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Archive for October, 2011

Radio NZ supports SM?

Monday, October 31st, 2011

I’ve just listened to all four of Radio NZ’s primers on the various options for the referendum and noticed an interesting thing. (I found them on the Morning Report segments: the Supplementary Member on is here, for example. I couldn’t get the relevant links on the special RNZ election page to work).
They are generally admirably […]

Political protesters

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Interesting that both our major parties’ election events had speeches interrupted by protesters over the weekend. Protesters reportedly urged John Key to “stop the war against the poor”, began to unfurl a banner and tried to throw something onto the stage.
A protester at Labour’s transport policy launch called out to ask what the party was going to do […]

Told you so

Friday, October 28th, 2011

High Court agrees with me
You might remember that I argued (here and here) that the Broadcasting Standards Authority’s decision to uphold complaints against TVNZ’s documentary on the Aramoana massacre on grounds of taste and decency and children’s interests, was wrong.
The High Court has agreed with me. It has upheld TVNZ’s appeal. (I should disclose here […]

NZ Lawyer column

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

In my recent NZ Lawyer column, I reverted to a blog format: 
Let’s face it. You’re busy people. You have short attention spans. So let’s move to a blog format and you can graze the bits you find most interesting.
Pride or prejudice?Some of you may have seen my star turn on TV One News unpacking copies of […]

Staggering bunk from Collins over surveillance bill

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Apparently, Police Minister Judith Collins has a law degree. That was not evident during her performance on Morning Report today. Was she deliberately misleading us, or did she simply not know what she was talking about?
She said:
Actually, video surveillance has been used by the police with the support of the Court of Appeal for around […]

NZ tops OIA study

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

A new international study ranks NZ number one for freedom of information. Countries around the world were sent information requests relating to their budgets. We passed with flying colours. A depressing number of other countries flunked.