Media watch

18 May 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. duperez

     /  18th May 2019

    Herald’s online property section OneRoof has the headline on a feature, “Is Bunnings’ $91K flat pack the silver bullet for first-home buyers?” It turns out the flatpack doesn’t include GST. I presume GST has to be paid.

    That would mean the headline is bullshit and the impression someone is trying to create is bullshit or and/or propaganda.

    To get round what might be a suppliers effort to create an ‘about 90,000’ impression OneRoof probably went with their $91,278 figure.

    In the body of the article we have “OneRoof editor Owen Vaughan said: “While the $91,278 price of the flat pack is encouraging it does not include GST or earthworks, cost of the land, consenting costs by a territorial authority or connections to services including power, sewage and stormwater.” 15% GST means a reality of almost $105,000.

    It’s obviously not the end of the world but I don’t understand why, if you want to put out a professional product, if you want to have your new(ish) property publication have any credibility, that you’d do a professional job with the most simple of aspects.

    • Thanks for pointing this out.

      I was in Orewa for the precursor to that, when Don Brash delivered his divisive speech on race relations. It was a stinking-hot night, and most of the audience were trying not to nod off while Brash delivered his speech in a monotone with nothing like the heat that it subsequently unleashed.

      Funny take on now infamous history

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  18th May 2019

        Yep. The Watkins piece is worth reading. So is the Marilyn Waring piece in the Herald but it’s paywalled. It describes how the Catholic Church conspired with Muldoon to ban abortions.

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  4. Opposite to the intended effect? Those who do what they think Trump wants are not likely to be big fans of NY Times anyway.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  18th May 2019

      Is mutating into partisan, no longer broadly respected journalism, a good trade?


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