Media watch – Friday

12 October 2018


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  1. phantom snowflake

     /  12th October 2018

    Was mentioned here yesterday:
    A private consortium planning a new Auckland waterfront stadium is believed to have suggested it be given rights to develop a defunct Eden Park for housing as part of a deal with the city and Government.

    Great comment over at TS this morning:

    12 October 2018 at 8:42 am
    I don’t have the link but popped into my feed the other day, some rich fucks will build a stadium sunk into the Auckland waterfront (with climate change around the corner, so we know that is the wrong location already, something that the IYI class probably did not bother to explore in their million dollar personal study for Phil Goff) and then Auckland council gives them billions in free land in one of the most expensive suburbs from the ratepayers/taxpayers so they can profit off housing…
    What a winner – it’s free land for the right deals/people around Auckland these days. And sounds like ChCH is similar.
    Phil REALLY wants that stadium.
    I’m all for it as long as those involved go to prison for stupidity and fraud for their actions of stealing and misappropriating land from the public.

  2. Gezza

     /  12th October 2018

    This rapist has had the classic background of terrible upbringing.

    Mekuli had exhibited no remorse at all for his victim, however the judge allowed a 35 per cent discount for his guilty plea and youth, which brought the sentence down to eight years.

    I can’t understand why a case like this doesn’t qualify for preventive detention.

    • MaureenW

       /  12th October 2018

      The punishment image you posted earlier from Saudi Arabia would be more fitting for this scum.

      • Gezza

         /  12th October 2018

        Not necessarily. I wouldn’t regard this kid as an animal necessarily beyond eventual rehabilitation. But preventive detention means as long as he’s assessed as likely to reoffend, he doesn’t get out. At the end of his current sentence, he’s got to be be released & then who knows what he’ll do?

        • MaureenW

           /  12th October 2018

          Yes, I’m sure you’re right – he’ll do his time @ 100k per year to taxpayers, then go on to live a productive and fruitful life.

    • phantom snowflake

       /  12th October 2018

      The answer to that is that Preventive Detention is only available as a sentence if:
      the person was 18 years of age or over at the time of committing the offence

  3. Gezza

     /  12th October 2018


    A 19-year-old has been discharged without conviction after a “confused and drunken” episode at a Lincoln University hall that originally led to a sex attack charge.

    The teenager was granted final name suppression by Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave at his sentencing on a charge that had been reduced to an assault.

  4. Gezza

     /  12th October 2018

    ‘Uncancel Jono & Ben’: Backlash after TV show cancelled

    Despite the low ratings, petition on has surfaced online with two Kiwi fans calling for the un cancellation of the comedy show and changing the time programme’s timeslot.

    “Jono and Ben are icons of New Zealand television and it would be a shame to cancel their show,” James & Noah wrote. The men believe changing the time of the programme may salvage the show.

    “These guys have helped me with my battle against mental illness. I turned to the show at the end of the week and would forget about everything going on around me,” Stacey Carr wrote.

    However, comments on the NZ Herald’s Facebook page reveal mixed reviews on the news of their departure.

    “Well I, for one, am not so ‘gutted’,” one user wrote. “Good bye Guy Williams – good riddance, ya killed J & B. Only reason I never watched it anymore – can’t stand Guy and his ring in whanau,” another wrote.

    MediaWorks says the show came to “the end of its cycle,” which “isn’t new for a TV series – especially after this long”. “The good news is that Jono and Ben will very much remain part of the MediaWorks family.”

    • PartisanZ

       /  12th October 2018

      There’s no accounting for taste …. except in this case financial accounting …


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