Media watch – Tuesday

18 July 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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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 18, 2017

      Monet, Manet, Matisse? What happened to the M’s?

  1. Trevors_elbow

     /  July 18, 2017

    For those who hadn’t realised… it’s now official.

  2. Missy

     /  July 18, 2017

  3. Corky

     /  July 18, 2017

    Good things happen to those associated with National. They enjoy power and good luck.

    • NOEL

       /  July 18, 2017

      Did he get that because of his Australia is a soverign country and we wont demand reciprocal benefits for Kiwi’s in Australia.?

      • Corky

         /  July 18, 2017

        No, of course not. You are talking about little people ( like yourself). Key is way beyond that. He moves in the rarefied realms of power…and life and death decisions over peons( like yourself).

  4. A very good article on Youth Suicide – focus Northland. Upsetting ? Yes. Necessary? Yes.

    ” “Where’s your brother?” Taipari asked. The kids shrugged. “Look for him. Anywhere. Find him,” she ordered.

    The bare-footed children fanned out across the run-down property, opening wardrobes, checking under beds, peering over fences, calling his name.

    Colin’s 15-year-old brother found him dead in the garage. (We cannot tell you how Colin took his life because publishing the method of suicide is a criminal offence in New Zealand.)

    When Mia Dunn received a text to say Colin, the boy she liked, had killed himself, she was at her best friend Paige Dinsdale’s house in Whakapara. It was late at night and they thought it was a joke, until they logged onto Facebook and saw the RIP posts.

    Mia wanted to be outside. It had just stopped raining on a moonless night and the two 14-year-old girls walked down the country road into damp blackness.”

    • Downtick all you like. It doesn’t change the need to have the suicide discussion

  5. Duperez

     /  July 18, 2017

    John Key beaming out from my Herald with the line “I’m no Mandela or Mother Teresa.”
    Does that make him Einstein?

    • It makes Sir John Key the most popular and effective PM we’ve had. It also illustrates the respect and admiration with which he’s rightly held.

      I’m proud of the man.

    • Corky

       /  July 18, 2017

      ”Does that make him Einstein?”

      No, just a winner who continues to stick it up the Left.

      • Duperez

         /  July 18, 2017

        There’s been quite some head shaking in recent years about the treatment of New Zealanders who’ve moved to Australia. There’s a perception of a lack of ‘fight’ by our Government to stick up for New Zealanders.

        Maybe the award to Mr Key, sorry, Sir John, sorry our Mate John, will be seen as a lovely token of and reward for white flag diplomacy.

        As for sticking it anywhere, it is a simple sharp slap to many Kiwis and a gesture to all of us. The unsophisticated Aussies with a subtle “Up yours.” The subtlety and sophistication of the act is way past those who don’t realise it’s up them too. Then again they’re so far up themselves they wouldn’t notice.

        • Trevors_elbow

           /  July 18, 2017

          Go ask Helen why she signed away better conditions for Kiwis in OZ before Key got in power…

  6. Kevin

     /  July 18, 2017

    LPrent on Metiria,

    “For a starter it increases the effectiveness of the taxes I pay. The less information that WINZ/MSD have, the less they have to work with to obstruct and waste taxpayers money on meaningless witchhunts.”

    A, um, rather unique argument and certainly different from “people are dying” (see Weta’s posts on the topic). I have to admit though that it takes major balls to argue that Meritira was actually *saving* the taxpayer money. Either that or a level of stupidity so stupid that you don’t realise how dumb you’re being. I would also say that TS has reached peak stupidity but meh, I’ve been wrong before.

  7. It’s a leftist cesspit over there. No such thing as personal responsibility. All ideas of morality are subjective and it’s an end justifies the means on all issues. Lprent and other commentators have no moral compass on this issue in my opinion.

    How is it ok to expect the taxpayer to not only provide for you, your children but to lie to get more than your due. How is it ok not to tell Welfare the name of the father to protect HIM?

    It’s looking to me, through things I’ve seen elsewhere, that he and his family were very involved in the child’s upbringing. If this is the case, then she would have had a private arrangement with him as well as a state wage, accommodation assistance, education paid for and flatmates’ help. There’s no part of this that gives her fellow citizens fair go.

    • I’d go as far as to say her actions typify the image people have of a certain type of beneficiary. The truth us that most of us are hardworking, work damned hard to provide for and add a buffer against life’s unplanned knocks. We also are happy to provide for the common good, and we never expect or ask for a red cent in welfare. Fraudster enablers at thedoublestandard and elsewhere need to remember this salient fact as they rail against the machine. It’s a numbers game.

      Those who see an equivalence between the ” theft of a proverbial loaf of bread for survival” and Turei’s cynical, manipulative contrivances are in the minority. TG

    • Kevin

       /  July 18, 2017

      “It’s a leftist cesspit over there.”

      I know. I used to think Prentice was just thick but now I think he’s nuts. Seriously.

  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 18, 2017

    Back in the real world, the swamp is running away from Trump’s Republican party and the deplorable folk outside it are running towards it: