Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Moz,

    If rather than registering in advance you flew in on election day and headed for a polling booth, would you be able to get a special vote?

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  • Hard News: The Letter,

    NZers get to vote from overseas if they've been here at any point in the last three years (even transiting the airport counts, I guess). Permanent residents, it has to be in the last year.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Well, and you've got the way so many voices (outside the newspaper's direct staff) either freelance for APN/Fairfax or aspire to do so. So they'll always be giving them a huge benefit of the doubt.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Well, the MA60 has had 9 accidents out of 80 delivered and hasn't been certified by anywhere in the developed world apart from China.

    It may a perfectly fine aircraft, but the makers can't be bothered with the paperwork to certify it and the recipients of free airliners tend not to be able to afford to train their pilots very well.

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  • Hard News: The Letter,

    It could be an English language thing. A rowing club being a club for having rows and arguments?

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Ana Simkiss,

    I believe the qualified privilege would apply to the Herald reporting Key's public statements, but not to originating the story itself.

    Dragging Key and the Herald through the courts during the next National government would have certain advantages in tainting his brand. The ideal situation would involve him managing to Archer himself in the process.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Ana Simkiss,

    Why? It's quite possibly libel.

    It isn't like Lange v Atkinson, which was about a vague allegation of being a "lazy prime minister", it's more like Lange v ABC which was about a specific allegation of buying influence. Lange won the latter case (in Australia).

    Apart from anyone else, a libel case against John Key might discover who whispers in his ear and how much coordination of attack lines he and the NZ Herald engage in.

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  • Hard News: The Letter,

    If the Labour leadership were to sue John Key for libel over the $100k bottle allegation, he wouldn't be able to protect his source, not being a journalist.

    (And it's a specific allegation, not general political debate like calling someone a bigot, and its against a small, identifiable group of people).

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  • Hard News: Radio New Zealand: changing…, in reply to Jonathan King,

    Well, quite. And I assume they are not funded to produce a text news website, which isn't (like a newspaper) a question of delivering text you were already writing in a different form.

    It does interest me the difference in scale between an alternative broadcaster like Active or bFM (two or three paid employees, generally in ad sales, right) and a public broadcaster. The BBC probably peaked in the 1970s when a friend of mine was employed as a new grad to maintain the "birthday book", which was a list of notable peoples birthdays.

    (Such that the poptastic DJ could announce:

    and Elvis Costello is 26 today. Twice the age of my girlfriend. Oh, oops

    ).

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: F**kYouTube,

    If they try this one on in Europe, I suspect the EU will have something to say on competition grounds.

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