Television New Zealand

Labour’s clustertruck policy is total carnage

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When Labour last attacked truckies there was a nationwide blockade of the nations towns and cities. On that day they al drove ont he left hand side letting people transit as they protested.

Truckies by and large are courteous drivers. But LAbour continues to attack them.

Labour’s policy this time though is a sham. Of the 11,000km of NZ roads their policy will affect just 60kms, mostly in Auckland. Their claims of people fed up with holiday traffic held up by trucks are fanciful, and anyone who lives in Auckland knows the problems aren’t the trucks at holiday time…it is the crappy roads, roading choke points and people towing boats and caravans that hold people up.

Still, Labour thought this was a winner, and a more spectacular policy cock up I haven’t seen in many a year.  Read more »

Another Labour stoolie at TVNZ?

There may well be another Labour party stool pigeon in their candidate incubator, TVNZ.

Television New Zealand is refusing to comment on speculation an investigation into a former manager’s Labour links has claimed another scalp.

TVNZ’s head of Maori and Pacific programme unit, Shane Taurima, was forced to fall on his sword last month after it was revealed Labour Party activities were organised out of the unit.

Leaked documents revealed a Labour electorate meeting was held at TVNZ premises and staff organised other party activities using their work email addresses.    Read more »

Brian Edwards has his panties in a bunch

My good friend and luncheon sausage aficionado Brian Edwards has got his panties in a bunch over TV3′s media bias.

The following report by TV3 political editor Paddy Gower appeared on the channel’s 6pm bulletin last night. Setting aside as best you can your political prejudices, please answer the following question: Is this journalism or a party political broadcast on behalf of the National Party?

http://www.3news.co.nz/Cunliffes-poll-numbers-slide-after-trust-issue/tabid/1607/articleID/338161/Default.aspx

He needn’t worry, TVNZ is pulling their weight as Labour’s sleeper agents.    Read more »

Pimping the poor on TVNZ

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Last night TVNZ ran a Labour party fed story about power prices.

Tens of thousands of Kiwis on pre-pay electricity plans are being charged up to 60% more than those on ordinary plans, figures obtained by ONE News reveal.

Really…obtained by ONE News…more like obtained by Labour and given to ONE News…here is Labour’s press release (timed at 14:12)

Power companies are unfairly targeting the poorest New Zealanders by charging them the highest electricity rates, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says.

New figures obtained by Labour show those on pre-pay electricity plans – paying electricity bills in advance – pay up to 60 per cent more than those paying a regular power bill.

Amazing coincidence that TVNZ seems to have obtained the same figures and miraculously run a story that played some 4 hours after Labour issued a press release.

The figures have prompted calls for greater regulation of power prices.

“It’s grossly unfair that these people, the poorest people in our society who have no choices, should be stung by our power companies in the search for more profit,” says Labour’s energy spokesperson David Shearer.  Read more »

Time for an Independent Commission of Corruption

In Australia the unions and the Labor party stand charged with many, many counts of political corruption. In Australia they have an institution with teeth, the powers to compel evidence, the powers to prosecute…it is called the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Fiji also has an Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Why not here?

With the latest revelations of political corruption involving the Labour party, from David Cunliffe on down, Shane Taurima who is a prospective Labour party candidate and TVNZ, we are seeing and extension of the willingness of the left-wing to abandon any semblance of ethics in journalism and corrupt their organisation like Alistair Thompson has done to Scoop Media.

For years the left-wing has accused the right of collusion and corruption with the media, and now we are seeing month after month of left-wing politicians prostituting and prostrating themselves before the altar of corruption.

The Herald reports on the latest fiasco:

TVNZ unit manager Shane Taurima has resigned from the state broadcaster after revelations he took part in a Labour Party hui and that TVNZ facilities were used to host Labour Party meetings.

3 News reported tonight that TVNZ offices were used to host a meeting of Labour’s Tamaki Makaurau branch last year. TVNZ staff emails were also used to organise a subsequent hui in January this year which Labour leader David Cunliffe attended. Mr Taurima, the head of TVNZ’s Maori and Pacific unit, had acted as a facilitator and spoken about the Maori vote at that January hui.  Read more »

A man this sensitive shouldn’t be in politics

As I have said many times before politics is not tiddly-winks nor is it a game for sooks.

Colin Craig is such a sook. The big girl’s blouse got all snippy over some satire from The Civilian…and now he is moaning about about a Seven Sharp programme.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has pinged them for some well deserved mockery of Colin Craig. NBR reports:

TVNZ says it will not appeal the decision but will broadcast an apology as directed by the BSA.

TVNZ says the apology statement will appear on screen during Wednesday’s Seven Sharp broadcast and be voiced over by one of Seven Sharp’s team – not a presenter,  as per the BSA’s decision.   Read more »

The Nation cancelled? Depends on who you listen to

Richard Harman put it about that The Nation had ben cancelled. This is apparently untrue.

Regan at Throng explains:

Yesterday we published a story that claimed The Nation had been canned by TV3.  This is incorrect.  TV3 contacted us this afternoon, concerned about inaccuracies in the story.  As it turns out, the release sent out by Frontpage, the company that has produced The Nation for TV3 for the last 4 years was misleading.

The headline stated “After four years The Nation ends this weekend”. However, TV3′s Head of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings, told Throng that this isn’t the case at all.

“The Nation is a TV3-owned concept and part of our news and current affairs stable and we certainly haven’t ‘canned’ it.”

What is actually happening is that the independent production company has been removed from the equation and it will now be produced in house.  Read more »

The little racist joke that wasn’t at TVNZ

TVNZ got all precious when Regan Cunliffe at Throng busted their chops over an off colour joke by Andy Shaw.

They hunkered down and excused the racist attitudes of their bosses all the while hoping that no one wold notice their hypocrisy at the way they treated Paul Henry.

They hoped it would all blow over.

It hasn’t.

Labour MP for Mangare, Su’a William Sio has started a campaign to stop the racism at TVNZ after the comments Andrew Shaw made at the 2014 new season launch last week.

Sio wrote on Facebook:

When you have as this article points out, “A senior TVNZ executive has labelled Auckland a s*#@ hole while joking about the city’s large Polynesian population” my blood boils. I find it offensive to have a Senior Executive of a taxpayer funded Television station reflect this attitude, as I suspect it reflects an institutional racism that lurks beneath the skin of this so called Senior Executive who found an audience to reveal it to. Were the audience laughing in embarrassment, or was it a pakeha dominated senior executive audience? In this day and age, to joke about Polynesian as if to promote a negative stereotypical attitude again I find it offensive as it reveals something about this kind of NZer.  Read more »

One News catching The Herald disease

Whoops, not usually like TVNZ to make a booboo like this, during Bryce’s gummy toothless kitten attack telling Theo Spierings he should resign. If we expected the resignation of the top dog for every cock up in any company/organisation/council/Government, we’d end up with monkeys running the zoo.

A lot like what they have at the NZ Herald actually. Perhaps we should be calling for the heads of Shayne Currie and Bryce Johns for contaminating the media with “decent journalists, trained and skilled”. Whatever their journo’s are infected with seems to contagious.

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Imagine life without Radio NZ and TVNZ? … Bliss?

Think about how great it would be without the left wing bias and just plain wrong-ness of Radio NZ and TVNZ.

Earlier I blogged about what is happening in Greece…now the subsidised illuminati of the BBC are working themselves into a lather in the UK.

But others like me think it would be bliss, and the trough-snufflers of state funded broadcasting would finally have their throats cut.

John Humphrys has invited Radio 4 listeners to imagine life without the BBC. They are to picture themselves sitting down to watch Countryfile or Holby City, only for the screen to go black. That’s what happened to the Greek national broadcaster ERT, you see, the Hellenic equivalent of the BBC. On Tuesday night the good citizens of Greece were watching the news when… pfft. Apparently the money had run out.

I closed my eyes, but before I had a chance to imagine a Britain without the BBC, Humphrys dismissed the idea as “unimaginable”. You have to admire the complacency behind that “unimaginable”. The Herculean smugness. The scale of the self-congratulation. And it’s not just Humphrys. They’re all at it, all the 30,000 or so people who work for the BBC.  Read more »