Media watch – Thursday

17 August 2017

MediaWatch

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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

Media watch – Wednesday

16 August 2017

MediaWatch

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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

Media watch – Tuesday

15 August 2017

MediaWatch

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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

Media watch – Monday

14 August 2017

MediaWatch

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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

Media watch – Sunday

13 August 2017

MediaWatch

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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

Media watch – Saturday

12 August 2017

MediaWatch

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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

Media watch – Friday

11 August 2017

MediaWatch

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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

Reassessing NZ First

Most of the political attention yesterday was on the Green’s continued implosion, on the Green slide in two polls, and on the dramatic rise of Labour and Jacinda Ardern.

But also significant was the NZ First poll slide.

  • Newshub/Reid Research 9.2% (down 3.8)
  • UMR 8%

This is around the level of support NZ First got in the 2014 election (8.66%) but Winston Peters has recently been claiming would beat Labour and could contest the top spot with National.

These polls suggest that support of NZ First above a core is fickle. It seems that as soon as Labour looked good many deserted NZ First.

Peters has struggled to attract media attention, with Labour and Ardern, and the Greens and Turei sucking up all the available oxygen.

NZ First are still in a good balance of power position, with it looking unlikely National can keep defying the odds and getting enough to form a government again with a few minnow parties.

And while Labour are resurgent they are still well short of a majority. The Green crash means combined they are still short of not needing NZ First.

However the size of NZ First support could make a big difference in their bargaining power, as generally power in a coalition or governing arrangement is proportional.

If NZ First get under 10% it should also makes Winston’s ambition of Prime Minister or deputy PM much hard to attain.

A problem now for Peters is if the media focusses on a head to head contest between National and Labour, and between English and Ardern, the incumbent versus the fresh young challenger.

Peters will contrast in particular with Ardern. He is at risk of looking like an old has-been beside her.

He has been trying to poke a stick at a number of hot issues, or what he hopes can be heated up, but the media has had more exciting things to cover.

Peters is at risk of looking like a stirrer of cold porridge.

He will no doubt keep trying hard, but it could be hard yakker for him now.

Media watch – Thursday

10 August 2017

MediaWatch

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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

Media watch – Wednesday

9 August 2017

MediaWatch

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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.