Media watch – Saturday

2 March 2019


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. Zedd

     /  2nd March 2019

    is this MW-Sat ?

    Jacinda on Newshub-Nation : BIG THUMBS UP !!
    its about addressing the issues.. not making excuses for doing nothing… for 9 looong years
    “Lets do this” 🙂 😀

  2. Zedd

     /  2nd March 2019

    Whats this; MrT gives greater security clearance to Jared/Ivanka (His ‘personal advisors’); Isnt this the ‘Big N word’, that ‘politicians’ try to avoid ? :/

  3. High Flying Duck

     /  2nd March 2019

    Stacy Kirk has a good article about things “brushed under the carpet” by our transparent government.

    It mentions the PGF fund being used to loan millions to Westland Milk against strong official advice not to, and while the is company actively courting a Canadian buyout:

    It passes over the “wellbeing Budget” that puts a financial value on everything from making friends to death, but is still yet to be properly articulated other than when Jacinda is striding the world’s stages.

    It mentions the DHB’s dire fall into debt and dropping off of standards under David Clarks management (More here:

    And then finishes with the much maligned Whanau Ora introduced by National in conjunction with the Maori Party, which has been reviewed and found to be…successful, so it has been buried:

    “What of Whanau Ora: It gained little fanfare, despite the fact it’s an apparent success story. And at first blush, that’s perhaps the biggest cause for confusion – why was this not being sung from the rooftops?

    Journalists expecting the report had expected a press conference and possibly even the release of embargoed copies – a common practice that allows detailed stories to be done justice in their first iteration. But no such forward planning was allowed.

    Puzzling, until it’s considered that Whanau Ora doing well goes against NZ First’s principles of “one law for all”, and even against some elements of the Labour Party’s own views of universality.

    So when the Government ordered a review into the flagship Māori development funding model under the last government, everyone held their breath that it was the beginning of the end.

    It may well still be. Except that the review which came back called for nothing really, except more resourcing of a policy programme it said was making a real difference to individual families.

    It’s yet to make a decision on how it approaches the review’s recommendations, so we’ll just add it to the pile of reviews so far returned on which the country is waiting for answers. That also includes mental health, welfare and tax. ”

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  2nd March 2019

    Jacinda Ardern is having a bob each way about pets in rental properties.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  2nd March 2019

      The Greens see pet owning as a right and think that landlords should be obliged to allow them so that tenants feel at home in the houses.


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