Media watch – Wednesday

17 May 2017

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    • Back then he was a “civil servant” Pete …. He returned as a uncivil master …

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    • Corky

       /  May 17, 2017

      Comment Section: ‘He should’ve stayed there.’ Lol.

      Seriously though. Saw a film on past life regressions. In on session a woman who had stomach problems all her life was regressed to a SUPPOSED life as a Greek? warrior. Her demeanour changed to that of a man. She spoke a different language and was arrogant in the extreme. And that was the problem…this supposed warrior clutched confusedly at an imaginary sword in his stomach and couldn’t believe death was coming to him. The woman never had stomach problems again.

      This phenomenon fascinates me… I would like to regress Parti, Lurchy and Blazer. The mind boggles.

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      • PDB

         /  May 17, 2017

        [Deleted personal targeting. PG]

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        • PDB

           /  May 17, 2017

          Hmmm – not usually one to argue with your rulings PG but calling a group of people ‘regressive’ is ‘personal targeting’? If so will you also delete posts calling groups of people ‘neo-liberals’ as well?

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          • PDB

             /  May 17, 2017

            Urban dictionary: Regressive
            Liberal who believes s/he is a progressive, however their ideas are backward, lacking enlightenment. Regressive’s believe their ideas are forward thinking and evolutionary however the ideology lacks moral guidance, invoke divisiveness, and is plagued with narrow mindedness. The existence of an alternate ideology is unacceptable to a regressive.

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          • When I see labelling of others here I often do something about it, but I don’t always pick things up and I also don’t want to be too pedantic so use my judgement at times too.

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            • PDB

               /  May 17, 2017

              Fair enough PG – have a good evening.

  1. Pickled Possum

     /  May 17, 2017

    Predicted 3530 jobs in IT in Northland over the next 3 years.
    Great work for the young and up coming hackers to have legal work.

    The second highest demand with 891 additional jobs, including 221 for midwives and nurses, is expected to be in health and community services which includes doctors.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11857036

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  2. Blazer

     /  May 17, 2017

    National…’the Greens want to…print money’…the Greens..are ..barking mad’.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11857507

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  May 17, 2017

      The comments stand alone very well:

      – The Greens want to print money (even though NZ is growing perfectly well, has large surpluses and has low unemployment)

      – The Greens are barking mad.

      Comment 1 is not required for comment 2 to remain true.

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      • Blazer

         /  May 17, 2017

        so instead of borrowing 100billion from someone else that…’printed’ it….printing some yourself…is barking mad!Do behave,aargh,almost forgot…its…Duck…season.

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  May 17, 2017

          Printing money devalues all money in that currency which has the effect of….making debt harder to repay.
          Do you see where this is going?
          There is a reason it is seen as a last resort option.

          And NZ Govt. debt is proportionately low and getting lower.

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          • Gezza

             /  May 18, 2017

            Yes, but what’s happening to private debt?

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            • High Flying Duck

               /  May 18, 2017

              Not really relevant to the comment Gez, but I’ll answer anyway as Blazer is too busy confirming why the Greens are barking mad.

              Nominal private debt in NZ debt is rising but servicing costs as a % of income are falling.

              So total debt is up but the cost of servicing the debt is significantly down.

              Debt levels rose strongly for about 30 years from 1990, then dropped for the first National term ( as you would expect as that was the GFC) and have risen again in the last 5 years in the recovery.

              NZ debt is mainly in housing, so is at least asset based (as long as the oft predicted crash doesn’t eventuate).

              Here’s a handy graph:

              http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/-/media/ReserveBank/Images/Key%20graphs/key-graph-household-debt.jpg?la=en&hash=C5008DA58E3F82630ACAF979AFB1BF4A8F39F211

              From an analysis of Household Debt Levels:

              “New Zealand’s household debt level is one of the highest in the developed world compared to the size of our economy, but one economist says it’s not the amount we should be worried about, rather, who is carrying that debt and whether they will be able to pay for it in the future.

              As a percentage of GDP, New Zealand’s household debt level was 91.3 per cent in the three months to September 30, 2015 – ranking us seventh highest out of 42 economies in data collected by the Bank for International Settlements.

              Paul Bloxham, HSBC chief economist for Australia and New Zealand, says distribution and serviceability is more important than debt size: “Is the household debt held by households that will be able to service it?”

              In his report on Australia, Bloxham concluded that the risks to households appeared to be manageable given low interest rates, solid jobs growth and a favourable distribution of debt and tightened lending standards, but more data was needed about New Zealand to form a picture.

              Bloxham says there are a number of reasons why New Zealand and Australia rank so highly up the international ranks for household debt.

              Partly it was because housing made up a larger share of household wealth than other countries because house prices were higher.

              It was also down to the high number of individuals who own investment properties.

              In other countries, like the US, investment properties tended to be owned by corporates, so the debt did not show up on household balance sheets.

              “Here households own it directly.”

              Top 10

              • Switzerland 124 per cent

              • Australia 123.1 per cent

              • Denmark 122.9 per cent

              • Netherlands 1 11.4 per cent

              • Canada 96 per cent

              • Norway 93 per cent

              • New Zealand 91.3 per cent

              • Korea 87.2 per cent

              • United Kingdom 86.4 per cent

              • Sweden 84.2 per cent

            • Blazer

               /  May 18, 2017

              the duck quotes Bloxham,paid banking shill…of ‘Rockstar’ economy ‘fame’.Note with the high debt levels proportionate to GDP,they are all 3rd world OECD countries.Ability to repay can change quickly.NZ’s current GDP is inflated by housing and immigration,prevailing low interest rates also help mask the reality .History will show Bloxham is just another lightweight banking spruiker.

          • Blazer

             /  May 18, 2017

            thats a generalisation….the U.S dollar/petro dollar is default currency for international trade.If it devalues in correlation to expanding debt levels…they just print…more.Their creditors then use the money they recieve to buy assets in western countries.

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  3. “Housing NZ has 22 empty properties in Whangarei, with most contaminated by methamphetamine and some empty almost a year.

    The housing shortage in Whangarei alone resulted in the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) stumping up $271,000 in the three months ending March 31 for people to live in temporary accommodation.

    Throughout Northland during that time, 477 extendable weekly Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants (SNG) were made by MSD to the value of $377,343, putting 130 signatory clients representing families as well as individuals into short term accommodation, often motels.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11856385

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    • Zedd

       /  May 17, 2017

      I saw a program on TV, when they were discussing ‘meth contamination’ & they said it has been ‘blown out of all proportion’ with fear mongering.

      The current method reportedly requires, carpets replacing & even replacing internal wall linings. After being detected (most from USE only, not ‘cooking’/manufacture) Another commentators said a good wash with bleach would remove 99%. He even said that tobacco residue is as harmful, if not more so. (not even a concern, to MSD or housing NZ ?)

      GO figure…. 😦

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      • Gezza

         /  May 17, 2017

        I think it was on a Fair Go episode. Patu has been saying for a year ot so that decontamination companies & their *analyses* of contamination levels & the health hazard they presented were a rort. That programme confirmed it. Even the Health Dept were reported to be reviewing their gudelines if I recall correctly. Haven’t heard anything more since then.

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          • Conspiratoor

             /  May 17, 2017

            G, you keep your snorer pretty close to the grindstone. Is young Sean about to be fired?

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            • Gezza

               /  May 18, 2017

              Hard to say, c. Rumours are swirling. Some sheila on Fox News has been *reportedly* telling the San Francisco Bay Area the Trump administration’s been talking to her about taking on the job. Poor Sean’s possibly had enough. He’s starting to resemble a broken man – was just yesterday day resigned to saying (more or less) “Look – here’s McMasters – give him a kicking, I shouldn’t have all the fun”.

              I’d give the job to Sarah Huckabee Sanders myself, if there’s a sudden announcement Trumpy’s wished Sean “All the best with his future endeavours.” She has a nice way of giggling & rolling her eyes when they ask her the same question she’s just answered, & a cute Southern accent – so when she explains or defends Trumpy that I think is a combo the press won’t be able to beat in the long run.

              All this Kimberly Guilfoyle Fox sheila seems to have has is big knockers, a big mouth, & heavy mascara. That won’t get her far. Trumpy doesn’t need another showboat. Also, did you notice McMasters was getting savaged mostly by female reporters in that press conference? The Bay lady will have no show. They’ll scrag her, starting with whatever she’s wearing, never mind whatever she has to say.

              Sean probably is at his use-by date. His loyalty’s not in doubt but his long-term mental health might be. He’s not taken seriously by the press about anything. I’m fond of the dude. I’ll miss him.

              Those reporters are like a freaking hyena pack, I mean, those clips of rude individuals shouting out questions to Trumpy about his meeting with Lavrov when he’s standing right alongside The Recep sure had Erdy looking utterly puzzled. Probably thinking: “What on earth … ? Why aren’t these people being beaten with sticks & hauled away by security forces for interrogation?”

              No chief press secretary is probably likely to last all that long working for the TweetPrez.

  4. Zedd

     /  May 17, 2017

    it seems mrT looks up to ‘authoritative leaders’ inc, : Duterte (mass murderer) from the Philippines !
    apparently also on his ‘special invite’ list

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  5. Gezza

     /  May 17, 2017

    Trump’s Zionist US ambassador to Israel’s ties to Zionist settlement on stolen Palestinian land.

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  6. duperez

     /  May 17, 2017

    The other day the wondering was whether Steve Braunias was serious or not. He must have been – the comedians are the ones he’s observing he reckons.

    “Was it even comedy? It was definitely stand-up, because that’s how Cameron Slater appeared in the witness stand, on his feet, facing Craig in cross-examination.
    … Slater’s case opened yesterday, when he read out a fairly dry opening statement. He saved his best material for cross-exam.
    Slater wished to impress upon the court that he was, in fact, the greatest journalist who ever lived….”

    ‘Craig v Slater – Great comedy, but no one laughed’

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11857839

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  7. Blazer

     /  May 17, 2017

    ‘something happened along the way…yesterday was all we…had…’

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    • Gezza

       /  May 17, 2017

      Well. That’s embarrassing.

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      • Blazer

         /  May 17, 2017

        this crew are…shameless.

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        • Gezza

           /  May 17, 2017

          Because Al doesn’t watch videos, he’ll have no idea how embarrassing that clip is.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  May 17, 2017

            True, G. So I’m not embarrassed.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 17, 2017

              PS, I almost watched one on Virginia Woolf for you the other day but then I realised what a time-waste it was and didn’t.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  May 18, 2017

        I would refute that.

        He actually achieved the first point.
        NZ First and Peter Dunne put the kibosh on the RMA reforms – which are one of the main blocks in building and in cost.
        Getting enough tradies is probably the biggest though, which the Christchurch rebuild has exacerbated significantly – once more not really a Govt issue.
        The third point has had good progress.
        The fourth point is current Govt policy.

        And by the below graph, in terms of affordability (as opposed to size of mortgage) housing remains more affordable than when the National party took power.

        So not that embarrassing at all really.

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        • Blazer

           /  May 18, 2017

          no surprise you think the Nats have made progress.Btw its 2017(your graph-2014) now, 10 years since Key and his impotent 4 point plan tackled the issue.Its typical Nat speak,identify an issue and then pretend to do something about it.This is Keys ..legacy…don’t take him duck shooting,the only targets you ‘d hit would be….decoys.

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          • High Flying Duck

             /  May 18, 2017

            Prickly bugger aren’t you.

            I didn’t say it had worked.

            I just pointed out he had acted on the 4 point plan that he outlined. Politics stopped number 2 but the rest were done.

            The affordability point is a fact as well. you are correct that this may have changed, but the graph is from a 2017 report and is the latest I could find.

            I agree affordability is only one factor though – as even when mortgages are “affordable” they still need to be “repayable”, which is getting harder and harder to achieve.

            Life isn’t all Reds vs Tories “them bad” “us good” – there is nuance and there is the fact that politics can’t solve everything. Also fixing one area can have unintended consequences in another.

            Trying to build anything affordable in the current market is nigh on impossible – especially in Auckland. but this is the nature of Auckland’s topography & council regulation more than Government inaction.

            Remember prices were heading up in Christchurch as well until the Government basically took over control of the release of land. Values stabilised immediately and have not spiked.

            Auckland is built on an isthmus and doesn’t have the greenfield land available to build on though, so even that is not a surefire solution.

            Any time you think the Government is not doing enough, take a look at the oppositions “solutions”. Then you might see they haven’t got any either.

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            • Blazer

               /  May 18, 2017

              it is govt inaction..period.Heres John Armstrong hardly a leftie by any measure…’Labour first promulgated its KiwiBuild scheme back in 2012. Its objective is the construction of 100,000 affordable houses nationwide over ten years for first-home buyers. At the time, National almost drowned in the sound of its own scoffing at Labour’s plan. Five years on, National is now copying it. And shamelessly so.’

            • High Flying Duck

               /  May 18, 2017

              Well not exactly.
              What the government is doing is taking advantage of the just enacted Unitary Plan to intensify housing and get greater use from existing Government land.
              There are still issues around *how* these houses can be built given the ongoing skills shortage.

              Thankfully Andy’s fixing that by turning off work visas.

              John Armstrong has a long track record of writing articles against this Government. And every time they are quoted as being from “hardly a lefty”.
              Not sure what he is politically, but on this he is phoning it in.

            • PDB

               /  May 18, 2017

              “Five years on, National is now copying it. And shamelessly so.”

              Which is nonsense – the National plan is for far less homes and using existing crown land so is doable – Labour’s plan is for an unrealistic amount of houses (50,000 in Auckland alone) with no idea on how to get cheap land to even begin construction on them. One’s a well developed plan, the other an unrealistic dream.

            • Blazer

               /  May 18, 2017

              Re John Armstrong,both you and PDB(2 diehards) dismiss him out of hand..now.Love to see someone make this case…’John Armstrong has a long track record of writing articles against this Government.’.

            • PDB

               /  May 18, 2017

              I don’t mention Armstrong at all & have no opinion as to his leanings? In this case however he is comparing apples with oranges.

            • Blazer

               /  May 18, 2017

              @PDB…this is a direct quote from Armstrongs article…’Five years on, National is now copying it. And shamelessly so.”….so somewhat predictably….you are wrong……again!

            • PDB

               /  May 18, 2017

              You’re making less sense than normal Blazer? Me disagreeing with an article by Armstrong doesn’t mean I think Armstrong is anti-govt or left-leaning.

            • Blazer

               /  May 18, 2017

              fair enough,except why would you think ….policy to address the housing shortage is apples and oranges?

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  May 17, 2017

      If only that young man was running for PM, he seems to have all the answers.

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