Media watch – Thursday

11 May 2017


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

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  1. Blazer

     /  May 11, 2017

    plan to make NZ’ers tenants in their own country progressing …well….

    • Wow! “The share of people who were unable to afford a house was 75 per cent in 2003 [that’s bad enough under Labour] … peaked at 86 per cent in 2008, and has remained steady at around 81 per cent since about 2009 ….

      What about renting? … Renting is unaffordable for 66 per cent of people in NZ, and 64 per cent of people in Auckland (as of mid-2015).

      But don’t worry Blazer. These rapidly rising, unnaturally high house prices represent *ECONOMIC GROWTH* … the economy on FIIRE!

      And that’s the really important thing … Doesn’t matter who owns it any more or whether your kids can afford it, whether it serves the purpose of forming community or binding society, whether it encompasses any ‘national pride’, sense of belonging, sense of place or sense of ‘ownership’ or sovereignty … so long as its *GROWING* … and serving the globalised economy …

    • Blazer

       /  May 11, 2017

      ‘Liam Dann in The Herald):

      Young house hunters should just give up

      Last week’s property statistics were horrible for anyone hoping to get on the property ladder in Auckland.

      If you convert that 12.3 per cent rise into dollars (which, unfortunately, is what we have to pay for things with) the average value of a house in the Auckland region rose by $114,000 in the past 12 months.

      I’m not sure how many flat whites that is, but if I was young and contemplating the Auckland housing market I’d waste my money on something a bit stronger.

      Normal people should probably just give up. If you are on any kind of regular wage then scrimping and saving to buy a house is futile.’


      • … and about 66% of people should give up renting too … !!!

        In our brighter future, people should give up being housed altogether by the looks of it.

        • Bill Brown

           /  May 11, 2017

          Guess heaps of people will have to go camping

          • Camping out in cars Bill … while they can still afford them …

            Or ……………………….. prison ……………. ???

            • Bill Brown

               /  May 12, 2017

              It’s pretty dire the whole housing mess. I do struggle to see how kids will ever get into a home in many cities.

    • Gezza

       /  May 11, 2017

      Kanye West said he was thinking of running for President too.

      • Gezza

         /  May 11, 2017

        The way things are over there these days I wouldn’t even be surprised to Homer Simpson as a nominee for 2020 – probably as a Republican candidate.

    • PDB

       /  May 11, 2017

  2. Blazer

     /  May 11, 2017

    could be a candidate for aussie…P.M…

  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  May 11, 2017

    Wayne’s always been a keen collector of Nazi memorabilia and finds the history of *WW2 Germany* absolutely fascinating…..a friend in Haifa has just retweeted him this and he thort others might find it interesting

  4. Blazer

     /  May 11, 2017

    for the edification of…Donald Brash,former Reserve Bank Gov….


  5. Blazer

     /  May 11, 2017

    more nonsense from bank P.R about Oz govts 0.6% levy on banks with over 100bil in liability…

    ‘Australian Bankers’ Association chief executive Anna Bligh said the levy was introduced without consultation with the banks and could threaten the stability of the financial system.’

  6. Blazer

     /  May 11, 2017

    still trying to revive a crappy,shitty deal for their corporate donors under the guise of ‘trade’…