Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine

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  • Rich of Observationz,

    How does a 42 year-old woman who’s had a part-time job at a newspaper and a PR company with no clients afford lately to buy a “big” house in Ponsonby and invest in a new media joint venture?

    Same way everyone does - use the flexi mortgage to meet the payments on the fixed mortgage and recapitalize often? Plus a bit of help from mummy and daddy, you'd think? Who are mummy and daddy in this case?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    I hope the Scout headline ran:
    'Life sucks when you are Mike Hosking...'

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7818 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The Hosking story is Glucina’s and almost beyond parody:

    A dream scenario would be if Mike Hosking and Rachel Glucina sue the bejesus out of each other. Something that would make Hosking vs Jonathan Marshall look like a picnic.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5408 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Plus a bit of help from mummy and daddy, you’d think?

    Or anyone else with the best possible connections.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5408 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I hope the Scout headline ran:
    ‘Life sucks when you are Mike Hosking…’

    Mike sucks...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4086 posts Report Reply

  • James Francis,

    I've just noticed on PA System that the post underneath this was titled, 'Swamp Monsters'. It seemed apt.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 121 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Same way everyone does - use the flexi mortgage to meet the payments on the fixed mortgage and recapitalize often? Plus a bit of help from mummy and daddy, you'd think? Who are mummy and daddy in this case?

    Update: the house is owned by Pink PR, as is another property in Newmarket. So yeah, effectively she's bought a house with her mum.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22695 posts Report Reply

  • Adam Gifford, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Sorry, that's the unpaid intern's job.

    Auckland • Since May 2011 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Pink PR

    The company with no clients she doesn't run? Love to see the accounts ...

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2087 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd, in reply to Joanna,

    everyone here should watch Anne Helen Peterson's excellent Webstock talk What we talk about when we talk about Brangelina

    Seconded. So-called gossip has an important social function. Also, how is it worse or different to sports news (or many other kinds of "news" that are coded masculine)?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3121 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Seconded. So-called gossip has an important social function. Also, how is it worse or different to sports news (or many other kinds of “news” that are coded masculine)?

    Err, how did this become a gender political outrage topic?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4086 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Plus a bit of help from mummy and daddy, you’d think? Who are mummy and daddy in this case?

    Seriously? You're mocking someone for potentially having their parents help them buy a house? Do you have any idea how hard it is for young adults to buy a house these days without having parents help out? Of all my 30-something friends who own houses, I don't think any have done it without "mummy and daddy" (or "mum and dad" as most adults call their parents) helping out.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Also, how is it worse or different to sports news (or many other kinds of “news” that are coded masculine)?

    I've always thought that a lot of sports news is really no different to showbiz news. Footage of a rugby team training the day before a big game? Footage of an actor at the premiere of their big movie? Same difference.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Sue, in reply to Russell Brown,

    why do we care about her house and who she owns it with?
    do you not go to her level when you delve into personal lives?

    uncool

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Keeping things in perspective. Gosiping is ordinary. I did it a lot more when I lived on Great barrier island, than I do in the city. When I visit my old friends, the first order of buisness, is to discuss how other mutual freinds and relatives are getting on.

    Gossip journalism isn’t the same thing, it often involves bullying.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4086 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    Just took a look at their fashion content and it's amatuer hour
    missing is the basic online fashion info of the outfits designer, where it was worn, and a runway comparison.
    Also missing is wit, it's very easy to roll out snark when celebrities are playing red carpet. Snark is a fun game to play with friends on twitter, but from a site with content i expect knowledge & comedy.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Sue,

    why do we care about her house and who she owns it with?

    I'm interested that it's the property of Pink PR. Because this is the company that Ms Glucina and The Herald claimed was "inactive" and had no clients, while she was writing for them.
    Her personal finances are her own business (provided they are legal.) But her company deserves scrutiny. Currently the ombuds(wo)man is investigating Ms Glucina's correspondence with Rt Hon Key around ponytailgate.
    It will be astonishing if the investigation actually outs all correspondence between the two. But I think there's legitimate public interest.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2087 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Update: the house is owned by Pink PR, as is another property in Newmarket. So yeah, effectively she’s bought a house with her mum.

    That definitely counts as 'connections'.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5408 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    You guys know that "mildly objecting to a rhetorical approach that may be unthinkingly gendered" is not actually "outrage", right?

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sue,

    why do we care about her house and who she owns it with?
    do you not go to her level when you delve into personal lives?

    uncool

    I honestly just thought it was odd that Simon didn't ask her how she'd done it, after including that information in the story (presumably because she'd volunteered it). Although the Pink PR bit is interesting, for the reasons Rob notes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22695 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Danielle,

    You guys know that “mildly objecting to a rhetorical approach that may be unthinkingly gendered” is not actually “outrage”, right?

    Sorry, I was getting overly hysterical :-)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4086 posts Report Reply

  • Berinthia Binnie,

    So you don't have to, I have perused the Scout Headlines.
    Before you dismiss it out of hand, there is a scoop on Sooty and Sweep, who looks silly now ay?
    We need this.

    Since Sep 2015 • 23 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Russell Brown,

    As you say Russell, the fact that Glucina mentioned the "large house" in the interview makes discussion of the subject relevant.

    It would be interesting to know if this is an LAQC (Loss Adjusted Qualifying Company) -- they're incorporated and approved by the IRD to record losses.

    The house is owned by a company, we're told that the company has no clients so we assume that implies no income. Therefore the "residents" pay rent to the company, but not enough to cover the outgoings. So the company makes losses every year which transfer to the company directors to offset tax. When the losses are large enough, the directors legally pay no tax at all.

    If this is the case, and I'm not saying it is, it's not an unusual setup and LAQCs are a known vehicle allowing wealthy people to minimise tax.

    Of course the downside comes if and when the property is sold and any profits become taxable.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1353 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    everyone here should watch Anne Helen Peterson's excellent Webstock talk What we talk about when we talk about Brangelina

    Seconded. So-called gossip has an important social function. Also, how is it worse or different to sports news (or many other kinds of "news" that are coded masculine)?

    Sports gossip is a thing now, sometimes maliciously so – as when Glucina splashed a personal picture of All Black Aaron Smith all over her column. We had no right to see that and there's no rationalisation that would make it so. Ditto what happened to Teuila Blakely.

    Our interest in the lives of people we don't know isn't new – how many pictures of the royal family has the Woman's Weekly published over the decades? But let's not ignore the realities of modern gossip media. Did you see Amy? Its depiction of the way, no matter how sick she was, Amy Winehouse had to step out into a blaze of flashbulbs and men shouting at her was horrifying. TMZ and other basically get their pictures from men who are freelance predators.

    I was genuinely surprised by how many people were happy to declare that Lorde had bought into it when she, as a 16 and 17 year-old, was stalked by Simon Runting. It's an insult to what she achieved creatively to just say she had it coming because she was successful. But it keeps happening because there's a market for it. I've had friends in music who've been dragged into the "gossip" sections in more minor ways and hated it. They're not our bloody property.

    The other side of celebrity gossip – and it's the more common one in New Zealand – is the people who work to be its subject. What did Aja Rock do to be "famous"? Scout's ludicrous "25 Most Influential New Zealanders under 25" – the list where Max Key is ranked above Lorde – is an attempt to engineer same. It's really about trying to establish the celebrity of people to whom Glucina already has a line.

    So yeah, I would confidently submit that gossip is a lot more morally perilous than sports reporting.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22695 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Dobbyn, in reply to Russell Brown,

    They should rename the show 'Snout' .

    New Zealand • Since Jul 2014 • 6 posts Report Reply

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