Media watch – Friday

2 February 2018

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  1. For real?

    • Gezza

       /  February 2, 2018

      Bet that one bumps another off the top 10 useless inventions list.

      • If you’ve ever lived or travelled to Japan I think you’d see that slippers ( every room a separate pair) warrant parking capacity.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  February 2, 2018

      The slippers would be “proof of concept”. There will be many other applications. I understand furniture that stores itself away when not in use is another developing use of the technology.

  2. Blazer

     /  February 2, 2018

    $6million race…
    ‘The 2017 Melbourne Cup carnival contributed a record economic benefit to the local economy a study has shown.

    Figures released by the Victoria Racing Club claim the carnival contributed a record $444.5 million in gross economic benefit to the state last year – a 4.1 percent increase on 2016 and up 22 percent boost since 2013.

    Data compiled by IER for the VRC found the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival was also responsible for an increase in out of state individuals attending the carnival with visitors from North America up 95 percent and Asia up 61 percent.

    The 2017 Melbourne Cup carnival was broadcast into 163 territories worldwide with live coverage into the USA for the first time due to a partnership between the VRC and Fox Sports.

    The study attributes $56.9m spent on retail shopping, $39.4m spent on accommodation and $44.8m on wagering.

    VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott said in a statement the Melbourne Cup Carnival is “a resounding success story.”

    “This is Australia’s original major event and the Carnival has a positive economic impact on the state that is unrivalled by any other sporting event in the nation,” Elliott said.

    “The four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival are the four most attended racedays in Australia.”-Racenet.

  3. Where are the NZ media on ATEED ( council tourist arm) finding Pride fisting orgy? Scoop

    Ratepayers paying for promotion of sex parties
    Thursday, 1 February 2018, 10:06 am
    Press Release: Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance
    Ratepayers paying for promotion of sex parties

    1 February 2018

    The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is asking questions about ATEED’s sponsorship of Pride Festival events like KIWIFIST 2018.

    The R16 event is part of Pride’s February 2-18 festival. It is described on the ATEED-sponsored website as ‘New Zealand’s biggest arse-play event’, and advises attendees to ‘BYO toys and lubes’ for ‘a full-on, five-hour-plus, gathering of gay and bi men into fisting and arse-play big-time’.

    Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson Jo Holmes says, “Not all ratepayers will be happy that their money is being used to promote KIWIFIST.”

    “The Ratepayers’ Alliance does not believe ratepayers should be subsiding sex parties, regardless of the sexual orientation of those involved.”

    “I’m certainly not someone who would have concern with Pride, however I have concerns personally as a member of the gay community with the direction Pride is going with its events, and as a spokesperson for ratepayers, I can see no justification at all for ATEED to be sponsoring an event like KIWIFIST.”

    “Sex parties do not benefit the general ratepayer.”

    “When we approached ATEED, they refused to say how much money Pride has received for the Festival and the promotion of its events. They instead insisted we go through the slow and bureaucratic LGOIMA process. This is an appalling disregard for transparency, clearly motivated by concern from ATEED’s PR team.”

    “How can ATEED defend this spending, when they claim poverty, and even introduced a hotel tax last year, apparently for the very event promotion budget this money was allocated from?”

    “Phil Goff pledged he’d stop the Council wasting money on non-core Council business. Sex parties are not core Council business.”

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1802/S00005/ratepayers-paying-for-promotion-of-sex-parties.htm

    • Gezza

       /  February 2, 2018

      Farkinell. I thought this was a pisstake, but it’s not!
      God I pity Aucklanders. Have you emailed a copy of the ARA presser to 1ewes & New Shub?

      • It’s been all over Twitter since yesterday. Isn’t it astounding

        We’ve been providing public loos for decades for this carry on surely !

    • Blazer

       /  February 2, 2018

      how much money…I wonder?

    • sorethumb

       /  February 2, 2018

      The gay lobby has punched above it’s weight in trying to form society in it’s own image.

      Craig Ranapia, 7 years ago
      Sure – just as I acknowledge there are some damn weird people out there who have an unhealthy interest in what I do with my penis, in private with a consenting adult of the same gender. I just don’t think they’ve much useful input to make to any reality-based social policy debate, that doesn’t degenerate into X-rated fretting about polygamous harems of farm animals and kiddie-fidding.
      Unlike Mr. Brown, I don’t see apocalyptic visions of New Zealand as the Balkans of the South Pacific at the sight of a couple of South African matrons gossiping in Afrikaans down the supermarket, or shops signs in Korean. It’s not only insulting to my intelligence, but people who talk up illusory ethnic conflicts for a poll point better be damn careful they don’t get what they wish for.

      https://publicaddress.net/onpoint/dear-peter-brown-hug/

    • phantom snowflake

       /  February 2, 2018

      ATEED is only one of a bunch of largely unaccountable and falsely named “Council Controlled Organisations.” We have Rodney Hide to thank for these as they came with his Supercity vanity project. Great legacy Rodney.

      • PartisanZ

         /  February 2, 2018

        Irony beyond compare … paradox extraordinaire …

        Stupor Shitty …

    • 2Tru

       /  February 2, 2018

      This is just totally sick!! Bad enough to be advertised at all, let alone on a CCO sponsored website. Glad I’m not an Auckland ratepayer subsidising this.

  4. sorethumb

     /  February 2, 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.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/outspoken/audio/2018628359/outspoken-auckland-issues

    What is racism? On Noelle McCarthy’s A Slice of Heaven. Mark Sainsbury scoffs at callers who worry about the Chinese buying ( ____). “The board would be lit up all day”. Isn’t the message (therefore) that race/ethnicity doesn’t matter. Then there is Peter Brown’s “will they fit in?” comment (apparently not without give on our part)?

    At the end of the day it appears we are part of a great experiment. We are to move over and the result is supposed to be better for us (unless you are racist)?

    • Mefrostate

       /  February 2, 2018

      I like how you use “us” and “they” in such a way that it reads as “whites” and “nonwhites”. I’m a New Zealander whose genetics cause a fair skin tone, and “us” for me means “New Zealanders”.

  5. sorethumb

     /  February 2, 2018

    Mai Chen of the Superdiversity Law Center is on the board of BNZ. This is a political ad.

    “This work thus suggests that for multiculturalism to succeed identities need to be transformed. And, importantly, as Kymlicka suggests, this transformation applies not only to the minority but also to the majority. Indeed, perhaps the major identity transformation is required from members of the majority as their attributes are, as a rule, the same as the ones that define the national identity. Minorities need to be written into the self-definition of the national identity such as to imbue them with existential legitimacy as citizens in parity with the majority.”

    “a redefinition of the content of a national identity will be the more powerful if itis endorsed by the political leadership, or given institutional support, as is the case in some nations.

    Another means is through initiating a public debate about what it means to be, let us say Australian, where representatives of the citizenry are given a voice. The UK is an case in point where political figures have initiated a debate about the meaning of Britishness (Uberoi & Modood, 2013)”
    The Social Psychology of Social (Dis)harmony: Implications for Political Leaders and Public Policy
    Luisa Batalha, Katherine J. Reynolds & Emina Subasic
    Australian National University

    • PartisanZ

       /  February 2, 2018

      That advert is really a coded narrative, a perfect symbol of corporate-capitalism carefully attempting to reflect what is happening in the [our] political society over which corporate-capitalism has ownership and control … or in other words in ‘their’ political society …

      It is corporate-capitalism legitimizing itself …

      But I blame the actors … and the people or ‘roles’ they represent …

  6. sorethumb

     /  February 2, 2018

    The New Zealand Geographic Board has officially changed the Waiau river to the Waiau Uwha River and the Clarence River to the Waiau Toa river – following a proposal made by local iwi Ngāi Tahu.

    The proposal distinguished the two rivers as uwha meaning female, and toa meaning male.

    There were 11 objections to the name changes and only eight in support. One objection said the Waiau Uwha River was too long and confusing.

    But after careful consideration, the objections were rejected by the board and the submissions were passed on to the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, who agreed to change the names.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/349405/canterbury-rivers-restored-to-original-maori-names
    …..
    So one is male and one is female based on their water carrying characteristics. Yet both drain the Southern Alps and both are on major faultlines. So though a nice story how much truth is their in that?

    • sorethumb

       /  February 2, 2018

      Slightly different story
      There is a Maori legend associated with this river and the Clarence. According to the story the Waiau-uha (Waiau) and the Waiau-toa (Clarence) were respectively male and female spirit lovers living in the Spenser Mountains. For some reason they were transformed into rivers, the sources of which were not far apart. When warm rains melted the snows and caused floods, it was said that the parted lovers were lamenting and that the rivers were swollen with their tears.
      https://teara.govt.nz/en/1966/waiau-river-north-canterbury

      Having said that if you go down the west coast, so many rivers with Maori names are just a forgettable blur.

      • Blazer

         /  February 2, 2018

        would renaming them…make them memorable…blurs?

        • sorethumb

           /  February 2, 2018

          For example just north of Hari Hari or Whataroa you have Wanganui. Famous rivers are remembered.

  7. Gezza

     /  February 2, 2018

    The best impersonator of former Seven Sharp host Mike Hosking is now actually replacing him.

    TVNZ have confirmed former Eating Media Lunch presenter Jeremy Wells will be joining co-host Hilary Barry in the cushy seat that Hosking once sat in every weeknight at 7pm.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/101045531/six-things-you-need-to-know-about-jeremy-wells

    • Blazer

       /  February 2, 2018

      like Wells ,may actually watch…it.

    • 2Tru

       /  February 2, 2018

      Probably worth giving this a look and then making a decision. Couldn’t be worse than Hosking and should be better than the offering on TV3. Well we can only hope!

      • Gezza

         /  February 2, 2018

        Yeah. I’m gonna have a dekko. TV1 might’ve raised the IQ level a bit. We’ll see though.

        • 2Tru

           /  February 2, 2018

          I hope Jeremy or Hillary don’t keep tapping the desk with a ballpoint pen like Hosking did. So distracting and to me it showed lack of interest in the discussion from anyone but himself.

        • Gezza

           /  February 2, 2018

          I hadn’t seen or heard any of these. That article made me go looking.
          They’re great! 😀
          http://www.watchme.co.nz/entertainment/like-mike/how-i-spend-my-daymoney/

        • Conspiratoor

           /  February 2, 2018

          Perhaps G, we shall see. I’m calling it a director’s cut in less than 6 months. In all of modern history has a man whose facial muscles never move …made it on the small screen

          • Gezza

             /  February 2, 2018

            They’re after the millenials, c. The 25 y/o lads think he’s sharp & funny & will stick it to the baby boomers & pollies, & the chicks think he’s yummy.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  February 2, 2018

              You may be correct G. But if my kids are any guide, you could put a talking monkey up at 7pm and it wouldn’t make a scrap of difference

              The poor bastard they’ve picked is televisions answer to chloroform …so this is only going one way

          • Gezza

             /  February 2, 2018

            I’ll have to discuss this later. I’m gonna risk a brain injury & watch 1ewes.