Media watch – Thursday

25 January 2018


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  1. Zedd

     /  January 25, 2018

    I see that the latest launch from NZ ‘Rocket Labs’ has put a ‘disco ball; in orbit (just for fun).. just wait to see how many ‘reports of UFOs’ start coming in, by many who may not have a clue about this 😀

    There were a couple of comments, that this could be the start of advertising billboards in orbit, at ‘commercial rates’.. come in: Microsoft, Coke & McD etc. 😦

    • Gezza

       /  January 25, 2018

      How to see it

      The Humanity Star is visible with the naked eye in the night sky from anywhere on Earth at dawn or dusk as it passes overhead.

      You can track its voyage here to see when it will next be above you.

      Mr Beck says it will be easy to spot.
      “There will be one star that’s a little bit brighter than everyone else and it will be the only star that’s blinking.”

      It should be bright enough to see even through city lights.
      Cool. 👍🏼

      Hoping for clear skies when it passes over next. I’m a night sky watcher & have spotted and followed a few satellites lately. Watched one passing thru the starscape at Al’s cabins one night until it faded into the haze.

      This one should be a beauty, like the ISS was when it passed over the night PG posted its track. That was a bar of light..

      • Gezza

         /  January 25, 2018

        “Rocket Lab’s calculations show Humanity Star will likely be visible in the night sky in New Zealand from late February, though it is still settling into its orbit so the company can’t pinpoint it just yet.”

        Aw. Have to wait.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  January 25, 2018

    ’90-day trials to be all but axed in first stage of employment law reforms’ – NZ Herald

    A return to “guaranteed rest and meal breaks” …. OMG!!!

    • Corky

       /  January 25, 2018

      We know the cause. Let’s wait for the effect. Can’t see small businesses taking anymore risks.

      • Griff

         /  January 25, 2018

        The Government will scrap the controversial 90-day trial for all but small businesses, as a result of lobbying from New Zealand First.

        The Herald understands that the 90-day trial period for new workers will only be available to businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

        • PartisanZ

           /  January 25, 2018

          Softly softly …

          ‘Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway: Employers have nothing to fear from law changes’ – NZHerald

          “Three aspects of the Government’s 100-day manifesto have been given longer timeframes. They are:

          • Restoring the right of film and television workers to collectively bargain
          • Removing the automatic passing on of collective terms and conditions to non-union workers
          • Providing foreign workers working for foreign companies in New Zealand” the same protections, such as minimum wage rights, as New Zealand workers.

          He [Lees-Galloway] said the automatic passing on of terms and conditions had technical issues and was now in the 12-month programme.”

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 25, 2018

          How many degrees of separation between a Lefty and someone sensible? Must be more than six obviously.

  3. phantom snowflake

     /  January 25, 2018

    A New Zealand school experiment to prove the six degrees of separation theory has outdone itself by getting 18 letters hand-delivered to the prime minister using only personal contacts.

  4. phantom snowflake

     /  January 25, 2018

    This one’s just about bizarre enough to be true:

    “Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing a 90 per cent reduction in walking and cycling spending as part of its 10 year budget”.


    “Rail operations will also take a hit, reducing from $130m in spending this year to an average of $81m per year until 2028”.

    God knows how much they are spending on the latest ‘state of the art’ CCTV cameras which seem to be appearing everywhere I look.