Media watch – Monday

29 January 2018

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    • Corky

       /  January 29, 2018

      Good ole Kiwis. Prats for the taking. Their hospitality and honesty exploited by more then a few.

    • NOEL

       /  January 29, 2018

      No surprises there.

  1. unitedtribes2

     /  January 29, 2018

    Was looking forward to watching the documentary series on Yellowstone National Park last night its such a neat place with lots of good ecological things happening. Should have been top program but what did we get. Another finger wagging dressing down by the climate warriors. The bears came out of hibernation too early because of a false spring. Their all going to die. The owls cant break through the crust on the snow to catch their dinner. They want breed this year for sure and maybe worse. The wolves are finding it hard to catch their prey because theres not enough snow and they cant run then down. They will perish for sure. Why cant these film make knuckle down and make a documentary without trying to sell there politics with it. They absolutely ruined this one when they had a fantastic topic to do a really great documentary. Well guess what. The wolves were just fine, the owls fed and breeding, and the bears had their best spring yet.

  2. PDB

     /  January 29, 2018

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/other/winston-peters-announces-multi-million-dollar-all-weather-horse-racing-track-way

    “He’s promising the racing industry a multi-million dollar track that can be used even when its pouring with rain. Mr Peters says it is expected to cost around $10 million to construct.”

    So I take it the Greens will be all out to stop this govt corporate funding, political party donor payoff, gambling promoting, horse injuring deal to go through………..no wait!

    • unitedtribes2

       /  January 29, 2018

      Actually the Greens are quite into horses carts and bikes

    • Zedd

       /  January 29, 2018

      @pdb

      The words, you really need to look up: Coalition & Confidence/Supply AGREEMENT..

      Natl ARE in Opposition.. get over it man 😀

      • PDB

         /  January 29, 2018

        So the ‘party of principles’ has none? Thanks for clearing that up Zedd!

        • Zedd

           /  January 29, 2018

          UUUURRRRRGGGG ????

          • PartisanZ

             /  January 29, 2018

            Corporate welfare of the vilest kind … It’s all about money PLUS addiction …

            The Greens may campaign against it from within govt, as [I believe] they are still doing against CPTPP or TPPA or TPP (or whatever the f*&k it will eventually be called) …

            But on a purely rational, logical basis, how is a race meeting called off by rain in Oamaru or Winton or Horowhenua going to benefit from an all-weather track in Auckland or Waikato – one of which is assuredly where it will be … ?

  3. phantom snowflake

     /  January 29, 2018

    For those who like their politics high calorie/energy-dense; Pablo over at Kiwipolitico has a great analysis of NZ governments recent approaches to foreign policy. In particular he highlights the perils of NZ’s “two track strategy”, which has involved increasing our alignment with the U.S. on defence matters and with China on trade matters simultaneously, while seemingly pretending there is no conflict despite increasing expectations that both the U.S. and China have of their partners. And all this while claiming to have an “Independent Foreign Policy.”

    http://www.kiwipolitico.com/2018/01/does-labour-have-a-foreign-policy/

    • Gezza

       /  January 29, 2018

      The best reading in that is in the very good discussions in the comments.

      • phantom snowflake

         /  January 29, 2018

        Tru dat, including comments by the writer.

    • Corky

       /  January 29, 2018

      Corky to Blazer… remember what I told you?

      • Blazer

         /  January 29, 2018

        what that the NZ dollar would crash if Labour got in….of course..it strengthened.Bol.

        • Corky

           /  January 29, 2018

          What are you talking about..trying to deflect? You have the wrong person. I told you wealth would be moved out of this country and many investors would look past us. Investors know socialism isn’t a life affirming philosophy…it’s also bad for business.

    • Gezza

       /  January 29, 2018

      “On September 23, the people of New Zealand elected 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern as prime minister, the youngest prime minister in New Zealand’s history.”

      I accept that Jacinda is the democratically appointed PM under our MMP system, but that opening sentence jars a bit. The people of New Zealand didn’t elect her Prime Minister.

      Might’ve been more accurate to say “…following the 2017 election Jacinda Ardern became Prime Minister…”

      • Blazer

         /  January 30, 2018

        On that basis which P.M of NZ has been elected by…the people.?

        • Missy

           /  January 30, 2018

          John Key.

          • Blazer

             /  January 30, 2018

            Sorry,by Gezza’s criteria=none of them.They said Helen Clark was the first ‘elected’ woman P.M. ,even though Shipley held the role before her.

            • Missy

               /  January 30, 2018

              Wrong, going into the 2011 and 2014 elections the people knew what the coalition deal between National and its partners was, and that John Key would be PM, as a result the people voted for that coalition deal knowing that John Key would be PM.

              Those that voted Act or the Maori Party were aware they were voting for Key as PM, and that block got more than 50% of the vote.

              This election no-one knew who the coalition partners would be, and NZ First and Labour (the formal coalition Government) got less than 50% of the vote, so the people did not vote for her as PM.

            • Blazer

               /  January 30, 2018

              You appear to be saying that voters did not realise Ardern was leader of the Labour Party,and or that there was never any possibility of a coalition.In 2011 and 2014 there was no voting option for a coalition…so it is you who are wrong…I’m afraid to..say.

            • Missy

               /  January 30, 2018

              No, I am saying that Labour had no pre-election coalition agreements, and that she did not get an outright majority so therefore the people did not vote for her as PM. As NZ First could have gone either way a vote for them did not necessarily indicate a vote for Ardern or English as PM, so therefore whoever became PM would not have been voted for by the people due to no pre-election agreements.

              No voting option for a coalition, but as National had agreed to a coalition deal with minor parties prior to the elections those voting for the Maori Party or Act knew that they would be voting for a National led Government with Key as PM.

              I am not sure if you really are that dense Blazer, but just so you understand. In a situation with a pre-election coalition agreement, the people voting understand that they are voting for that coalition when they cast their vote for one of the parties in the agreement. So no, it is you who is wrong. Again.

              Really you should quit while you are behind.

            • Blazer

               /  January 30, 2018

              .’ In a situation with a pre-election coalition agreement, the people voting understand that they are voting for that coalition when they cast their vote for one of the parties in the agreement.’…what I want you to do…is provide evidence you have of the coalition agreement you maintain National had with other parties.Do this and you will….win.If you can’t well….

  4. PartisanZ

     /  January 29, 2018

    “This [Cullen’s “We won, you lost, eat that!” comment] was too much for the men who felt NZ was theirs to rule and the government’s merely to manage. The international links forged by the local franchise-holders of the New Right ideology were busily activated, and before long horror stories about NZ’s ‘radical left-wing government’ were being spread by financial commentators and investment analysts around the world … ”

    Chris Trotter, NO LEFT TURN pg 363 ‘Epilogue: In the running straits of history’ – referring to the Fifth Labour government’s first few months of office – Y2K – 18 f+*king years ago! – especially surrounding the Employment Relations Bill replacing the Employment Contracts Act …