Media watch – Friday

30 June 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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.


  1. Pickled Possum

     /  June 30, 2017

    Helena Bay Russian billionaire wants consent to extract 60 thousand litres A DAY from Mimiha stream to water his lawns. With Patararu water fight ringing in my ears, I now have absolutely no trust in this government.
    Nz Pure Blue Water Patararu is going to try and extract Billions of litres of water a year from a spring. Constructing the biggest water bottle plant in the Southern Hemisphere. Is Coke a Cola the main beneficiary? If so will NZ get cheap coke as payment for our most precious resource?

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  June 30, 2017

      No. If Coke own the water then the value of the water in Coke goes from nothing to whatever you pay for bottled water, making a bottle of Coke worth about four times as much.

      • Pickled Possum

         /  June 30, 2017

        Coca cola are already drawing 200 thousand litres a day from waihou river. nz pure blue have only been operating for approx 18 months. Hmmmm Yep call me a Wannabe Conspiracy Theorist if you want but never call me late for breakfast. 😎

  2. sorethumb

     /  June 30, 2017

    last night TV2 had a program called “Gutsfull” It was about Aucklanders descending on a Northland beach, leaving rubbish “feces” etc. A resident said fifty people would arrive it a bus. The crab fishers had their faces pixilated although what they were doing was quite legal. Eventually it came out that they were Chinese: an interviewee said that the signs put up should be in “other languages – Chinese” and they interviewed two Chinese men coming out of the water. I presume Susan Devoy and her staff are carefully monitoring “negative representations and stereotyping”?

  3. PDB

     /  June 30, 2017

    Like PG Farrar is still on Labour’s case about the intern saga…..