Media watch – Monday

2 July 2018


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

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  1. Gezza

     /  2nd July 2018

    “Any parent battling to get their child to eat their greens, stay off screens and go to sleep at a respectable time will know the merits of a strict nanny. Yet one couple from Ascot in the UK is taking authority to a new level – they’re seeking a Victorian nanny to bring up their child.

    In an advert placed on, they hope to find a live-in candidate who will raise their seven-year-old son in “the Victorian way” – to speak the Queen’s English, to read history books and learn arithmetic, and to “act properly at all times”. There is to be no screen time, no affection (other than shaking hands and a kiss on the head at bedtime “if necessary”), and the little boy must wear his best clothes until bedtime. It’s got to be a wind-up, right?

    When asked to explain their penchant for a Victorian childhood, the parents who placed the ad – but, for obvious reasons, wish to remain anonymous – maintained that the Victorian style of parenting helps create well-rounded, respectable and polite young people, who go on to become successful adults. “We’d like him to spend his time becoming the best version of himself, and growing into a respectable young man. He doesn’t need a gaming addiction, like other children his age seem to have, to distract him from that.”

    Yet the cold-hearted Victorians did speak some sense when it came to parenting. The 1880s edition of Cassell’s Household Guide is filled with practical advice that is as useful now as it was in the 19th century: “Overindulgence is the stumbling block of life.” ”
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    Definitely a wind up. Once you read the Nanny requirements. But front page stuff for Stuff? 🙄

  2. bjoneskiwi

     /  2nd July 2018

    I see Greenpeace have released drone footage of their protest in the Mackenzie Country to the press, will they get charged by the CAA for illegally flying the drone? If I have to follow the rules so should they…

    • Gezza

       /  2nd July 2018

      Hard to answer that one I think. Not sure if we have any regular posters here who belong to the CAA, & if we do they may not be legally allowed to say anything at this point.

    • PartisanZ

       /  2nd July 2018

      What rules do you have to follow bjoneskiwi?


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