Vision


Our Vision:  a Media Environment in NZ that is safe for all:
free of gratuitous sex, violence, and offensive language.
So parents can trust what their children see.
 


Newsletter - Summer 2023

Dec 2023

Dr Siouxie Wiles

EDITORIAL

The employment court in NZ has heard some rather shaming evidence from microbiologist Dr Siouxie Wiles about the on-line abuse to which she was subject for her media commentary during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Newsletter - Winter 2023

Jul 2023

Social Media

GUNNING FOR SOCIAL MEDIA

There is a period of consultation now under way here, on what is to be done in Aotearoa, running till the end of July. Early out of the blocks, following the release of a DIA Discussion Document on Media regulation at the beginning of June, have been some newspapers, who suggested that this was an attack on press freedom (which may be a tiny exaggeration, since mainstream media will remain as free as they are now, according to the document).

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Newsletter - Spring 2022

Oct 2022

Cash

AOTEAROA PUBLIC MEDIA BILL

From the large sums being thrown around in the debate over the Aotearoa Public Media Bill merging TVNZ and RNZ, it might appear that Public Media would best serve taxpayers by self-destructing.

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Newsletter - Winter 2022

May 2022

THE GRUMPY OLD BLOKE RATES NEWREADERS

Radio NZ is blest with a whole host of mainly woman newsreaders. Their honed vowels and honeyed tones freight the news to us without a hint of dramedy, as befits a recitation of what is supposed to be the facts. Their names are as melodious as their voice - Catriona Mcleod, Anna Thomas, Evie Ashton and Marama Tipoli. Balm for the troubled soul.

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Editorial - April 2022

April 2022

Jacinda-Clarke

RE PUBLIC MEDIA

Our P.M. and her intended, Clarke Gayford, are set to Tie the Knot soon and we cannot but wish them well. A certain amount of begetting (to borrow an Old Testament word) has already been going on, and is named “Neve”, a strong single syllable word, which somehow signals satisfaction all round.

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Newsletter - Autumn 2022

April 2022

Parliament grounds

DEPRIVATIZING THE MEDIA

It’s interesting that media and politicians are the two institutions singled out for particular vilification by the parliamentary protesters. These are the two most obvious targets likely to be singled out by the disaffected in any society under stress, as ours has been through the pandemic.

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Newsletter - Summer 2022

January 2022

euractiv.com

THE INVISIBLE INVASION

I’m not one of those people addicted to prophesies of armageddon on the internet, but what has been going on over the last 10 years with global media mega companies like Google and Facebook, can be likened to the activities centuries ago of those countries of Europe, including the British empire, who colonised vast swathes of the rest of the world. In both cases national governments turned an indifferent eye while the likes of the British East India Company, and the New Zealand Company took licence to exploit the rights of others to their living space, and exploited it for private profit.

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Newsletter - Spring 2021

October 2021

Headline

POST OF PANDEMIC PANIC

This page 1 headline in today’s paper would have you believe that Wellington Children’s Hospital may be sacrificed to accommodate Covid patients (as in “may go for Covid”).

Read the body of the text and it’s a quite different story, with the Chief Medical Officer saying, "At the moment, with our modelling, we can manage with one of our wards”.

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Newsletter - Winter 2021

June 2021

All Blacks

WHO MONITORS THE MONITORS?

One of the top issues of the day is the future of the All Blacks funding streams and the Players Association and former All Blacks like David Kirk, have made the timely suggestion that a part of the shareholding should be allocated to the NZ public.

What a great idea, that the public have a stake in the AB’s and should be represented.

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Newsletter - Autumn 2021

March 2021

Celebrate

BREAK OUT THE CHAMPAGNE!!!

It’s been a Long Time Coming (Like about 30 Years in Parliamentary time, and 4 in this government’s life).

Wednesday 21 March last (the same day as the Prime Minster and the Minister of Finance of Finance announced similarly rather long delayed changes to Tax and benefit payments and simultaneously derailed the Gravy Train being stoked by property developers at the expense of first home owners) the Minister of Broadcasting the Hon Kris Faafoi unveiled his plans for the reform of Broadcasting Governance in NZ, which in this writer’s view, may have as far reaching implications as capital gains tax reform, for the wellbeing of the people of this country.

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Newsletter - March 2021

March 2021

Public Address

RECENTLY A SIGNIFICANT SLICE OF NZ NEWS MEDIA, who are dependent on advertising for survival, demonstrated that they know which side their bread is buttered on, by piling into the Government for mildly calling out members of a vulnerable family in Auckland, who went on a shopping spree, ignoring the instruction to isolate, after testing positive for the deadly COVID. Our media claimed that naming and shaming these folks by Ardern, was inconsistent with her mantra to “Be Kind”.

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Newsletter - December 2020

December 2020

TELEVISION PLAYS A BIG PART IN ALL OUR LIVES.

YET HOW MUCH ATTENTION DO ITS PURVEYORS GIVE TO THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS OF ITS CONSUMERS?

After 27 years of advocacy for a better say in the way things are run in a service using a resource which we the public own (that is the tv spectrum,) our conclusion IS ZERO, NADA AND ZILCH.

Discussion

WE HAVE A RIGHT TO, AND INDEED DEMAND, AS CONSUMER REPRESENTATIVES, A PLACE AT THE TABLE WHERE DECISIONS ARE BEING DISCUSSED AND MADE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION BROADCASTING, AT A TIME WHEN UPHEAVAL AND CHANGE ARE THE ONLY CONSTANT.

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