Media watch – Thursday

30 March 2017


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

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    • Quite different situations and reasons so difficult to compare without knowing what these cases are decided on. Singh has a dependent partner and child and applied on humanitarian grounds to avoid deportation.

      The tree dude is free to stay here.

      • Blazer

         /  30th March 2017

        Singh ‘s crime is extremely serious.His partner and child could have joined him in India.Talk about good character.

        • Gezza

           /  30th March 2017

          Interested to note that in the Stuff article on Tavares, the tree hugging dude, refused citizenship before three years has elapsed from his trespass conviction (he’s an Australian-born Permanent Resident – wanted citizenship early to stand for the Greens, & the tree is still standing), there’s an embedded online survey.

          (53% agreed with the decision to deny him citizenship.

          I didn’t, I think it was absurdly petty. But he was probably a bit of a mug thinking it wouldn’t matter. It’s not like he’s got million$ – which seems to be the key to both National & Labour Ministers deciding your character is hunky dory – albeit with some possible awfully embarrassing & bite-you-in-the-bum complications later.)

          But in the Stuff article on Tajinder Singh:

          “Singh was in New Zealand from India on a temporary visitor visa at the time.

          The Immigration and Protection Tribunal suspended his deportation liability for five years, meaning he would not be deported if he did not commit an imprisonable offence in that time.

          The tribunal decision from last September, which has just been released, found exceptional circumstances meant it would be “unjust and unduly harsh” to separate the man from his three-year-old child and his wife, who suffered from depression and anxiety.

          It said the family were vulnerable and in need of support and there was a strong interest in the family unit staying together.

          “He (Singh) committed a serious sexual offence against a vulnerable victim, with lasting emotional repercussions. Also, his other offending demonstrates that he has been prepared to repeatedly contravene New Zealand’s laws,” the tribunal’s notes read.

          It later found that the benefit to Singh’s family that he remained in the country outweighed the a low risk of his reoffending and they were satisfied it was not against the public interest that he remained in New Zealand.”

          – there’s no equivalent survey question?

          • Blazer

             /  30th March 2017

            no there isn’t but it would make no diff.Singh must have a good lawyer…because not only the victim suffers here but the taxpayer is liable…forever.

  1. Gezza

     /  30th March 2017

    Have decided to steel myself again and watch the first 35 minutes of 1Ewes at 6 at 7pm on the Freeview +1 channel. 💪 Your support & prayers would be appreciated. 😇

  2. Blazer

     /  30th March 2017

    the biggest thieves,the biggest parasites on society…


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