Media watch – Friday

9 February 2018

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  1. Blazer

     /  February 9, 2018

    Fletcher Building, a serial debacle for decades now.Has had the supposed cream of the crop’as far as NZ business leaders go.Trotter,Deans,Waters,Norris have merely reinforced the impression that they are just the usual overpaid, underperformers…so much for ‘talent’.Atm FBU has 54 managers earning over $500,000 p.an….and they still can’t run…a bath! –

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  2. Corky

     /  February 9, 2018

    Mikey has caught Kelvin Davis out on his Charter School utterances.. And also reminded us about the shrinking violet called Willie Jackson. Fuel for later Labour Party infighting?

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    • Gezza

       /  February 9, 2018

      Hard to say. WTF are you talking about?

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  February 9, 2018

        “Labour candidate Willie Jackson says his party’s cool with his charter school because it’s not at risk of being privatised.

        Mr Jackson’s Manukau Urban Maori Authority runs charter school Te Kura Maori o Waatea in south Auckland. Problem is, Mr Jackson’s own party has a policy of dumping charter schools.

        In May last year, before joining the party, Mr Jackson gave Labour education spokesperson Chris Hipkins’ Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill an ‘E’.

        “When you look at the success this alternative style education model has had for Maori, then it gets an A+ every day,” he wrote in an opinion piece for Fairfax.”

        http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/07/labour-won-t-close-my-charter-school-willie-jackson.html

        “Peeni Henare, the Labour MP for the Auckland Māori electorate of Tamaki Makaurau, was described as having made an error of judgement by Mr Little when he attended a fund-raiser at a charter school in 2015.

        Mr Henare said Labour had been keen to see if some charter schools could continue to operate as special character schools.

        “The bottom line is, why would you stop something that is working.”

        He said there was some discussion within the caucus about this issue, but he did not believe it would cause any internal conflict.”

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        • Gezza

           /  February 9, 2018

          This is all last year. Before they became the Government. You’re allowed to say any oId bs before you’re elected to score votes. That’s why GST was never raised under John Key. Wait a minute … I need to think about that one.

          I haven’t seen anything from Chris Hipkins since then confirming they will efinitely be closing existing charter schools.

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          • Gezza

             /  February 9, 2018

            efinitely means the same thing as definitiely, in this whare. At the moment, anyway.

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            • Gezza

               /  February 9, 2018

              God it just gets worse, doesn’t it? definitiely and efinitely mean the same thing here as definitely too. At least until Kitty gets here.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  February 9, 2018

              Is that post definitive on that?

            • Gezza

               /  February 9, 2018

              Tentative. If I can’t get out of trouble with it I’ll deny I ever posted it.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  February 9, 2018

            They were distinct promises made “if the next Labour Government” shut down the schools.
            But more important that the worthless promises is the strong conviction from all three (all with Charter school involvement) that these schools are working and doing good things for their Maori communities.

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  3. Pickled Possum

     /  February 9, 2018

    Possum calls corky out on his hysterical utterances of his-story. Te Rupe ring a bell corkey.

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  4. Blazer

     /  February 9, 2018
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  5. Zedd

     /  February 9, 2018

    I see that Mr English has come out swinging, about the plans to start scraping ‘charter schools’. I for one agree that they should be ‘binned’. i have heard in USA where this idea kicked off; there are many stories of ‘profit first, education second’ attitudes & dodgy results/reports being issued.. looking to be a success, but far from reality ?

    Typical Tory attitude; Flog it off to the highest bidder & who cares about the outcomes, as long as the ‘stake/shareholders’ are happy.. with their profit margin ! 😦

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 9, 2018

      Newsflash for Zedd: shareholders and staff can only be happy if their customers are happy. Unless they have a monopoly, like public schools.

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      • Zedd

         /  February 9, 2018

        Newsflash for AW etc.

        IF they were going to run ‘Private Schools’ (under the guise of ‘Charter Schools’) expecting the public purse to pick up the large part of the cost.. then they should just say so.. Private Schools are about returning profit to shareholder.. like any business & CUTTING costs/corners where possible.

        btw: they tried this concept with Prisons.. how did that go ? Ask Cerco ??
        methinks that public Education, Health care & law enforcement should be run by the state; who bear majority of cost & set the standards

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        • Zedd

           /  February 9, 2018

          another btw: how did the ‘Intl language school’ in Akld go ?
          Faking results & passing students who had not even completed the courses; running FAKE graduation ceremonies, with students who had NOT actually Graduated.. all ‘Gloss’ & NO substance.. As is often expected by their ‘corporate cronies’

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    • Corky

       /  February 9, 2018

      ” I have heard in USA.”

      This isn’t the USA. We are having success with the concept. Yes, there have been some dudes and questions around funding. But compared with questions surrounding mainstream education, charter schools on the whole are doing OK.

      Let’s hope the government releases a report it’s holding regarding charter schools.

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      • Gezza

         /  February 9, 2018

        What report?

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  February 9, 2018

          The 3rd Jenkins report has been completed and apparently shows excellent results across the board for Charter Schools. Chris Hipkins has refused to release it, just as he has refused to visit any of the Charter schools or speak to any of the parents of students attending.

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          • Gezza

             /  February 9, 2018

            What do you mean it apparently shows excellent results across the board for Charter Schools? Who says so? Do you have a link or is this coming from talkack?

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            • High Flying Duck

               /  February 9, 2018

              Well it is hearsay, as it has not been released, but I took it from a quote from Nikki Kaye, who I assume has some insight (of course it could just be politics…)

              I’ve cut the report quote from the 6th para below:

              ““It’s also not surprising that the Government has yet to release the latest Martin Jenkins report which I understand shows great results. So not only is the Government hiding the costs of their ideological policy, but it’s also hiding independent reports that show how positive partnership schools are for vulnerable young people.”

              “The Government’s treatment of partnership schools is unacceptable. These schools have made a positive difference for children and young people, including many young Māori.

              “There were two partnership schools due to open this year and another four due to open in 2019. The Government has given these schools such limited options and has starved them of information which has caused some schools to walk away from their plans to open.

              “Partnership schools have a proven track record in raising educational achievement of children and young who have struggled in mainstream education.

              “Aside from the lost opportunity for these young people, there will be a cost to the Crown as a result of the planned partnership schools not going ahead.

              “While I understand this is a sensitive issue, the public deserves to know what the estimated overall cost will be given the Government campaigned on closing partnership schools knowing there would be financial implications to the taxpayer.

              (Cut paragraph above)

              “Many people have stood up and supported partnership schools, including the Iwi Leaders’ Forum. Kelvin Davis talked tough in opposition but has now effectively abandoned partnership schools as demonstrated by his response to questions in the House.

              http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1802/S00042/transparency-needed-on-partnership-schools.htm

            • Gezza

               /  February 9, 2018

              It’s a Press Release from Nikki Kaye. There’s been no final decision announced by Chris Hipkins yet, as far as I know. Nikki’s in Oppposition. I’m not convinced she’s fond of this government. I don’t much rate him myself, but let’s wait and see what comes out from Chris.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  February 9, 2018

              You say there has been no announcement – but Chris Hipkins was pretty blunt:

              “My preferred option is to explore early termination of contracts by mutual agreement.

              “Operators wanting to be involved in education can apply to me to establish another form of school, such as a designated character school. As part of this process, applications would need to meet the relevant requirements.”

              If early termination can not agreed by both parties, Hipkins said we will reserve his right to issue a notice of ‘termination for convenience’, under charter schools’ existing contracts, by the middle of May 2018.

              “This would take effect at the end of the school year.”

              Two Auckland charter schools have hit back at the proposed changes.

              Alwyn Poole, who oversaw two Auckland charter schools, said he would fight the new bill.

              “We will fight like anything and we’ll force the Government’s hand on this because closing down a high functioning school, or most of our high functioning [charter] schools, is stupid.”

              The Villa Education Trust adviser, which operated Middle School West Auckland (MSWA) and South Auckland Middle School (SAMS), said the special character school model would not work.

            • Gezza

               /  February 9, 2018

              When was this?

            • Gezza

               /  February 9, 2018

              Ah. Thanks for that. This could get very nasty. We’ll have to hope cool heads prevail.

    • robertguyton

       /  February 9, 2018

      English, swinging. Reckon it won’t be long.

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  6. sorethumb

     /  February 9, 2018

    Media Fail: Trump More Popular than Obama at This Point in Presidency
    According to the well-regarded Rasmussen poll (by way of Jim Hoft, who first connected these dots), President Trump’s job approval rating sits at a healthy 48 percent. At this exact time in his own presidency (February 7, 2010), Barack Obama’s job approval rating was just 44 percent. That puts Trump at +4 over Obama.
    On that same date, a full 56 percent disapproved of the job Obama was doing. On the other hand, only 51 percent say the same about Trump — a +5 point advantage for our current president, and an overall advantage of +9.
    This is nothing less than a massive failure for the American media — proof that this disgraced institution is now so discredited they can no longer move the needle.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/02/08/media-fail-trump-popular-obama-point-presidency/?

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    • Zedd

       /  February 9, 2018

      “Fantastic, Tremendous, Spectacular, Wonderful, the best event ever staged” followed by lots of clapping & ‘self agrandising’ from Mr T & all his cronies agree..

      “its ALL B-S” sez the rest of us ! 😀

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 9, 2018

      Rasmussen tilts Republican so favours Trump vs Obama. Also will need to sustain higher ratings for Trump past the current blip to mean much.

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  7. robertguyton

     /  February 9, 2018

    “The prosecution, who are seeking a first-degree murder conviction, allege that Thinn strangled Woodward in December 2016.

    Thinn faces 25 years to life in prison if found guilty of first degree murder.

    The 30-year-old is the stepbrother of National MP Nikki Kaye and moved to the US in 2016 to pursue a career in music”

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 9, 2018

      Seems to have been a psychotic meths addict. Your point is?

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    • Corky

       /  February 9, 2018

      No big deal. You can buy these titles. The good thing is the country you represent gives you a passport and all that countries privileges. Great way to get a second passport. The problem starts when a problem starts, then you are expected to do official work for no reward.

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