Media watch – Sunday

6 May 2018


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  1. Saying over and over that the current approach to drug problems continues to fail seems to make no difference.

  2. sorethumb

     /  May 6, 2018

    John Drinnan: Radio NZ te reo strikes the wrong note
    “This week, Radio NZ was fending off ugly attacks against its use of Maori on Morning Report.
    Unlike Otago Daily Times columnist Dave Witherow and former National leader Don Brash, l don’t have a problem with the concept. But I don’t believe RNZ has tried hard enough to ensure the quality of its te reo content, or sell the idea of more Maori language on Morning Report.
    Instead, it appears to have adopted a policy where staff simply have to “try their best”.
    I believe RNZ has forgotten its main role is to deliver a service for its audience, including the majority who do not speak Maori. “Weaving” Maori into the bulletin serves a bureaucratic function in helping the broadcaster meet its charter obligations, rather than guiding development of the Morning Report brand.
    Chief executive Paul Thompson said the language initiative had been successful and the use of Maori greetings had brought people to the language. But beyond the angry attacks from Witherow and Brash, I found anecdotal stories from older and loyal listeners who were amenable to Maori greetings, but were turned off by the fast-paced, hard-to-understand delivery.
    It’s best that RNZ gets this right before the te reo strategy beds in. Shouldn’t it provide a guide that spells out its expectations for te reo content and what it aims to achieve?
    Thompson said it was early days. The current approach was based on advice that people should try to speak Maori “the best they can”, not wait until they were perfect.
    The counter argument is that the main point of Morning Report is to deliver a news bulletin, not to conduct a language experiment. The idea that we have to try harder to understand the news at 7am, while juggling the toast and the milk, sounds like the antithesis of public broadcasting.
    I hope RNZ gets this sorted before Labour’s promised funding boost to create the RNZ-Plus TV service.
    Celebs on air
    More Maori content coincides with cultural change at RNZ, which has become looser, and less like a government department, than it was.
    Under head of content Carol Hirschfeld, RNZ has developed a strong celebrity culture, with people such as John Campbell, Mihi Forbes, afternoon host Jesse Mulligan — a pal of the PM and her partner Clarke Gayford — and to a lesser extent Morning Report hosts Guyon Espiner and Susie Ferguson.”

    • Gezza

       /  May 7, 2018

      With all the bloody time you’re spending banging on about not understanding Maori you might just as well spend it learning bloody Maori and translating it for the rest of us who haven’t got the time to spend banging on about not understanding Maori.

  3. sorethumb

     /  May 6, 2018

    We’ve found it: the worst column of 2017

    Partnered to a govt department.

  4. Griff

     /  May 7, 2018

    ive been reading the comments on the latest Tesla beat up over on kb
    The mind boggles at the ignorance of same commenters.
    This pratt
    Holly Roggerz

    Point is that Porsche, BMW and Benz are at the pinacle of the automobile worlds for a reason, they are the cars people aspire to own for a reason
    Point is there just not competitive, its why Every other incumbant automaker sells a gazillion times more cars than a tesla…
    Tesla has no sales, no brand, and no IP to justify that price level,


    February 20, 2018 06:01 CET
    Germany’s premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla’s Model S outsold the luxury flagships of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi in Europe for the first time.
    European sales of the Model S outstripped German premium brands’ range-topping sedans including the Mercedes S class and BMW 7 series.

    Tesla rate highest by a large margin for would you buy again?
    Consumer Reports survey USA
    1 Tesla 90
    2 Porsche 85
    3 Genesis 81
    5 Audi 76
    15 BMW 72
    18 Lexus 70
    19 Volvo 69
    22 Mercedes-Benz 67

    The model 3 is now the top selling electric car in the USA.
    This month it will probably also become the top selling mid range luxury car in the USA beating even the bmw 3 series.
    Tesla is now the number one manufacturer of electric cars in the world having overtaken the Chinese.

    That’s some head start the legacy auto makers need to chase down.
    By the time they get out of the blocks Tesla will be selling its model Y SUV and probably ready to release a second generation of the S and X.

    • Gezza

       /  May 7, 2018

      I’ve just come to the realisation reading that & the other threads today that every other life form on this planet would be far better off if humans didn’t exist. Just looked at objectively, they would be. We are a large destructive hairless ape that monopolises resources and destroys our environment and each other on a regular basis.

      We’ve got to go 😡
      Who else has the planet got? o_O

      • Gerrit

         /  May 7, 2018

        Interesting concept, for with all the homosapien’s gone, would a monkey or a great ape species evolve over the years to become the superior species and start the cycle all over again?

        Unfortunately no political party has a population control policy.

        Not at local, national regional or global governance level will anyone take population control seriously.

    • Gerrit

       /  May 7, 2018

      Whilst the Tesla is the current shiny new toy for the uber rich, enjoying sales to match because the low volume manufactured, market saturation will be reached at some stage where those who wanted one will own one (or two).

      Sales will drop or stagnate when the new toy such as the Ferrari Electric Supercar is launched into the high-end, eco-conscious luxury car market

      The real test for Tesla will come when they move into the more come profitable volume car users markets occupied by the likes of Ford, Toyota, Renault, Fiat Volkswagen.

      And judging by the resale value drop for used Nissan Leafs in the USA the picture is not all that rosy. Especially for off lease vehicles.

      Worth a read

      “The depreciation rate on plug-in electric cars is nearly twice that of a comparable gasoline-engine car, NADA Used Car Guide found.”