Posts by Tinakori

  • 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 • 20 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 • 20 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 • 20 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 • 20 posts Report Reply

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

    OK, fine for the first boat. What if there is another?

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Let's talk about class,

    What government was in power for most of the decade prior to Pike River? Who were the founders of the main party in that government and where was that party founded?

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy,

    "I find it difficult to understand how a newsroom that contains John Campbell (who has become a very good journalist) and the team that supports him, can also contain Mr Gower. It strikes me as odd."

    Now, John Campbell is a political journalist, but the political is with a small "p".

    In other words he comes at everything from a left wing social justice angle so will sink his fangs into a politician on the same side who he feels is not living up to their shared standards and will praise a right winger or liberal who is prepared to favour something that overlaps with his own left wing conservative values. That's fine because it is so obvious, you could never accuse him of pretending to be balanced or even nuanced on the subjects he tackles. He and Gower are on the same channel and both are prominent on that channel. They don't balance one another because one is political and the other is not. There is no sign of a liberal version of John Campbell.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy,

    I'm with Ruminator, Patrick Gower is a classic old-fashioned beat up artist, who'd sell his mother for a story that leads the bulletin and has him in the centre. He wouldn't sell his granny because he already has done. Back in the day he would have chain smoked, drunk like a fish, worn a fedora with a "Press" card tucked into the band and focused on a front page lead. He doesn't give a rats if the story is about David Cunliffe or John Key or Judith Collins. Its the story that counts and he tests a story subject to the max. If the subject makes a mistake however inconsequential its simply confirmation of the story. I've known a few journalists who would pull punches or make them harder depending on their political views but Gower is too focused on the psychodrama in which he is the leading character to ever do that. More people become journalists with Gower's motives than ever do to push a political line. The latter are also frankly pretty boring.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: My Life in Curry,

    Anthony Burgess of Clockwork Orange fame wrote three novels about his time as a schoolteacher in Malaya, the Malayan Trilogy. The descriptions of his curry meals - always accompanied by ice cold Tiger Beer - were what started my yet to be sated interest in curry.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What Hekia Parata actually said, in reply to Lilith __,

    We are indeed and the spoken word hardly ever emerges in well wrought sentences and paragraphs even when the interviewee is used to being interrogated by journalists. If they do, its usually because the text has been fixed up at a later date and agreed between interviewee and interviewer.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2013 • 20 posts Report Reply

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