Media watch – Sunday

5 November 2017

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  1. Corky

     /  November 5, 2017

    Chris Hipkins is to close four charter schools. So much for his wait and see approach. I have no problem with him closing these schools if they aren’t delivering. So we need to know what the problems within these schools are. If he can’t point to any, then he’s just a crawling idealogue who is chucking charter school pupils onto the scrap heap.

    Here’s a chance for National to mark-up it’s first election promise- the reintroduction of charter schools. Of course, in three years time, many of these kids will be in jail.

    • Seabird

       /  November 5, 2017

      In the lead up to the election, wasn’t there a labour candidate who said he would resign if Charter schools were scrapped? Where is he now?

    • duperez

       /  November 5, 2017

      How many from He Puna Marama Trust charter schools in Whangarei, including their primary schools, do you reckon will be in jail in three years?

      • Corky

         /  November 5, 2017

        I wouldn’t have a clue. Enlighten us.

        • duperez

           /  November 5, 2017

          I’m not the one claiming that “many kids” in the charter schools at the moment are going to end up in jail in three years. Thst’s trying to make a political point using nonsense and ignorance and couched to appeal to other ignorant ones.

          • Corky

             /  November 5, 2017

            Your post was both prattish and nit picking. If I was to follow in a similar manner I would be posting all day…sometimes at your expense.

            Most of the charter schools I have seen on TV are catering to a teenage segment. When these schools close, what the hell do you think these teenagers will do? What’s the one thing these schools give them? Structure!

            They wont be going on to Poly or Uni. They may get a low paying job. But my guess is they will waste the time away in a drug and alcohol haze, and slowly drift into crime.

            But what about kids at primary school level? They wont be going to jail, you say.

            Yes, you are obviously right. So where will they go? Well, they will go on to mainstream and possibly get booted out. They may stay home. They may hit the streets. There are those in my area who beg. And they may get into crime and be taken into juvenile detention, which strangely enough is a type of prison.

            • duperez

               /  November 5, 2017

              Now you’re just trotting out the myth – ‘the kids at charter schools were all failures heading for prison until a charter school saved them.” You are making out that the kids are/were all misfits, at high risk. That is not so.

              And are the schools closing? And the kids being kicked out on the street? Are the mass of kids at charter schools kids without structure? Without families firmly in control, bringing their kids up well with only the normal hassles associated with bringing up kids?

            • Corky

               /  November 5, 2017

              ”Now you’re just trotting out the myth.”

              And you are piss taking…in the nicest most rational of ways.

              Worthy of a Whaleoil post.

          • Gezza

             /  November 5, 2017

            You mighta got sucked in to a bit of the old alt righty fake news & bs dupers, just ignore him:

            “And all those teachers outraged by the introduction of charter schools under a confidence and supply agreement between National and ACT, can sleep easy knowing there won’t be any more new doors opening, with the exception possibly of the two due to open next year.

            As for the four scheduled for 2019, Hipkins says he can say with some confidence they won’t go ahead. And he’s still in the process of working out how to bring the 10 already in operation into the mainstream fold.”

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 5, 2017

      Labour is evil. They stop people doing good things. That is the essence of socialism.

  2. An interesting variety of cloud formations across and around the country this morning.

  3. Corky

     /  November 5, 2017

    Thank god someone did Jacindas thinking for her. This definitely is a ideologically driven socialist government.

    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/other/australia-declines-nz-refugee-offer/ar-AAurw7m?li=AAaeXZz&ocid=spartanntp

    • Gezza

       /  November 5, 2017

      Yeah I just watched Malcolm & Jacinda – they were item 1 – on 1ewes, on the plus one channel.

      Basically, Malcolm seems to have told her, no worries, not interested, don’t give a toss what you think, have a nice visit, see ya, like always these days.

      • Gezza

         /  November 5, 2017

        Ok, so – disclaimer – working off first impressions only here, I don’t want to watch it again because I squirmed a bit with embarrassment , but it looked to me like, on all the issues mentioned, at the joint presser, Malcolm just treated her like a sweet but silly girl, & she knew it, & so did the 1ewes crew.

        I don’t think our msm is going to give her an easy ride when they smell blood in the water or see a slapdown.

        I’ll probably cop a few downticks for this but she also definitely needs to do something with that hair when she goes overseas to hobnob with the big nobs. And to get into a bit of power-dressing. That laid-back student flat look is not going to do her any favours on the international scene.

    • NOEL

       /  November 5, 2017

      This offer was made originally in 2013 and on gaining the Government benches she acknowledged it remained ron the table. The Aussie response is no different to 2013. No surprises there!

  4. Finally; others are speaking out on this issue (extracts from press release, Stuff):

    ‘Hundreds of patients are searching for a new source of medicine after NZ
    Post reported their dealer to police.’

    ‘Medicinal cannabis patients are running low on supplies after a
    prominent dealer was arrested for sending drugs through the post.’

    ‘The 55-year-old West Coast grower was arrested in October after posties
    noticed the smell of cannabis coming from parcels and reported him to
    police.’

    ‘Pearl Schomburg, founder of Auckland Patients Group, which supports
    those using medicinal cannabis, said the man’s arrest had left hundreds
    of users in the lurch.’

    “Police say they won’t target patients, but I’m sitting here trying not
    to worry about that knock on the door.”

    ‘Shane Le Brun, coordinator of the charity Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ,
    said arresting medicinal suppliers was counterproductive.’

    ‘NZ Post’s Mark Baker said the service worked closely with police and had
    “a zero tolerance policy for illegal items being sent through our network”.

    ‘The medicinal cannabis community is planning a rally in Auckland on
    Saturday, 11 November, to show support for growers and users who have
    been targeted by police.’

    ‘The new government has promised a referendum on cannabis use by 2020.’