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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 »


You’re all pathetic sore losers (paraphrasing Rick Neville)


Tiso just can’t let this Canon Award thing go, and is destroying himself and with him, Deborah Hill Cone, Rick Neville, Canon and the NPA, as collateral damage.

Writes Tiso Read more »

Hackers have no ethics, but Russell Brown does. And for that I thank him.

Whaledump released a Facebook conversation that covered a lot of personal stuff about me, and more specifically my mum. She battled cancer and as these things go, it took quite a toll on the lives around her too. It’s the sort of thing you talk about with friends.

But. Hackers, in their own way, want to destroy me, so anything goes.

Publicaddress told off whaledump: because there’s lots of personal stuff in the chats (e.g. about cam’s mum)

Dirty Politics ‏@DirtyPoliticsNZ 5m
Links to recent @whaledump release have been retracted.In the process of sifting through the info to create own link with relevant info only

Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz 31m
Dear @whaledump there is no public interest in “exposing” people talking about their ill parents.

Mark Hubbard ‏@MarkHubbard33 37m
Unfollowed @whaledump Yes, #dirtypolitics uncovered by Hager is dreadful, Whale should blog off, but that account is juvenile & as bad.

Although Idiot Savant is a ranty lefty he shows he has compassion too.   Read more »

Our Friends: Cameron and John Slater, by David Slack

Now, don’t be shocked or anything, but David Slack just regurgitated a 2010 METRO hit piece on me through my father.

Just in case you were wondering where he stood.  He’s also posted it to the Kiwi Journalists Association Facebook page (couldn’t even find a friend to do it for him – self promotion – so ugly), so I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me showing you too

Credit:  Daron Parton.

Credit: Daron Parton.

John: The boy’s not an embarrassment, not at all.

He can get a bit confused, though. But then he grew up with cabinet ministers traipsing through our house and hitting the gin. Let’s be honest, our people can be a bit confusing.

First, we think you should leave the Yarpies alone, then we agree apartheid was terrible. First, compulsory saving is communism, then it’s policy. First we like the warships, then nuclear free’s the way to go. Except at lunch in Washington, of course!

And of course we think the gays are perfectly okay these days, although the boy still gets a bit toey about that.

He’s 40 years old but some days I look at him and I still see the kid who came home from school with a sore bum and a story to tell.

He was 11. Some little bugger had copied his work and they’d both got a D. I said to him, “Did you put around some rumours about him? That’s how we do it in the party.” He said, “No way. I whacked him, then I got on his desk, pulled down my trousers and dumped on his books.”

Well that wasn’t my way, but I thought good on him. He got stuck in.

He’s had a bit of bad luck, of course. Read more »

Mental Health Break