Media watch – Saturday

9 September 2017

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    • sorethumb

       /  September 9, 2017

      National has had 9 years but look what has(n’t) happened to the environment, GDP/capita, house prices, quality of life (a brighter future)?

      • PDB

         /  September 9, 2017

        I’m surprised National hasn’t defended themselves on the ‘9 years’ nonsense – how many of those years was spent just on keeping the NZ economy afloat due to a GFC & various earthquakes? 6-7 of those years?

        • Blazer

           /  September 9, 2017

          how original of you *sarc*…’ the NZ economy afloat due to a GFC & various earthquakes?

          • PDB

             /  September 9, 2017

            Hard to ignore a GFC & major earthquakes in the past nine years Blazer – you must be suffering from convenient memory loss.

            • Blazer

               /  September 9, 2017

              just sick of hearing about something any incumbent Govt would deal with.You would think Gerry and co had builders aprons…on.

            • PDB

               /  September 9, 2017

              I think you are just sick of the fact a National govt DID deal with it, hence the lolly scramble we are seeing this election.

            • Blazer

               /  September 9, 2017

              did you know that National were the first to put up benefits in 43 years?(Of course Ruthenasia was the first to reduce them in 143 years.)

    • Gezza

       /  September 9, 2017

      Christ! 😮
      🤔 If you were to summarise all of those, what would be the main points of difficulty? 😳

    • David

       /  September 9, 2017

      Some scrutiny is well deserved, Stuff are still in Jacindamania mode.

    • PDB

       /  September 9, 2017

      • Blazer

         /  September 9, 2017

        says the Govt of 18 tax increases and sneaky G.S.T 360.

        • PDB

           /  September 9, 2017

          More deflection – you neglect to mention the reductions in that time too (income tax, ACC levies etc) with further tax cuts penciled in for next year if they remain in govt.

          Kindly point out to me where Labour would be evening out their many tax increases with tax reductions for taxpayers/businesses?

          • Blazer

             /  September 9, 2017

            Labour tax REDUCTION mentioned on the other thread.

            • PDB

               /  September 9, 2017

              where & what?

            • chrism56

               /  September 9, 2017

              Labour has already said they are raising taxes, because they are changing the legislation to stop the income tax decreases.

            • Blazer

               /  September 9, 2017

              not decreasing tax is not the same as raising them.Comprehension=FAIL.

            • PDB

               /  September 9, 2017

              They are removing proposed tax cuts and also increasing taxes – both result in less money in the pockets of taxpayers.

        • chrism56

           /  September 9, 2017

          What are the 18 tax increases? – Google can’t find them – and is that net or Gross? Remember the 2011 GST increase saw about 6 taxes drop so that is nett -5.
          https://taxpolicy.ird.govt.nz/sites/default/files/news/2010-05-20-budget2010-changes-at-a-glance.pdf

      • PDB

         /  September 9, 2017

        Note how Ardern ignores answering the question of inheritance tax on the family home when it is passed onto family members upon death of the occupant and repeats the ‘no tax on the home the owner lives in line’ which is a totally different topic.

    • PDB

       /  September 9, 2017

      Labour not only need to keep the economy performing as good as it currently does but BETTER – their policies (some are just slogans) do nothing to achieve that, nor does ramping up spending, increasing borrowing for no reason and increasing taxation for no reason (a CGT doesn’t reduce house prices, a water tax on irrigators wont improve water quality of our rivers).

      • Blazer

         /  September 9, 2017

        slogans..you say…try these…’a brighter future’…’on the cusp of…something special’….($million houses…is that it?)

        • PDB

           /  September 9, 2017

          Are you really trying to say the country is overall not better off in 2017 than in 2009?

          Is house price affordability a uniquely NZ problem or a worldwide thing? Will a CGT reduce house prices?

          • Blazer

             /  September 9, 2017

            it is better off for the FIRE vocations,home owners equity and thats about…all.Inequality is more pronounced,the rich have got alot richer.

    • Pete Kane

       /  September 9, 2017

      Oh for friends like these…………………
      “Who is responsible for National’s tanking campaign plans?”
      Mr Hooten – “Against the recommendations of other long-serving and very-senior ministers, Mr Joyce won the debate internally that continuity was more important than change. Big new ideas where to be avoided. A refresh of his Business Growth Agenda (BGA) was deemed enough to win a fourth term. Mr Joyce’s insipid advertising campaign is apparently based on a belief Chariots of Fire is the next big thing. Paula Bennett’s Cheryl West-shtick is nearly as outdated, with Outrageous Fortune cancelled seven years ago.”

      https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/09/responsible-nationals-tanking-campaign-plans/

      • Gezza

         /  September 9, 2017

        Kerr has farmed the land north of the Kaeo bridge for 27 years, including the paddocks the new bridge need to cross. He’s perfectly willing to sell – but told NZTA there’s a wee job he’d like done first.

        When NZTA came calling, Kerr wanted to talk about a drain he wanted under the road a few kilometres north of the bridge. The road there is mangroves one side (high tide laps against the road) and paddocks on the other. When the paddocks flood, the water can’t drain out under the road.

        For three years he’d wanted NZTA to do something. For three years he’d watched fields flood.Then Bridges named Kaeo’s bridge as one of his 10 bridges.

        “I hold the trump card,” Kerr said. “Of course it’s going ahead. You’ve got to have a new bridge. We’re going forward, not backward. “We’re going to build a bridge and get the f***ing traffic over it.”

        So, sure, he’ll sell the land – but not yet. “They’re still working on the drain. You’re f***ing with an Irishman here.” Once the drain was done, he would sell the land. ☘👍🏼☘

        Kerr said he wouldn’t be voting for the government though. “I’m voting for Winston Peters. I have ever since that Bolger.” Grrr. But ok. 👍🏼☘

  1. sorethumb

     /  September 9, 2017

    Dick Smith Fair Go has been everywhere! We’ve had prime-time commercial TV news and radio coverage and write-ups in the major papers.

    This week we even finally got the ABC to stop ignoring the issue of population and join the debate. Although they’re still very biased!: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/09/abc-drum-counters-immigration-bias-claim-bias/

  2. duperez

     /  September 9, 2017

    David Fisher has a follow up of Simon’s bridges over troubled waters in Northland.

    “The Big Read: Where are Northland’s bridges?”

    It seems clear now that ss the writing was on the wall the episode was an exercise in desperation, deception, fantasy and lack of homework.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11919885

  3. chrism56

     /  September 9, 2017

    I notice Blazer specializes in the one liners but can’t offer anything of substance – just like his leader. How are the 18 tax increases coming on – or is that another Labour lie?

    • PDB

       /  September 9, 2017

      Mind you this is the guy who can only remember the GST side of the ‘tax switch’ which saw other taxes decrease at the same time.

  4. chrism56

     /  September 9, 2017

    He can’t remember them – he is just repeating what is on his bullet pointed prompt card. That is why he can’t provide actual information.

  5. Pete Kane

     /  September 9, 2017

    Seems Mr English picked it right.
    “Church votes to rebuild Christ Church Cathedral”
    http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/church-votes-to-rebuild-christ-church-cathedral/ar-AArwMVk?li=AAaUOAg&ocid=spartanntp