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  • Hard News: Spring Timing, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    (Does that leave NZ First as Flat Earth? possibly a label more suiting the Conservatives though.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 808 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Spring Timing,

    Can we go back to first principles here: just why should we believe that the known history of the Australian Labor and Green Parties should have much relevance for the future of the NZ Labour and Green Parties? Might be similar party names; but not the same people.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 808 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Spring Timing, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    And they have a summer school with an English language programme – hence some of my former students can legitimately claim to have “studied at Harvard” on the basis of a semester spent there at some time during their MA studies at my own university.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices, in reply to nzlemming,

    Yes indeed. Though a columnist writing “I’m sure of my beliefs, in spades” is, regrettably, a tautology these days. Also fits with the “just world” reasoning noted by Virginia above: “I must be right because I have a privileged position”.

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  • Hard News: Poor Choices, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I AM NOT A DATA POINT – my next t-shirt. Sorted.

    I love that. Prisoner reference, check; but also the delicious irony that wearing a messaged t-shirt does rather make you a data point.

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  • Notes & Queries: Little CD in a Prospect…, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    * The first reference link seems no longer to work; try 10 Ways to Show Love to Someone With Depression

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  • Hard News: The Uses of Dotcom,

    It would help immeasurably if the MSM were to decide that, PM or not, Key's "suspicions", "suggestions", and other such freshly squeezed opinions do not deserve to be treated as news. Some chance of that though.

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  • Hard News: Aiming for the feet, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    rite of passage

    [ sic, for “right of passage"] – Is that typo the Herald ’s, or was it already in the ODT source article?

    Answering my own question – the online ODT version has the correct phrasing.

    ETA: snap.

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  • Hard News: Media data, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Dunno what Sky actually deliver. (Yamis?) Yes, “Other Chinese” is not a very helpful category, so I’d expect them to ignore that.

    the South Asian languages are so heavily skewed towards Hindi.

    That’s been increasing recently. The number of self-reported Hindi speakers in NZ tripled between 1996 & 2006. But speaker numbers for most Asian languages (other than Cantonese and Japanese) more than doubled over the same period; so Hindi has extended rather than suddenly achieved numerical dominance over Gujarati or Panjabi in NZ.

    I bet there’s a huge amount of overlap in the Chinese languages, especially Mandarin and ‘Other’.

    I agree. The “Cantonese” total increased only 25% from 1996-2006, while “Mandarin” and “Other” responses both more than doubled, so it’s possible that many more recent immigrants tended to report both of the last two language categories. The figures could reflect immigration from (e.g.) Malaysia as much as directly from PRC/RoC.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 808 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media data, in reply to Yamis,

    Underneath all Sky’s “quality product” bullshit, it’s just audience demographics.

    2006 NZ census figures for Asian languages above 0.25% of population (totals rounded to nearest 100):
    Hindi 44,600 = 1.2%; Cantonese 44,200 (1.2%); Mandarin 41,400 (1.1%); other Chinese 38,100 (1.0%); Korean 27,000 (0.7%); Japanese 20,900 (0.6%); Gujarati 15,900 (0.4%); Tagalog 12,500 (0.3%); Panjabi 10,700 (0.3%).

    On these figures, Sky didn’t have to really care about catering for any Asian languages in NZ over the past decade; but if they were going to make some half-hearted effort, a package favouring Chinese was, & still is, their best bet.
    (However, looking back at 1996 and 2001, the numbers for Hindi are increasing faster than for Chinese, so this could change.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 808 posts Report Reply

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