Media watch – Wednesday

6 September 2017


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  1. Corky

     /  September 6, 2017

    President Trump repeals Dreamer legislation brought in by Obama against congresses wishes.

    I do have sympathy for the children. However, if you want to make permanent lasting changes to a country, you have to bite the bullet somewhere and make drastic changes.

    You may now realise why we will never get on top of crime in New Zealand. We have no one with the guts of Trump. Especially as a crackdown on crime would see multitudes of Maori in jail, to add to the multitude of Maoris in jail.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  September 6, 2017

      Your comment is par for the course Corky – chock full of nativist lies based on a foundation of white supremacist ideology

      • Corky

         /  September 6, 2017

        Ditto. Point to where I am wrong. What do you know about Maori, apart from nothing?

  2. pickled possum

     /  September 6, 2017

    Farmers’ river pledge welcomed

    A new pledge by farming leaders to improve the swimmability of New Zealand’s rivers has been welcomed by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith.

    “This pledge from farming leaders shows the real commitment farmers have to tackling these long term issues,” says Mr Guy.

    “Farmers are closer to the land to the land than nearly anyone else, and they care deeply about leaving a good legacy for their children.

    “Most of New Zealand’s rivers are in a good state but there are a number that need work, and this will take concerted effort by all New Zealanders – including farmers, urban areas, and local and central Government.

    “We need to recognise the massive environmental improvements that farmers have made in recent times. In the last five years it’s estimated that farmers have spent over $1 billion of their own money towards environmental measures on farm, with around 98% of dairy waterways fenced off.”

    “I welcome this high level commitment from farming leaders,” says Dr Smith.

    “It builds on the goodwill and work of the Land and Water Forum and provides the leadership to help implement the ambitious new regulations passed this month on improving water quality for swimming.”

    The new National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management was announced on 9 August and introduces a new requirement for rivers to be suitable for swimming. It sets a timetable of 90% of rivers and lakes to be swimmable by 2040, establishing a system for monitoring and reporting and requires each of the 16 Regional Councils to set regional targets by 2018.

    “The Government has put in place a robust plan for improving swimmability of our rivers and funding to assist in the cost of achieving it. This pledge will help drive the next steps of finalising national stock exclusion rules and the work towards delivering Good Management Practices for the different farming sectors.

    “The challenge New Zealand has on improving freshwater quality is not just for farmers. Urban New Zealand will also need to commit to improving stormwater and wastewater systems to achieve the Government’s goals.”

    YeA Right Nick come up TTT
    where you can see cows shitting and drinking at the same time
    where the ecoli count is off the scale in many of our waterways,
    Is that why NRC only do 12 testings a year. hmmmmm

    Different Parties
    Same mantra
    Different Day

    • Corky.

       /  September 6, 2017

      Fear not, PP. Once Bill is replaced with Paula, Nick will be gone. My guess is he will see the writing on the wall and resign sooner then later

      • Blazer

         /  September 6, 2017

        Bennett will never become P.M,she is tainted forever,sorry to inform her

        • Patu

           /  September 6, 2017

          Yesterday two different people, who I normally wouldn’t discuss politics with, asked me if I had read a certain Facebook post. The ‘Streisand effect’ is alive & well…

        • duperez

           /  September 6, 2017

          Just because she let out a couple of bits of private information? Surely private information out in the public isn’t crime of the century stuff. Granted we might a bit chary about our own private stuff being outed.

      • Gezza

         /  September 6, 2017

        Snowflake’s chance in hell of that happening Corks.
        Not even anybody in National would make her Party Leader & PM.
        No class. Plus too many skeletons in her boneyard I reckon.

  3. Blazer

     /  September 6, 2017

    A new pledge’ and the magic word….’billion’.

  4. duperez

     /  September 6, 2017

    A Herald headline I didn’t click on. I knew the shock, the agony, the tragedy, the humanity, the distress, would get to me.

    “Nation divided over Toni Street’s ‘She-mullet.’ ” Nation divided. I haven’t been notified of a nationwide state of emergency being declared.

    Confession: I did read “Mike Hosking: Rules are rules, Gareth Morgan” (Certainly didn’t watch the video.)

    A worthwhile exercise. It got me pondering how someone so thick could offer something intellectually thinner than graphene.

    • Corky

       /  September 6, 2017

      I think Mikey sometimes just addresses issues from perspectives way outside of your limited scope, Duperez.

      • duperez

         /  September 6, 2017

        Funny thing though is that I reckon from my limited scope I can see there are perspectives whereas with his unlimited scope he thinks there is The One Perspective.

  5. Zedd

     /  September 6, 2017

    I see the Natz are about to release another policy; IF in strife/doubt.. resort to Beneficiary bashing, guaranteed to rope in some more rednecks :/