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Today’s Trivia





Many of today’s standard management practices were pioneered by 19th century slave owners. (source)


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Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in: Barely legal Pawn

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50 shades of Whaleoil

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National UP 2 percent, Labour DOWN 2.5, Green DOWN 0.5

Shamefully hacked from Kiwiblog, the latest Roy Morgan poll:

Party Support

  • National 48.0% (+2.0%)
  • Labour 27.5% (-2.5%)
  • Green 11.5% (-0.5%)
  • NZ First 6.5% (+1.5%)
  • Maori 1.0% (+0.5%)
  • United Future 0.5% (nc)
  • ACT 0.5% (nc)
  • Mana/Internet 2.5% (nc)
  • Conservative 1.0% (nc)

This poll was taken during the Dirty Politics (beltway) poop storm.   Read more »


Skilled job demand up in…. regions. How can that be?


Labour have fixed another “Crisis”, and there is more good news

The number of skilled jobs being advertised online has increased almost 10 percent in the year to July.

Figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show more jobs are being advertised in construction, engineering, hospitality, tourism and IT.

The largest increase in skilled vacancies, was for technicians and trade workers

By region, the biggest increases were in Manawatu and Wanganui, and Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay.

Not Christchurch.  Not Auckland.  Not Wellington or even Clap Capital.

- hacked from NewstalkZB, although some help was taken from Michael Sergel

“…there are bad journalists and good bloggers and vice versa”

Heather Carston asks her fellow media friends:

I have to ask this, because I did learn as a cadet in Aussie, not here – how are polytechs and universities in New Zealand teaching young writers how to really cultivate and then work their sources over the long term these days? Because in reading this and in seeing what is happening in parts of mainstream media, there seems to be a lot of managing of media by sources rather than the other way round.

Yes, one does have to ‘look after’ a good source – but never at the cost of a good story.

The minute a journalist finds themselves allowing their personal preferences (and by this I mean their liking for their source or source’s idealogy) above being as factual as possible and following all leads is when they should question their ethics on how and why they are doing their job.

By the same token, an editor needs to have enough working nous to look at a story and see if there isn’t any aspects that have not been looked into hard enough. Read more »


Publishing private emails about my non-political private life: Lowering the bar of New Zealand journalism

When I reported on Len Brown’s indiscretions, people said I had lowered the bar for everyone.  This was a new low for New Zealand journalism, and so on.

When it comes to using private conversations the bar has now been lowered too.  I hope you are all ready for what’s to come.

Because, Andrea Vance aside, who expressed extreme unease at my private emails being used, most of you better not whine when your emails or private matters hit the media from here on in.

Andrea Vance aside, most of you have gleefully fueled what has happened over the last week.


Just remember that when it is your turn.

Oh look, Pete just pointed me to this:   Read more »