Media watch – Friday

11 January 2019

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    • Duker

       /  January 11, 2019

      Since when do the Greens or any ministers ‘run” a department like MBIE?

      of thats right they are a confidence and supply party , not in government at all ( ie the cabinet)

      • Gezza

         /  January 11, 2019

        Yeah they’re in an interesting position but as their departments report to their Ministers and have to implement policies agreed to by the coalition (which can include some Green policies the two coalition parties might think it politic to let another party carry the can for if its unpopular) – they in government. Just not in the coalition cabinet. My view anyway.

  1. duperez

     /  January 11, 2019

    Had the radio on in the night on newstalkzb. Some guy rang in and used a couple of swear words. In the end the host was pleased to get rid of him for using the word ‘bullshit.’ Just in general, describing something that had happened, nothing to do wth the host.

    Funny thing is that in my time of listening the host Bruce Russell made a number of claims which were clearly bullshit. Wielding the power of the off button, wielding the power of being able to say what you want.

    • Gezza

       /  January 11, 2019

      Aw gawd when I stayed down at ma’s overnight for a few days when she first came out of hospital after major surgery a couple of months back, I slept in dad’s room (RIP dad).

      They always listened to ZB and, having trouble getting to sleep as a different environment I switched the radio on. Dunno what time you were listening but I did it for two nights. I’d swear that most of the people who were ringing in to that radio station late at night were either blotto or mentally defective.

      • Blazer

         /  January 11, 2019

        thats the target audience! 🙂

        • Gezza

           /  January 11, 2019

          I suspect there’s a slow change in the mental functioning of the average caller as the evening progresses Blazer. I’ve head a few caller making cogent arguments during the day but by late at night the level of incoherence seems pretty high and I had visions of a few of them probably hanging up and promptly passing out.

          • Gezza

             /  January 11, 2019

            *heard a few callers
            (Sorry, the Pook Family all just turned up & I’ve just got back inside from a quick catch up on their day, delivering their afternoon tea snacks, and making sure the kids are being properly supervised and watched over. Mind not fully on the job here yet.)

  2. High Flying Duck

     /  January 11, 2019

    Interesting post showing consent stats – belies the whole narrative of Nats being asleep at the wheel over housing.

    • PDB

       /  January 11, 2019

      Looking at that, one could accuse the Clark govt of doing nothing considering house prices were sky rocketing under that Labour govt whilst new home consents where falling just as dramatically.

    • PartisanZ

       /  January 11, 2019

      But … them peaks is mostly either during or immediately pre-and-post Labour-led governments … including a noticeable increase since Sixth Labour took office …

      The Blue Boys should stick to the old script: “We were dealing with a global financial crisis” …

      • PDB

         /  January 11, 2019

        PZ: “including a noticeable increase since Sixth Labour took office …”

        Hard for the Ardern govt to claim credit for the continually rise of consents in the first 6 months of them becoming govt, especially as their flagship housing policy (Kiwibuild) is still yet to get off the ground and is unlikely to do so with any great effect.

    • Blazer

       /  January 11, 2019

      yes from the’lies,damn lies,and statistics file’

      Nationals LOTO Mr Bridges is on record as accep;ting their is a housing crisis after 9 years of…denial.

      London commentaries on the same malaise…


      ‘A look at the Ponzi housing boom created by Conservative chancellor George Osborne, which is forcing out Londoner’s from their own city, and money laundering foreigners buying up property to sit on, or become a landlord – but in most cases, to clean their dirty money.’

      ‘Chinese have ruined the housing market of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the U.S. and Britain and on and on and on. That’s exactly why Singapore (Chinese ethnic Singaporians) banned Chinese investment from the beginning. They know what Chinese can do. While in the West, doing such thing is considered as “Xenophobic, Racist etc..” Have some spines Westerners.’

      ‘Look at Germany, where foreign real estate investors actually got repelled really hard, then I wonder why our government can’t do the same thing to secure the chance for local first-time buyers.’

      ‘So Foreigners can come over to my country, buy a property for cash and no questions asked! Yet, if I try buying a property in Hong Kong , I’ll be slapped with a 23% tax, because I am foreigner. Not only that! and this is true, I am an ex pat and when I tried to buy a property in my own country, the amount of questioning I had to go through because of the so called anti money laundering regulations was just unbelievable. Yet, if you’re foreigner, just come in and help yourself! Conclusion: short term greed! I hope they get burnt! Appalling state of affairs!’

      The real issue is that Private Banks create 97% of all new money digitally out of thin air and approximately 40% of that goes into the residential housing market. It’s an incredibly profitable business model but is predicated on perpetual growth and continuous inflation of the bubble. That’s why property prices (adjusted for inflation) have increased by over 300% in the last 35 years. Any serious correction in house prices would be absolutely disastrous for banks and would lead to more bailouts. It’s an enormous can of worms that no one wants to open.’


      ‘According to the Empty Homes Agency there are approximately 900,000 empty homes in Britain of which nearly 800,000 are in London. A sizeable proportion of these are abandoned or derelict.’

      ‘my parents send me here to study in high schools, in university…” no one seems to be questioning the calibre of these “cashed up” Chinese. And, here is a two edged sword. So, not only are we potentially legitimising criminal but wealthy Chinese families by allowing them to buy property in the free world but we are also allowing their money to pay for AAA educations for their children. ‘


      What you see are excess liquidity across the globe’

      National Govt…we don’t have the data’

      Key 2007…’I want to see New Zealanders become tenants in their own…country’.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 11, 2019

        When did he say that ? I think that he said the opposite.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  January 11, 2019

        Can’t argue the point so go off on a rant about London? Nice work Blazer.

        • Blazer

           /  January 11, 2019

          same M.O.

          Consents are not physical new accomodation…in case you don’t..know!

          • High Flying Duck

             /  January 11, 2019

            And yet from Stats NZ:

            What is the relationship between building consents and building activity?
            Building consents reflect an intention to build, while building activity starts after the consent is issued. Over 95 percent of consented building work is constructed.

            • Blazer

               /  January 11, 2019

              you know the story about ..’good intentions’!

      • Conspiratoor

         /  January 11, 2019

        “‘Chinese have ruined the housing market of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the U.S. and Britain and on and on and on”

        I’m not sure about the US and Britain but otherwise my view is your source is on the money there blazer.

        But hey waddaya know …’we dont have the data’

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 11, 2019

    A man and his wife who are victims of the shutdown are in danger of losing their house if they miss another mortgage payment; they were on 3. We also saw how many businesses are giving free food to the shutdown victims. It would be good to think that Trump felt some shame abiut all this, but I bet that he doesn’t give a stuff.

    • MaureenW

       /  January 11, 2019

      The Democrats don’t care either, otherwise they’d approve the $’s – they have afterall approved border security in the past – it’s just Trumps border security they don’t want.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 11, 2019

        They don’t want a wall that won’t achieve anything like what Trump claims it will, as most drugs come in from other places. They don’t want to spend billions on a vanity project, and I don’t blame them. Where are all the materials and workers coming from?

        He’s the one who called the thing into being, not they.

        This is beyond border security, it’s a power game.