Media watch – Thursday

1 February 2018


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  1. Corky

     /  February 1, 2018

    How sad this state of affairs wont last under Labour.

    • Blazer

       /  February 1, 2018

      that article is very positive…I always think back to all those AAA rated securities,prior to the..GFC.

  2. Gezza

     /  February 1, 2018

    Take homes for me were that most of what he said checked out – but these items stand out as being conveniently ignored by Bill:

    “English said there were 85,000 fewer children living in material hardship than in 2011. “That’s 85,000 fewer children in households that struggle to pay the bills or to go to the doctor when they need to,” he said.

    That stacked up, as data collected in the New Zealand Household Economic Survey (NZHES), which informed the Child Poverty Monitor, showed in 2016 there were 135,000 children in material hardship, and in 2011 there were 220,000. The number of children in households with incomes below the selected thresholds in 2016 was 290,000. In 2011, that number was 305,000.

    Looking at the data, however, it’s obvious why National picked 2011 as the year to compare with 2016 figures – it made their time in government look particularly good because numbers were at their highest then. When National came into power in 2008, the number of children in material hardship was 170,000. In 2009 it was 180,000, in 2010 it was 190,000 and in 2011 it was 220,000.

    However, the number has consistently dropped each year since 2011, to 135,000 in 2016.

    According to Unicef New Zealand, “290,000 NZ children – around 27 per cent of Kiwi kids – are currently living in income poverty”, compared to 12 per cent, or 135,000, living in material hardship.”


    “According to OECD figures, the employment rate for the working age population is very high – 54 per cent of Kiwis aged 15-24 are in employment; 84 per cent of 25-54 year-olds; and 78 per cent of 55-64 year-olds.

    “The average wage continues to grow – much faster than inflation – and someone working full time on the minimum wage has seen their annual income rise from $25,000 in 2008 to $33,000 now,” he said.

    He’s right, working New Zealanders are earning the most they have in a decade, but they are also being forced to spend more. Statistics New Zealand figures from 2017 show Kiwis are earning on average $50,000 a year from salaries and wages – about $12,000 more than they were in 2007, or about an extra $230 a week.”


    “Other statistics show rising household expenses and suggest that extra money is not staying in your pocket. Statistics NZ said housing, household utilities, food and transport soaked up more than 57 per cent of a household’s wages each week.”

    So – were really better off under National!?!!

    … … … … …
    This was also interesting tho:

    “Stuff political editor Tracey Watkins said last week Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reassured business that Labour is in no rush to pass controversial “fair pay” laws that appear to have contributed to a slump in business confidence.

    Legislation on fairness in the work place was set to be introduced before the end of Labour’s first 100 days, on February 2.”

    • sorethumb

       /  February 1, 2018

      Give us a break. How does NZ First go with Green?

  3. PartisanZ

     /  February 1, 2018

    Kiwis do dissent and protest!
    They protest a shortage of Potato & Gravy at KFC in Southland …

    So don’t tell me Kiwis are just mindless consumers …

    Excellent little historical video attached … although not about the protests …

    Guess how much Kiwis spend each year on KFC alone …?

  4. PartisanZ

     /  February 1, 2018

    ‘Customers’ fury over KFC potato and gravy shortage’ …

    Great headline to describe “a very small minority of people who did voice their disappointment about waiting times and the lack of potato and gravy pretty strongly,”

  5. sorethumb

     /  February 1, 2018

    The other big shift is in the Asian population, up from 13 percent to 38 in the same period.

    Professor Paul Spoonley from Massey University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences said he expected Pākehā to fall through the 50 percent threshold in the late 2020s.

    He said the shift was significant and would pose challenges, such as the need to change the political make-up of the Auckland Council and its 21 local boards, where there are few Asian members.

    “Are local voters prepared to see a candidate who might be a different ethnicity to themselves, as a suitable representative to themselves ? ” Professor Spoonley told RNZ’s Outspoken programme.

    Now when people complained about immigration from Asia as they weren’t people like them, they were called racist. Now (however) it seems to matter a lot if representatives aren’t like themselves?

    The game (it appears) has always been about: move over Kiwis, we need your country for an international multi-ethnic project.

  6. sorethumb

     /  February 1, 2018

    Julie Zhu, who is 25, moved here as a child and has stood for the Green Party in both local and general elections in Botany in east Auckland.

    The Botany electorate in 2014 had the highest proportion of residents born outside New Zealand at 50 percent, with Asians making up 40 percent.

    Ms Zhu said a lot needed to change, as Auckland is still very monocultural.

    “I think we talk about multi-culturalism a lot but in reality we are multi-ethnic, we have a lot of ethnic groups but culturally we don’t embrace those,” she said.