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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Skies View Post
    Ha, well some of it was also 'tagged' for Kiwi Gardener, Rugby News, NZ Geographic, Wine NZ, NZ Petrolhead, NZ 4WD, Bay of Plenty Business publications, NZ Business Management, etc, etc with particular content around their particular issues,
    - but due to the Covid Support Package being framed as a bribe, I presumed we were talking about influencing content to be Labour propaganda.

    Maori issues are New Zealand issues & need a voice too.

    Just as the govt provides funding for Mike Hoskings or Barry Soper, two of the govt's staunchest critics through NZME, or provides funding for playlists solely of Kiwi Music through NZ On Air, the govt has no control or influence over the content of what any of our media broadcast or publish in a way which I think you're implying.
    I guess I'll have to repost this article from journalist Graham Adams which lays it all out.

    https://democracyproject.nz/2021/09/...fund-cuts-deep

    It even includes a quote from former Labour Minister Michael Bassett from his column named "Media Greedies" where he says " the reason “the handouts have been introduced is almost certainly a ministerial intention to keep the media sweet during the run-up to the election”.

    He concluded: “The media who have put out their hands and cheerfully pocketed taxpayer funds they don’t need have only themselves to blame if the public smells a rat and begins to doubt their message.”


    It would appear there are some in the public space with the integrity to call it what it is. A bribe! BTW they are talking about the second 55 million tranche here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonu View Post
    I guess I'll have to repost this article from journalist Graham Adams which lays it all out.

    https://democracyproject.nz/2021/09/...fund-cuts-deep

    It even includes a quote from former Labour Minister Michael Bassett from his column named "Media Greedies" where he says " the reason “the handouts have been introduced is almost certainly a ministerial intention to keep the media sweet during the run-up to the election”.

    He concluded: “The media who have put out their hands and cheerfully pocketed taxpayer funds they don’t need have only themselves to blame if the public smells a rat and begins to doubt their message.”


    It would appear there are some in the public space with the integrity to call it what it is. A bribe! BTW they are talking about the second 55 million tranche here!
    And between the Michael Bassetts of the world vs the Indoctrinated devotees like Joshuatree & Blue Skies, posters reading this thread know who has it right about how the fourth estate is being compromised by Cindy’s bribes.

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    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/...unavailability

    The elderly & vulnerable given no special consideration by Cindy.

    Meanwhile, Kris ‘useless’ Faafoi, token brown minister, is nowhere to be seen with the immigration mess the country is in. Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by artemis View Post
    Cold, damp and mouldy. Some of that will be structural and up to the landlord to fix. Most of it is the way occupants live.
    Yup - the miserable bastards keep cooking and washing - and breathing -and some of them would rather put kai on the table than pay to run the heater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balance View Post
    And between the Michael Bassetts of the world vs the Indoctrinated devotees like Joshuatree & Blue Skies, posters reading this thread know who has it right about how the fourth estate is being compromised by Cindy’s bribes.

    Michael Bassett is shall we say an 'unusual man' & while am sure he has a great following among the Hobson's Pledge crowd, none of the rest of us have any respect for his weird racist opinions.

    Note, NZME withdrew racist articles he has written from their website & even apologised for carrying them.

    Perhaps Mr Bassett carries a bit of a grudge against the media now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Skies View Post
    Michael Bassett is shall we say an 'unusual man' & while am sure he has a great following among the Hobson's Pledge crowd, none of the rest of us have any respect for his weird racist opinions.

    Note, NZME withdrew racist articles he has written from their website & even apologised for carrying them.

    Perhaps Mr Bassett carries a bit of a grudge against the media now?
    Written as expected by an indoctrinated Cindy devotee.

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    Australians don't have a good record of winning conflicts they are involved in ..

    There are more effective ways to go after China such as an engineered internal coup against Xi, social media information campaigns, take down their great firewall, and give automatic asylum to chinese dissidents.

    Google and Apple removed an app against Russia's putin which was pretty shameful too. It's all about contracts and money as you said.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...le-app-russia/

    NZ is not wealthy enough to participate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Skies View Post
    Michael Bassett is shall we say an 'unusual man' & while am sure he has a great following among the Hobson's Pledge crowd, none of the rest of us have any respect for his weird racist opinions.

    Note, NZME withdrew racist articles he has written from their website & even apologised for carrying them.

    Perhaps Mr Bassett carries a bit of a grudge against the media now?
    That's Dr Bassett - and although it is true that he is a former Labour minister, so was the founder of ACT - Sir Roger Douglas. Their politics align very well.
    Last edited by davflaws; 19-09-2021 at 10:44 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davflaws View Post
    Yup - the miserable bastards keep cooking and washing - and breathing -and some of them would rather put kai on the table than pay to run the heater.
    That's correct. What do you suggest the occupants do to remedy? And if a rental avoid a bill from the landlord to fix damp and mouldy caused by tenant actions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artemis View Post
    That's correct. What do you suggest the occupants do to remedy? And if a rental avoid a bill from the landlord to fix damp and mouldy caused by tenant actions.
    True, poverty, and the expensive accommodation environment is not the Landlords' fault or problem. Landlords as investors operating within the law, have the priority to preserve and to optimise their investment returns.

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