Media watch – Sunday

9 September 2018


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    • NOEL

       /  9th September 2018

      I bet the Military is kicking itself that it gave in to her(his then) requests to be able to have another attempt at the failed basic course.
      Nothing from the interviewers about the minders interuptions when they get close to questions on her “whistle blowing” which has non disclosure clauses imposed when her sentence was commuted.
      Is talking about all those other issues profiting from her crime as Woodhouse claimed?

  2. I thought that was a very dangerous tackle – in rugby it would have been a yellow card at least.

    The Warriors started well but then fizzled out, apart from the dangerous tackle.

  3. Gezza

     /  9th September 2018

    Will there ever be a Kiwi in space?

    World-renowned scientist Dr Michio Kaku thinks it’s possible.

    The American physicist – whose work on string theory has been used to expand on Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity – will bring his brand of popular science to New Zealand in October and early November.

    And he says the formation of New Zealand Space Agency could herald benefits both here and out in the solar system. “If you look at the Sputnik programme in 1957, you had a generation of young people who could have been flipping burgers who saw it as their patriotic duty to become rocket scientists,” he says. “Space is wide open now. New countries can definitely benefit from space exploration, it’s not just for the Superpowers anymore.”

    Although the prospect of Kiwi astronauts was once the stuff of science fiction, the 2017 Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Bill set the legal framework for NZ space-based missions. Satellites have already been launched from Mahia Peninsula by Rocket Lab, the private company founded by Invercargill-born engineer Peter Beck.

    “We live in an age of opportunity,” says Kaku.
    More …–what-does-he-think-of-our-space-programme-kd-

    • Corky

       /  9th September 2018

      I like this guy immensely. Especially his views on dimensional physics( whatever it’s called).
      He does however have his critics who accuse him of just being an ”ideas man.” What the hell is wrong with that? I look forward to his visit. But, will he get any media coverage? Let’s hope so.

  4. David

     /  9th September 2018

    Rob Stock in Stuff writes in an unusual way about some research the taxpayers union has done in a series on big salaries in local government in being sympathetic with Dave Cull of LGNZ because 2 people in the taxpayers union have had previous associations with ACT.
    Ratepayers may like to know from Cull what these folk do for 100k plus rather than Stock getting all pissy that the info came from people who dont vote the same way he does.

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    • Gezza

       /  9th September 2018

      I’m over it. Just chalked it up to another silly thing.

    • NOEL

       /  9th September 2018

      Dreaver did her a favour.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  9th September 2018

        I wonder if she’ll pay back the $100,000 that it cost the country for her to stay with the baby for an extra 2 1/2 days rather than go to Nauru.

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  8. NOEL

     /  9th September 2018

    I duuno if I won lotto I’d invest. No interest but if you win tax is paid so its not income.

  9. Kitty Catkin

     /  9th September 2018

    The Waikato Times had an article about a woman with three children who have allergies. The best thing is an Epipen, but she doesn’t like paying for them at $110 a go (there are other things, but these are the most convenient) They seemed to have them ;’just in case’ rather than using them.

    She looked quite well off, but thinks that the taxpayer should pay for the Epipens..

    The taxpayer pays for her children’s medical and dental expenses, pays for them to be born, pays to make them if the parents can’t have them, pays all but a tiny amount of their education. The taxpayer gives people like her a handout by way of tax credits and paid maternity leave.

    It seems a little unreasonable that we are now expected to pay for Epipens as well because the mother doesn’t want to. As these last a year, she is objecting to paying about $6 for the three of them.


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