposable plastic water bottle for rehydration during his Covid-19 press conferences – and that clearly did not fit with the PM's environmentally friendly bent.
So she presented him with a NZ Olympics team stainless steel bottle.
"I thought a present would be better than just nagging," she told Beehive Diaries.
The bottles sell for $46 on the NZ Olympics merchandise site - although Beehive Diaries is reliably informed Ardern re-gifted one she was sent.