Dirty Media causing problems for Labour

The Labour party has enjoyed the support of the Media party for so long they can’t recognise when they are being played.

Right now the conventional wisdom amongst dirty media is that Labour needs to change their deputy because Jacinda Ardern got a measly 10,000 votes in a by-election labour was always going to win.

They are going all in, perhaps because they realise that they can’t touch National with their machinations so they may as well give Andrew Little and Annette King a tickle up in a bid to make Labour more competitive than they really are.

Tracy Watkins sticks her oar in.

The best advice is free they say. And there is never any shortage of it when you are leader of the Opposition.

Labour leader Andrew Little must feel like he’s been hit by a wall of advice – well meaning or not – since the Mt Albert by-election reminded everyone that Jacinda Ardern is one of Labour’s biggest assets.

So here’s some more and Annette King won’t like it very much.   Read more »

Help us decide on a Whaleoil slogan

The Merchandise survey has been very helpful. The majority by a small margin want the full Whaleoil logo on their Tee, and second equal in popularity is the Whale with the wording “Ground crew” and the whale with a new slogan to be discussed and voted for on the website.

Now before I go on I just want to assure those who want a polo shirt not a Tee that we will be offering one but it will be a different polo style to the Staff one and the embroidered logo will not be the same. There is clearly a demand for them but I had to first make sure that we would be keeping our word about the polos that were sold in the past as exclusive and one-offs that were the same as staff ones

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The Herald scores a major scoop ahead of competitors

The NZ Herald published a story (really, more like republishing someone else’s list) about unparliamentary name calling on 23 February.

Fast times in Parliament usually end in heated debates, but not everything goes in terms of what can be said.

Insults, “unbecoming” language and accusations of dishonesty are banned, according to a list on the New Zealand Parliament website, but we’re seriously considering getting some of these phrases back into circulation in the newsroom.

Some of our favourites include the 1936 term “Fungus Farmer” which may have been rude in 1936 but is a perfectly legitimate occupation today.

Another favourite is the 1949 banned phrase “His brains could revolve inside a peanut shell for a thousand years without touching the sides.”

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1080 opponents have pesky facts on their side

Bill Wallace, leader of the Ban 1080 political party, who made a submission, said the consultation process was a farce.

“They tell you what they’re going to do, there’s never been consultation.

“We’ve been using it for 64 years and not a single native bird has actually increased in numbers in that 64 years – in fact we should call it streamlining the extinction of kea,” he said.

Mr Wallace said 1080 was a cop-out approach to conservation and self-setting traps would do a better job.

He was also uneasy about the lack of independent oversight when it came to discussions about 1080.

The problem is that for the majority of our rugged landscapes, 1080 is the best worst tool we have.  But as we’ve seen, claims that it only kills target species is… specious.   Read more »

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Roy Morgan continues to go up and down like a whore’s drawers

Roy Morgan polls aren’t really believable. They go up and down like a whore’s drawers. No reputable polling company shows swings like they do.

So why am I covering it?

Because Labour swears by Roy Morgan, last month the idiots at The Standard were salivating over the Roy Morgan. They will probably ignore this one.

During February support for National rose by 2% to 48% now well ahead of a potential Labour/Greens alliance 39% (down 0.5%). If a New Zealand Election was held now the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National would retain Government with the support of minor party allies.   Read more »

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Sky and Voda: NO. Spark and Netflix: YES!

The Commerce Commission said ‘no’ to Vodafone and Sky TV last week.  It is fair to say that both Sky TV and Vodafone didn’t see that coming and it has left them reeling.  At the time, wondered “Why the need for one balance sheet?  Why not just partner up?”.

Feb. 27 (BusinessDesk) – Spark New Zealand has announced what it says is an exclusive deal with Netflix to offer bundled packages, just days after the Commerce Commission rejected Sky Network Television’s proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand on the basis it would stifle competition, especially in access to premium sports content.

Under the Spark-Netflix tie-up, Spark broadband customers will get a one-year subscription to Netflix’s standard plan when they signed up to a 24-month ‘Unlimited Data Spark’ broadband plan, the telecommunications company said in a statement. The Netflix deal would “sit alongside Spark’s current Lightbox offer”, it said.

Chief executive Simon Moutter said the deal was “consistent with our shift towards becoming a digital services provider, rather than just a traditional telco.

Spark has an institutional understanding of making strategic partnerships.  Apart from the Xtra/Yahoo! one, which Telecom/Spark was seriously let down on, they generally add value to both partners without the need for complicated merger or takeover processes. Read more »

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Whaleoil General Debate

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No really.  Just the tiniest of slip ups and you’re toast.  This place is brutal. No sense of humour what-so-ever. You’ve been warned.)

Face of the Day

Epic fail of Epic Fails…

Oscar hosts Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land was 2017’s Best Picture winner. Except it wasn’t.

The actual winner was Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, the story of a young black man coming to terms with his sexuality in gangland Miami.

La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz was the first to realise the mistake, but not before giving his thank you speech for his supposed win. Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

patrimony (form) – 1. (a) An inheritance from a father or paternal ancestor.
(b) An inheritance or legacy; heritage.
2. An endowment or estate belonging to an institution, especially a church.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Mid-14th c3ntury, “property of the Church,” also “spiritual legacy of Christ,” from Old French patremoine “heritage, patrimony” (12th century) and directly from Latin patrimonium “a paternal estate, inheritance from a father,” also figurative, from pater (genitive patris) “father” + -monium, suffix signifying action, state, condition. Meaning “property inherited from a father or ancestors” is attested from late 14th century Figurative sense of “immaterial things handed down from the past” is from 1580s.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 28

7 Young people who obey the law are wise;
those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.