Media watch – Wednesday

1 August 2018

MediaWatch

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 1, 2018

      Maybe Rod should ask his employer.

    • David

       /  August 1, 2018

      I think your two posts are related.

    • duperez

       /  August 1, 2018

      I heard the NZEI interview. Someone who’d been at an NZEI meeting recently told me the average age of primary school teachers is 57. (I’d guessed 43)
      Around 85% of primary teachers are women. Whether that demographic is desirable or optimum is debatable. The same for whether higher salaries would change that.

      It is said there are problems retaining new teachers in the job. Would higher salaries change that? If people go into the job and find it wasn’t what they expected, and didn’t like the reality of it, would you want them continuing?

      • High Flying Duck

         /  August 1, 2018

        The percentage of women teachers is almost entirely due to the Peter Ellis effect.
        Men were hounded out of the profession by rampant feminist “all men are rapists and paedophiles” dogma.
        It is proving very difficult to undo, and there are still issues of men being treated with suspicion in teaching roles.

        • NOEL

           /  August 1, 2018

          Duck maybe for the better when they move from school to employment..

          Last time gender diversity was measured in the public service was in 2015.
          http://www.ssc.govt.nz/ssw-who

          Current aim of the Greens is 70 percent.
          Rumours around that at the current level many female positions are becoming vacant as those who had to get where they were in the past by merit are seeing those they mentored been selected by higher positions solely to achieve gender targets.

  1. Corky

     /  August 1, 2018

    Business confidence at a 9 year low. Teachers to strike for a whole day. Man, that’s a lot of pissed off middleclass voters who may be staying home to look after their kids. That will lead to many pissed off employers who’ll be short on manpower…oh, I mean person power.

    Welcome back, Jacinda. The nightmare continues.

    • Gezza

       /  August 1, 2018

      Who cares?

      • Blazer

         /  August 1, 2018

        let your pathological obsession go.Was it because he won the defamation case you and others were sure he would…lose!

        • Gezza

           /  August 1, 2018

          I don’t have any crackers for Polly, sorry.

        • Gezza

           /  August 1, 2018

          So now we’ve established that my lack of respect for Andrew Little (who is still in Parliament but can only get in a List MP) is not the same thing as your pathological obsession with John Key (who was elected as an electorate MP, made PM, and led the National Goverment coalition for nearly 3 complete terms and who is now long gone) –

          No, it’s because Andrew Little is chronically dim. He was endlessly dropping personally in the polls and dragging the party down with him. He was forced to make embarrassing backdowns on several high profile allegations throughout his term at the controls, flying the party towards the ground while dedperately trying to pull up.

          He had no policies he could ever adequately explain in any sensible detail in tv interviews. And he has continued that tradition as Minister of Justice. He was a complete loss.

          So my lack of interest in any analysis & recounting of how he came to end up handing over the reins to a shallow covergirl with a Comms degree & no significant achievements beyond once crashing a tractor, in a depressed panic, at the last minute before the last election is because it’s of no interest to me, nor, I suggest, to most others. I’d learn nothing of any practical value at all from it.

          If you checked this “exclusive Stuff interview filmed with Andrew Little” out, what of any practical value did you learn?

          • Blazer

             /  August 2, 2018

            irelevancies and mere opinion dressed up as serious critique.

            • Gezza

               /  August 2, 2018

              Fatuous comment. It’s obviously personal opinion. You were asking me why I said who cares what the history of Andrew Little’s humiliating end as Labour leader was.

              Apparently not even you, as you don’t seem to have even watched it – or you can’t identify anything in it that was of value.

              Go and tweet your snarky irrelevant one-liners somewhere else.

            • Blazer

               /  August 2, 2018

              don’t waste your breath…you should know I don’t take instruction from you.
              As Little voluntarily stepped down,it was hardly humiliating,more like unselfish pragmatism.Rarely found in the naked ambition common in Parliament.

            • Gezza

               /  August 2, 2018

              Ludicrous. He even managed to completely muff his caving in to the inevitable when he gave an interview suggesting he’d given in then at the last minute decided to try & hang on & then reality hit that his colleagues didn’t want him – they wanted the Woman’s Day girl because at least she was popular with magazine readers.

              Do get real.

              I’m no fonder of any party or leader than another these days. We’ve ended up with a lot of shitheads & airheads & some feminazis in the Greens. It’s pointless pretending otherwise.

              It’s certainly pointless looking for anything of value in knowing Andrew’s sad history of failure. As you know, outside of a small number of Labour apostles, nobody cares. Only you here, for example.

  2. Zedd

     /  August 1, 2018

    I was just watching a news item on ‘Democracy Now’ (Indep. USA news) there is a travel surveillance program in USA called ‘Quiet skies’; Federal Air Marshalls are watching passengers coming & going & even following them onto flights (bumping other passengers & taking their seats) to keep watch on these ‘suspicious people’. They said often the things that catch their attention; sweating, looking around alot, going to toilet more than ‘usual’ & even changing clothes.. they even reportedly follow them off the flights & record who is picking them up etc. Other details; whether they use mobile phones (how often) or reading certain media/newspapers etc.

    It is mostly passengers travelling inside USA, but also incoming too; often from Muslim countries ?

    I wonder if it is more widespread; even here in NZ ? :/

    • I believe in the trade it is called “Reading the signs”. Farmers do it to ensure their crops survive; sailors do it to ensure their ships don’t sink; housewives do it to avoid hanging washing out in the rain; even ordinary folk crossing the road do it to ensure they don’t get run over.

      Those responsible for protecting the lives of millions of passengers on airliners have to pretend they are not doing it in order to avoid being arrested for upsetting the Muslim Brotherhood. What a weird world we live in.

  3. sorethumb

     /  August 1, 2018

    Guyon Espiner: I’d love a New Zealand where we all embrace te reo

    Espiner grew up in the Cashmere (hills) suburb
    https://e-tangata.co.nz/korero/guyon-espiner-id-love-a-new-zealand-where-we-all-embrace-te-reo/

    • Blazer

       /  August 1, 2018

      Espiner’s Te Reo is very,very good.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 1, 2018

      Using it as a weapon is not embracing it.

      • sorethumb

         /  August 1, 2018

        The current te Reo blitzkrieg should make people wary of (at least) the media as being about to represent “public opinion”. What we need is a conservative party that goes against media and academia. Rather than take the easy way out and go along with PC as the corporates do.

        • sorethumb

           /  August 1, 2018

          able to

        • phantom snowflake

           /  August 1, 2018

          You, Don Brash et.al: “Freeeeee Speeeeech, except if it’s Te Reo!”

          • sorethumb

             /  August 1, 2018

            Te Reo is of a different category. It isn’t the ideas being conveyed it is a completely different issue. It is the vehicle for conveying those ideas. Language itself is a prime marker of group identity. And yes the left find subversion fun but Don Brash and I (and a chap down the road, plus a couple from Takapau) will not be getting on the te reo train anytime soon. The rest of the country (95% are jamming the roads and fighting over night classes.

            • Gezza

               /  August 1, 2018

              Are you getting, or have you been, on the train learning to speak & understand ANY other language – or have you limited youself only to English?

            • sorethumb

               /  August 1, 2018

              Japanese

            • Gezza

               /  August 1, 2018

              Why Japanese? Have you got it in for Europeans?

  4. sorethumb

     /  August 1, 2018

    Free Speech Coalition raising money for newspaper advert.

    Dear New Zealanders,
    You may have seen reports of court action against Auckland Council and Mayor Phil Goff, over Mr Goff’s claim to have banned Canadian speakers Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern from Council-owned venues. He said they were “divisive” and repugnant to him, as his explanation. The Free Speech Coalition was formed to stand up to the Mayor who was ‘banning’ speakers based on their political views. We crowdsourced $50,000 in online donations in just 24 hours. We pursued two lines of legal argument: 1. Banning speakers from public property on the basis of political views breaches the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act and the Human Rights Act. 2. The Council should not grant protesters an effective veto on controversial speech with a limp “health and safety” excuse. The court papers confirm that Mr Goff misled the public. He claimed credit for the ban but the Council’s lawyers said that the decision was exclusively made by Regional Facilities Auckland (the body that manages Council-owned venues), and that the Mayor’s claimed reasons were irrelevant. What Goff claimed: • On July 6, Mr Goff announced that “Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux will not be speaking at any Council venues”. In the same tweet, he stated “[Auckland Council] venues shouldn’t be used to stir up religious tensions. Views that divide rather than unite are repugnant and I have made my views on this very clear.” • Mr Goff stated on TVNZ’s Q&A, when asked if he had made the decision as Mayor, “Yeah, yeah, but it’s about, our city has to be an inclusive city,” and “I’m just not going to aid and abet their malicious comments about part of our community by providing them with a venue.” • On Morning Report, when asked if it was his decision, Mr Goff stated “Yes, I took that initiative in line with clear council policy which sets out in our Auckland Plan that we are an inclusive society,” and “I am not going to provide them with a venue and that’s my right”. The Free Speech Coalition therefore asked the court to decide whether the Mayor had such powers. More than one thousand people chipped in financially to fund the legal challenge. What actually happened: The Council’s response to our claim, filed in court, said: “The decision to cancel the Contract was exclusively the decision of [Regional Facilities Auckland] and was made by it.” Its decision was made on the basis that it had concluded that the Event could not be hosted “without posing an unacceptable risk to the security and safety of the presenters, RFA staff, contractors, and patrons attending the Event.” In other words, while the Council made the regrettable decision to cancel the event for health and safety reasons – a policy that needs to be tested in court – Mr Goff’s claimed involvement was a complete fabrication. What next? We have prevented the dangerous public precedent of a mayor claiming personal power to dictate which views can be heard in public halls. The Council decision to cancel the event for what we believe to be spurious ‘security’ reasons highlights the dangers of censorship or suppression by claiming other motives. As it stands, if protesters threaten disruptive protest, officials can justify shutting down any event on public property under their control. Auckland Council controls most of the facilities in the region capable of accommodating more than 500 people. To support the cause for free speech, donate at http://www.freespeechcoalition.nz. Yours sincerely,
    Free Speech Coalition

    I gave $100.
    I wonder how much they need. Oh I see:
    But we can only run this ad if we can raise the money to pay for it. The cost is about $7000 (depending on placement and day).
    They ought to do a TV ad?

    • Blazer

       /  August 1, 2018

      what happened to the other 90k?

    • “The Council decision to cancel the event for what we believe to be spurious ‘security’ reasons highlights the dangers of censorship or suppression by claiming other motives”

      That is the nub of it, is it not? If thugs threatened to disturb a Goff gathering I have little doubt the police would disperse the thugs with little bother. But a gathering of people Goff disapproves of? Cancelled on the grounds that the Police are incapable of dealing with it.

      Funny how it is always the Moslems that instigate these bans, never the Anglican Mothers Union. Funny also that one minute Goff is proudly declaring that he has banned those whose views he finds (insert latest trendy Lefty synonym of “disgusting”) but when it goes to court, suddenly it is nothing to do with him at all.

      You only have to look carefully at what is happening throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Britain (preferably not through the averted eyes of the BBC/Guardian) to see where this will lead; if the secateurs are not taken to it now.

      • Blazer

         /  August 2, 2018

        you’re all at sea Sailor.

        Cause and effect ,take your blinders off and see the real picture.

  5. Corky

     /  August 1, 2018

    Winston couldn’t quite complete his role as acting PM without becoming feral. That’s a totem for this government.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/winston-peters-heard-saying-yeah-throw-fatty-during-heated-debate-in-parliament

    • Corky

       /  August 1, 2018

      Winston again. Talk about being prattish. Time for whiskey and Coro in my opinion. He is getting that ‘grumpy old man’ persona.

      https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/most-read-winston-peters-makes-fun-simon-bridges-accent-before-labelling-him-joke-in-testy-parliamentary-exchange

      • Corky

         /  August 1, 2018

        Another reason why I want Bridges replaced -Now. Soon the whole of parliament will be doing ”Bridge Speak.” Not good. That may detract from his leadership. To be fair, Helen Clark was once on 2% support. Even Banskie felt sorry for her. Soon after she was the PM, and reined for 10 years.

    • PDB

       /  August 1, 2018

      Yes – Winston reverts to type and in the process makes International news for all the wrong reasons – welcome back Ardern!

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/01/new-zealand-acting-pm-fat-shames-fellow-mp-in-parliament

      • Blazer

         /  August 1, 2018

        Hard to deny that Gerry is a fattie…but in this P.C world we can pretend he’s…not.

        • Corky

           /  August 1, 2018

          And if Gerrry said ”throw the Hori out?”

          • Blazer

             /  August 1, 2018

            deal with actuals..Corky…not what if’s….or whatabouts!Bol.

            • Corky

               /  August 1, 2018

              Everyone seems on edge at the moment. Is it something I have written?

              It’s hard to deny Winston is Maori. That’s an ‘actual.’ However, I get your point…. I must not extrapolate.

            • Blazer

               /  August 1, 2018

              yes Gerry ‘Craig’ could have said ‘throw the Maori out…’but Bennet or Bridges may have been tossed out instead.

            • Corky

               /  August 1, 2018

              Lol. Fair enough. Damn that Paula is looking fine, Blazer. I told you there was good looking shelia under that weight. Pity the knives are out for her.
              Still you never know. She would make a good National Party leader.

            • Blazer

               /  August 1, 2018

              Paula ‘s transmogrification has come at a price….even her leader calls her Paula Benefit these days.

      • Corky

         /  August 1, 2018

        ”Yes – Winston reverts to type.” That’s the phrase I was looking for. He’s really a socialist at heart. But he likes the Tory lifestyle.

        • Gezza

           /  August 1, 2018

          He’s really a populist at heart. That’s why his policies are always just a grab bag of incoherent vote grabbers that are never costed, sny of which that he has no trouble ignoring or abandoning at the drop of a racehorse. But he likes the Tory lifestyle.