Media watch – Monday

26 November 2018


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  1. Gezza

     /  November 26, 2018

    Darfield shooting: Gunman dead after police opened fire when he ran over cop

    This was reported as an ongoing incident on 1ewes at 6 last night. When I checked for an update before hitting the sack the incident had led to a police officer being driven at and injured while laying out road spikes. and to the death of the offender, although the stuff and herald reports left open the question of whether he had been shot dead by police or had taken his own life.

    RNZ is reporting this morning that the police killed him. It sounds like a very American-style reaction but there seems to have been a spike in offenders attempting to kill our police in recent years. They possibly are getting jumpy, but I imagine as usual we will hear very little about what actually happened from the police, unlike what happens in the US where a lot of detail is give by their police commanders usually.

    I wonder how much public criticism there is going to be in the absence of full details?

    • Gezza

       /  November 26, 2018

      And another one, just noticed:
      “Pepper spray and tasers were drawn as crowds threatened police officers after a fleeing driver was arrested at a marae car park overnight.

      The chase in Tauranga began when a driver failed to stop on Cameron Rd and continued along State Highway 29 and on to Waimapu Pa Rd, a police spokeswoman said.

      The driver pulled into the car park where one person was arrested. There was a large crowd of people at the marae and police said they became agitated and threatened officers. “Officers presented tasers and pepper spray and were able to leave with the offender without incident,” the spokeswoman said.

      A 25-year-old man will be charged with reckless driving, resisting police, driving whilst forbidden and possession of methamphetamine. He will appear at Tauranga District Court at a later date.

  2. He probably has more chance than already twice failed candidate John Palino.

    • Loki

       /  November 26, 2018

      I wonder if Slater senior will be mismanaging his campaign again?

    • duperez

       /  November 26, 2018

      He probably has more chance than John Palino? I reckon he is at least twice the chance of Palino. 2 x 0 = 0

  3. duperez

     /  November 26, 2018

    For the next hundred years there will be ‘new leads’ in the Madeleine McCann case.
    Any bizarre thing to get headlines will be proffered and obviously the further away from the event the more likely the chance of the theory being further from reality.

    I haven’t seen it yet but there’s a sort of inevitability about it: “Madeleine McCann taken by aliens.” The story will have a Portuguese old-timer who was 4 years old at the time, sitting out on a hill at night eating mushrooms when these strange lights appeared in the sky…

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 26, 2018

      I wonder if there would be all the interest if she had been a plain child with buck teeth and a pug nose and not such a pretty one.