Media balance? Yeah, nah

The PM’s new house is in the Sandringham area.

When the PM buys a second home in ‘unaffordable Auckland’ for well over $1.8 million the media do Home and Garden-type articles sharing pretty pictures.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford have bought a new home in Sandringham, Auckland in preparation for the birth of their first child, due in mid-June.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister confirmed the sale and that it was for family reasons. She would not comment further.

Bayleys advertising for the property said it was a 1920s four-bedroom bungalow with a modern extension and two bathrooms, on a 643-square-metre section.

It is zoned for Balmoral primary and intermediate school, Mt Albert Grammar School and Auckland Girls Grammar School.[…]

The living room is “light-filled”.


In contrast, when National leader Simon Bridges does nothing at all to attract attention to his finances they do an article on the properties that he owns and his private super scheme and spin him as not being an ‘ordinary Kiwi’. They also draw attention to how much he now earns as leader of the opposition.

KEVIN STENT/STUFF Newly elected National party leader Simon Bridges will receive a big pay rise. Ordinary backbenchers get $163,961 base pay. Leader of the opposition gets $296,007.

[…] It’s not only the three homes that Simon Bridges owns, or the base pay of just shy of $300,000, that mean his personal finances are a little different from that of ordinary Kiwis.

Bridges is also one of just 242 people in the country who have their own, private, one-man superannuation scheme.[…]


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