Media watch – Monday

22 January 2018


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

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  1. Blazer

     /  January 22, 2018
    • PartisanZ

       /  January 22, 2018

      ‘Citizen Thiel’ … yes … ‘our’ exemplary, iconic and aspirational ‘future man’ …

  2. Gezza

     /  January 22, 2018

    Auckland Council is forcing activist Penny Bright to sell her house, to recover $35,000 in unpaid rates and penalties over 11 years.

    Bright has consistently said she won’t pay the rates on her Kingsland home until the council is more transparent about its spending.

    The council obtained a judgment against Bright in the Auckland District Court in January 2016.

    Following an unsuccessful appeal by Bright and a statutory six-month stand-down period, the council on Monday asked the High Court to commence the sale process.

    • Blazer

       /  January 22, 2018

      courageous woman….how dare she ask how ratepayers money is spent!!Even though they supposedly have a transparent ‘policy’ enshrined in local body legislation.Its commercially sensitive!!We don’t want the gravy trainers/consultants and priveleged to have to be…scrutinised,by the..’little people’…

  3. PartisanZ

     /  January 22, 2018

    I have no problem with Oxfam’s 4 bullet-points at the end of this article …

    • Limit returns to fair levels for shareholders and top executives, and ensure all workers receive a minimum “living” wage that would enable them to have a decent quality of life.

    • Eliminate the gender pay gap and protect the rights of women workers. At current rates of change it will take 217 years to close the gap in pay and employment opportunities globally between women and men.

    • Ensure the extremely wealthy pay their fair share of tax through higher taxes and a crackdown on tax avoidance. And increase spending on public services such as healthcare and education. Oxfam estimates a global tax of 1.5 per cent on billionaires’ wealth could pay for every child in the world to go to school.

    • In New Zealand, demonstrate global leadership and work with political leaders to call for international tax reforms, including strengthening tax transparency for multi-nationals which is an essential step in fighting global tax avoidance.