Media watch – Tuesday

4 July 2017

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32 Comments

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 4, 2017

      Damn. I have to give Emmerson a tick for that.

  1. Pete Kane

     /  July 4, 2017

    Raise drinking age to 20 – Gareth Morgan

    This may just put some ‘favorable’ distance with the greens.

    “Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan wants the legal drinking age raised back to 20.
    The current age of 18 has caused “major alcohol-related” issues in teens as young as 14, Mr Morgan told Newshub.
    He says alcohol-related issues shouldn’t be affecting people as young as 14, and raising the age would take away easier access.
    The drinking age was lowered from 20 to 18 in 1999.
    Labour leader Andrew Little told The AM Show the last time he voted for it, he voted that the drinking age return to 20. 
    “I think now I’d probably say leave it where it is,” Mr Little said.
    “Let’s not underestimate what alcohol is capable of doing, but I think there are other ways we can control that and mitigate the harm, but I wouldn’t change the age from what it is now.”

  2. Pete Kane

     /  July 4, 2017

    Tuko Morgan – a man without shame.

    “Up to nine candidates from the One Pacific movement will stand for the Maori Party in general seats, mainly in Auckland. The President of the Maori Party, Tukoroirangi Morgan, says it will strengthen its shared political aspirations.”
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201849783/maori-party-targets-seats-with-large-pacific-communities.”
    Andrew Little dismisses ‘treachery’ against Maori claim.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201849784/andrew-little-dismisses-treachery-against-maori-claim

  3. I see on the 1news site; Mr Little admits he ‘tried cannabis on 2-3 occasions’ BUT wants a ‘credible answer’ to health issues for young people.. before liberalisation.. (‘fair enuf’ sez I&I)

    I guess the positive, at least he has the GUTS to admit it, unlike most Natz who either say “NO !” or refuse to answer. Are they really all in the 25% who supposedly have never tried cannabis ? I f@cking doubt it, folks !!

    • Pete Kane

       /  July 4, 2017

      Is the TOPs policy in the right ballpark Zedd? (I posted a bit at the top re TOPs and alcohol.)

      • Pete Kane

         /  July 4, 2017

        Re above, I can’t help wondering how much of Little’s thinking on this matter is influenced by concern over the PI vote.

      • @PK
        I prefer the Greens policy; Legal regulation (strict rules R18+ etc.)

        Listening to Mr Morgan, he seems to be more libertarian/anti-prohibition (similar to ACT) rather than actually pro-cannabis ? unlike Natz who seem to be ignoring the aprox. 75% who reportedly say ‘YES to some reform’ & only seem to support ‘status quo/prohibition only’

        I even read that Natz are still on the fence about supporting further Med-use reform (inc. Ms Genter’s bill) ?

  4. Mefrostate

     /  July 4, 2017

    Pretty powerful series on youth suicide started today over at NZ Herald.

    http://features.nzherald.co.nz/teen-suicide-an-untold-story/

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 4, 2017

      Yes, Neil McLean was a school mate and as chief coroner was the first to start making waves on this. They are pitching this as a mental health issue but it is much more than that. In previous times it would have been viewed as a religious issue. It’s about hope and dreams and resilience and community. It’s about failed welfare and parenting and economic education and leadership.

      • Gezza

         /  July 4, 2017

        Sometimes it’s other things than those Alan. Sometimes it’s organic. Though I don’t disagree those other things you listed.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 4, 2017

          For youth, G? I would have thought organic causes mostly impact a bit later in life.

          • Gezza

             /  July 4, 2017

            Maybe. I know of a 15 year old suicide. Had Aspergers. Parents loved him. The note just said he was sorry. My feelings tried to kill me twice. The first time I was 20. I wasn’t expecting it. The cause is organic.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 4, 2017

              20 was around what I was expecting as a starting age. 15 seems young though I can understand autism being tough to deal with as a teenager. A school friend’s very clever brother also died about that age, perhaps for a similar reason though it wouldn’t have been recognised in those days.

            • Gezza

               /  July 4, 2017

              Timely post Alan. I’ve just read the article. Mike King described me as a teen. It festered in the background because I didn’t want people to know what was going on in my head, & like a lot of teens I was moody sometimes at home, but always gregarious & bolshie & tuff & funny in company. A pain the arse for adults. I’ll follow the series closely. Mine was a personal hell, but this cluster thing is something new for me. I wonder how such a thing might have affected me at that age.It seems to be romanticised, like a romeo & juliet thing, in the Mika & Mia case & possibly others. Emotions are so strong at that age & you can bubble along being vaguely aware of that, not wanting to hurt the people you love. But the actual decision to do it can be very sudden. My experience anyway. I’ll say no more. Somebody here doesn’t like it.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 4, 2017

              Ignore the PDT, G. He’s more than a waste of space, he’s negative goodness. Say whatever you want to.

            • Gezza

               /  July 4, 2017

              It was worst after exam results. I went from being always in the top 3, often 1IC to sliding down the scale. Couldn’t study for some reason. And after breakups with girlfriends. When I was hurting I’d get short-tempered & angry with people. But then I’d see I’d hurt them & that made me feel worse, horrible. I didn’t know any other way to handle it so I turned the anger on myself.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 4, 2017

              Organic?

            • Gezza

               /  July 4, 2017

              An iherited predisposition from mum. But i didn’t know that. Nobody talked about it then, either. We didn’t have the internet – but even if we did, I doubt I’d have checked it out back then. As far as I was concerned it wasn’t happenng. I was ok. I had to be.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 4, 2017

              Something very, very similar happened to my first wife, G, maybe same cause. Went from nearly top of the top class to being unable to study properly. Start of a long battle.

            • Gezza

               /  July 4, 2017

              The doctor said yaw problem is yaw depressed. Take this and this every day and you’ll be better. And I was, but I still wasn’t right. Churchill’s Black Dog still came after me every so often. I learnt I was very complex emotionally. Maybe more than most people. I can’t change who I am. Only my outlook & how I react to things. Over time I learnt to use my analytical side to monitor the emotional side & learnt various things to counter it. Sometimes by reading books I found. Psychologists weren’t actually all that helpful. The females understood me better.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 4, 2017

              An understanding partner is vital, G. There are times when there are no words but touch can communicate and sooth.

            • Gezza

               /  July 4, 2017

              Yes. Someone doesn’t judge. It wasn’t always easy for her.

            • Gezza

               /  July 4, 2017

              *who

            • Gezza

               /  July 4, 2017

              A side effect was I seemed to get quite good at seeing signs in others.

            • Gezza

               /  July 4, 2017

              Mike King mentions it.

  5. Zedd

     /  July 4, 2017

    I saw a pic on AlJz of ‘Team NZ’ with the REAL winners of the Americas Cup.. wait for it : Emirates ! (taken to UAE first) !!
    Rich boys.. with they toys, taking the prize to those who really funded it.. 😦

    & Natz are giving them $5mil to keep in in NZ ? another JOKE.. not funny BUT