Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Up Front: Go For Launch,

    I can never see the point of vegetarian pies. It's a bit like decaffeinated coffee.

    Or sugar-free barley sugar?

    What's on Media 7 this week, Russell?

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  • Up Front: Go For Launch,

    Nor are we ignoring you like we are Hamilton and Dunedin and all those other towns.

    On behalf of the ignored, "city" please!

    So, it looks like another trip up SH1!!

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  • Island Life: The World Is Full of Cu*ts,

    Would be facetious to suggest that churches pay GST on their income? They are providing a service, after all..

    Or maybe I am just feeling a little bitter after paying out $102 in excise fees and GST, to get access to a copy of a UK-published book I contributed a chapter to.

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  • Hard News: Right This Time?,

    Several universities have far-reaching policy statements to the effect that their employees are to be guided by Te Tiriti (or its principles), including in teaching and research.

    Te Whare Wananga o Waikato (University of Waikato) does have a policy that gives students the right to write their assignments/exams in te reo Maori but I have encountered this only twice in the past 10-12 years.

    We do have numerous Maori students (the highest proportion of any NZ uni) and there are always Maori support folk (usually grads) to help Maori students. In my faculty we also do the same for ESL students.

    But I agree that incorporating such principles into research is very fuzzy--other than providing consent forms in te reo Maori.

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  • Hard News: Right This Time?,

    I am hellishly confused about this issue, possibly because we were living in Wales (where they used to burn holiday cottages owned by English visitors) when it first broke. Tom suggests we make entry to NZ beaches a birthright but that leaves out the question of tourists and those here on temporary visas. Would we need to carry a birth certificate, or some form of 'local' identity (as Rotorua residents do, to get discounted entry to the Blue Baths)?

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  • Hard News: Dear John,

    As Albert Eienstein put it, Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen

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  • Hard News: New Lounge Toy Update,

    Research came out in Italy a couple of weeks ago claiming that yelling at your kids is worse than smacking them.

    I guess they do a great deal of yelling in Italy, if life there is anything like Italian films.

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  • Hard News: Standing up and calling bullshit,

    Anyhoo - next time there's ever a show about kids TV in NZ - get some of the people at the coalface in.

    I take your point but feel reassured that I have worked at 'the coal face' in a research sense, in that I have done considerable research (with Ruth Zanker from the NZ Broadcasting School) over the past 15 years or so. This has been child-centred research ie which the aim of providing children and teens to talk about their media experiences, rather than parents or teachers reporting on the relationships.
    I agree with your comments about the voice of the viewing audience--whenever programme makers get into arguments about ratings with schedulers and funders, I always recommend them calling on their fan base as a better measure eg the sacks of mail that What Now? gets, the response to competitions etc. The problem with ratings measurement (there are quite a few problems) is that population base for young age groups is often tiny--and often statistically invalid.

    About Peter Calder. He is a nice guy and a great film reviewer, so I am disappointed about his rant to this thread. I could get more offended as I am Jewish (well, my mother was) but I do hope he has gone away for a sit down and quiet reflection.

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  • Field Theory: When First is Worst,

    That is the beauty of the provincial championship--you can support other, geographically distant teams. Waikato have been a bit fragile (and often disappointing) this year but might sneak into the semis, especially if Alan De M leads the way.

    When I was just a sprout, my dad took me to all the RS matches when Taranaki held it for stretch. I don't think the Shield has the same significance in 2009, but it is good to think that Southland might have it for a while.

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  • Hard News: Dunce Dunce Revolution,

    Well put. We should never let ill-educated politicians anywhere near education.

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