Thanks Russell! You make my job easier ;-)
This is one of my favourite NZ On Screen titles. Neil Roberts wandering around Otara/Mangere and then Howick/Pakuranga, observing these two very different South Auckland areas in 1982. I was just a wee thing living in Papatoetoe when this was filmed, so it goes deep for me, being able to see my backyard in this way. How it's all changed. Bring on Te Papa North!
And over here in New York, I have a couple of pals who regularly - like, every weekend - screen Miss New Zealand 1973 to their American friends, always to appreciative fascination (with the accents, rather than the swimsuits).
Thanks Russell & Toby! I'm watching the feature right now. And I'll probably watch it another five times before my 48 hour grace period is up. I did a little blog about it. It's only little. I actually could have written for a whole month about all that I love about Shortland Street (and don't love... it's been a rocky relationship), but this will have to do for today. Cheers!
Free The Street
Lovely, lovely thread, Emma. The first thing I was reminded of when I read your headline was "Where you stay?", a question I learned about from Wayne Youle when we filmed the artwork of the same title for New Artland.
Whereas us Pakeha ask "Where you from?" in all the senses that you describe, "Where you stay?" assumes that you already know where you are "from". "Where you stay?" means "Where are you living at the moment", and also "Where do you identify with (even if you don't live there)?" and also a little bit of "Where you from?" Fun, eh!
So, I'm "from" Naenae & Papatoetoe (and Cork/Denmark/Manchester/Italy). I "stay" in Brooklyn NYC, Pt Chevalier AK, Wellington Central... and the Coromandel. Yeah.
We cannot have failed electorate MPs sneaking back into parliament by the back door
So vitriolic. Such short memories. Judith held Panmure for two terms before shifting to Auckland Central, winning it from Sandra Lee, and holding it for another three terms after that one, before hepatitis, Nikki Kaye, losing the Pt Chev chunk, that media noose, and, yes, four terms of constituency fatigue with her brought it all to an end. I'm not sure how six terms as an electorate MP counts as failure. Just as I'm not sure how "next on the party list" counts as a back-door.
But, it seems, none of that matters when it's Tizard you're writing about. It's years since I worked for her, but I remain fascinated by this media view of her, versus the Judith I know. Yes, she could be frustrating, but no, she wasn't lazy. A couple of things that might contextualise her media personae, or not, depending on how you're feeling:
- As a junior/associate minister, Judith often had to share key announcements with - or give them over to - senior ministers, regardless of how much of the work she'd done. I even remember a couple of instances when initiatives were announced by another minister's office without consultation with us. Diddums? Nah, Judith wasn't bothered by her behind-the-scenes role. It just means she's had to wear the 'ineffective' badge for a long time. But when you've been behind the tightly-closed doors of the Auckland Mayoral Forum (R.I.P.) and seen her bang a few mayoral heads together, then you've really seen something.
- On other occasions, when she did make a bold call in the media, she was admonished from within. Yet, later, the government would follow up on that call. (Example: Infrastructure Auckland.) Kudos to Judith? No - just pass the handbag.
Of course, as one who has taken the best quotes and put them in press releases and articles, I know the power of a great quote, good or bad. "Prime Minister's handbag" was an effective one. So was "chewing on dead rats". I'm relieved Judith still has her wicked sense of humour after all of this.
Wait and Kill, surely?
(On a more serious note, I also enjoyed Pam keeping it on-message in terms of what more the media - love that catch-all - can be doing to uncover Super City backhanders. Won't give any more away. By all means, watch.)
My favourite bit of last night's taping was Corkery's response when Russell told her "Shut up, Pam". Feminist comedy at its best (yes, they are mutually inclusive!). You lot are gonna love it. I thought I was at The Classic.
So you need to make yourself interested, at least for the duration.
Ah, that makes a little more sense.
Hey Russell! I was just wondering what you meant by this:
"Obviously, you have to be interested in the subject matter to run a panel discussion,"
I'm just a little confused. I didn't think personal interest in a subject matter was (necessarily) a qualifier for something making it onto Media 7...
Scoundrels starts tonight (time difference!) and I intend to blog about it for ya!