tvnz-largeYou may have missed this over the long weekend but it was revealed that TVNZ are in the throes of establishing what they’re calling a “Risk Register” to identify news coverage that may result in problems later on. This comes after the Shane Taurima debacle, the manufactured bullying stories and complaints by Judith Collins over the network’s coverage of the Oravida dinner in China.

So what is it and how does it work? Great question.

How the new risk register will operate is still being worked out, but TVNZ spokeswoman Georgie Hills says it will enable management to be better prepared. Continue reading »

My super scientific Masterchef rankings:

1st: Kasey and Karena: Sitting on 19/20, these ladies have a three point lead over their competitors. That should be enough to see them into the final, and boy do they deserve it.   These two remind me of Aaron from last year’s Masterchef NZ who was clearly the favourite/one-to-beat right from the beginning.

2nd=: Nikki and Jordan and Jaimie and Bec: You could make arguments for why both of these duos deserve to be in next weeks final. I want Nikki and Jordan to make it, but I am sure a lot of people want to see Jaimie and Bec in the final so may the best duo win.

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My super scientific Masterchef rankings:

1st: Kasey and Karena: It will take a lot for me to change these ladies from top of the rankings. Another impressive cooking display, plus, they crack me up so that gets them some bonus points.

2nd: Nikki and Jordan: After rave reviews from their cook book inspired dishes last night, these two are sitting pretty for a finals spot unless a disaster throws them over the cliff tonight. While I don’t think Nikki would handle the stress of a real restaurant kitchen, her and Jordan definitely have an eye and the talent to create delicious food.

3rd: Jaimie and Bec: Last night was anything but a good night in the kitchen for this duo, and coupled with Josh’s obvious dislike of Jaimie, the safe money is on these two heading back to the South Island to visit their kids tonight. Side note: Jaimie’s passionate desire to make the final is the same reason I don’t want her to make it. I don’t know what that says about me. I am a bad person. There, I said it.

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My super scientific Masterchef rankings:

1st: Kasey and Karena: These girls are back on top after a few shaky weeks. It would be an injustice if they were not in the finals.

2nd: Jaimie and Bec: This duo has surprised me in the past few weeks, and they have been the most consistent pairing by far. I think they have the best shot at making the finals, after Kasey and Karena.

3rd: Nikki and Jordan: I really like these two, however I think that Nikki has become a weak link. She cannot handle the pressure as well as the other contestants, and she is letting Jordan down. I think they will be the next to go.

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My super scientific Masterchef rankings:

1st – Kasey and Karena: These two have come back strong in the past few challenges, and head into tonight’s challenge as one of the two top teams.  Plus, they are hilarious, so that gets them the top spot.

2nd – Jaimie and Bec: These two ladies clearly want to win and they have excellent teamwork.  This has helped them create some great dishes in the recent weeks and the judges seem impressed.

3rd – Tanisha and Verena: I still think Tanisha and Verena could take out the competition but they head into tonight’s challenge after underwhelming in the kitchen last night.

4th – Nikki and Jordan: Nikki and Jordan did not impress with their Indonesian cuisine last night, and Nikki is becoming a bit of a weak link.  I really hope they can pick it up tonight and stay in the competition.

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My super scientific Masterchef rankings:

1st: Tanisha and Verena

2nd: Karina and Kasey

3rd equal: Jaimie and Bec and Nikki and Jordan

5th: Trudie and Shelley

From now I think it comes down to each challenge.  If the challenge is up their alley, the duos will be at an advantage.  It is still anyone’s game.  I am glad we don’t have any dud pairings left.

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My super scientific Masterchef rankings*:

1 (no change) Tanisha and Verena

2 (up from 3): Karina and Kasey

3rd equal: Jaimie and Bec, Nikki and Jordan and Trudie and Shelley (I can not separate these three duos).

*I think that any of these duos could win.  The competition is so hot.

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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 »

q_a_logo_2013_N3I had to laugh on Sunday morning at how quickly the new Radio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson emphatically responded to Susan Wood’s question about the two state broadcasters potentially merging news rooms.

SUSAN Quick last question.  Do you fancy, or would you be in favour of a joint newsroom with TVNZ?

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Talofa, welcome to part two of Masterchef goes to Samoa.

Here are my updated super scientific Masterchef rankings after part one of the Samoa trip:

6 (down from 5):  Nikki and Jordan (dark blue aprons).  Coming into tonight they were the worst performing duo in the previous marinated fish challenge.  This means they are only one bad dish away from elimination.

5 (up from 6) Trudie and Shelley (Teal aprons) – still don’t see them winning.

4 (down from 3):  Glynn and James (Light blue aprons).  These boys should be able to light a fire, which should help them with tonight’s challenge.  I think they think they are better than they are (surprised when they get negative comments).

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