The collapse of the Herald, predicted in 2009 and slowly grinding on

After reading of poor Tim’s travels, I found this article by Michael Bassett from 2009 on the demise of the Herald.    

It’s not the fact he openly outlines the failures, hints at Bernard Orsman interviewing his keyboard or making stuff up, he goes on to lay the blame at Tim Murphy’s feet for not acting to change either Orsman’s style or just moving him on.  

Roll on 5 years, yawn, same story, same mistakes and poorly researched articles or just plain made up on the fly.

Maybe this article should be compulsory reading for the executive team and board, along with their latest KPI indicators and their total and advertising revenue, circulation and overhead costs, that would be an interesting exercise to benchmark over the last 10 years.

In case you hadn’t noticed it, the New Zealand Herald, the paper that used to claim to be the country’s premier paper of record, has abandoned this aspiration and seems intent on becoming a mere British-style tabloid. Its journalists are down to a skeleton of reporters; the sub editing (those who fit the headlines to the story below) seems to have fallen into the hands of deliberate troublemakers; and the editor, Tim Murphy, appears not to be in charge of what appears in his paper. 

You might think these are rather strong comments. They are. They describe a state of affairs that is poisoning too many relationships around Auckland, and causing the time of competent people to be wasted on countering deliberate falsehoods that appear in the Herald. Several key people in Auckland local government now refuse to talk to Bernard Orsman, the Herald’s so-called Auckland City Reporter, because he twists words given to him, fabricates stories, and seems determined not to report the news, but to try to create it. 

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Moderator statement to readers

Something that needs to be addressed is the matter of off topic commentary on posts of a particular subject. The subject that I am referring to is of course the Gaza conflict. Having to make this statement gives me the feeling of a patronizing teacher and I don’t like it, but it has to be done.

I have spent many hours collecting information, data and statements for past, current and future posts on the conflict. All of this work is done in my own time, late at night and very early in the morning so I can bring you the other side of the story that the mainstream media aren’t showing us.

I am not paid to do this. I do it on a voluntary basis out of passion and a service to balance media and the Jewish and Israeli community in New Zealand and overseas who are being alienated, so that readers who come here can get the other side of the story. Read more »


Propaganda 105


The message we can take from the political cartoon is that Israel protects its children from Hamas rocket fire into Israel by using its defensive ‘ Iron Dome to shoot down the rockets’ while Hamas protect their rockets and themselves by using Palestinian children as human shields.
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Mental Health Break

When Genocide is Permissible

A man by the name of Yochanan Gordon created a huge international stink with this article:

Judging by the numbers of casualties on both sides in this almost one-month old war one
would be led to the conclusion that Israel has resorted to disproportionate means in
fighting a far less- capable enemy. That is as far as what meets the eye. But, it’s now
obvious that the US and the UN are completely out of touch with the nature of this foe and are
therefore not qualified to dictate or enforce the rules of this war – because when it comes to terror
there is much more than meets the eye.

I wasn’t aware of this, but it seems that the nature of warfare has undergone a major shift over the
years. Where wars were usually waged to defeat the opposing side, today it seems – and judging
by the number of foul calls it would indicate – that today’s wars are fought to a draw. I mean,
whoever heard of a timeout in war? An NBA Basketball game allows six timeouts for each team
during the course of a game, but last I checked this is a war! We are at war with an enemy whose
charter calls for the annihilation of our people. Nothing, then, can be considered disproportionate
when we are fighting for our very right to live.

The sad reality is that Israel gets it, but its hands are being tied by world leaders who over the past
six years have insisted they are such good friends with the Jewish state, that they know more
regarding its interests than even they do. But there’s going to have to come a time where Israel
feels threatened enough where it has no other choice but to defy international warnings – because
this is life or death.

Most of the reports coming from Gazan officials and leaders since the start of this operation have
been either largely exaggerated or patently false. The truth is, it’s not their fault, falsehood and
deceit is part of the very fabric of who they are and that will never change. Still however, despite
their propensity to lie, when your enemy tells you that they are bent on your destruction you
believe them. Similarly, when Khaled Meshal declares that no physical damage to Gaza will
dampen their morale or weaken their resolve – they have to be believed. Our sage Gedalia the son
of Achikam was given intelligence that Yishmael Ben Nesanyah was plotting to kill him. However,
in his piety or rather naiveté Gedalia dismissed the report as a random act of gossip and paid no
attention to it. To this day, the day following Rosh Hashana is commemorated as a fast day in the
memory of Gedalia who was killed in cold blood on the second day of Rosh Hashana during the
meal. They say the definition of insanity is repeating the same mistakes over and over. History is
there to teach us lessons and the lesson here is that when your enemy swears to destroy you –
you take him seriously. Read more »


Map of the Day

via BBC

via BBC

Jonah Lomu backs John Key


No sooner did he Tweet his support and admiration for John Key, and Jonah started to discover the nasty side of the left.  The feral lot that see him as a class traitor for daring to show his support for the National Party.

But the truth is, Labour are losing their traditional support in the Pacific Island community in spades.   In fact, National is getting so much Pasifika love, they are launching their election campaign in South Auckland.

It is a particularly nasty side of our national psyche that makes us turn on our public figures with such unbridled hatred simply because they see one political party’s ideas better than those of others.

We saw the same thing happen when Darrien Fenton laid into national treasure The Mad Butcher and called for (where have we seen this before?) people to stop frequenting his stores.  She did withdraw and apologise, but it is the same knee jerk reaction the left seem to display:  over the top viciousness and attacking the financial position of the person they don’t share the same ideas with.

Susan Strongman has more   Read more »

8 minute prolonged sexual attack – the victim wants him outed

Person F, as we called him, or now Mr X, according to the Southland Times, we also know him as “NZ’s Rolf Harris”.

The pressure continues as everyone bar the Sex Pest, his lawyer and the legal system wants him outed.   Not just for this specific incident, but also so that other incidents can then be openly discussed.

John Edens reports

Last year, in a Court of Appeal decision by Justices O’Regan, France and MacKenzie, the facts were outlined about when the man visited a friend at her home in 2011.

The woman was about to leave the house to go shopping but invited the man in for a cup of tea. In the kitchen, he tried to kiss her and touch her on her clothing before putting her hand on his groin. She rejected the advances.

An initial summary of facts, seen by Fairfax Media, says the incident lasted for about eight minutes.

“The victim pleaded with the defendant to stop, stating that he was upsetting her and that her husband and daughter were returning.

“The incident lasted for an estimated eight minutes amid the victim’s protests and total lack of reciprocation.”

In a witness statement, the victim’s husband told police Mr X was in the house after he returned from feeding the family dog.

“As I went in I felt like he was pushing me out of the house as he walked outside towards me. He wasn’t physically moving me, it was just an impression I got. It seemed a little funny, like I couldn’t get into my own house. Read more »

Ex Labour MP wants to commence asset sales – “Don’t!”, says Labour MP

I thought asset sales were something the left could never actually permit to happen?

Opposition parties are urging Christchurch City Council not to sell assets to solve its funding shortfall.

A Cameron Partners report, released yesterday, says it may need to find an extra $783 million to $883m by 2019.

The authors put up four options for closing the gap: increase rates, borrow more, get money from insurance payments and sell assets.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the council can’t borrow any more money and will look at the other options.

That article would have been so much better had it said “ex-Labour MP Lianne Dalziel…”, and also a lot more honest.

Labour’s Canterbury recovery spokeswoman, Ruth Dyson, says her party will vigorously oppose short-term solutions.

“Asset sales would leave the city worse off financially and strategically in the long term,” she said.

Lianne Dalziel has discovered that once you actually sit there in the seat of power and you don’t have the luxury of chanting thoughtless pre-prepared protest slogans but actually have to solve a problem using practical means, asset sales aren’t of the devil after all.

They never were, of course.  We all sell assets in our private lives and think nothing of it.


- NZN via 3 News

Hooton on Labour’s skulduggery in Te Tai Tokerau

Matthew Hooton uses his NBR column to explain about David Cunliffe’s skullduggery in Te Tai Tokerau.

Less widely reported was Mr Key’s reference to the Maori Party. Like National voters in Epsom and Ohariu, the prime minister told those in the Maori electorates to back his support parties’ candidates.

This is a bit cheeky: National doesn’t run candidates in the Maori electorates because, theoretically, its policy is to abolish them (although it’s extremely doubtful Mr Key personally agrees, given his commitment to national reconciliation).

That’s why Mr Key’s nod to the Maori Party is so important. Under MMP, this election remains too close to call. For National to have a chance of a third term, Mr Key may well need Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell to retain Waiariki. Even more important is the result in Hone Harawira’s Te Tai Tokerau electorate, which spans Cape Reinga to West Auckland.

Most commentators assume Mr Harawira is completely safe, especially now he has scored Kim Dotcom’s dosh. But that reveals they haven’t looked at the data very carefully.

Three years ago, Mr Harawira only sneaked back into parliament, beating Labour’s Kelvin Davis by a mere 1165 votes, 6% of those cast. Labour won the party vote easily, by 10%. For his part, Mr Harawira’s majority was well less than National’s party vote and also NZ First’s (see table below). Obviously, many National and NZ First voters backed the Maori Party’s candidate, while Green voters backed Mr Harawira.

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This time, the Maori Party has Te Hira Paenga as its candidate. He would make an excellent MP. A father of five, he has post-graduate qualifications and is assistant principal at Hato Petera College. Whatever: he should fall on his taiaha.  Read more »