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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (toru)

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The leaking  of Winston Peter’s superannuation over-payment is well known. Also known is that Ministers Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley were briefed by Ministry of Social Development and State Services Commission, respectively, on Peters’ private details regarding the over-payment before it was leaked to the media and made public knowledge.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (rua)

By   /  September 2, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Nearly everyone has seen National’s “running ad” – a variation on last election’s rowing-boat advertisement – but without the plagiarised and illegal use of an artist’s music.

The messaging is fairly uncomplicated and straight-forward; the blue (actually, more like teal) team is a metaphor for National running together as a team, whilst other “joggers” – representing Labour, Greens, and NZ First – are limping along. It’s about as subtle as burning a cross on a Black American’s front lawn.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (tahi)

By   /  September 1, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

So many little occurrences and huge events have transpired over the last couple of months, to brand this as one of the most intriguing (and tumultuous) of election campaigns in my life. Only the 1984  and the 2014 General Elections rank as memorable. In all three, there were two threads weaving through the campaigns;

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One Day Out with Green Team #5

By   /  August 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

As part of my contribution to the Green party election campaign, I joined the Green’s Billboard Team #5. Our team was assigned to the Rimutaka Electorate – and it was an eventful day…

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From TV’s “The Nation” – Patrick Gower and James Shaw have a heart-to-heart

By   /  August 13, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  34 Comments

Then, at 6:10 into the interview, there was this jaw-dropping exchange between Gower and Shaw;

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Shouldn’t Radio NZ feel ashamed for its Metiria Turei coverage?

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  83 Comments

For the first time ever, I had willfully switched off a Radio NZ political programme. Listening to three, privileged, well-paid, middle-class, pakeha professionals pontificating on the sins of a 23 year old young maori woman two decades ago was more than I could stomach. 

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MSM catches up on Unemployment stats rort

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

The mainstream media – or at least one clever journalist working for Mediaworks/Newshub – has finally caught up with a story broken by this blogger last year that unemployment data from Statistics NZ was no longer reliable;

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The most grievous betrayal of all – two so-called “Green” MPs who should know better

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  72 Comments

I am livid with anger at the selfish actions of these two. I have given my weekends to help erect Green Party billboards. I have helped draft letters to newspapers defending Metiria Turei from the reactionary media pack who are hounding her. I plan to give up my time to help the Green Party as much as I possibly can with leafletting and doorknocking.

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Time to speak up for Metiria Turei! (Part Rua)

By   /  August 6, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

It astounds me that several reactionary media “personalities” have demanded Green Party co-leader, Metiria Turei, to resign from Parliament because she was forced to lie to social welfare so her benefit would not be cut.

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Time to speak up for Metiria Turei!

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

The media witch-hunt against Metiria Turei gathers pace with “Newshub” digging up another story about the Green co-leader. Shock! Horror! She lived at a different address to the one on the electoral roll so she could vote for her friend in the McGillicudy Serious Party.

Really?

This is the kind of superficial bullshit that has undermined real journalism in this country.

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Journalist blocks TDB Blogger

By   /  August 3, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

his action to block a person from even reading what he has written strikes me as totally contrary to what a journalist should be. Journalists should never decide who can  and can’t read their material.

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Kelvin Davis – an unforeseen disaster on 23 September?

By   /  August 2, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

August 1 began a new chapter in Labour’s 101 year history: the sudden – though not wholly unexpected – appointment of Jacinda Ardern and Kelvin Davis as Leader and Deputy Leader, respectively, of the NZ Labour Party;

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Some background info for Guyon Espiner

By   /  July 27, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

Either Espiner has forgotten the lessons of history, grimly recounted to him by former Prime Minister Jim Bolger – or he wilfully chose to ignore the dire circumstances that Metiria Turei, and thousands of other New Zealanders, found themselves in at the time.

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The Negotiated Pay Equity Settlement for Care Workers – beware the fish-hooks amidst the hyperbole

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

It’s been touted as the most “historic pay rise” in  history. But the actual mechanics of the deal; the “fine print”; and other undisclosed facts may raise questions as how much of a “historic pay rise” the deal actually is.

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Drinking river water – Tourism NZ puts visitors at risk

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The current Minister of Tourism is Paula Bennett. The same Minister who once advocated contraception for beneficiaries as some kind of ‘cure’ for sole-parenting. A major aspect  of Tourism NZ’s advertising campaign involves the “100% Pure” theme – a claim largely ridiculed and dismissed by most New Zealanders as a bad-taste joke;

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NZ Initiative – Bulk Funding Schools

By   /  July 15, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

On 6 July, the  “NZ Initiative” – a re-branded right-wing think-tank previously known as the NZ Business Roundtable – released a propaganda-piece entitled, ‘Amplifying Excellence: Promoting Transparency, Professionalism and Support in Schools’. The so-called “report” advocated more sly “free market” forces unleashed onto our constantly-changing education system.

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