Media watch – Saturday

2 December 2017

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  1. PartisanZ

     /  December 2, 2017

    I’m getting a feeling this new government is enacting some Clayton’s Legislation, legislation that doesn’t really change anything. I fully expected it. We appear to be inexorably tied, or one might even say ‘trapped’, in a cloying web of cultural insanity …

    Fran O’Sullivan – “New Zealand’s reputation of being a “Switzerland of the South Pacific” — a beautiful and wealthy bolthole for high net-worthers — is under seige” – Herald

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11951463

    “The attitudinal shift was made clear by Cabinet Minister David Parker when he spoke to journalists on Wednesday after unveiling a ministerial directive setting tough new conditions for foreigners seeking to buy farmland in excess of five hectares”

    Some “attitudinal shift”! So now, high net-worth ‘foreigners’ can only buy unproductive ‘lifestyle blocks’ rather than productive farms?

    Preppers still welcome, but you can keep your investment money and pay tax on it overseas? What we Labour-NZFirst-Greenites need is the appearance of doing something ‘Nationalistic’. We need the spin …

    Land grab anyone …?

    Some of the other stuff in the article might be useful … “rework your applications or walk away” … but not a mention of consultation with Maori about “sensitive land”, not even their own Maori Ministers …

  2. Missy

     /  December 2, 2017

  3. Missy

     /  December 2, 2017

    For all you meat eaters out there….

  4. PartisanZ

     /  December 2, 2017

    If you don’t like te reo on RNZ, but that’s not a good enough argument for not including a smattering of one of our three official languages on the state broadcaster, just go with the argument that they’re not doing it well enough …

    … and toss in the possible privatization of RNZ too …

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11950619

    Well written too, with a semblance of impartiality that hides possible intent and disguises the incitement factor …

    Still, we’ve gotta write about some surface thing or people might start plumbing the depths?

    • PartisanZ

       /  December 2, 2017

      Of course not, because what we need is transformation OF government itself into sovereign governance or some such name we invent for the mechanism we all co-create to succede so-called ‘democracy’ …

      I think succede is new word # 105, a combination of succeed (as in succession), secede and possibly cede.

      • Gezza

         /  December 2, 2017

        Sounds interesting. Needs either a majority of people to voluntarily go along with the change eg by voting for it, or to be forced on everybody by a powerful, armed group of ruthless consultative revolutionaries – or some kind of consensus decision all agree to shift to, at some point. What’s the plan?

  5. Missy

     /  December 2, 2017

  6. Blazer

     /  December 2, 2017

    Ross Gittens-SMH..
    ‘The litany of misconduct by the big four banks – the unscrupulous investment advice given, the mistreatment of people with legitimate life insurance claims, the charges that the bank-bill swap rate was being rigged, and allegations of extensive use of bank facilities for money laundering – has driven the public’s growing insistence that the banks be brought to account.

    This week Rod Sims, boss of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, confirmed what all of us know, that competition in banking is weak (“not vigorous”) leaving the big four with great ability to protect their excessive profits by passing costs on to their customers (“the large banks each have considerable market power”).’
    and here in NZ an even worse ..deal..

  7. Corky

     /  December 2, 2017

    Here’s something I previously stated would make life interesting for the government.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/99362109/M-ori-freshwater-rights-set-to-be-a-stumbling-block-for-coalition-Government

  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 2, 2017

    It’s a shame that the abandoning of reader comments leaves the MSM free to publish unmitigated drivel unchallenged. As in this:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11951882

    The writer demands quick routes to untold wealth via sexual harassment claims.

    • Corky

       /  December 2, 2017

      Poor old bumbling Don. Did he not take a deep breath and think…NATIONAL SOCIALIST RADIO…KIM HILL !!! He was ill prepared for the prattish point scoring beloved by the Leftwing. And he took a deserved thumping.

      Hey, Don. You should have asked Kim why more European watch Maori TV, than Maori. You could have had fun building on that.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 2, 2017

      A collection of smart arse comments that fail to address anything except preconceived opinions.

      • Gezza

         /  December 2, 2017

        From Don? Is it worth a listen? He didn’t seem very smart from that attempt at an editorialised transcript. He’s a poor old silly sod isn’t he? Living in the wrong century altogether.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  December 2, 2017

          Just read and described the transcript. If the audio is the same it’s not worth wasting time on a pointless exercise in oneupwomanship.

          • PartisanZ

             /  December 2, 2017

            Note Brash’s constant recourse to the ‘Stone Age Culture’ argument, which is actually another way of saying British Culture is superior … or leastwise WAS … and simultaneously denying hapu iwi Maori have advanced AT ALL since then, despite, as he himself pointed out, their involvement in many aspects of recent history, including their colonizer’s wars over global resources and markets ….

            He doesn’t need to be oneupwomaned … He onedownun-mans himself …

            • Corky

               /  December 2, 2017

              ”British Culture is superior … or leastwise WAS”. Correct, it was. And still is. Unless you can prove otherwise.

            • PartisanZ

               /  December 2, 2017

              So, in other words, White people are superior to Brown or Black people?

              The European slave ‘trade’ was superior to the hapu iwi mokai or captive system? How so?

              And on it goes … Hell, look where the invention of the wheel has got us!?

            • Corky

               /  December 2, 2017

              You haven’t proven otherwise.

    • PartisanZ

       /  December 2, 2017

      Don’s goose is cooked …

      He’s well and truly stuffed! Carved up and served on a platter …

      Now can we please get on with moving the nation forward from where we are now … ?

      • PartisanZ

         /  December 2, 2017

        Along the same lines, “Sir William Gallagher apologizes for offensive Treaty of Waitangi comments” …

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11950478

        With about one twelfth of his apology devoted to apologizing, and the rest spent bolstering the image of his company and himself.

        There must have been business repercussions in the offing? Good job! Quite right too …

        Because, as Kim Hill pointed out several times to ‘the Don’, we’re not talking about productivity and efficiency, we’re talking about culture.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 2, 2017

      Yes, remembering the bad old days of nanny state.

      • Corky

         /  December 2, 2017

        And drunk Mr Jones heading home on his bike, flagon under one armpit..to thump the missus cause he’s had a hard day of work, and less than an hour to get pissed.

        • Gezza

           /  December 2, 2017

          Things have improved alright. Now he’s got all night to get pissed, pick up an STD and get home late to find mum’s got a good job, had enuf of his shit, packed up & her & the kids have moved out. And he’s up for half of anything they’ve got, plus maintenance. And she’s got a girlfriend. They’re less bother.