Media watch – Monday

17 December 2018


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

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  1. Noel

     /  17th December 2018

    Brand Key to Brand Arden. More spin and bovine excrement.
    The promise was all over 65 would get a reduction of GP costs.
    Minimised to those on the CSC and not a whimper from Grey Power.

  2. I read that a NZ man with ‘neurofibromatosis’ (tumors on this nervous system) is now legally using Tilray (CBD oil) to relieve his suffering; costing $460/20 days..

    BUT Natl are calling the new law change ‘effective decriminalisation by stealth’
    How f@cking NARROW-minded of them !! 😦

  3. oops typo: (tumors on this nervous system).. s/be ‘on HIS nervous system’

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  17th December 2018

    The Waikato Times has a front page article about babies born with STDs…the doctor is whinging about the price of condoms (I googled Countdown, by no means a cheap shop, and they are less than $1 each, which doesn’t seem wildly expensive for a bonk)

  5. I just saw that 2x NZ men were sentenced to 22-25 years in prison for importing 494KGs of Meth/P. This is what cops/customs NEED to focus on !

    ZERO-tolerance is yesterday’s news: for misc. pot-smokers/home grow for use only folks

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  17th December 2018

      The cops use their discretion; a friend who smokes it regularly has never had any trouble.Nor do other social users he knows.

      The people in our other street who were pretty well broadcasting the fact that their respectable-looking middle-class house was a shop selling dope and who knows what else were asking for trouble and got it. They might as well have put a sign on the lawn and advertised in the paper, it was so obvious.

      • ‘The cops use their discretion….’ sez kitty

        “Thats rhetorical nonsense” sez I

        The do not want the law changed.. because it reduces their POWER over us; or the ones they choose NOT to allow discretion with.. likely not living in the ‘wealthier communities’.. like kitty ?

        • Griff.

           /  17th December 2018

          Problem with discretion is cops will use it to bash those they dont like.
          Clean cut white guy from good school will get off for a couple of points of p and some coke.
          Tatted up Young maori kid from the hood gets a charge for a tinny.
          Make it legal or not dont do have arse measures that make police offices the judges .
          Cops are not trained or chosen to judge us they are there to blindly enforce the law and let the Justice system make the calls as to penaltys.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  18th December 2018

          It’s not rhetorical in any sense. My friend lives in a very working class area, and I live in a middle class one.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  18th December 2018

          I live in an old farm cottage.