Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    There’s public perception, which would likely run poorly for the govt selling it.

    You can't be serious. This govt sold major assets that earned millions against overwhelming public opposition. The only reason for not selling is they can't find a buyer.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out, in reply to Ben Austin,

    why TVNZ has not been put up for sale yet

    Wasn't profitable enough. You need to cut costs to the bone by killing maintenance, halting any upgrades to modern technology, fire expensive staff. Then you get a bump in profits and sell quickly, hoping all the while that the buyer doesn't realise the asset needs massive reinvestment if it is to continue to earn any revenue.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out, in reply to Russell Brown,

    someone senior walking the floor and talking to people.

    Good grief man that's crazy talk. They are managers, they look at spreadsheets and have lunch meetings with each other, none of that nasty communication with the staff, they have people for that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 20…,

    While amusing this is not as good as you previous works.

    I suggest you stick to fiction and satire and avoid proper journalism.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Mental age, like high and low functioning ,have eugenic undertones and are from the age of institutions. But I know what you mean.

    Yes, I find the term a bit odd too. But that’s how it was quoted in the story.

    I like, smarter than the average bear :)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And yet there are still New Zealanders convinced that she’s just some management puppet.

    It's either that or admit she is genuinely a more talented human being than most of us. In a way it's the tall poppy syndrome framed slightly differently. And it's bizarre given how easily we accept the rugby player X is more gifted/talented than almost everyone else on the planet.

    For what it's worth I think she is pretty clearly an amazingly talented young woman. Clear of thought, inspired and able to work hard enough to bring the inspiration to fruition. Now, if we could just allow her to be an inspirational example to other young women without tearing her down ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race,

    While the discussion here and David's post have rightly focused on the way our government is abusing the OIA act I do think there is a case to be made that the media have to bear some blame for the current state of the relationship.

    David describes a past that was open, where he could ask a direct question of the person who actually knew the answer and expect a full and helpful answer.

    But one reason those people are less inclined to answer now is that they simply don't trust the media to use that open honest answer fairly.

    Quite simply if Russell (and perhaps David) asks me a question I'll give him the fullest answer possible, if Mike Hosking asks the same question I'd choose my words very very carefully, expecting each possible sound bite or quote will be used in the worst possible way.

    It's about trust.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race, in reply to Idiot Savant,

    government information was presumed to be secret

    Except it wasn't treated as such by most government departments. For most departments it was expected that inquiries from the public (even journalists) would be answered as openly and honestly as possible.

    That has changed and using OIA requests does not change it back.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race,

    Just thinking about it - isn't an OIA meant to be the method of communication of last resort.

    David's post tracks the change leading to it being used as first port of call.

    But trying to fight for OIAs to be released earlier and with less political interference would seem to be fighting the wrong battle.

    We should instead be fighting to open up the public service as a public resource at all times. The public service should, as a rule, be open access with exceptions few and far between. An OIA should only be necessary where an exception is open to question by the ombusdman.

    I suspect it comes back to the idea of the government as a business and the PM as a CEO. Government should not be a business, we have private enterprise for that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race,

    I suspect part of the change is due to that way our public service has been remodeled and restructured to match private enterprise. The business model, complete with highly paid managers and complex layered structures is inwardly focused. The goal is to benefit the business/department/SOE and that has very little to do with serving the public.

    I consider myself a public servant (albeit with a wider view of public then merely NZ) heck most of my salary derives from tax dollars. How could I consider myself anything else. But the Institute I work for considers itself a business, we don't work for the public, not even for the funding agencies, but instead we are focused tightly on serving the industries our work tries to benefit and that relationship is a strictly business one.

    We are managed by professional managers with no interest or connection to the work we do, no interest in serving the public, only an interest in meeting their KPIs. Little wonder they see requests for information as at best a distraction and at worst as a threat. And their attitude is passed down the pyramid to those with actual knowledge.

    All that makes your job harder and results in you resorting to OIAs which in turn are treated as if they are live hand grenades.

    But to be fair, there is not much confidence in the media. That loss of confidence makes it easier to dismiss or distrust requests for help. When the media are more interested in the latest fad diet than the latest health science why would you bother helping them, I mean they are only interested in the story that sells the most.

    TLDR No trust in either direction any more, but that's just business.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

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