The most telling indications of still-sinking staff morale, however, are the persistent rumours of senior management keeping tabs on staff communications.
Those that NBR has heard over several months include the claim that email groups via which regional news heads communicate with their staff were – unbeknownst to them – being blind cc-ed to Mr Weldon and/or some of his senior associates.
Another is that the Auckland-based IT department has been instructed to install filters on the company server for certain words and phrases (one staff member, for example, has told NBR of having to explain a private, entirely innocent email exchange that happened to include mention of another media organisation).
A MediaWorks spokeswoman has strongly denied those allegations, stating “It is absolute nonsense that MediaWorks monitors staff communications.”
Comrade Chris Trotter has had another of his bad days…and he thinks that the one true flag for New Zealand is the Tino Rangatiratanga flag.
THERE’S A HOUSE not far from here that flies the Tino Rangatiratanga flag. Every day, rain or shine, its flutters bravely atop its slender flagpole. A statement? Certainly. But isn’t every flag? The Tino Rangatiratanga flag stands for Maori sovereignty. It’s about the proper relationship between those who came to these islands first and those who came later. In other words, it’s a flag that speaks, directly, to this country’s past, present and future. For that reason, alone, it makes the strongest case for being chosen as the present flag’s replacement. That it is also a superb design merely strengthens its claim.
Tragically, New Zealanders will not be given the opportunity to vote for the Tino Rangatiratanga flag. The government-appointed Flag Consideration Panel has released the four “finalists” from the 40 designs it selected from the more than 10,000 submissions it received – and the Tino Rangatiratanga flag is not among them. (Hardly surprising, really, since it didn’t make the “Top-40” either!)
Even more tragically, not one of the “Final Four” comes close to the Tino Rangatiratanga flag in terms of either graphic power or cultural resonance. Though the Panel was charged with ensuring that any new flag’s design reflected the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi-inspired partnership between Maori and Pakeha, not one of the chosen flags features the red, white and black “colours” that are fundamental to Maori artistic expression. Not to worry, the Panel have carefully covered the base marked “Maori” with a flag featuring a stark black koru. Sorted.
CONMAN EXTRAORDANAIRE Anmol Seth assumed the identity of a client in an attempt to access their company bank accounts – but was caught out when he couldn’t answer any of the client’s security questions.
The revelations are contained in the findings of a BNZ investigation into the alleged misappropriation of nearly $32,000 from a hospitality company that went bust last year.
It’s another damning indictment against the self-proclaimed “billionaire of Flatbush” – a man accused of stealing millions from vulnerable and hard-working Indian investors.
A number of complaints against Seth have already been laid with Inland Revenue, BNZ and the Financial Markets Authority demanding action be taken against the Indian businessman for alleged money laundering and GST fraud.
There are also calls for a re-examination of the evidence in relation to the alleged misappropriation of nearly $32,000 from a hospitality company now in receivership after a failed hotel in the South Island last year. Read more »
A solid year for Milford.
As fund manager Milford moves to change its performance fee structure, accounts filed this week show a 30% increase in fee income for the firm in the year to March.
Net profit for Milford Funds grew a healthy 43% to $15 million for the year as income from management and performance fees reached $44.6m, up from $34.2m a year earlier.
The company paid a dividend of $12m to its parent company Milford Asset Management.
The main owners of Milford Asset Management are its employees, including Brian Gaynor and Anthony Quirk. Read more »
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Today’s face of the day, Australian Political commentator Andrew Bolt, has this to say about the current Refugee crisis.
Almost all the media commentary on the invasion of Europe so far overlooks a critical point.
The illegal immigrants in no way are “refugees”. Even those fleeing, say, Syria, were in relative safety once they’d crossed the border into Turkey, which, incidentally, is a country sharing the Muslim faith of most Syrians.
But since then, the immigrants have moved to Greece, then Macedonia and then Serbia to reach Hungary. Even then the vast majority want to move on – through Austria or the Czech Republic to their ultimate goal, Germany, the richest of all the countries on this trek.
I don’t blame them, of course, but nor do I blame Germany for saying it does not have a responsibility to accept these hundreds of thousands of people crossing its borders.
The word for today is…
tyke (noun) – 1. A small child, especially a boy.
2. A mongrel or cur.
3. Chiefly British A man considered uncouth or mean; a boor.
Source : The Free Dictionary
Etymology : Late 14th century, “cur, mongrel,” from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse tik “bitch,” from Proto-Germanic *tikk- (cognates: Middle Low German tike). Also applied in Middle English to a low-bred or lazy man. The meaning “child” is from 1902, though the word was used in playful reproof from 1894. As a nickname for a Yorkshireman, from circa 1700; “Perhaps originally opprobrious; but now accepted and owned”.
19But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.