The Media Council is somewhat of a strange beast. Sometimes it delivers good and interesting verdicts on issues of media balance, but most of the time it seems to share the heavy left-wing bias of the organisations it represents.
I confess that I don't really know anything about the "Dominion Post" other than occasional references to it in media. On 14th April the owner and CEO of Stuff proudly announced that the word "dominion" was going to disappear from the newspaper's name.
The media is reporting again on the Labour government's inability to implement a mining ban promised in 2017. The ban would infringe on the property rights of Ngāi Tahu, which was awarded ownership of all pounamu (greenstone) in its 1997 Treaty settlem
New Zealand experienced two very important events this week that are more closely related than you might think. First, the chairman of the social housing ministry was sacked for making political statements in public.
If you've had a look at the new census forms being sent out, you will have noticed there's a new question: "what is your gender" which is followed immediately by "what was your sex at birth?" This is deliberately dishonest on their part.
As Cyclone Gabrielle bore down on our coasts, the MetService warned about what the storm god Tawhirimatea "has in store for us over the next few days" and that the sea god Tangaroa told them that the ocean would be unpredictable.
Every now and then I think about the 2006 "prophetic documentary" Idiocracy, which is about a future America where everyone is stupid because the underclass of society has lots of babies and the intelligentsia has none.
One of the key takeaways that commentator Bryce Edwards took from Chris Hipkins' first speech as Prime Minister is that he failed to mention "Aotearoa" or any other Maori words and that therefore his premiership will be one of "dewokification".
Jacinda Ardern resigned suddenly as Prime Minister on Thursday, bringing back into focus the power of the Maori Caucus. In many ways the inevitable end to the liberal order that must come with co-governance had made Jacinda's position untenable.
The knighthood of Sir Ashley Bloomfield has something to teach us about the proper functioning of the elites in any ordered system. Now, our system is ordered towards evil, but it is still a somewhat ordered system.