On the eve of the royal tour, Sir Don McKinnon, former deputy Prime Minister and Commonwealth Secretary General, told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that it’s inevitable that New Zealand will become a republic.

“I think it’s inevitable. I don’t know when and I’m not going to campaign actively one way or the other. I have a great respect for Her Majesty the Queen. I had so many meetings with her, and I have respect for Prince Charles. We had him here a little over a year ago and he proved very popular with the people. But it’s a debate that will continue, it’s important we have a good debate about this and about the flag. Continue reading »


Every time I see Winston Peters getting interviewed by a journalist I expect he has something to hide.  The man simply cannot answer a straight forward question without having to be all elusive, vague or condescending.  I don’t trust him but apparently at least 7% of the population do if the latest polls are anything to go by.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that his party is doing better than recent polls would suggest.

“The polls have been overly kind for National election after election, and against a real night result they’ve been far too high. For Labour they’ve been about right up and down but about right. For the Greens they have been excessively favourable to the Greens, always way above what they find they get. And for one party we’re always below what we really get, so your so-called 7% polls are nonsense. We’re doing far better than that.” Continue reading »

marksainsburyThe headline in this morning’s Sunday Star Times read “Personal Grievances at TVNZ Double”.

TVNZ spent almost quarter of a million dollars to settle a doubling in personal grievance cases in the past financial year.

The payments cover employment action taken by 10 staff and total $246,000 – up $182,150 on 2012, during which there were four settled personal grievances.

In 2011, TVNZ paid out $82,000 following four grievances, and in 2010 the figure was $86,250 following five complaints against the network.

Let’s crunch these numbers.  This equates, on average, to 4 people being paid $20,500 in 2010, 5 people being paid $17,250 in 2011, 4 people being paid 15,692.50 in 2012 and mysteriously, 8 people being paid $30,750 each in 2013.

That settlement trend was heading down until 2013, the year Seven Sharp replaced Close Up. One large, single settlement could easily bump up those numbers without creating any cause for concern over other issues of grievances at TVNZ. Continue reading »

hoskingvshenryToni Street mentioned on Friday’s Seven Sharp a Fight 4 Life she would love to see happen –
Mike Hosking and Paul Henry. Hosking’s reply was about what you’d expect:
“I’d deck Paul Henry…big fat Paul Henry…he’d be puffing getting up off the stool”

It would be interesting that’s for sure! Who do you prefer on screen & why – Hosking or Henry?

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Sky have announced that the new series Fargo will be coming to SoHo.

SoHo, SKY’s premium drama channel, in association with MGM International Television Distribution Inc. (MGM), a subsidiary of MGM Holdings Inc., is excited to announce it will be bringing the highly-anticipated 10-episode limited series “Fargo” to its schedule in New Zealand in May. Continue reading »

q_a_logo_2013_N3On Q+A this morning at 9am on TV One:

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters – a kingmaker after September’s election according to our One News Colmar Brunton political poll.  Who will he support?  And what did he do on his recent trip to China? Political Editor Corin Dann interviews Winston Peters.

Two days after a UN Climate Change report urging drastic action on global warming, New Zealand was offering up even more of its oceans to oil and gas exploration.  Are we about to strike it rich?  And will it be worth it?  Susan Wood interviews Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges. Continue reading »