Media watch – Thursday

14 June 2018

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  1. An odd article by Simon Wilson who praises Phill Goff and suggests he sourt out the ‘malcontents’ in council.

    • duperez

       /  June 14, 2018

      “Malcontents” might be a terrible word for half the democratically elected Council. Who called them malcontents? Simon Wilson? Phil Goff? A sub-editor who wrote the headline?

      Who determined it was “half” of the councillors?

      John Drinnan works for the Herald. Looking at the article it appears the Herald has said half of the Council are malcontents. In that case he is criticising his own publication for use of the word.

      Did he intend to do that or cast aspersions on Goff?

      The article itself gives a background to what is going on. A lot of driven people, together in one place, ostensibly to work for the common good. The bizarre thing, one looked past in the latest dramas, is that Goff seemingly did not trust at least one councillor to have free and open access to the stadium report. He apparently considered that someone/ones would use the information in some way.

      Fisher says that the release of the letter of discontented councillors’ suggests that at least one of them can’t be trusted. Goff mightn’t have been right to withhold the stadium report but he might have been right to consider there was a rat aboard.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 14, 2018

      HDPA was on Goff’s side as well. She seems to think he was being criticised for getting things done and making progress instead of being bogged down in council realpolitik.

  2. duperez

     /  June 14, 2018

    I saw this hotel in Christchurch recently and wondered when it would be completed. The back story is interesting.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/104493007/further-delays-for-80-million-christchurch-airport-hotel

    • David

       /  June 14, 2018

      Thats what happens when the developers are a council, sell the damn airport and relieve the ratepayer and taxpayer burden of fixing what is still a very broken Christchurch and let this shit be a private persons risk.

  3. Blazer

     /  June 14, 2018

    ‘However, Fletcher Construction refused to answer questions about the hotel’s opening date; where the bathrooms and steel for the hotel were manufactured – specifically China as a person working on the project claims; and who would bear the replacement costs.

    When asked if it was refusing to answer these questions, a Fletcher spokesperson said: “Thanks but we have nothing to add.”

    overpaid,under performance…a hallmark at FBU.

    • David

       /  June 14, 2018

      And every other big building firm, my latest apartment was 6 moths late in completion and in that time the bloody government changed and we have these clowns in charge. You will be pleased to hear Blazer it cost me 10s of thousands, but it put me off buying another one off the plans until normal government is resumed and without people like me there is less building and less trades jobs.

      • Blazer

         /  June 14, 2018

        are you blaming the change in Govt..David..well are you?

        • David

           /  June 14, 2018

          Construction firm were a month late and Auckland council were the other five…ask anyone what it’s like getting a code compliance from them.
          The reduced profit is the change of government, no one is quite sure what the ragtag government do something bonkers so its a little eaier to build where things are more predictable. Las Vegas

  4. High Flying Duck

     /  June 14, 2018

    Another fly in the ointment for drug legalisation…

    “Drugged drivers cause more fatal crashes than drinking drivers, a new study has found.

    The Automobile Association (AA) study found that 79 drivers involved in fatal crashes last year tested positive for drugs, compared to 70 who were above the legal alcohol limit or refused to be tested.

    This is a huge leap from the 14 crashes in 2013 that involved drug-impaired drivers, compared with 53 who were intoxicated or avoided tests.

    The 2017 findings are thought to be the first time that drugs have overtaken alcohol in this statistic. Some drivers will have tested positive for both drugs and alcohol.”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12070376

    • Blazer

       /  June 14, 2018

      so it is fair to say that around 90% of fatalities occurred where neither drugs or alcohol….was a factor. 😦

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 14, 2018

        Not sure where you get the % figure from. I cannot find the total number of fatal crashes for the 2017 year (which would be significantly lower than the actual road toll).

  5. Zedd

     /  June 14, 2018

    I was watching Indep. USA news; ‘Democracy Now’ they had an item.. several USA states are choosing to use preferential voting, in their ‘mid-term elections’ (similar to STV ?) one state has even said they would prefer it in the POTUS elections. BUT then one of the State Governors said he would refuse to ratify the results & called it ‘the worst system ever’ (sounding very MrT), he added, it will be up to the courts to decide, whether to accept the outcomes !

    Talk about ‘Manipulation of Democracy’ he doesnt like the people choice, so HE will advocate against it ? 😦

    • David

       /  June 14, 2018

      These are for primaries Zedd which is where the parties decide who the candidate will be…like a normal selection campaign here.

      • Zedd

         /  June 14, 2018

        I’ll take your word for that David.. but they did say that it is a change from FPP type voting they currently have.

        good to hear sez I