Media watch – Sunday

10 December 2017

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    • robertguyton

       /  December 10, 2017

      Posing for Vogue?
      Traveller will be outraged!.
      I remember* Key on the catwalk.
      *shudders

      • Corky

         /  December 10, 2017

        Relax, Robert. Key never made Vogue. At least when she gets the boot( 3 years time), she will have something to show for her efforts as PM..

        • robertguyton

           /  December 10, 2017

          Jacinda will reign for many years to come, Corky; Vogue today, Time Magazine tomorrow, with Rolling Stone Magazine in between. She’s awfully popular overseas!

          • Corky

             /  December 10, 2017

            That may be true. There’s no doubt she trumps a white middle aged male leader of the opposition. However, there is only one beauty show that matters…Election 2020. And that show wont be stacked with sycophantic followers.

            • duperez

               /  December 10, 2017

              There is only one beauty show that matters…Election 2020?

              Surely the only one of relevance was the one of 2017.

            • Gezza

               /  December 10, 2017

              What if the next election hangs on ONE VOTE, and National still has no intention of introducing a Muslim ban? 😬

            • Corky

               /  December 10, 2017

              ”Surely the only one of relevance was the one of 2017.”

              Yes, for people like me who want to double guess strategy, or post of strategic political possibilities. Sure, National losing the 2017 election was crucial for my strategy plans.

              But, for the average punter, it’s about love and hate of political parties, so
              2020 is most important to them.

  1. Chuck Bird

     /  December 10, 2017

    Q + A should be interesting. There are poll results. I am not sure which but it is not Roy Morgan.

    • Gezza

       /  December 10, 2017

      Just curious. How do feel about Winston conning votes out of the small coterie rednecks vainly hoping to see the Maori seats dumped in a general referendum he never intended to push for, Chuck?

      • Gezza

         /  December 10, 2017

        Soz – there’s a ‘you’ and an ‘of’ missing in there. Just pretend they’re there when you notice it, if you’d be so kind. Thanks.

        • PartisanZ

           /  December 10, 2017

          Or their 2014 “bottom line” of a binding referendum to repeal the anti-smacking law?

          Aka ‘Return to Violent Child-Rearing Legislation’ …

          • Gezza

             /  December 10, 2017

            People still seem to be rearing violent children, & if the occasional headlines are anything to go by are now giving teachers all sorts of problems figuring out how to deal with them.

            • PartisanZ

               /  December 10, 2017

              Many adults, parents and teachers, and their children … who become parents, teachers and have children … are all ‘educated’ without learning how to handle anger, frustration and hurt without resorting to violence …

              Psssssst …. Pass it on to the next generation …

            • Gezza

               /  December 10, 2017

              That’s what was good about Whanau Ora. Targeted wrap-around help for dysfunctional families. It was good to hear Jacinda say they will retain it, & maybe better fund it.

  2. PDB

     /  December 10, 2017

    Ron Mark being hung out to dry by Winston?

    https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2017/12/ron_mark_ignored_medals_advice_from_dpmc.html

    NZ herald: “Defence minister Ron Mark was specifically told he was breaking all the rules wearing his military medals but went ahead and did so anyway.

    Documents show Mark was told on October 27 – just after being sworn in as Minister of Defence – that his rack of medals was a breach of protocol and rules.

    The NZ First deputy leader went on wearing his medals until November 15 when the Herald revealed he was in breach of the regulations governing decorations.

    In the 20 days since Mark learned his medals were a breach of the Crown’s rules on decorations and honours, he wore them while standing in front of veterans, next to the Chief of Defence Force, with foreign leaders and while inspecting troops.

    NZ First leader Winston Peters is asking why Mark didn’t simply follow the instructions he was given.

    Mark isn’t offering any answers. He did not respond to requests for an interview and did not answer questions. A spokesman said: “This matter has now been dealt with and we consider it closed.”

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 10, 2017

      Winston heads off any trouble for himself. Not the sort of thing he can afford to know and keep quiet. Mark is not so smart.

    • Missy

       /  December 11, 2017

      This shows incredible arrogance from Ron Mark, and it won’t do him any favours with members of the Defence Force either. To ignore official advice regarding the protocol of wearing his medals is unbelievable, not to mention embarrassing to both the NZDF and NZ.

      I am glad to see that this is being reported, as initially it did look bad for the officials in his office and the Government that they appeared to let him break protocol regarding the medals, so good to see he was advised and just ignored it.

      Hardly a good start for the new Minister of Defence.