Posts by Tinakori

  • Hard News: Not doing justice, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    The few shots relate, I understand, to the Harawiras' admirable campaign against P in the region.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 26 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    I bet he married a Maori princess too

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 26 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The silence of the public square,

    "My only problem with those parties is that they were originally pitched as general get-out-the-vote events, but wound up very much as Internet Party campaign things."

    So, if a party crowd like that was being incited to say the same sort of things about a Labour leader or the previous Labour PM, Helen Clark, you'd be quite ok with that too, just exuberant youth having a good old right wing time?

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 26 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The silence of the public square, in reply to Ianmac,

    John Campbell had a go. Didn't end well, if I remember correctly.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 26 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Steven Joyce: Prick or Treat, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I think the rumour is being put about by the same person who tried to convince me Steve Hansen is looking at Kim Dotcom as a possible replacement for Aaron Smith. There are just a few eligibility issues, I understand.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 26 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Steven Joyce: Prick or Treat,

    "If and when John Key decides to quit parliamentary politics, he will leave a large and possibly quite destructive vacuum to fill."

    A lot like Helen Clark, with a couple of important differences. The quality of recruiting under her and Mike Williams was very low with the continued rise to dominance of the party apparrachik, people who who have spent most of their lives focused on politics and for whom their political identity is a major part of their personal identity. Clark was also much more of a Labour Party person than Key has been a National Party person and Key's use it or lose it attitude to his Cabinet has also encouraged party outsiders to look at the possibility of being an MP in a way they might not have before. National still faces the problem of the young political professional who has known almost nothing but politics.
    just not to the same extent as Labour. But, vacuums tend to be filled mostly because the poor performance of a government encourages voters to look at the alternative with greater interest and the core supporters of a government lose heart. Helen Clark is a classic example. Her triumph was to hang on as leader until the National-NZ First government showered itself with enough shit to make both parties unelectable

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 26 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today,

    Economically and culturally, Muldoon's quest was to preserve the world of his wartime post depression generation and in that sense his views on economic management and sporting relations with South Africa were closely linked. For most of them it was a very benign world compared with what they had lived through from the 1930s onwards. His quest did not succeed in either case. The world was gradually becoming a more liberal place and authoritarian economic and cultural policies became impossible to sustain, especially in a tiny country that has to trade to survive at or near a standard of living to which the inhabitants aspire.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 26 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Radio New Zealand: changing…,

    I don't much care how the news arrives as long as it is accurate which is I think the first requirement for taxpayer funded news radio. That doesn't mean they have to get it right first time every time but when they do screw up it should 1. bother them and 2. they should make attempts to fix it. That has mostly been the RNZ culture so far whereas most of the others news organisations have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the lawyers/press council/broadcasting standards. I do however get tired of their over emphasis on politics. To me that reflects their resource allocation with a big political team and not much else. Some non-politics reporters really know their stuff - Lois Williams in Northland, their Education reporter and so on.....I trust what they say. On the other hand they have not had a Maori Affairs Reporter worthy of the name since Chris Wikaira left the premises well over a decade ago, which is pretty damn hopeless when you think about it. It makes them Radio New Zea....... not Radio New Zealand. Maybe someone from Te Manu Korihi will eventually take over. If the new structure can maintain their news values and change some of the resource allocations it will be a success in my view.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 26 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Meanwhile back at the polls, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Jones was a guy who happened to be both a great communicator and wealthy and rode a wave of discontent to create a high profile for his NZ Party, a more incisive version of Winston or Jim Anderton (the last of whom he once described as his closest friend in politics to Anderton's protestations). Under FPP his victory was mostly a public relations one as his votes did not provide the margin of victory in enough electorates to tip the vote towards Labour. Labour won by their own efforts. KDC and HH are trying to combine two tiny political ripples into a wavelet. There is nothing like the discontent that surrounded National in 84 in any demographic.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 26 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Fine Line, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    One of the major deterrents to people smuggling by boat to NZ is a purely commercial one. People smuggling is a business. The boat has to be good for only one journey because it is a one way trip. The trade off between a boat that can meet the nautical challenges and be written off after each trip - because it is confiscated or sinks - is a very tough threshold to meet. It would have to be large to carry a good payload but the larger the boat the more costly if it is also capable of getting here in one piece. But people are ingenious and I would not be surprised if there were attempts to get here. After all, the two major groups of immigrants to this country faced technological challenges far greater than the people smugglers and, in the case of the Europeans, over far greater distances. People also respond to incentives. If one gets here and is welcomed others will follow.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 26 posts Report Reply

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