Media watch – Friday

17 August 2018

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  1. High Flying Duck

     /  August 17, 2018

    Radio NZ article on Kelvin Davis sums up the whole Government:

    “Ten months after the government named Kelvin Davis the Minister for Crown/Māori Relations, it is still unclear what his job is.

    Mr Davis’ job was dreamed up without a description – he was supposed to fill in the blanks by last month.

    But after a series of hui around the country, there is no update.

    Mr Davis said he would take a paper to Cabinet in the next couple of months and he was not bothered by the delay.

    “We want to take our time to get this right. The relationship between the Crown and Māori has been fraught for some time so we’ve got to make sure we do it once and get it right.”

    National Party MP Scott Simpson said it was unacceptable that it would be almost a year before Mr Davis’ responsibilities were made clear.

    “Frankly it’s appalling, and for them to be in this situation now, not only after ten months but going onto a full year, just speaks about the chaos, uncertainty and lack of direction this government is pursuing in a whole range of areas.”

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/364266/minister-for-crown-maori-relations-still-without-job-description

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 17, 2018

      Better ask the courts that invented the Treaty as a living document. Fatuous nonsense collides with reality again.

    • duperez

       /  August 17, 2018

      Fancy Kelvin Davis getting up and down the country talking to Māori groups at hui. Sounds like the sort of job for a Minister for Crown/Māori Relations. I appreciate that Scott Simpson is confused. No doubt Mr Simpson’s mind will be cleared and his upset placated if Davis comes out with a classic, “I did not have Crown relations with that iwi.”

      • High Flying Duck

         /  August 17, 2018

        The only one confused is poor Kelvin – getting up and down the country and still having no idea why and what he should be doing.
        I’m sure it’s nothing a working group can’t fix.

  2. Missy

     /  August 17, 2018

    • High Flying Duck

       /  August 17, 2018

      NZX has had a reputation for being too “wild west”.
      Should be properly regulated, but that adds cost and reduces it’s attractiveness for companies to list. Feltex was a dog from day one.

      • Blazer

         /  August 17, 2018

        funny the NZX was the ‘wild west’ in the 80’s after de regulation and the 87 crash.

        It was going to be cleaned up and be made more ethical and accountable.

        30 years later …same old…not in the greedies interests.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  August 17, 2018

          Every time they have foisted regulation on they have added far too much compliance cost and time burden.
          NZX itself has had a steady stream of criticism over how it operates.
          I go with incompetence over deliberate inaction. Either way, we are in agreement the NZ stock exchange is a joke.
          Good to see Feltex directors being held to account though.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  August 17, 2018

            Looked at listing there once. Cost/benefit was a joke.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  August 17, 2018

      “By contrast, the media handling of toughness in a Judith Collins (and before her, in Margaret Thatcher) tends to be admiring, and relatively affectionate.”
      He’s kidding right?
      I personally think people have underestimated Jacinda. She’s articulate, an expert in deflection and is picking up knowledge like a sponge, all just after having a child. Very impressive.
      However that article is inarticulate and economically illiterate as well as being plain wrong in its description of left vs right treatment of strong women.
      Scoop though, so I shouldn’t have expected more.

      • Blazer

         /  August 17, 2018

        his opinion vs your opinion…c’est la vie.

  3. robertguyton

     /  August 17, 2018

    Simon Bridges – a liar?

    “Ron Mark backs Winston Peters on approach Simon Bridges made to him.”
    OOps Simon old chap.

    “Ron Mark says National leader Simon Bridges talked to him about a deal during a flight earlier this year, contradicting Bridges’ claim no such approach was made.

    “It’s true. Simon and I were next to each other on a flight from Auckland to Wellington in May. He bought it up out of the blue during a conversation we were having.”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12108791

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 17, 2018

      Doesn’t make any sense. Nats would need to take 4 MPs from NZF to get a majority.

      • Blazer

         /  August 18, 2018

        makes perfect sense…for power National would make a pact with the…devil.

  4. Corky

     /  August 17, 2018

    Wasn’t so long ago I, and others, were laughed at for suggesting China could be a problem in our neck of the woods.

    China’s problem, and they know it, is American black projects. If it comes to the crunch and Uncle Sam is taking a beat, he will use his ”black weapons.” That would be a last resort because then the public would have many questions to ask. There would also be a collapse of the economic structure our world relies on because my guess is these weapons will work on free energy.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12108811

    • Gezza

       /  August 17, 2018

      China already has free energy technoweapons. They’re keeping it quiet until they get attacked. Why do you think KJU has had so many meetings with Xi & seemed to agree to cut back on the “nuclear” as Trump calls it? And why do you think the Chinese keep needling the US in the South China Sea? They’re very inscrutable for a reason.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 17, 2018

    I find these cases appalling. Girl lies, guy’s life gets wrecked. I don’t buy the innocent child crap.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/102509161/alleged-sex-offender-involved-in-amateur-drama-production-met-15yearold-girl-on-website

  6. Blazer

     /  August 17, 2018