Media watch – Saturday

31 March 2018

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  1. chrism56

     /  March 31, 2018

    Herald is not letting Claire Curran story die.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12023272

    • Blazer

       /  March 31, 2018

      that story is about Hirschfelds ..career.

      • Gezza

         /  March 31, 2018

        The embedded video from the earnest and clearly VERRRY concerned 😮 Simon Bridges is really about poor innocent Clare Curran though. He doesn’t even know enough about Carol Hirschfeld to get her surname right. Because he’s a bit of a doofus. Or he sounds like one. He desperately needs elocution lessons, that boy.

        • Blazer

           /  March 31, 2018

          noticed in very large font at the end of that video-nzherald.co video by MARK MITCHELL.

      • A career that has just suffered a significant setback, in large part due to the actions of Curran (it’s not clear whether Hirschfeld repeatedly lied to her bosses to protect herself or to protect Curran – or both.

        • Blazer

           /  March 31, 2018

          wow you are a master at …reading between…the lines.

    • chrism56

       /  March 31, 2018

      Fran O’Sullivan doesn’t think Ms Curran is following Cabinet manual
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12023497

    • NOEL

       /  March 31, 2018

      Always thought it would never be in my lifetime but if Jacindas accepting it may be with her generation they had better start brainstorming how the President is going to be elected that doesn’t replicate the US or Russian systems.

    • PDB

       /  March 31, 2018

      The Ardern fluff pieces & squirrels are coming out in force as her reputation takes a serious hit at home. Could instead reinforce the fact in people’s minds that there is not a lot of substance to her.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 31, 2018

      Hardly. Jacinda hasn’t even set up a committee. The Guardian hasn’t figured out they have to check with Winston before taking anything Jacinda says as more than puff and fluff.

  2. chrism56

     /  March 31, 2018

    Audrey Young is no longer a cheerleader for the government
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12023322

    • PDB

       /  March 31, 2018

      This piece on Curran was of interest: “She is the lowest ranked Labour minister in the Cabinet and leapfrogged a few places ahead of her ranking in the Opposition to make it in it, almost certainly on the basis of increasing the balance of women in Cabinet.”

      So she gets into cabinet only because she was born with a vagina even though she is not up for the job (has been hopeless her whole career in fact) and somehow that is good for the country because it sees more women in cabinet?

  3. artcroft

     /  March 31, 2018

    Gordon Campbell at Werewolf suggests that an inquiry into the Army’s role in Afghanistan is about to be launched. This is the result of the Hit and Run book.

    If so there’s great fun to be had here at Labour’s expense. Once the far left lawyers arrive in town and put NZ on trial, while calling witnesses with names only a suicide bomber could love, we’ll see Labour back at 24% in the polls. We are going to see a lot less of Cindy’s smile.

    • Gezza

       /  March 31, 2018

      Us old conservative establishmentarian authoritarians might think that’s s bad thing for Labour but the younger anti-establishmentarians anti/authoritarians might just see it as a good thing.

  4. PDB

     /  March 31, 2018

    This fluff piece couldn’t have come at a worse time for Ardern as all it does is confirm in the public’s mind that the MSM have overhyped her & her abilities: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/inspire-me/102696690/48-hours-with-jacinda-warm-earnest-accessible–is-our-pm-too-good-to-be-true

  5. sorethumb

     /  March 31, 2018

    I walked around skid row in the 1970’s. It had rows of people lying like sausages outside bars

    • Gezza

       /  March 31, 2018

      😮 Jesus. I didn’t even know sausages could bloody talk, let alone that they have a reputation for telling bloody whoppers !

  6. sorethumb

     /  March 31, 2018

    Although she could not remember the last time a voter had asked her about the country becoming a republic and admitted it was not a priority for her administration, Arden said New Zealand would eventually transition away from the monarchy.

    “When I have been asked for an opinion, I think within my lifetime I think it is a likelihood we will transition. It is not something this government is prioritising at all though.

    “The most important thing for New Zealand is we have a very special arrangement and relationship via our treaty of Waitangi, and the relationship between Maori and the crown, so before any conversation like that occurs, that is something that will needed to be resolved within New Zealand.”
    …………………..
    In March 1991, the Government Working Party on Immigration reported to Mr. Birch, the Minister of Immigration. The report recommended the adoption of a points system for the selection of immigrants with skills and money for business investment in New Zealand. The Minister called meetings with a limited selection of thirteen Maori leaders in Auckland and fourteen in Wellington to consider the report. They were mainly leaders of voluntary organizations. Few represented tribal groups. Although many speakers spoke against the immigration proposals, they were ignored. When the Minister was questioned in Parliament during the debate on the Immigration Amendment Bill, he cited all those in attendance at the Maori meetings as being ‘broadly positive’ towards his immigration scheme. This glossing over of Maori opposition is consistent with the procedure of elites generating policy from above and imposing it on the people below. The report was a fait accompli, and the Minister’s restricted discourse with Maori leaders after the fact, gave an illusion of democratic consultation. The select committee hearings on the Bill were also a charade. Of the 75 submissions made to the committee, 73 were opposed to the Bill. The two submissions in favor were made by immigration consultants, the people who earned substantial fees from processing immigration papers for clients wanting to get into New Zealand.
    http://www.thesocialcontract.com/artman2/publish/tsc0402/article_316.shtml

    and thanks to National and Labour:

    Tod Niall
    Because I would argue it has taken Maori a long time to get to a place where they are not yet where they feel they should be.

    Is there a new dynamic here that we have to worry about Paul?

    Paul Spoonley
    Well there is and I mean, in terms of Auckland it has already happened. So the Asian community is considerably larger than the Maori community of Auckland and yet Auckland is the largest Maori community in the country. So I think Auckland is the test case or laboritory in which we get to play around and decide how we do politics and in this case recognition of diversity and we started to day by talking about the council and the wards you know we are far from getting that right so we need to ask the question right around the community “are there difference between people who are tangatawhenua in terms of recognition as opposed to those who are immigrants and their decendants?” My answer is yes! I mean I think the conversation should be a very different conversation. And so i react quite strongly and quite negatively when people say , you know, there’s me, Im Pakeha and there’s others who are diffferent. No there are not they are not all the same.

    Julie Zhu
    “but that kind of positioning of Pakeha and everyone else. I always try to think of the ideal as Maori and everyone else because Maori are kind of the only unique aspect of NZ that really needs to be upheld if we are to move forward and I think there just needs to be solidarity.”
    Outspoken Auckland Issues

    “Nation building” means identity building =social engineering.

  7. Missy

     /  March 31, 2018

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 31, 2018

      We’ve already dealt with that one. When the Left equate target shooters with mass murderers and then get accused of tearing up the Constitution their indignation is farcical.

      Suck it up.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 31, 2018

        Wrong place. Meant for Zedd below.

  8. Zedd

     /  March 31, 2018

    I see on AlJz how low the NRA will go; they ‘doctored’ a video of Ms Gonzalez (anti-gun protestor/school shooting survivor) who was tearing a gun target in half.. to make it look like she was tearing the USA constitution in half & then called her ‘Un-American’. 😦

  9. sorethumb

     /  March 31, 2018