Media watch – Wednesday

31 January 2018

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  1. Blazer

     /  January 31, 2018

    update on the idle ,rich yachties plans for taxpayers..

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11984685

    • Jay3

       /  January 31, 2018

      Phil Goff is on record opposing any further reclamation of the harbour and yet once in office he has turned around and supported an Americas Cup plan that will result in exactly that. As mayor, he is proving to be just as ineffective as Len Brown in representing Aucklander’s interests. His preferred option of siting the cup bases on the Halsey St wharves will also result in the Viaduct area being well and truly cut off from the harbour; all you will see instead is a line of ugly three-story tin sheds, effectively re-industrialising the area. Team NZ is also demanding their base be a permanent structure. David Parker’s Wynyard Point option is far superior and has the advantage of the removal of some of the tank farm facilities earlier that had been planned.

  2. Ray

     /  January 31, 2018

    I am with you on this comrade!

  3. PartisanZ

     /  January 31, 2018

    Mike Hosking is clearly outraged there are state houses worth $3 million …

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11985126

    • Corky

       /  January 31, 2018

      The story isn’t about Mike Hosking..it’s about the Labour government. What will they do? Leave the homes and stick it up the filfy witch? Or gain browney points by moving the tenants to some dead end, crime ridden, cul-de-sac, which incidentally may make them mentally ill given the stress? Or will they just hope the story goes away.

      • NOEL

         /  January 31, 2018

        I do get a little annoyed when the children have left and they go sobbing to the media about Mum who has had the benefit of the house for 37 years is to be downgraded to a smaller accomodation.

      • PartisanZ

         /  January 31, 2018

        Corky, what did the National government do about this same situation which existed, grew and ‘worsened’ under their reign … ?

        • Corky

           /  January 31, 2018

          Nothing. And I’m predicting Labour will do the same.

  4. Corky

     /  January 31, 2018

    You wouldn’t expect anything different from National Socialist Radio. This study is biased by it’s own admission.

    Racism is mainly instigated by Polynesians, especially at secondary school. Any European saying to a Polynesian what is purported in the study would be thrashed so bad, it wouldn’t be funny.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/349286/study-reveals-complaints-of-racism-in-schools

  5. Corky

     /  January 31, 2018

    NEWS FLASH.

    Is there change in the air for Labour? Just imagine if she’s rolled while changing a nappy.
    Yes, Lefties are that cruel…and nasty.

    ”Cam Slater mod Second time around • 44 minutes ago.
    More likely to be David Parker if the rumblings I hear are true.”

    • Blazer

       /  January 31, 2018

      Slater crying out for…attention…whats..new!

    • Gezza

       /  January 31, 2018

      The rumblings he hears are probably just from his own biliousness.

    • Corky

       /  January 31, 2018

      Crikey, looks like Bill will be first to taste the blade if news reports are anything to go by.
      There is a season for everything.. I time to live.. a time to die. I’m glad National realise Bill’s time is nye.

  6. Pickled Possum

     /  January 31, 2018

    “Back in 2016, Mark Hays, senior adviser with Global Witness, told the Washington Post, “we often say that the U.S. is one of the easiest places to set up so-called anonymous shell companies.”

    “The 2018 release confirms the long-term picture, that the richest and most powerful countries have continued to pose the greatest global risks – with Switzerland and the U.S. established as the key facilitators of illicit financial flows,” said TJN chief executive Alex Cobham.

    Top 10 jurisdictions:
    Switzerland
    United States
    Cayman Islands
    Hong Kong
    Singapore
    Luxembourg
    Germany
    Taiwan
    United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
    Guernsey
    https://www.icij.org/blog/2018/01/us-switzerland-singled-financial-secrecy-new-index/
    Money Rulz all the Foolz

  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 31, 2018

    A classic example of why we have a stuffed up housing market – it is regulated by bureaucrats who couldn’t think their way out of a paper bag.

    BRANZ dimwit: The report suggests cost might be one reason why these models hadn’t come to New Zealand. Rental properties relied on the ratio between what they cost to build and rental income. The US, for instance, had a very different regulatory regime, and was able to build more cheaply.

    followed by: “I think that’s why maybe a REIT alongside the build to rent scheme could work quite well, so you have a whole bunch of players who put money into this pool and then you build.”

    So somehow sharing the bad investment and return is going to be economic????

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/100641595/buildtorent-touted-as-one-solution-to-housing-shortage

    • Blazer

       /  January 31, 2018

      ‘Rental properties relied on the ratio between what they cost to build and rental income. ‘..this is wrong..for a start.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 31, 2018

        No it isn’t because the cost to build new houses drives the value and cost of existing houses in any growing population.

        • Blazer

           /  January 31, 2018

          the word ‘new’ is not…evident in the excerpt.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  January 31, 2018

            Give the bureaucrat credit for at least half a brain. I know that’s challenging.

  8. Blazer

     /  January 31, 2018

    shallow plastic biarch…suspicious of a ..shallow.plastic…biarch..
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11985118