Herald on Sunday

Knock me down with a feather: I agree with Andrew Geddis

The Herald on Sunday has been running a smear job on a judge who likes to get his kit off in private.

They are too gutless to name the judge, or to show the photos, which says a lot about their courage in running the story.

Andrew Geddis (See, I can say your name. Have a go at saying mine.) has commented on the issue, and I agree with him.

A simple message to the Herald on Sunday – there is nothing wrong with being naked. Even if you are a Judge.

The Herald on Sunday is running a “shock! horror!” series of stories about a District Court Judge who happens to be a member of a naturist (“nudist”) club in Canterbury and had some naked photos of himself posted on the club website.

A few things to note about this “story” before we go on. First, the photos were used by the club without the judge’s express permission (although apparently the club’s membership form includes a generic permission to use photos of members for its purposes). So it’s not as if the judge in question sought to somehow set out to exhibit himself to the entire world.   Read more »

Paul Little backs a bullshitter

No, he didn't!

No, he didn’t!

Paul Little usually never has anything useful to say. He’s more used to spending time on his knees in the lounge than doing anything useful.

Today he has picked up the case of Selwyn Clarke aka Haki Herewini Karaka. He repeats the false claims of Selwyn Clarke who not only has stolen the valour of those who genuinely served in 28 Maori Battalion but also admitted to being party to war crimes and besmirched an officer’s record.

Selwyn Clarke is a bullshitter but, such is the lack of depth in the Media Party’s ability to do basic research, that his lies and stories have perpetuated. Little simply extends those lies.

We all know old people can be very difficult. Stubborn doesn’t begin to describe it. And it does seem that those among their number who fought overseas, especially in some of the less-controversial conflicts, such as World War II, feel they are owed something for going to that trouble on our behalf.  Read more »

How many more Press Council complaints being upheld will it take before the editors realise a newspaper has a problem?

Another Press Council complaint against a newspaper has been upheld, making it three adverse findings in a row.

A reporter and the newspaper were found to have made up a story earlier in the year, then last week the pony-tail finding slammed them again and today it has been announced that another complaint has been upheld.

Paul Cronin complains that an article headed “Former Black Cap Mathew Sinclair Flees with Kids after Domestic Incident” published by the Herald on Sunday online and in its 19 April 2015 print edition breaches the Press Council’s Principles two (Privacy), three (Children and young people) and eleven (Photographs and graphics).

The story related to an incident involving the former Black Cap cricketer Mathew Sinclair which was domestic related.

Mr Cronin complains as a third party. The Council does not always accept third party complaints. It has decided to accept the complaint in this instance given its importance.

The complaint is upheld.  

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So poverty is now defined as having no pajamas

The Herald on Sunday has announced a new campaign, giving away pajamas to the poor.

The Herald on Sunday is today launching a campaign to provide much-needed pyjamas for some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable kids.

We have teamed up with the Middlemore Foundation to support its annual Jammies in June campaign.

The initiative is in its third year and we’re calling on readers to help raise a record $40,000 and 10,000 pairs of new pyjamas.

Cash donated will be used to buy more pyjamas, as well as blankets, socks and other items to keep Kiwi kids toasty this winter.

Herald on Sunday editor Miriyana Alexander urged readers to get behind the campaign.

“The foundation does a fabulous job, and I’m delighted to lend our support to this pyjama fundraiser,” Alexander said.

“It’s confronting to think so many Kiwi kids might be going to bed cold this winter — but that’s the reality.

“Please join us to ensure thousands more can go to bed snug and warm this winter.”

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My Good Friend Brian Edwards passed judgment on the NZ Herald

My Good Friend Brian Edwards seems a bit curmudgeonly these days. Perhaps the butcher has run out of good luncheon sausage?

Anyway MGFBE has passed judgement on the NZ Herald and found them…ermmm…wanting.

Under the editorship of Shayne Currie the New Zealand Herald has been transformed from a quality newspaper into little better than a trash tabloid.

I need to be a little more precise here. Mr Currie has responsibility primarily for the Monday-to-Friday Herald and it is to those editions that my remarks apply.   Read more »

Nice try Jono, but you got some things dreadfully wrong [UPDATED]

On Tuesday I spent a good portion of the afternoon with Jono Milne, so he could write an article about bloggers.

He had his recorder going the whole time so I am a little perplexed at this little manufactured bit near the end about a so-called Joyce/Collins battle.

National Party campaign chairman Steven Joyce says only that all politicians “talk to their own support base” to motivate them and get them helping out – but even Joyce, the Prime Minister’s right-hand man, rejects much of what is published on Whale Oil.

For instance, Slater has been backing Judith Collins over Joyce in the battle to succeed Key as leader – but, claims Joyce, there is no battle. “There’s an example of where he’s wrong. That’s a figment of Cameron’s fertile imagination.”

Joyce argues that just as the partisan bloggers laid down a challenge to the old model of news, they are now both being challenged by social media.

I never said there was a battle, and I never have. In fact while Jono was enjoying the glass of iced water at my house I specifically said to him that there was no battle, that it was a media invention. He should check the recording.

I also said that if there was a battle then I’d know about it because I’d be right in the middle carving it up, spreading the blood and guts around. I love a good donnybrook and unfortunately there are few to be had right now. There are certainly no leadership spats going on except in the minds of ill-informed, mischievous journalists.

So it appears that Jono Milne has made shit up with that little bit. Jono should check his recording. It is not my fertile imagination at question here, rather it is the media, and in this case Jono Milne’s.  Read more »

Council spin masquerading as news

A general view of newly-built houses at Dadun village of Lingshui ethnic Li autonomous county

Len Brown’s vision for Auckland? Affordable Compact Housing

The Council has started it’s PR spin prior to the Unitary Plan closing date next month.

The Herald on Sunday has an article moaning about Aucklanders wanting bigger houses.

Households are shrinking, property prices soaring and city land is running out — so why do our homes keep getting bigger? With Auckland set to house an extra million people in the next 30 years, Heather McCracken looks at an emerging trend towards compact living. …

On an international scale, New Zealand’s houses are huge, and keep getting bigger.The average floor area for a new build last year was 197sqm -in crowded Auckland it was 203sq m. Nationally, that’s up from 135sq min 1990 – equivalent to a couple of extra bedrooms.

The size of new-builds was steadily climbing until 2010, when a stutter in the property market saw a drop. In Auckland, it peaked at 217sq min 2010, then dipped to 209sqmin 2011 and to 203sqm last year.

That’s perhaps because the number of apartments built in the region took a steep upturn last year-from 616 in 2012 to 1059 in the year to November.

But even the apartments are roomy – the average size last year was 113sq m. Compare that to the 45sqm average dwelling size in Hong Kong, 76sqmin the UK, or 95sqmin Japan.

So what is the Herald and council saying? That we should ‘aspire’ to live in shit-boxes like Hong Kong?

What is dumb about pushing people into smaller living is we are not actually desperate for housing. The census showed the housing shortfall was no more than 4,000 dwellings (not the 30,000 and 90,000 dwellings predicted by legacy councils in forecasting).

And we are a rich nation. On world standards life doesn’t get better than it it is in New Zealand anywhere else in the world. Wealth creates choice. So a council can state a preference for a type  of housing but it fails to recognise that we can choose to do whatever we want.

And we are, why should we live in shor-boxes just because the council poobahs say we should?

Another Herald PR Job for Dotcom

The ever accommodating Herald (on Sunday) has sent Jonathan Milne to take one for the team

Headline:

Irked Dotcom takes a swipe at Key

[notice:  full article reproduced for the purpose of critical review]

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom has bitterly criticised Prime Minister John Key, after he was forced to postpone the launch of his political party and cancel a birthday party for more than 10,000 guests.

In an exclusive interview, Dotcom told the Herald on Sunday of his plans for the huge birthday party set for tomorrow night.

More than 25,000 people had registered for tickets (though the venue, Auckland’s Vector Arena, has capacity for only 12,000). “The Party Party was to be a four-hour show leading up to my 40th birthday,” he said, “starting with a 30-minute live set to perform six songs from my upcoming GoodTimes album.

“At midnight I would have celebrated my 40th birthday with a full Vector Arena. We asked everyone to dress in white for the laser and light show, including black lights which would have made everybody glow in the dark.”

Now Dotcom will launch his album and his new music download site, Baboom, tomorrow, as planned, with an extensive advertising campaign on radio and on the back of more than 100 buses.

But the launch of the Internet Party – his tilt at political power – has been postponed until February 20.

His birthday party has been cancelled. “I was sick to my stomach for two days. I could not eat or sleep. It feels so bad to let so many people down. I decided to have no birthday party at all this year. Instead we are going to celebrate the birthday of our son, Kimmo, at the beach. We share the same birthday and he will be 5 years old on January 21.”

Dotcom has ‘bitterly criticised Prime Minister John Key”.

Why?

Next follows a PR statement with dates and events as to what Dotcom plans to do rolling out his music, his real birthday party, and the party (without the party).

I mean, seriously?   Read more »

Going backwards fast

The latest Roy Morgan media readership figures do not make good reading for many newspapers in New Zealand.

APN titles are bleeding fast…the Herald losing damn near 10% of their readership.

Daily Newspapers December 2011 –
November 2012
Readership
‘000
December 2012 –
November 2013
Readership
‘000
Readership ‘000 Gain/Loss
New Zealand Herald (M-Sa av) 663 600 -63
Dominion Post (M-Sa av) 279 257 -22
Northern Advocate (M-Sa av) 36 42 6
Waikato Times (M-Sa av) 100 100 0
Bay of Plenty Times (M-Sa av) 59 52 -7
Daily Post (M-Sa av) 33 36 3
Gisborne Herald (M-Sa av) 24 23 -1
Taranaki Daily News (M-Sa av) 59 54 -5
Wanganui Chronicle (M-Sa av) 35 27 -8
Hawkes Bay Today (M-Sa av) 57 60 3
Manawatu Standard (M-Sa av) 41 45 4
Wairarapa Times-Age (M-Sa av) 17 17 0
The Press (M-Sa av) 240 228 -12
Otago Daily Times (M-Sa av) 108 104 -4
Nelson Mail (M-Sa av) 37 36 -1
Marlborough Express (M-F av) 23 19 -4
Greymouth Star (M-Sa av) 12 11 -1
Ashburton Guardian (M-Sa av) 12 13 1
Timaru Herald (M-Sa av) 32 32 0
Southland Times (M-Sa av) 67 66 -1

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Disgrace to us all?

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Disgrace to us all, or just his feral family?

The Herald on Sunday editorial exclaims that a drunk nine year old maori boy is a disgrace to us all.

Why is this feral family a disgrace to us all? We didn’t give him the alcohol.

Words can hardly express the harm inflicted on a 9-year-old boy in Hamilton this week by someone who gave him enough alcohol to get very drunk. If it was the first time this had happened to him – and his mother says it was – it would have been a far more confusing and frightening experience than even it is for someone old enough to know what alcohol does.

A teenager who recorded the boy’s condition at a skate park and posted it on the net may have done some good if the exposure prompts the police, child welfare agencies and legislators to take action.

This was child abuse of a particularly irresponsible kind, not so very different from violent harm. When the boy’s head stopped spinning and his vision cleared and his horizon was horizontal again he could be left with lasting damage. The smaller the body, the more dangerous binge-drinking can be; the younger the brain the more its maturation may be delayed and its ability to accumulate knowledge impaired.  Read more »