Media watch – Saturday

14 April 2018

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  1. Zedd

     /  April 14, 2018

    just watching Nation TV3; Jenny Salesa (Bldg Const. minister) even if she cant get heaps of detail.. what a calm lady.. under the barrage from Lisa O 🙂

    • Gezza

       /  April 14, 2018

      Being calm’s not really a great indicator of anything.
      John Key was always calm.

      • Gezza

         /  April 14, 2018

        I’ll have a look on the TV3 plus one channel.

      • Zedd

         /  April 14, 2018

        maybe, but he also got very worked up too : ‘Grow some guts’ (in parliament 2016 ?)

        • Gezza

           /  April 14, 2018

          Are you kidding me? Fakest display of American patriotism I’ve ever seen.

          • phantom snowflake

             /  April 14, 2018

            Kinda reminds me somehow:
            “I’ve worked my entire career for a couple of US banks – Bankers Trust and Merrill Lynch. I kind of love everything American – sports, food, golf courses, there’s nothing I don’t like.”
            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11501733

            • Gezza

               /  April 14, 2018

              Well, yeah, I know. Basically a rich American banker who National let run the country for fun and to pop it on his CV. Now looks like he’ll be conning the boards he’s on to pay for his hideously expensive other rich golf partners.

            • phantom snowflake

               /  April 14, 2018

              Or, to quote myself: “a shallow, poll-driven populist with dollar signs instead of eyes.” Kitty loved that one.

    • Gezza

       /  April 14, 2018

      Jesus. She’s done bloody well for herself to end up getting a Ministerial salary.

      • David

         /  April 14, 2018

        Its a shallow pool of talent and there is quite the imbalance of gender in the cabinet already so she like Curran is totally safe. Wonder what their value in the private sector would be.

        • Gezza

           /  April 14, 2018

          The panel discussion was very good. Put Labour’s crew to shame.

  2. There’s been a sparsity of polls so far this year, even Roy Morgan seem to have given up.

    • David

       /  April 14, 2018

      I would pick Greens at 5, NZ First at 3, Labour at 39 and National at 43 with the rest and who cares filling out the rest. I would have Bridges preferred PM at 14 and Ardern maybe off a couple of points and only because there are literally no alternatives around.

      • Gezza

         /  April 14, 2018

        Probably the wrong choice with Bridges. Definitely should’ve changed the deputy, imo.

      • Gezza

         /  April 14, 2018

        Wait a minute … maybe not?

  3. phantom snowflake

     /  April 14, 2018

    Prominent lawyer Catriona MacLennan claims rodeos are illegal:

    What is needed now is immediate action to ensure the Animal Welfare Act is properly applied.
    Calf roping, steer wrestling and bull riding are in breach of the act’s criminal prohibition against ill-treatment. The holding of rodeos normalises and perpetuates mistreatment of animals in a way which would be unacceptable for companion or farmed animals.
    The rodeo code assists in these breaches by cloaking unlawful behaviour with a patina of legality. However, codes are subordinate to the act and therefore cannot actually legalise actions which breach the act’s fundamental provisions.
    It is time to repeal the rodeo code and explicitly prohibit rodeos in New Zealand.

    http://www.catrionamaclennan.co.nz/blog/rodeo-is-illegal/